Thinking of founding your own startup but feel like you’re lacking the right knowledge and the right connections? You’re in luck – Stockholm offers several different courses and networking opportunities for budding entrepreneurs!
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If you have thought of founding a startup but you would like to gain some academic grounding first, Stockholm offers you not only independent courses, but also an entire school for this purpose: Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES). The school is a collaboration between Stockholm’s five top universities. If you are already enrolled in one of the five schools (Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholm University or Konstfack), you can choose from a wide range of courses that last for a half-semester, usually around 3 hours per day, 2 days per week. Some examples of the courses offered are “Finance for Start-ups”, “Creating a business idea” and “Managing Your Firm”.
If you are planning instead of enrolling in an entire entrepreneurship-focused program, SSES offers four masters-level courses: Bioentrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Experience Design, and the groundbreaking White Label program. This one would be a perfect fit for those seeking a highly practical program which includes project incubation, besides coaching and mentoring.
If you are looking for a shorter but still high quality option, SSES holds weekend workshops that will help you expand your skill sets over a weekend’s time in small groups of 14 people. Another alternative are the Toolbox Fridays, one hour introductions regarding a certain topic, held on Monday morning before school or work start. Topics for workshops and Toolbox Fridays range from leadership development to word-of-mouth marketing and in the case of the weekend workshops they successfully mix some theory with practical exercises besides giving you the possibility of meeting interesting people from all the top Stockholm’s schools.
The Start-up Day and Good Morning are the two main events for entrepreneurs and everyone interested in startups and they are organized by SSES as well.
The Start-up Day is held every year in April, the date for 2014 is not out yet but it is certain that the event will be hosted again. Being one of the major startup events in Scandinavia, you will have the opportunity to assist to inspirational talks by successful entrepreneurs, build your network, pitch your idea and get feedback from investors.
Good Morning is an annual event on future trends, entrepreneurship and innovation held in November. While waiting for the next one, you can have a look at some inspirational video from the past editions here.
Meetup is a powerful platform when it comes to finding groups of people with the same interests as you in the area where you live. Some suggestions on the most engaged Stockholm meetups for entrepreneurs: Stockholm Startup, Startup Grind Stockholm and Stockholm Entrepreneurs. Look out for new events where you will have the possibility to share knowledge with other entrepreneurs and build a solid network.
If you have not developed an idea for your business yet, and you would like to sparkle your creativity, you can join the Creativity Circle, an interdisciplinary group created by expert in entrepreneurship and innovation Nina Bozic. During the meetings organized by the circle you will be able to share experience with other colleagues and create a community to stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship. The Creativity Circle is run by volunteers and there is no membership fee to join it. Have a look at the Facebook group to keep updated regarding the next meetings.
Article: Pamela Cominetti
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