Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Question section allows you to find answers to the questions we get typically asked at THNK about our programs, locations and more. If you have a particular question that isn’t answered here, please email us or contact us directly at +31 206842506.

Executive Leadership Program

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How do I apply for the THNK Executive Leadership Program?

You can apply for the THNK program directly by clicking “Find out if you qualify on the program page. After reviewing your CV or LinkedIn profile, our Admissions team will contact you if you qualify for the next step, which involves a phone or Skype informational interview to assess fit.

 

Following the informational interview, you will submit an application form including your Endeavor proposal.

Our Admissions team reviews applications bi-weekly.

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What are the requirements to apply?

We are looking for participants who are already leaders in their own right – with real experience leading teams on creation and innovation. You should have an affinity with technology, business, society and culture, and expertise in at least one of these fields. Most importantly, you need to have a truly explorative mindset and be driven by a strong personal mission. In general, this means you would have at least 8 years working experience.

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Do you accept participants from outside Europe?

Of course! We are very eager to work with participants from around the world, so everyone can benefit from different perspectives and experiences.

 

The most recent cohort included 35 participants from 25 different countries, with each continent represented.

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How much does it cost to attend THNK’s program?

The program fee for the part-time 6-month Executive Leadership Program in Amsterdam is EUR 35,500. A discount is available for self-sponsored participants, making the cost EUR 22,500. The program fee for the part-time 6-month Executive Leadership Program in Lisbon is EUR 14,800.

 

The fee for both locations covers tuition, materials, any off-site excursions, and all meals during the program as well as beverages.

 

The fee does not include travel to and from the program, nor accommodation which are separate expenses to be arranged by each participant.

 

THNK offers partial scholarship and bursary opportunities for self-funded entrepreneurs. Typical THNK participants pay their tuition by personal financing, corporate sponsorship, individual donations and third-party scholarship support.

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What is the difference between the Amsterdam and Lisbon programs?

The Amsterdam and Lisbon programs share the same content and methodologies, and Lisbon is run as a subsidiary of THNK Amsterdam, so in many ways the two programs are very connected. However, there are a couple of differences between the Amsterdam and Lisbon programs.
Firstly is the length; The Lisbon program has one less module, and each module is slightly shorter. Where the Amsterdam modules are 7-10 days the Lisbon modules are usually 5 or 6 days.
Secondly is the size; The Lisbon classes are smaller, with around 25 participants as opposed to 40, and the classes tend to be a but more Europe centric.
However the most important difference has to the with the Endeavor. This is stage is when you apply the tools and methodology of creative leadership to your own individual enterprise projects. In Amsterdam, the Endeavor is an important part of the program and takes up around 1/3 of the course. Although you will receive the exact same toolkit in the Lisbon program, there is less focus on applying this to an Endeavor.
As noted above, the curriculum and teachers are of the same standard in both locations. Amsterdam requires all of our participants to have a minimum of 8-10 years of work experience. This results in the participants being on average 40 years old and more senior in experience and work scope. The Lisbon program is less restrictive on age and work experience. This is definitely not to say that they are of a lower quality, and the strict application process is still the same, but it does have an impact on the class dynamics and DNA.
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Do you offer scholarships? Can my company sponsor me?

THNK offers partial scholarship opportunities primarily for those working in the social/NGO/non-profit sectors. Typically, THNK participants pay their tuition by combining personal finances, corporate sponsorship, individual donations and third-party scholarship support.

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Can my company sponsor me?

Yes, all potential candidates may request sponsorship from their company. In fact, we recommended this – as your employer will be involved in THNK, especially during the Endeavor. Need help approaching your boss or board? Just contact admissions@thnk.org.

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When do I need to pay?

Payment for the THNK Executive Leadership Program must be made on or before the due date specified on your invoice. If payment is not made on time, you may be denied access to the program. More information can be found in THNK’s general terms and conditions here: General Terms & Conditions.

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What if I need to cancel my participation?

Please let us know in writing (by letter or email) as quickly as possible. There is a cancellation fee, which varies depending on how far in advance we receive your notification. 

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How many people are in each class?

The size of each group differs by location. After applying for the program, your global program advisor will connect you to your potential classmates.

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Do I have to take a leave of absence from my job?

The THNK Executive Leadership Program is designed to allow you to continue working while following the program. You will need to be at the THNK Home for four week-long modules, which often include weekends to help limit the amount of time you need to be away from work. In between modules, there is a time commitment of 4 hours per week, typically spent working with your personal coach, peer coaching, and working on your Endeavor. 

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What is the time commitment required for the program?

Four separate week-long on-campus modules take place over the six month period. After applying for the program, our global program advisors will provide you with a detailed description what to expect.

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 Is the program accredited?

No, THNK is not accredited – and we did that on purpose! Accreditation often leads to standardization, and THNK is anything but standard. To ensure the highest possible quality, we carefully (and personally) select all participants as well as our business and educational partners.

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How often are the Executive Leadership Programs held?

Both locations offer two 6 month part-time programs per year; starting every March and September. You can find the dates of the upcoming programs here

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Do you offer other programs?

You can view an overview of our current program offerings here. We also offer short-term Program in our Vancouver Home. You can see them here.

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What is the dress code?

Quite simply, the dress code is that there is no dress code! We encourage our participants to wear whatever they feel comfortable in.

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What should I pack?

Pack as if you were going on a casual business trip – one suit (or nice dress) should be enough. Bring comfortable clothing and shoes. It can be quite wet and windy in Holland – a windbreaker or other type of waterproof jacket and an umbrella will come in handy. And don’t forget your laptop or tablet, you will need it for the program.

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Do I need to book a hotel/apartment?

After being accepted onto the program, you will receive a list of recommended accommodations close to the THNK Homes. We are also more than happy to assist you finding and booking a place to stay, but most past participants enjoy selecting their own accommodation.

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Are special dietary needs or food allergies catered for?

Yes, our meals offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. To ensure your dietary needs are met, please indicate them to our staff prior to the program.

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Will I get a chance to see Amsterdam or Lisbon?

The THNK Executive Leadership Program follows an intensive itinerary to maximize your experience whilst at your chosen THNK location. Although each program includes off-campus trips, you will have minimal spare time for sightseeing. If you would like to get to know Amsterdam or Lisbon better, we recommend arriving a few days early or staying longer. THNK staff and faculty are always more than happy to share recommendations to ensure you get the most out of every visit.

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Terms and conditions

You can read our general terms and conditions here: General Terms & Conditions.

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Complaints

If you have any complaint, you can contact us by emailThe THNK Controller will contact the complainant as soon as possible (and latest within 2 weeks) and will maintain contact with the complainant. The THNK controller will ensure that an answer/solution will be compiled and communicated back to the complainant and will attempt to reach a satisfied outcome for both parties. Complainants will receive a reply within 2 weeks. In the event that an answer/solution cannot be issued within 2 weeks following receipt of the complaint, the Controller will, within that period, notify the person(s) against whom the complaint has been made and the complainant in writing of the reason(s) for the delay and the period within which the answer/solution will be issued. Complaints are always treated confidentially.

 

If the complaint is not resolved, Complainant can reach out to the appointed independent third party, the Foundation Board of THNK. Contact person is Jeroen Buma (Email: jeroen.buma@seederdeboer.nl). A judgment from the Foundation Board is final for THNK. The Controller will register each complaint for at least 2 years.

Corporate Innovation Program

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Terms and conditions

You can read our general terms and conditions here: General Terms & Conditions.

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Complaints

If you have any complaint, you can contact us by emailThe THNK Controller will contact the complainant as soon as possible (and latest within 2 weeks) and will maintain contact with the complainant. The THNK controller will ensure that an answer/solution will be compiled and communicated back to the complainant and will attempt to reach a satisfied outcome for both parties. Complainants will receive a reply within 2 weeks. In the event that an answer/solution cannot be issued within 2 weeks following receipt of the complaint, the Controller will, within that period, notify the person(s) against whom the complaint has been made and the complainant in writing of the reason(s) for the delay and the period within which the answer/solution will be issued. Complaints are always treated confidentially.

 

If the complaint is not resolved, Complainant can reach out to the appointed independent third party, the Foundation Board of THNK. Contact person is Jeroen Buma. A judgment from the Foundation Board is final. The Controller will register each complaint for at least 2 years.