BED-8004 Academic entrepreneurship – why and how (2 ECTS)


Making your own business, if successful, is good both for the society and you. BED-8004 Academic entrepreneurship is the place to start if you are a PhD candidate wanting to turn your research into business. This course on innovation and entrepreneurship supports doctoral candidates across all disciplines to develop an enterprising mindset and understand how innovation works. Entrepreneurship, teamwork and networking are elements that are increasingly important for PhD candidates that want to succeed in and outside of academia and especially for those that see a potential for commercialization in their research work.

Using a challenge-based problem-solving approach, course participants will expand their disciplinary comfort zone and develop their creativity by trying to solve challenges given to them at the beginning of the course. Participants will work in small and diverse groups over one week and go together through an entrepreneurial journey to solve these challenges by developing a (virtual) venture. The journey starts with a creative brainstorming session to identify solutions to the problem and ends with a pitch that will be evaluated by an expert panel. The course will use a combination of lectures, guest lectures from academic entrepreneurs, assignments in smaller groups, and presentations in plenary sessions. Norinnova will showcase local ventures, present how UiT supports spin-off creation by PhD students, and inform about financing opportunities in Norway and in Europe.

Course schedule:

The original plan was to run this course in April 2022 but unfortunately we have to postpone the course to the Autumn semester 2022. More detailed information will follow.

Requirements for the course:
Submission of a short essay (max 1 A4 page) prior to the course, where we want you to answer general questions about your research backgrounds, your motivation & expectations for the course and previous experience on entrepreneurship (if you have any). More information will be announced on Canvas. All course participant are going to present their venture idea in a final pitch at the last day of the course and as short report through wiseflow. Both submissions will be evaluated by an expert panel.

Registration for the course via StudentWeb for PhD students from UiT (tba) and SøknadsWeb for PhD students from other Norwegian universities (tba). Please check the UiT course catalogue for more information regarding the course registration.