dr. K. Zalewska (Katarzyna)

Programme coordinator/lecturer at Creative Technology

About Me

Since January 2019, Kasia is a programme coordinator of Creative Technology. She also teaches high-tech entrepreneurship at Creative Technology.


During her career, Kasia has accumulated substantial experience and knowledge in areas such as: high-tech entrepreneurship, strategy, business models (incl. social entrepreneurship and shared economy), and inter-organizational collaboration. 

Her research focused on University-Industry Interactions, specifically focusing on the Academic and Student Entrepreneurship, as well as Entrepreneurship Education. 

Kasia served as a reviewer for the following journals: Research Policy, Higher Education Policy, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Technology Forecasting and Social Change Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management, Sustainability

Received grants

2016 Tech4People grant financing a 3-year PhD student

2016 NWO-TTW (STW) grant for Knowledge transfer within the project Advanced fully integrated on-chip optical sensors for the early diagnosis of diseases with Optical Sciences (dr. Sonia Garcia Blanco)

2014 UT Ambassadors’ Network UT Aspasia Fond

2012 UT Stichting Universiteitsfonds to support a Campus Event

2011 EU-SPRI grant for organising an international Early Career Researcher Conference on university-society interactions, ‘New perspectives on enduring research questions in university-society interaction? Towards an emerging multi‑disciplinary research agenda for knowledge exchange and co-creation within science, research and innovation policy studies’




Business & Economics
Firm Survival
Nascent Entrepreneurs
Predictive Ability
Start-Up Firms
Strategic Behavior


Kasia's research programme used to focus on University-Industry Interactions, specifically on the Academic and Student Entrepreneurship, as well as Entrepreneurship Education. Kasia's main project (together with Igors Skute (PhD student expected graduation date: March 2020), Isabella Hatak, and Petra de Weerd Nederhof) focused on detecting early success factors of valorisation grants/ business plans of academic entrepreneurs. This project requires text mining of valorisation grants/business plans and development of a machine learning algorithm to analyse valorisation grants (business plans).


Skute, I., Hatak, I. , Zalewska-Kurek, K. , & de Weerd, P. (2020). Towards the Early-Stage University Spin-Off Success: the Role of Project and Team Composition. Paper presented at 27th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2020, Antwerp, Belgium.
Skute, I. , Hatak, I. , & Zalewska-Kurek, K. (2020). Exploration of the self-perceived university spinoff competence types: topic modeling application. Paper presented at 80th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Englis, P. , Heuven, J. , Englis, B. , Groen, A. , & Zalewska-Kurek, K. (2019). From Shark Tanks to Incubator Pitch Days: Effectiveness of Experts’ Predictions of Short-Term and Long-Term Startup survival. Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice: Present and Future 2019, Varna, Bulgaria.
Skute, I. , Hatak, I. , & Zalewska-Kurek, K. (2019). Do you get funded? An assessment of university spinoff funding success by supervised machine learning techniques. Paper presented at 27th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2019, Enschede, Netherlands.
Englis, P. , Englis, B. G. , Groen, A. J. , Heuven, J. M. J. , & Zalewska-Kurek, K. (2018). Experts’ Ability to Predict Start-up Firm Survival. Paper presented at ICABM2018 International Conference of Applied Business and Management, Porto, Portugal.
Dos SantosFernandez Costa, S. , Zalewska-Kurek, K. , Frederiks, A. , & Hatak, I. (2018). Understanding Students' Ability to Recognize Entrepreneurial Opportunities: The Role of Need for Autonomy and Passion for Inventing. Paper presented at 3E Conference – ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference 2018, Enschede, Netherlands.
Skute, I. , Zalewska-Kurek, K. , Hatak, I. , & de Weerd-Nederhof, P. C. (2017). University-Industry Collaboration: Detecting Research Patterns and Exploring Future Avenues. Paper presented at 25th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Englis, P. D. , Englis, B. , Groen, A. J., Heuven, J. M. J. , & Zalewska-Kurek, K. (2017). The Predictive Ability of Business Panel Assessments and Start-up Firm Survival. 16589. Paper presented at 77th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2017.16589abstract

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  • lecturer of high-tech entrepreneurship at Creative Technology (bachelor programme) and Interaction Technology (Master's programme)
  • Participated in developing and launching Nikos/UT MOOC on Entrepreneurship (forthcoming in September on www.futurelearn.com)
  • Designed curricula, created and taught courses on business modelling, strategic management, strategic alliances management, and innovative entrepreneurship for Business Administration, Industrial Engineering & Management, and Creative Technology.
  • Designed a teaching curriculum and taught research management to PhD students in the Twente Graduate School as a follow-up of my PhD project.
  • Supervised approximately 70 masters and 50 bachelor students in the fields of: market research, innovation of business models, entrepreneurship, strategic alliances, marketing, strategy development, mergers and acquisitions to name a few. These projects were carried out at both SMEs (e.g. high-tech start-ups, software companies, recruitment agencies, car wholesalers) and large (e.g. large Dutch newspaper publisher, national Dutch bank) companies and resulted in recommendations and advise.

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 1054
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 1054
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling  1054
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands