Evan van der Holst


The winner of the Rotterdam Thesis Award 2018 is Evan van der Holst with his thesis ‘A Search for a Fertilizer for Social Enterprises’. Said Kasmi, member of the city councel and responsible for education, culture and tourism, handed him the price (€ 1.500,- and a local work of art).


Evan graduated from the Master in Management programme. His master’s thesis offers rich insights into how social entrepreneurs go about their business and what they require from their surrounding ecosystem to achieve scale-up. While social enterprises are hardly a new phenomenon, they do play an increasingly important role in the city’s social development. The jury consequently praises the practical relevance and applicability of Van der Holst’s thesis, as well as its methodological rigour and theoretical quality. Which of course are also the core values of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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