The Norwegian Entrepreneurship Programme
The award winning Norwegian Entrepreneurship program (Gründerskolen)
is a Norwegian academic cooperation programme
involving all the universities and several university colleges in
Norway. The Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo
has the overall academic and administrative responsibility for the
The Norwegian Entrepreneurship program was founded in 1999
by professor Nils D. Christophersen at the department of Informatics.
The program started up in cooperation with Cornell University
and the first year 6 IT students participated in the programme in
San Francisco. Since then the project has had a rapid growth and
in 2008 we had 297 applicants wherof 142 students was given the
offer. Our almuni network has more than 1000 alumnis and is by far
the biggest network in its kind in Norway.
In 2007 the programme recieved first price for ’Best quality in
higher education’ by the Norwegian Minsitry of education and
research and in 2006 a price for ”best learning environment” at the
University of Oslo.
Structure of the Programme
The Norwegian Entrepreneurship programme is divided into three
parts, and offers students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience
of entrepreneurship by working as an intern within a hightech
start-up company overseas.
The Introductory course i held in Norway, gives the students a
theoretic understanding of the elements of a business plan.
2. Work placement in a start-up company
The studentens spend 3 months working in a start-up company. The company should have a technological focus. The work placement is non-paid and will give the students understanding of practical Entrepreneurship in practice.
3. Academic courses
Beside the work placement, the students follow classes at on of our partner universities. Classes are usually held evenings, but could also be during weekends depending on the destination. The students have several assignments during the period.
Our destinations and partners abroad:
University of California Berkeley
National University of Singapore
Our Educational partners are choosen from a pool of the best
universities in the country of origin., where our students spend
the months of June, July and August abroad and in addition to the
work placement, must undertake approximately 40 hours of evening
lectures in entrepreneurship at an acknowledged university.
During the work placement period the students will undertake lectures
at a partner University, which normally are held one or
twice in the evenings per week. Here the group is trained to write
and produce a complete business plan (not related to the
companies). The course explors the various options for start-up
financing and resource allocation, organizational structures, sales
and marketing approaches, and the myriad of other
complex decisions and challenges facing hi-tech startups. The
lecturer(s) mentoa and advise the students in the preparation of their plans and monitors their progress
and provide critical feedback.
At the end of the programme the
students, who are working in groups,
are assessed, both orally and in
writing, on their business plans. The
partner university issues a certificate
of attendance, a critical appraisal of
the business plan and a final grade.
Ethnographic research / work placement
The work placement can be within a product
or service company, preferably
involved in a hi-tech field and not
more than three years old. The
students are not allowed to receive
payment for their work within the
work placement company.
All the students are also gathered for
a seminar in Oslo upon travelling to
the different destinations. The seminar
consists of a number of lectures and team building sessions,
where they are introduced to creativity, international business culture
and a meeting with the a foreign representative usually from
our education institution or Innovation Norway (usually by video
The students participating in the Gründerskolen programme are
educated to at least Bachelor’s Degree level, and there is a stringent
selection process in Norway. Gründerskolen is open to students
from all academic disciplines, but the programme
focuses on high-tech start-ups, and many of the work placements are
with companies in the IT, biotech or other technology sectors.
However, as the intention is specifically to learn about companies
in a start-up situation, it is not necessary that the students have a
Our domesic partners
The Norwegian Entrepreneurship program involves alle the
Norwegian universities and several university colleges
|University of Oslo
||University college in Oslo
|Norwegian University of
Science and Tecnological
||University college in Hedmark
|University of Stavanger
||University college in Ålesund
||University college in Stord
|University of Bergen
||University college in Bodø
|University of Tromsø
||University college in Vestfold
|University of Life Sciences
||University college in Molde
|Norwegian school of
||University college in Østfold
|NHH - Norwegian school
of Economics and Business
||University college in Narvik
||The Oslo school of Architecture
Innovation Norway embraces the following four organisations: The
Norwegian Tourist Board, the Norwegian Trade Council, the The
Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund, SND and
the Government Consultative Office for Inventors, SVO.