Nominate candidates for the Lehmkuhl grant

By Astri Inga Kamsvåg

28 June 2018 13:55

Nominate candidates for the Lehmkuhl grant

Do you have excellent master’s students whose thesis is related to or contribute to innovation and entrepreneurship? If so, you can nominate them for the Lehmkuhl grant. The deadline for nominations is 31 August, and the grant is in the amount of NOK 25,000.

Therese Sverdrup, Endre Bjørndal, Aksel Mjøs and Bram Timmermans comprise the committee.
Therese Sverdrup, Endre Bjørndal, Aksel Mjøs and Bram Timmermans comprise the committee.

You can nominate students who submitted their master's thesis in autumn 2017 or spring 2018.

The grant will either be granted to a master’s thesis or a business idea launched in other ways. If the grant is awarded to a master’s thesis, the academic quality of the thesis is important. The thesis must directly or indirectly contribute to innovation in the form of new products, services or business models. All theses in the field of innovation or entrepreneurship can in principle be nominated for the grant.

Escalating interest in innovation and entrepreneurship

Kristofer Lehmkuhl's Fond for Fremme av Norsk Næringsliv (the Kristofer Lehmkuhl Fund for the Promotion of Norwegian Business and Industry) has previously awarded grants to NHH students who show exceptional abilities that can promote Norwegian business and industry. The purpose has been to acknowledge students who have made particular efforts in a field of practical importance in a business context.

The award has been suspended in recent years because it has been difficult to find candidates, but the fund now wishes to relaunch the scheme.

‘We see that NHH students’ interest in innovation and entrepreneurship is on the rise,’ says Therese Sverdrup, Vice Rector for Innovation and Development. ‘It is for this reason that we’re now relaunching the grant,’ she explains.

She also says that NHH established a new major in New Business Development earlier this year. In 2017, NHH started the Innovation School in collaboration with UC Berkeley, and we also have The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship (Gründerskolen), which is popular with the students.

Preparing students for a changing business sector

‘The idea is of course to help our students to establish new businesses or to enable them to help others to get new businesses to grow. This ability is particularly important for a business sector that is undergoing a transitional phase,’ says the Vice Rector.

‘We hope the Lehmkuhl grant will underpin NHH’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship,’ Therese adds.

The grant is intended to give extra acknowledgement to NHH students or recently graduated candidates who have focused on innovation and/or entrepreneurship. It is not a criteria that the business idea has been implemented.

Committee established

NHH and the Board of the Lehmkuhl fund have established a committee that will assess the master’s theses in accordance with the guidelines and elect a winner. The grant will be awarded at the annual Lehmkuhl Conference, which takes place every autumn.

The committee comprises the following members:

Aksel Mjøs, Associate Professor at the Department of Finance
- Bram Timmermans, Associate Professor at the Department of Strategy and Management
- Endre Bjørndal, Programme Manager for the master’s degree programme
Therese Sverdrup, Vice Rector for Innovation and Development

Nominate candidates by 31 August 

Send the master’s thesis and the grounds for the nomination as a PDF file to

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