GiPHouse is a virtual software company of the Radboud University Nijmegen, which has already been active for more than 25 years. GiPHouse is entirely run by students and is divided in two main parts, which run independently from each other in the spring and fall semester (each part is active for half a year).
The part in the spring semester is about software projects for companies/customers. In the courses Software Engineering (bachelor) and System Development Management (master) students get a role in the GiPHouse company. This role can be a management role (managing a project group, or even managing the whole company) or a developer role (developing software for a customer). The teachers don't have an active role, but are present to assist and to intervene if something bad happens to a project. They also give lectures about software development. These courses only run for one semester. This means that GiPHouse gets new employees every half a year. All software projects are developed using an agile development method (scrum).
The part in the fall semester is about starting your own company. In the master courses System Development Entrepreneurship and Software Development in Start-ups students are tasked with starting a software development company, which will develop a software project based on a central theme.
For students working with GiPHouse is a perfect opportunity to get some experience in starting a company (fall semester) or in working in a corporate environment (spring semester). Most students like working within GiPHouse and find it an interesting part of their study.