Embrace Technology, Entrepreneurship & Creativity

September, February
20 weeks
Contact hours
20 - 25 per week
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Embrace Technology Entrepreneurship & Creativity is an international minor that can be attended by students with a background in both technical and non-technical bachelor programs. The content of our program builds on the idea that disciplinary, cultural and intellectual diversity, combined with a creative and open mind-set, drives successful (societal, business and technological) innovation.


During the Embrace TEC minor you will develop into a Self-directed Professional who is able to work creatively with people from different professions and disciplines. This program is a varied set of different activities, it consists of different challenges that you face individually or in a group. Find your own rhythm and achieve cool stuff!


Guided by one of our coaches you learn to identify and use your unique talents to continuously improve yourself. To keep track of this, you will create a Pulse map in which you document your learning process. During the minor we will assess your personal growth and progress based on this map. We believe that the process is more important than the outcome. That is why Embrace TEC has 0 exams!

In the first eight weeks, the challenges in the minor are designed to help you develop your skills in the areas of technology, entrepreneurship and creativity. You can choose from a variety of workshops and courses. In addition to that we will have several field trips and visit companies and communities throughout the program. By doing so, you will become more aware of your identity and fascinations. Based on this new awareness, you will execute your very own project for the remaining 12 weeks.

The different tracks you can choose during your very own project are:

Realize your own purpose-driven future solution 
Work on a design challenge in collaboration with an (innovative) company 
Start up your own business

Visit our website to get a look and feel:

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Recognizing Technologies

3 weeks

You will visit innovative companies, listen to external speakers and tinker with basic technologies yourself to learn about the endless possibilities technology can offer.

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Blue Banana

2 weeks

The Blue Banana weeks are about stimulating your creativity by stepping out of your comfort zone and finding out who you really are.

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Meaningful Challenge

3 weeks

You will be working on a meaningful solution to a local problem or challenge while getting familiar with the process of design-based working.

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Future Solution

11 weeks

In the Future Solution you will design a solution for a global challenge of your choice. Following the steps of the design process you will develop a product that creates impact on the target group.


We train self-directed professionals who should be of value to different companies and across industries. Because we have multidisciplinary learning groups in all programs, we also like to visit different business contexts. We want you to discover what these companies do in the field of technology, creativity and (social) entrepreneurship.

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In the educational programme, we often work together with young entrepreneurs. They are starting their own company and can share their fuck-ups with you and of course they can inspire you to start your own company. Some of them started their own business during the Embrace TEC program.

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Who is more up-to-date than an expert who helps organisations all over the world in their field of expertise? Indeed, our TEC fellows! These experts are nationally or internationally acclaimed experts who will give you in-depth workshops in our programme.

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Monday09.00 - 13.00
Tuesday09.00 - 16.00
Wednesday09.00 - 16.00
Thursday09.00 - 13.00

What we expect from you

  • We expect you to enjoy working on challenges. These challenges lie in the field of cooperation with people from other disciplines and backgrounds, but also with contexts and users for whom you are going to design.
  • You want to proactively take control of your own professional future. We take you with us to numerous innovative organisations around technology, creativity or innovative forms of business making.
  • The moment you integrate your fascinations and hobbies with our education and are open to making mistakes and learning from them, we know for sure that this is going to be a crazy time.

What you can expect from us

At home feeling

We believe it is important to create a dynamic and open learning environment in which students from different cultures, nationalities and disciplines come together. A place where everyone feels at home. In order to achieve this, we (re)shape and (re)create this unique and modular/flexible environment together with our students.

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Students are taking a break in between the hard work at our chill area.

Fail forward

Failing forward requires support, guidance, and most importantly, the time and space to reflect on you fantastic fails. This subtle shift from failure to failing can reduce the fear of failure that discourage students from exploring.

 “We want you to revise and iterate based on what you learned from failing – all on a path to real success.”

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Laure explains design-based working and teaches students how this method helps to fail forward.

Spark your fascination

We believe that good ideas start with your own fascination. This creative spark can start from empathy, but sometimes It is also the problem or the process that is close to you that gets you started.

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A modular pedal board for guitarists, which is the result of a project that started from someones fascination with guitar playing and the struggles with existing pedal boards.

Personal coaching

As a student you will have your own personal coach during this educational programme. We believe that if you are comfortable with yourself, you will achieve and learn more. Together with your coach you will work on discovering and forming your personal identity.

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One of the coaches of Pulsed is talking about a project with a student in a one-on-one feedback session.

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Other stories

My senior brother in Ghana now has access to stable electricity power for our farm activities, thanks to my solar panel kit.”

-Michael, student Technical Engineering

"As an International Business student I am working at a bio-farm. Due the minor I found out that I want to reduce meet consumption."

-Aaron, International Business

    How to apply as an exchange student

    Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at  this website to see how it works. 

    How to apply as a Dutch UAS student

    Dutch UAS students, apply for this minor via https://www.kiesopmaat.nl

    How to apply as a Fontys students 

    You have to register yourself for the minor in Progress. Please note: the available places shown in Progress might not represent the actual availability. Students take diverse routes to register for this minor: exchange students through our international office and Dutch higher education students (from schools other than Fontys) through ‘kiesopmaat.nl’. Waiting to register for the minor of your choice because of the shown availability is not advisable and might result in you being too late and the minor being full.

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    AddressRachelsmolen 1, 5612 MA Eindhoven
    ContactNiels Roelofs
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    Name: Niels Roelofs
    E-mail: embracetec@fontys.nl
    Website: https://www.fontyspulsed.com/

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