Introduction to the The Norwegian Entrepreneurship Programme

GRU401 Introduction to the The Norwegian Entrepreneurship Programme

  • Topics


    The purpose of Introduction Course to Gründerskolen is to offer a setting where the candidate can be acquainted with knowledge, insights, and skills required to analyze and understand innovation processes and business start-ups; including aspects that are relevant for setting up a new business development plan. More specifically the course aims to:

    • provide the students a basic understanding of innovation processes and processes behind establishing a new venture;
    • give an introduction to entrepreneurship, with the dangers and opportunities that exist for those who want to establish their own business;
    • prepare students to work abroad in an entrepreneurial firm (internship); and
    • develop and strengthen the candidates analytical abilities through interdisciplinary team work.

    This is achieved by familiarizing the candidate with concepts that are important to entrepreneurs. Via a process of experiential learning, the candidate are offered a setting where the theories are actively applied on a real case, which might be a particular company/startup, a patent of a (societal) challenge). It is not necessary that you have your own business idea.

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    Knowledge outcomes

    Upon successful completion the candidate:  

    • has advanced knowledge and understanding on processes revolving around innovation and entrepreneurship.  
    • has advanced knowledge and understanding on idea generation, business models, entrepreneurial finance an commercialization of innovations.
    • has advanced knowledge and understanding on how to apply the theories and methodologies of the course on a real life cases. 
    • has advanced knowledge and understanding on testing and validating business opportunities.

    Skills outcome

    Upon successful completion the candidate:

    • has developed the skill to apply tools and techniques that encourage and enhance creativity to generate business ideas. 
    • has developed the skill to search for, identify and develop attractive entrepreneurial opportunities.
    • has developed the skill to identify and interact with potential customers and other key actors to verify working hypotheses.

    Competence outcome

    Upon successful completion the candidate:

    • is able to develop written documents to effectively communicate attractive entrepreneurial opportunities. 
    • has developed competence on leadership, decision-making, communication, and networking skills.
    • has developed competence on working effectively in teams and managing conflicts as they arise.

  • Teaching


    This introductory course consists out of four weekend seminars, which run from Friday 15:15 until Saturday. All sessions are held in LAB1 at NHH. These seminars are a mixture of lectures, guest lectures, case discussion and exercises.

    In the spring semester of 2018 the seminars are at the following dates:

    • 19th - 20th of January
    • 9th - 10th of February
    • 9th - 10th of March
    • 27th - 28th of April

    Please be aware that participation in all 4 seminars is required to obtain course approval.

    Throughout the course, the candidates work in groups (4-5 students) actively on a new business development case. During the first seminar, the groups are assigned a case, which might be a particular company/startup, a patent, or a (societal) challenge. This new business development case are prepared in collaboration with Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (BTO). The students will receive supervision with these case assignments during the course.

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Det kreves alminnelig godt kjennskap til IT, spesielt tekstbehandling og regneark (Excel). Alle notater og artikler vil bli lagt ut på kursets hjemmeside på it's learning, som også vil bli benyttet til kommunikasjon mellom studenter og fagansvarlig mellom forelesningene.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    The schedule requires a significant effort from the candidates, both during and between the gatherings. It is therefore necessary that each group agrees with a group leader who manages the work in the future. At each gathering, the groups will have to account for the progress of the work. The course has been set up interactively, which involves extensive contact between students, companies and course managers. Consequently, the course approval is based on the following:

    • participation in the group work,
    • handing in of the group-based assignment, and
    • participation in all the 4 seminars.

  • Assessment


    A grade based on the group-based assignment. The groups can write in Norwegian or English.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading scale: A-F

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools

    All notes and articles are uploaded on the course page on Canvas. This platform will also be used as the main communication platform between candidates and the course coordinator in between seminars.

  • Semester



  • Literature


    Obligatory articles and book chapters will be made available on Canvas. 


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Course responsible

Bram Timmermans, Department of Strategy and Management