spring 2016

BED-2033 Entrepreneurship - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 07.04.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries:

 1st December

 Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

1st of October

Type of course

This course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualificaton.
Application code 2199.

Course content

It is hard to think of a more worthwhile endeavor in organizational management than the creation of new ventures. These organizations embody the spirit, values, and motivation of its founder(s), and many times serve as catalysts for new, cutting-edge products or services. Indeed, some of today's most successful and innovative firms have roots as fledgling, home-based (or more likely, university-based) start-ups: Apple, Google, and Microsoft, just to name a few. However, one cannot forget that behind these stories of triumph lies a long line of not-so-successful companies that simply fizzled away. What makes these two groups of companies different? How much does luck and circumstance have to do with ultimate success? We will discuss these and other issues in this course.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and comprehension:

  • General knowledge of how start ups of all sizes are conceived by their founders.
  • Understanding of the early-stage development processes of a new venture, including strategy, operations, marketing, and general management.
  • Knowledge of the design-thinking methodology, its application to entrepreneurial challenges, and its potential to create highly innovative, market-driven solutions.


  • How to begin thinking about entrepreneurial ventures, from early idea to eventual implementation.


  • Students should know how to think through early-stage business ideas, how to establish successful and innovative business models, and how to commercialize the idea through a thriving business venture.


Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.


The exam consists of three parts:

Case write-up (individual): 40%

Group presentation: 30%

Group hand-in: 30%



There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Literature will be announced in Fronter at the beginning of term or may be obtained by contacting the bookstore Akademisk Kvarter (Tromsø).