About us

Our history.

Martijn Driessen Entrepreneur of the year 1997

1997 – Entrepreneur of the year

Entrepreneur Scan exists almost 20 years. Started in the last millennium. Basically it’s a spin-off of the thesis of founder Martijn Driessen. From an early age on he knew he wanted to become an entrepreneur. However, he never thought he would start something with the software. He saw an opportunity that he wanted to exploit and wanted to help entrepreneurs to become even better. With a successful start: he became ”Starter of the Year 1997”.

2001 – Switiching from floppy disks to the internet

In 2001, we stopped sending floppy disks. Even though we had a big deal with ING Bank, it was still a big challenge. We switched completely to an online application. What a relief.

2005 – How a graduate thesis turned into the E-Scan

What began as just a thesis to be able to graduate, like so many, turned into an extensive and ongoing research. A major milestone was the PhD thesis that appeared in 2005 on the assessment and development of entrepreneurial competences; E-Scan. See below for all our publications. On the basis of this PhD thesis a popular book was published: De ondernemende ondernemer of which already more than 63,000 hard copies are sold. This book is now translated in english and published as an eBook; The Golden Egg, an entrepreneurial approach on how to become a successful entrepreneur.

2009 – Our first steps to worldwide

In 2009 we welcomed our first partner in the UK. We have trained and prepared them to conquer the UK market with our products and services. Meanwhile, we welcomed even more partners, in countries as Belgium, USA, Finland and South Africa. Entrepreneurship is seeing opportunities, seize opportunities and create value. And this happens all over the world. However we still see that there’s a lot to be done in the personal development of the business owner. Precisely in this field, we are convinced that we can add a lot of knowledge and value.

2016 – After almost 20 years

In 2016, we have a new office in Utrecht, close to Amsterdam. Furthermore, we have new staff and together we are working hard to build a new fully responsive E-Scan. What an incredibly beautiful job it is. We are very proud of the (first) results. In addition, we are increasingly asked to train trainers on how to develop entrepreneurship amongst others.

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Driessen, M. (2014) The Golden Egg, a scientific approach on how to become a successful entrepreneur. Utrecht Entrepreneur Scan
Driessen, M. (2010). De ondernemende ondernemer. Leer jezelf ontwikkelen tot een entrepreneur. Utrecht: Entrepreneur Consultancy bv (10e druk).
Driessen, M. (2008). Kzie, kzie, wat jij niet ziet. Onderneem zonder eigen bedrijf. Utrecht: Entrepreneur Consultancy bv (1e druk)
Driessen, M. (2005). E-Scan ondernemerstest: beoordeling en ontwikkeling ondernemers Competentie [E-Scan entrepreneur test: assessment and development of entrepreneurial competence]. PhD Disseration. Groningen: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.


Leung, Y.K., Franken, I., Thurk, R., Driessen, M., et al (2021). “Narcissism and entrepreneurship: Evidence from six datasets.” Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Volume 15, e00216. [link]
Lex van Teeffelen, Edwin Weesie, Lorraine Uhlaner (2014) Altering student preferences toward takeover entrepreneurship: Action research study based on threshold theory International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 23: 4. 568-586.
Lex van Teeffelen, Lorraine Uhlaner, Martijn Driessen (2011)  The Importance of Specific Human Capital, Planning and Familiarity in Dutch Small Firm Ownership Transfers: a Seller’s Perspective International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 14: 1. 127-148.
Oosterbeek, H., Van Praag, M., IJsselstein, A. (2010) The impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurship competencies and intentions: An evaluation of the Junior Achievement Student Mini-Company Program European Economic Review 54(3): 442-454.
Driessen, M., & Zwart, P. S. (2006), De E-Scan Ondernemerstest ter beoordeling van ondernemerschap, Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie, juli/augustus 2006, 382-391. [also available in english]

Book chapters

Wietsma, J. (2015) Financier je bedrijf vooruit, gids voor kredietwensers. Zwolle: Leonon Media Publishers [Hoofdstuk 9]
Grit, R. (2015) Zo maak je een ondernemingsplan. Groningen / Houten: Noordhof uitgevers. [stap 1 Ken jezelf als ondernemer]
Post, G. (2013) Op zoek naar het DNA van de Brabantse topondernemer. Eindhoven, Fontys Hogescholen [hoofdstuk 4, 6]
Van Iersel, David (2013) 1000WATT. Een handreiking voor de creatieve ondernemer. Eburon Business.
Smit, Eelco (2012) Boek voor Mannen. Heb het lef om echte keuzes te maken. Amsterdam, Inzicht Actie Oogsten Media.
Vesterink, L. (2011) Start your business now, Write your Business Plan in 5 steps. Utrecht, Younique Creations [pages 45-51]
Vesterink, L. (2011) Passievitaliteit. Utrecht, Younique Creations [pagina 67]
Vesterink, L. (2008) Ondernemen moet je doen. Amersfoort, Deviant.

Conference papers

Verni Y Ismail, Efendy Zain, Zulihar (2014). The Portrait of Entrepreneurial Competence on Student Entrepreneurs. The 6th Indonesia International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business (IICIES 2014). Volume 169, 20 January 2015, Pages 178-188 [conference papers]
Laan, R., Driessen, M. & Zwart, P. (2010). Entrepreneur Scan recognizes potential fast growers. Accepted Conference Paper by IntEnt Conference, July 2010, Arnhem-Nijmegen, Netherlands [conference papers]
Lex van Teeffelen, Martijn Driessen (2007)  Transfer Success in SMEs: Are entrepreneurial characteristics of importance? In: RENT XXI Conference, November 2007, Cardiff, UK  Edited by:European Council of Small Business.
Driessen, M.P. and Zwart. P.S. (1999), The role of the entrepreneur in small business success: the Entrepreneurship Scan. In: ICSB Conference June 1999, Napels, Italy Edited by:European Council of Small Business.

Research reports

McCallum E., Weicht R., McMullan L., Price A. (2018), EntreComp into Action: get inspired, make it happen (M. Baci- galupo & W. O’Keeffe Eds.) , EUR 29105 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018. ISBN 978-92-79-79360- 8, doi:10.2760/574864, JRC109128 [research reports]
Breanna James (2016) Generating Entrepreneurial Success: strategic entrepreneurship in relationship to motivation and personal entrepreneurial competences, Doctoral Dissertation Research, Argosy University, USA [research reports]
Björn Giesbergen (2016) Ondernemerschap als sleutel voor meer verdienvermogen, RaboResearch, Economisch onderzoek. Rabobank [research reports] link
Yvonne Prince, Wilma van Rijt en Johan Snoei (2016) IkStartSmart en IkGroeiSmart Gelderland Evaluatie 2012-2015 EIM / Kamer van Koophandel [research reports]
OECD (2014), “Netherlands: “IkStartSmart” Gelderland”, in The Missing Entrepreneurs 2014: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe, OECD Publishing, Paris.
DOI: link
Overweel, M., Van Rijt-Veltman, W. & Snoei, J. (2011) Een succesvolle start op maat EIM / Kamer van Koophandel [research reports]
Tansley, G (2010) Supporting Disabled Adults Into Self Employment, Etete Ltd issued by Department of Work and Pensions, UK. [research reports]
Van den Tillaart, H. (2009) Ikstartsmart Salland, effectmeting coaching van startende ondernemers. ITS-Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen [research reports]
Van den Tillaart, H. (2008) Effectmeting Start Smart Project. Begeleiding van startende ondernemers ITS-Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. [research reports]

Professional journals

Smit, J. (2017) Het geheim van de Entrepreneur. HP/De Tijd, nr. 4, 47-50.
Westwood, R. (2017) The Traits Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed. Forbes / Entrepreneurs.
Spoelstra, E. (2016) Wat voor ondernemer bent u? Bovag Krant. Juli.
Jongsma, S. (2016) Doen. Tijdschrift Complement. April.
Van Triet, L. (2014) Het starten van een eigen bedrijf. E-Scan Ondernemerstest. Estheticienne 2014-2.
Oosthoek, E. (2014) Je vindt het pas als het moeilijk wordt. Interview met Dr. Martijn Driessen, Loopbaanvisie: 2014-1.
Hurenkamp, H (2012) Orde scheppen in de wirwar. Ondernemen! Opinieblad van MKB Nederland. Jaargang 18, 1.
Helmers, J. (2012) Succesvol ondernemerschap heeft niets met geld te maken. Nederlands verbond voor Groothandels. 2012
Dr. Martijn Driessen (2011) Hoe beoordeel je ondernemerschap? Tijdschrift voor Schuldsanering, nr. 1, februari 2011.
Driessen, M. (2010) Subtiliteiten in het ondernemerschap. Notariaat Magazine 2010-9.