“Social entrepreneurship is increasingly relevant and something that we should be stimulating”

Faculty files: Veroniek Collewaert - Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Veroniek Collewaert attained her PhD in Applied Economics but with a less than traditional research topic, namely the investment relationship between investors and entrepreneurs. A fascination with the people side of finance spurred her to take a different slant on the field: “I developed an interest in interpersonal dynamics, which has since led to research into the role of trust and its potential negative effects, and more recently the role of unethical behaviour among entrepreneurs and investors. One of my frustrations with research papers is that they contain really important messages but don’t always reach the people who can actually use them. Yet isn’t that why we do research? To help the people in the field? Vlerick’s close partnership with industry is one of the ways it ensures the ideas from its research get applied in practice. It creates value.”

One of the topics Veroniek will be teaching and researching with us is social entrepreneurship. She admits she fell into teaching the subject by accident, “but it’s now a very familiar field and I’m looking forward to establishing it more firmly here. It’s one of those terms that people initially tend to associate with charities or hippy movements, but it’s really anything but that. It’s a very inspiring field and the people that sign up for classes all seem to have the same desire to want to change the world. It’s an honour to be able to teach that kind of class. Social entrepreneurship is increasingly relevant and something that we should be stimulating and helping.”

  • Education PhD in Applied Economics (Ghent University), Masters in Applied Economics (Ghent University)
  • Fields of expertise Angel financing, venture capital, conflicts, social and sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Career so far Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Maastricht University (2009-2012); Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (2007-2008); Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Accounting and Corporate Finance, Ghent University (2003-2005)

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