Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Entrepreneurship

Vacancies

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Dr. Richard Martina / Dr. Burcu Kör

Description
The role of (pre-)incubators and accelerators is clear as incubators provide mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to funding for starting entrepreneurs. With the advent of entrepreneurs starting ventures for generating social impact, there is a new form of incubators that seeks to support these social entrepreneurs. However, there is a lack of understanding of how (if at all) these social incubators are different from other types of incubators and which mechanisms favor social incubators. This lack of knowledge severely hampers governments in designing favorable policies. As part of this project you will conduct desk-research and or conduct a multiple case study of several social incubators in Europe and identify social incubator’s key characteristics and activities.

Method/Approach: Qualitative and quantitative methods, case studies, data collection through in-depth interviews or survey

Status: Currently accepting students from all disciplines (business, legal, governance…)

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to Richard Martina and Burcu Kör

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Jeanne Martens

Description

Entrepreneurial incubators are spaces and programs where ideas and business can grow. From our experience, we see less number of women taking part in those spaces and programs. One of the reasons could be the motivation for women behind having their business or the students value they see in taking part in such spaces. This project wants to highlight the specific support that women could receive when taking part in existing incubators. The lesson can be drawn from the incubators that exist in many cities around the globe. To do so, we need to make an inventory of incubators that have a specific focus or programs for female entrepreneurs and what are their common and unique characteristics and track records

Method/Approach: Quantitative studies, data collection through surveys sent to managers of incubators

Status: Currently accepting 1 or 2 or two students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to Jeanne Martens

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Jeanne Martens

Description

The presence of women in many workplaces has considerably grown, showing their strong contributions in many areas related to business. However, scientific and technological areas still experiencing a lower presence of female entrepreneurs. This research wants to explore the situation of these ‘women in tech’ from three-sides: one, to get a better insight into the goals of a female entrepreneur who work in technological areas; another, to look at the networks of connections around females who are currently entrepreneurs in technology; and finally to look at the institutional barriers when trying to secure funding.

Project 1: Orientation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for ‘women in tech’?

The objective is to gain insights into the motivation of female international entrepreneurs who are working in technological sectors to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how this affects the nature of the opportunities they pursue as well as the business models they create to generate (social and economic) value.

Method/Approach: Desk study: Qualitative and quantitative studies, data collection through in-depth interviews and/or survey

Status: Currently accepting 1 or 2 students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to Jeanne Martens

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Jeanne Martens

Project 2: Network of female international entrepreneurs in Tech

We want to illustrate and classify the social networks that ‘women in tech’ have been in touch with. We are very interested in knowing the benefits that those networks have provided for female entrepreneurs, starting with emotional support, going through financial and material resources, and also looking at professional advice and support.

Method/Approach: Desk study: Qualitative studies, data collection through in-depth interviews

Literature study: a collection of previous research about this topic

Status: Currently accepting 1 or 2 students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to Jeanne Martens

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Jeanne Martens

Project 3: Availability of investment and financial support for ‘women in tech.’

Women have reported being taken less seriously when asking for large amounts of money to finance their entrepreneurial ambitions. Comments related to the risk of lending money to women are still present nowadays. We aim to identify the experience of women in their journey to find and apply for high sums of investment. The barriers they experience when going to financial institutions, when applying to subsidy grants or when pitching for investors.

Method/Approach: Qualitative studies, data collection through in-depth interviews

Status: Currently accepting 1 or 2 students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to Jeanne Martens

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Dr. Ingrid Wakkee

Description

Experiential entrepreneurial programs where students have the opportunity to start their businesses are becoming more prevalent. The majority of the students enrolled in these startup programs are male, despite that the female students form the largest portion of the total student population. Therefore, in this project, we study the influence of gender and study background on the motivation and intent to participate in startup educational programs. In particular, this project looks at the students of universities of applied sciences and focuses on programs with a predominantly female student body. The perceived images of entrepreneurship as a career option, encouragement was given by teachers, and the availability of role models and examples are taken into consideration.

Method/Approach: Qualitative methods

Status: Currently accepting students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to Ingrid Wakkee

Principal researcher / Supervisor: Dr. JuanFra Alvarado Valenzuela

Description

Countries and cities with comprehensive welfare systems provide a safety net for entrepreneurs who experience financial troubles and risk of failure; other countries provide less public support, but private organizations can be actively involved instead. Differences across Europe can be seen in the amounts of financial aid provided, the organizations involved, and the interaction of public and private actors. This project aims to create an inventory of different urban cases across the European Union to show the situation that businesses are going through. That inventory will be later used to provide advice for Dutch organizations in this field.

Method/Approach: Country Profiles through qualitative methods. Data collection is done through the information available on websites (in different languages) and information collected from public and private financial advisors in the selected cities.

Multiple language skills are preferred.

Status: Currently accepting students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to JuanFra Alvarado Valenzuela

Principal researcher / Supervisor: JuanFra Alvarado Valenzuela

Description

Many entrepreneurs have the goal to go international and open branches beyond the borders of the country where they have started. Internationalization has many positive effects which at the same time imply a high degree of risk, such as the search for new markets, the expansion of their workforce and the search for higher revenues. In that scenario, entrepreneurs search and use the support from financial, legal, and administrative advisors. This project aims to collect the best strategies that advisors have to proceed when supporting entrepreneurs and their businesses abroad. Those lessons to avoid risk and failure will be later used in seminars and inspirational sessions for young professionals working in the Dutch entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Method/Approach: Qualitative methods with in-depth interviews and content analysis. Information sources are accountants, lawyers, and entrepreneurial advisors in the Netherlands.

Status: Currently accepting students

Interested? Send your CV and a cover letter to JuanFra Alvarado Valenzuela

FOODLOGICA is an enterprise built on the mission to clean the last mile of Amsterdam’s food system. Ethical, social and environmental values are the main driving forces behind the development of this company. As modular, scalable, zero-emission logistic service, we provide last-mile transport solutions for food related businesses. Transporting local goods and produce to local businesses in the city center, FOODLOGICA’s electric vehicles are twice as fast as traditional vans, less expensive and more efficient both financially and environmentally.

Currently active in the city of Amsterdam, FOODLOGICA is innovating in the field of last-mile food transportation—delivering for web shops, local food producers, wholesale companies,restaurants, caterers, local food chains and supermarkets.The company is undergoing a scaling up process in the city of Amsterdam and in 4 more cities in the coming 5 years, where we expect to grow and consolidate our impact. The managing team is currently composed by the two founders,Francesca (CEO) and Jessica (CFO), both Italian women making the difference in the B2B last mile food delivery sector, and a team of 4 local tigers, which handle the daily operations and the growth.

FOODLOGICA is currently looking for an additional operation tiger to help the Amsterdam team to set up two new hubs, gather more vehicles, set a new operating software in place and support specifically with the following tasks:

  • Clients satisfaction, service level: help solve daily hiccups with deliveries and promptly provide feedback to questions from clients and drivers
  • Delivery preparation: every delivery has its own story. The operation team help the drivers to be as efficient as possible. That’s why some selected deliveries are prepared by the support team at pick up
  • Order management & validation: orders are properly inserted in the software, and a continuous overview of the orders progress and online changes
  • Office management: our office needs some love. Rules, procedures and management of food & beverage supply is very much needed.
  • Invoicing approval: every month we need to tweak and double check that all of our service, additional last minute deliveries and issues are properly checked and inserted in our invoices.
  • Sales optimization: sales are our greatest strength, however every sales requires a set of necessary steps to be implemented. Offers, service agreements, hand over documents for the operation team for example need to be pipelined correctly
  • DISPATCHER AND SOFTWARE MANAGER
  • Additional optimization tasks. For the 6 months of work, the main goal will be to support the operation team in setting up optimized processes. These tasks will be decided altogether during the strategy meeting at the beginning of the month

FOODLOGICA is looking for a team member who marries the company mission and works closely with the operation team. This vacancy is fulltime and the starting date is September 2019.

Bruto Salary 2000 K EUR non negotiable.

Send an email to Marieke@foodlogica.com to set a meeting.

Published by  Amsterdam School of International Business 29 July 2019