PLATO Business School
Tilburg The Netherlands

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We strengthen people's career options

In the educational and research programs of PLATO Business School reflection on entrepreneurship is central. And because experience is fundamental to quality of education, in our educational programs scientific knowledge and practical experience are linked. At PLATO Business School we teach the entrepreneurs and managers of tomorrow new management paradigms. We integrate the concept of Creating Shared Value (Michael Porter) into all our research and education. Long-term business strategies, new sustainable business models and innovation play an important role in our curricula.

PLATO Business School is operating at the forefront of the iron triangle (affordability, accessibility and employability) and we attract students who are seeking self-employment, jobs or career advancement. We have a 99% retention rate because of our simple digital didactics. So fast-track your career and find out more about how PLATO Business School's educational philosophy brings about access to essential business knowledge.

Online Mini-MBA

The Mini-MBA of PLATO Business School is an eco-innovative, introductory business primer (a.o. based on the ideas of Josh Kaufman, Personal MBA). We offer you a low-threshold, concise english course Mini-MBA – its purpose is to give you a comprehensive overview of the most important business concepts in a limited time-frame (6-12 months Mini-MBA). It gives you the models for every subject that’s key to commercial success in a circular economy. Everything you need to know. Knowing where to start in common business situation is extremely valuable, whether you’re a brand-new entrepreneur or a successful executive. This Mini-MBA gives you a fair chance for transforming your business and your career.

Educational philosophy

An educational philosophy may be thought of as a more-or-less organised Body Of Knowledge (and Skills – BOKS) and opinion on education, both as it is conceptualised and as it is practiced. Education may be considered vocational in the sense of preparing people for their calling in life, in all its dimensions, so that what is taught will give serious structure and direction to their journey.

Right to education
Education significantly influences a person’s life chances. It acts as a crucial instrument for personal and collective growth and has a critical role to play toward equipping individuals for labor market success. Human rights are the foundation and knowledge and education are fundamental for development and social inclusion of all people. Because of this we strongly support a collective right to education. Education is not just for a privileged few it is for everyone – as a business educator PLATO Business School supports democratization of opportunity we provide low-threshold learning opportunities and we especially hope to reach people on the brink of being left out of lifelong learning.

Innovative educator
PLATO Business School is an innovative educator because of its digital approach to pedagogy and classroom management. Being one of the most influential minds of Western thought, Plato described the Socratic method of instruction and further developed it as the dialectic method – a learning method using a question and answer dialogue between the teacher and student. Teaching students to ask questions enables them to become thinkers. The dialectic method is essential for engaging students in interactive learning, in giving them ownership of discovery in the learning process. At PLATO Business School you do not need to master an e-learning environment; you directly email with your professor – you learn by a disciplined questioning following the conventions of email etiquette of the academy.

Ethical leadership
Plato (428-348 BC) developed a philosophy of education for prospective rulers requiring them to be philosophers first and rulers second. He argued that morality could be conceptualized as a series of principles based on human reason. Nowadays both the (digital) didactic and dialectic methods are necessary for teaching. Telling the student what is needed to know is the only way to impart information. The dialectic method can provide an opportunity for debate of issues, exploration of ideas and use of higher thinking skills – like a democratic ethical leadership style sharing decision-making and by practicing social equality. Since the object of learning is to be able to discern and make decisions based on knowledge, the dialectic method is critical for growth of knowledge.

Mastering the fundamentals
Many people assume they need to attend a MBA from (expensive) top schools to learn how to build a successful business or advance in their career. That’s simply not true. You don’t need to know everything - mastering the fundamentals can take you surprisingly far (Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman). Once you know the essentials, you are free to focus on building your career. With the Mini-MBA of PLATO Business School we put you on a realistic way on track for an understanding of general business practice from scratch, regardless of your current level of education or business experience. This way we strengthen people's career options and enable you to build a successful (circular) business or advance in your career.

For entrepreneurial people

6-12 Month Mini-Master of Business Administration


100% online new economy Mini-MBA!
6-12 month English programme.
Simple digital didactics, less 100 hrs of learning
Non-credit bearing, no degree requirements
Rolling admission: total fee € 495,00 ex VAT

12 Month Management Development Programme for SMES

PLATO MD Programme

MD programme for indigenous SMES
12 month offline programme
Monthly group meetings
Coaching by large ‘parent’ companies
Rolling admission: total fee € 895,00 ex VAT

Be part of PLATO


PLATO is part of a dynamic European wide network (17 countries)


over 600 large companies (‘parent companies’) already participated


PLATO NL > over 1,000 SME entrepreneurs in MD programmes


PLATO Europe > over 100,000 SME entrepreneurs participated

Applied Sciences Knowledge Center

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The PLATO Applied Sciences for Entrepreneurship Knowledge Center (ASK) stimulates entrepreneurship with education and research. The results are used to support entrepreneurs, improve entrepreneurial education and influence (government) policy.

Trends and trend information for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new opportunities for their company: entrepreneurs are innovators. Results of trend analysis and research can put them on track of new business opportunities. New business opportunities are important for future business perspectives.

PLATO is founded on the so called ‘Triple Helix Network’ - a network of companies, universities and colleges, supported by the government (University-Industry-Government). Being an Applied Sciences Institute, PLATO Business School aims to make research (results) accessible to (circular) industry.

Dr. Paul Janssenweg
5026 RH Tilburg