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Qeld's scholarship

Qeld's scholarship is for students writing a dissertation
on entrepreneurship and small businesses to promote innovation and knowledge in this sector.

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More research is needed!

Four out of five jobs are created by small business owners. Thus, they are the backbone and foundation of a well-functioning economy. Since its inception in 2018, we at Qeld have helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs create growth in their businesses with the right type of funding.

We believe entrepreneurship and small businesses deserve more attention and research.

That's why we are now establishing Qeld's Scholarship. It will be awarded to a dissertation that deals with-and researches-entrepreneurship and/or small businesses.

Who can receive the scholarship?

Qeld's Scholarship is awarded to an article or dissertation written to highlight and address issues related to entrepreneurship and running small businesses. The scholarship aims to promote knowledge and innovation for the entrepreneurial sectors in which Qeld operates.

The scholarship will be awarded to the person behind a research question that stands out from the crowd, seeks to bring forward topics not yet explored, and has taken an interesting approach.

The scholarship has a value of: €1,000

See full terms and conditions below.

Application & criteria -
Second semester 23/24

To apply, you must write a thesis (e.g., undergraduate or graduate thesis) related to business administration and/or entrepreneurship.

In your application, we would like you to include the following:

Research question justifying why your topic is important to entrepreneurs and business in general.
Name, contact information, program and college/university.
Attach a valid certificate showing that you are studying at a Dutch college or university.

See below for information on how we process your personal data and to read our privacy policy.

Applications can be submitted until June 21, 2024. For questions, please contact: scholarship@qeld.nl

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Previous scholarship recipients

Albert Waterman
With the essay, "Parasitic Agglomerations? Informal Competition in Agglomerations"


At a time when innovation is being researched in affluent countries, Albert focuses on the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in developing countries. His research looks at the impact of agglomeration economies on innovation among SMEs in 23 developing countries. He identifies obstacles and offers insights to help entrepreneurs navigate this complex environment. His goal is to strengthen the innovation power of developing economies. Qeld chose this research because it contributes to our efforts to boost the power of innovation in developing countries.

Previous scholarship recipients

Jesper Larsson & Camilla Hietanen
With the essay, "How can risk factors for burnout be managed in the entrepreneurial sector?


"This year's scholarship from Qred ("Qeld") will be awarded to an essay on a topic we take very seriously at Qred, namely burnout. It is common for entrepreneurs to have a high workload and the risk of burnout is particularly high among this group of people. The paper in question maps out the most effective coping mechanisms for burnout and how they can be avoided without affecting the progress of new innovation. The article presents qualitative interviews with both successful entrepreneurs and individuals with burnout syndrome. We see this as an instructive article that is important for the well-being of entrepreneurs in the industry. We are therefore proud to award this year's grant to Jesper Larsson and Camilla Hietanen." - The jury of Qred

Full terms

  • Scholarship holders are appointed by a jury of which all participants work at Qeld. The jury's decision is final and cannot be appealed.
  • The scholarship is EUR 1,000 and the full amount is paid in one lump sum, i.e. not periodically.
  • To ensure the legitimacy of applicants, the identity of scholarship holders is also checked. By applying, one accepts that Qeld conducts such checks.
  • Any profit tax is paid by the winner.
  • APPLICATION PERIOD: To be considered for and win Qeld's Scholarship, the applicant must apply for the Scholarship within the specified application period of Sept. 13, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024.
  • APPLICATION: To be considered and win the scholarship, the applicant's application must be complete and contain accurate information (see "Application & Criteria").
  • THE APPLICANT: Qeld processes personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 ("GDPR") and other applicable data protection laws. By sharing this information with Qeld , I consent to the processing of personal data by Qeld. For more information on how your personal data is processed, please read more in our Privacy Policy.
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