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Bert Twaalfhoven

Bert Twaalfhoven

Bert Twaalfhoven

Dr Twaalfhoven is founder and current President of EFER - European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research and Former President of Indivers B.V. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started 54 companies in 11 countries including Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Holland, Belgium, England, US, Singapore and China, of which 17 failed. Twaalfhoven is also a co-founder of Gilde – one of the largest venture capital companies in Europe, and has participated in several other venture capital companies. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Dr Twaalfhoven is active in many capacities in international networks of universities and entrepreneurs, especially the promotion of dynamic growth entrepreneurs, and is initiator of EASDAQ. Twaalfhoven founded EFER in 1987 with the support of Harvard EU and many Harvard Alumni. Its mission is to promote entrepreneurship at universities and business schools. From 2005 to 2008 EFER and Twaalfhoven sponsored a one-week program to train academia from Europe at Harvard Business School. Over these six years 358 professors from 198 universities and 66 countries have attended this one-week program. A new activity was to teach 1,000 Chinese children how to sail, in preparation for the Olympics in 2008. Dr Twaalfhoven graduated from Fordham University/New York in 1952 with a BSc and received his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1954. In 1993 he received an honorary doctorate from Fordham University for his achievements in the area of education and as an international entrepreneur. Dr Twaalfhoven is former chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni and on June 2, 2001 he received the Annual Alumni Award from Harvard Business School for his activities stimulating entrepreneurship in Eastern and Western Europe. In 1978 he received the Koning Willem I Award from Z.K.H. Prince Bernard. Bert and Maria Twaalfhoven live in Hilversum, Holland and have 8 children (5 MBA’s, 3 engineers). They have 22 grandchildren. They ski – sail – paint and collect 17th century maps when New York was called “New Netherlands” and Cape Cod “New Holland”. Five of the Twaalfhoven’s 2nd generations are entrepreneurs.