Tom Rovers

This master programme definitely inspired me to start my own business.

Tom Rovers

Student Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship

I started with the programme Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship in 2011. It was the perfect master for me because of its international character (half of my classmates came from abroad) and the focus on entrepreneurship.

Besides the cultural sector I had an interest in researching the rise of the creative industries. This was also the area I graduated in, my Master thesis was about start-up incubation in the tech and creative industries. A subject that is still, and maybe even more, relevant today. I wrote my thesis in 5 months during my internship at Mediaguild, an incubator that was part of Waag Society.

After completing my Master, I worked as a consultant for many different companies in both the private and cultural sector, including the Rijksmuseum. I also founded a social enterprise that is aimed at teaching kids about entrepreneurship: Tom & Thomas. CEE definitely inspired me to start my own business.

At this moment I am about to embark on a new adventure in Rotterdam. I am actually going to work together with someone I met during my CEE research internship! We are founding a new company called the Prototype Hotel. Here we specialise in building innovative software in a matter of days instead of months.

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