“The Summer School is an entrepreneurship accelerator program aimed to strengthen entrepreneurs and small companies’ expertise and scale-up potential. You will learn entrepreneurial skills and be equipped with a proven, systematic and rigorous approach to growing your business to new heights,” says Bjørn-Tore Flåten, Head of the Department of Management and Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Agder.
Participants will also learn how to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurship and how to explore opportunities in a Nordic context. The program has been developed in close collaboration with the industrial cluster GCE NODE, the incubator Innoventus South, Mechatronics Innovation Lab, CoWorx and Innovation Norway.
The course will be taught by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, represented by Bill Aulet, an award-winning educator, author and managing director who is changing the way entrepreneurship is understood, taught, and practiced around the world. Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
The Summer School especially welcome entrepreneurs, established companies with an international potential (scale ups), and those who dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Welcome are also people who work with innovations and entrepreneurship in a company, in a university, in an industrial cluster or in a public institution responsible for entrepreneurship.
The Summer School is part of MIT REAP, the Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, which provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems.
HOSTED BY UNIVERSITY OF AGDER
As part of an entrepreneurial consortium of six top universities in Norway, the University of Agder has the pleasure of hosting the Summer School 2018. Flåten believes the initiative and collaboration demonstrates the region’s interest in promoting aspiring Norwegian entrepreneurs and creates a collective awareness and aspiration to facilitate the growth of newly established businesses.
“Hopefully, the exposure will showcase the unique Nordic pattern of a more interactive business to business model of communication,” Flåten says.
The six Norwegian universities collaborating with MIT on this project are the University of Agder, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Bergen, University of Stavanger, the Norwegian Business School (BI), and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.