The BCE program:
First year - learn how to do it
Second year - do it!
The first term on the BCE program is called the Business Creation Lab. Most weeks bring a new theme, with that theme reflected in all three courses. The main objective of The Lab is to create a foundation for innovative project development in the second year, and to explain how to take knowledge-based ideas to the market. The first semester involves role play and group work, as students from day one work on an idea. The University of Tromsø uses real ideas, real investors, and real idea providers as elements of the role play. The Lab will teach students how to protect their ideas and transform them into viable businesses. During this process, students interact extensively with classmates, successful entrepreneurs, and others in science and industry important to starting their own business, with lecturers coming from both the University and the business community. An important part of this semester is learning how to write a business plan for the given idea and presenting it to potential investors.
In the second term students move from the BCE-Lab to idea generation. During the course "Idea Evaluation and Strategy", one of three options are pursued:
Third and Fourth Terms
The students apply the knowledge from their courses in the second and third terms on the chosen entrepreneurial idea or company innovation project. The students bring the idea or innovation project as a case in the courses, as they continue to refine their ideas and projects, while learning in a highly active and participatory environment.
The fourth term is devoted to writing the Master Thesis. During this term, much effort is also put in developing presentation techniques and presenting their work to external stakeholders. While writing the Master's Thesis, students are given close supervision by the professors. Regardless of the option chosen, the Thesis uses theory and analysis to develop the student's projects.
First term (autumn)
Second term (spring)
Third term (autumn)
Fourth term (spring)
After completing the study programme, graduates should have advanced and thorough knowledge of relevant theories, methods, conceptions and scientific approaches to business creation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those who complete the study programme are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by following key areas; general competence, knowledge and skills:
Applicants to the BCE program must meet the requirements listed below. All applicants have to enclose certified documentation on formal qualifications of general and special entrance requirements.
Special entrance requirements:
Students have to hold a bachelor degree (180 ECTS) in one of the following disciplines: Business, Management, Marketing, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, Electrical engineeing, Physics, Health, Energy, Fisheries or Biotechnology.
Applicants who pass the general entrance requirements will receive a questionnaire by e-mail and contact information of two referees will be asked. The final part of the application process consists of a personal interview on Skype, testing the applicant'ss ability to communicate in English, his/her ideas, accomplishments, decisions and experiences in a reflective and structured manner. These items will be used to rank the applicants.
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