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BED-8004 Academic entrepreneurship - preparing PhD students for an entrepreneurial career - 2 stp

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Handelshøgskolen ved UiT

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BED-8004 Academic entrepreneurship - preparing PhD students for an entrepreneurial career 2 stp

Course contents

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.

The training curriculum follows the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework laid out by the JRC in 2016, which defines entrepreneurship as a “transversal competence, which can be applied to all spheres of life, from personal development, to actively participating in society, [...] and to starting up ventures (cultural, social or commercial)”. 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.

Innovation is a concept closely related to entrepreneurship and Norwegian universities have a strong interest in contributing to regional innovation. Course participants will learn how innovation works and what its main facets and realizations are. 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.

Application deadline

Application code: 9301

PhD students at UiT apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 September. The registration starts in the middle of May.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb before 1 June with the application code 9301. For applicants who are granted a seat, a study right will be created, and these applicants apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 September.

The study right gives the applicant admission to register to other open PhD courses or apply for a seat to PhD courses where entry is limited.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites: None.

This course is aimed at PhD students and researchers (including PostDocs) from all research areas from social sciences and humanities to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The course is generally open for applicants holding a Master’s degree. If you aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss this with both your supervisor and your faculty.

The course has maximum 30 seats. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked in the following order:

The course will be cancelled if less than 10 participants.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen ( at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course. 

Objective of the course



Course participants will acquire skills in three competencies areas that constitute the foundations of entrepreneurship:

 Ideas and Opportunities






General competence

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will use a combination of lectures, guest lectures from academic entrepreneurs, assignments in smaller groups, and presentations in plenary sessions.


5th - 9th of December 2022

Date for examination

Assignment hand in date 13.12.2022

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.