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Martin Carree

Head of the MC4E, Full Professor Industrial Organisation at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, and Head of the Department of Organisation & Strategy.


His Chair focuses on industries, varying from software companies to hairdressers, fast-food restaurants and oil refineries. Important discussion topics for Martin are issues such as the structure of industries, the behaviour of companies as well as their performance.

Structure then encompasses matters such as the level of market saturation, whether or not there are accession barriers and whether companies have influential customers or suppliers. Company behaviour on the other hand ranges from innovation to pricing and advertising policy, cooperation and even cartel formation. The behaviour of companies usually changes as industries evolve, whereby entrepreneurship is a determining element of company behaviour within industries.

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Dr. Jana Thiel

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship


Jana earned her PhD from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where she researched technology commercialization and entrepreneurial strategy. Prior to coming to Maastricht she has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Jana’s research focuses on entrepreneurial action and entrepreneurial management. Her preferred context for research, education, and coaching are high-tech ventures.


Jana’s own founding experience covers the launch of a software-as-a-service business in the social marketing domain. You can contact Jana by email at j.thiel at maastrichtuniversity dot nl or via Twitter at twitter.com/thielja.

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Dr. Mark Ayoub

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship


Mark earned his PhD from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Mark’s research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, policy and entrepreneurial management. In his dissertation he studied the effects of the German venture subsidy program EXIST on subsequent venture performance. His research is published in the Journal of Technology Transfer.


Mark is also founder and CEO of Conduco GmbH, a start-up specializing in custom packaging solutions. You can contact Mark by email at m.ayoub at maastrichtuniversity dot nl.

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Iseline de Waard



Iseline joined the MC4E in September 2015. She has a Master degree in Health Food Innovation Management and one in Neuropsychology, and is experienced as a product developer in the bakery industry with a strong interest in innovation in the health and food sector. She teaches these subjects at the Bachelors and Masters programmes at the university campuses in Maastricht and Venlo.
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Christopher Sparks


Chris became interested in entrepreneurship by starting a farmers market business with a friend in 2005. He is co-author of Entrepreneur in 100 days which he published with Thomas Blekman of Erasmus University, De Beukelaar Group, and Nijenrode Business University. Next to this he is co-founder in several startups in Limburg – ‘Cloudcoverz’, ‘Ludewa Textiles’, ‘Guestbook’, and ‘BiblioViz’.

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Kathy Mulders MSCBH

Director Launchbase Incubation Programme


As a founder of an award winning startup, she has seen the pros and cons of living the entrepreneurial dream. Leaving the social company in good hands, from July 2015 she is dedicated to create an interactive startup community in the Southern part of the Netherlands.


She is proactive, motivated, passionate on ideas, helping the startups of LaunchBase wherever needed. You can contact Kathy by email at mulderskathy at gmail dot com or by phone at +31 624 686 766

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Lydia Gommans MSCIB

Director Launchbase Pre-Incubation Programme


Lydia joined the MC4E team in March of 2015 to help run the Base pre-incubation programme. Although born and raised in New Zealand, Lydia holds dual nationality from both New Zealand and The Netherlands.


After completing a Bachelors in Marketing and Management and a Graduate Diploma in Philosophy from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Lydia moved to Europe to explore her Dutch heritage. During her masters in international business and entrepreneurship at Maastricht University, Lydia co-founded an international gourmet food company ‘We Taste’. Lydia is now helping other young entrepreneurs in Maastricht work towards their own entrepreneurial goals through the Base programme. You can contact Lydia by email at l.gommans at maastrichtuniversity dot nl or by phone at +31 631 290095

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Adina Petre

Project Manager Pre-Incubation Programme


Adina joined the MC4E team in December 2015 to bring her contribution to the LaunchBase pre-incubation programme. As a Clinical Psychologist, her interest in Entrepreneurship began a few years ago when she started her own Coaching company in Maastricht. Through this she aims to make other people successful. Since then she had multiple start-up incursions either as an enthusiastic participant, as event organiser or as a designated coach. You can contact her directly at a.petre at mc4e dot nl

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Prof. Dr. Paul Iske

Professor Open Innovation and Business Venturing

Prof.dr. Paul Iske is a true knowmad who travels the world to inspire, teach and consult. Previously he was Chief Dialogues Officer at ABN AMRO Bank, which included the functions of Director of the Dialogues House and Dialogues Incubator. In this role, he stimulated entrepreneurial and innovative thinking and behavior within and outside ABN AMRO Bank.


Paul is also founder of the Institute of Brilliant Failures, calls himself consulting Challenger and is a frequent speaker on international conferences and workshops focusing on Knowledge Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Finally, he is Partner in ‘Conceptisch’, an organization focusing on the (co-)creation of environments that support the development of intellectual capital. Paul Iske holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics. You can contact Paul by email at p.iske at mc4e dot nl or by phone at +31 654 626160.

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Jan Lamkin

Entrepreneur in Residence


Jan Lamkin is a local entrepreneur and informal investor who acts globally. Jan is affiliated with the MC4E as its Entrepreneur in Residence to teach classes together with the our faculty and to mentor and inspire enterprising students and alumni. Jan is a prototypical self-made entrepreneur who enjoys to interact with young, eager and energetic individuals who will become future entrepreneurial leaders.
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Iulian Lupescu
Communications Officer


Julian coordinates all the inspire and awareness events that MC4E organises with teams of enterprising students who help turn the university into an entrepreneurial hub. Julian joined the centre in the fall of 2015. You can contact him by email at i.lupescu at maastrichtuniversity dot nl.

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Suzanne Eussen


Suzanne is our hard-working secretary and the backbone of our administration happening behind the scenes.

Affiliated Faculty

Several faculty members at Maastricht University contribute to the
activities of the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship, and/or conduct
scholarly research that is directly instrumental to our entrepreneurship