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Bert Twaalfhoven

Founder, EFER (Europe 500 Entrepreneurs for Growth)

Dr. Bert Twaalfhoven, founder of EFER and Former President of Indivers B.V.graduated from Fordham University/New York in 1952 with a B.Sc. and received his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1954. In 1993 Dr. Twaalfhoven 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.

Dr. Twaalfhoven through Indivers started 54 companies in 11 countries including Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Holland, Belgium, England, U.S.A. Singapore and China. Most companies were successful, 17 ventures failed. Twaalfhoven was also co-founder of the first venture capital company in the Netherlands (Gilde) and has participations in several 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.

In 1987 he founded with the support of Harvard EU and many Harvard Alumni the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER). Its mission is to promote entrepreneurship at universities and business schools.

In 2009, Bert Twaalfhoven received the «Entrepreneur for the World» in the category Expert, which awards an academic or non-academic leader whose research, studies, courses, publications, projects… have contributed to improve and disseminate knowledge of entrepreneurship globally.