Young Entrepreneurs 2019

  • Norway - Ukraine
  • 31.08.2019
  • 09:00

 

About the program

“Young Entrepreneurs” is a business-educational program which aim is to bring together ambitious business-minded Norwegians and Ukrainians with one thing in common: Their passion for increasing investments and trade between in and between Norway and Ukraine. Despite of positive trade statistics and trends between Ukraine and Norway, Ukraine is still unknown for many Norwegians – meaning that we have not reached the full trade potential between our countries.

During two intensive weeks, one in Norway and one in Ukraine, you will get first-hand guidance on creating and doing business in and between Norway and Ukraine. Throughout the program, the participants visit numerous Norwegian and Ukrainian businesses and meet with authorities and NGOs focusing on Business Ethics, Good Corporate Governance and Anti-Corruption. Moreover, the candidates work with concrete business cases that should lead into a real business – as they did in three previous years .

Overarching goals:

  • Exchange of Norwegian-Ukrainian knowledge and competence
  • Contribution of the development of international economy and democracy
  • Building cross-border network between entrepreneurs, businesses and university professors from Norway and Ukraine
  • Facilitation of cross-border business partnerships

However, it is not all about business; by joining the program as participant you increase your intercultural understanding and get friends for life. Through our Alumni network, you will meet the participants from the previous editions of Young Entrepreneurs.

There are no age prerequisites for participation.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a general sponsor of the Young Entrepreneurs program.

 

Program 2019

We are cutrrently working on the program, and it will be presented soon.

The main part of the program will cover such topics as investments, startups, branding, trade relations between Norway and Ukraine, how business works both in Norway and Ukraine, economic background of both countries, as well as good corporate governance. The format of the program includes lectures, discussions, group-work, business cases and social activities. The groups will work on business cases within ICT, energy, manufacturing and agriculture areas.

You can also have a look and find more information in our Young Entrepreneurs booklet.

Program 2019

Part I: Norway August 31st – September 8th, 2019

TBC

Part II: Ukraine November 3rd - 10th, 2019

TBC

Practical information

  • Application deadline is set to May 6th, 2019.
  • To complete your application, you will need to provide us with three forms/documents:
    - Application form
    - 1 page Letter of Motivation where you describe the relevance of your candidacy and your motivation for applying
    - Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Out of all applications, NUCC will choose the 30-35 most relevant candidates for an interview
  • The 20 most qualified candidates will be taken into the program
  • All applicants will be notified in the written form of either of the decisions by June 3rd, 2019.

Completion:

Both sessions are mandatory and there is requirement for 80% compulsory attendance. In addition, the participants will have to work with their business case (in groups) between the sessions in September and November. The results from the work with business cases will be presented for a jury during the second session in November.

Participation fee:

Thanks to a grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NUCC will cover all program-related expenses, including travel costs (from the closest international airport), accommodation, social activities and meals.

Transportation to/from the closest international airport as well as travel insurance, visa application fee (if needed) and personal expenses are to be covered by each participant. This also applies if you want to extend your stay in Norway and/or Ukraine.

Statements from previous participants

Mehreen - participant 2016
"The Young Entrepreneurs program has been one of the most fulfilling programs I have participated in. I have been able to learn so much about Ukrainian culture, business environment, geo-political landscape and challenges in a short sp…

"The Young Entrepreneurs program has been one of the most fulfilling programs I have participated in. I have been able to learn so much about Ukrainian culture, business environment, geo-political landscape and challenges in a short span of time. The program has been great in terms of meeting inspiring and passionate people with new ideas, eager to lift Ukraine up economically and achieve great things.

I think what worked best was bringing people together from both countries and giving them a combined cultural and academic experience in different places, both in Ukraine and Norway. I felt we were able to learn new ideas and see their implementation in real life through classroom lectures and company visits. Not the least, the friendships will go a long way in future to build further".

Viktoriya - participant 2016
"Being part of the "Young Entrepreneurs" was a unique experience for me, both professionally and socially. When I applied my expectations were limited to learning how to make right business choices in conducting international busine…

"Being part of the "Young Entrepreneurs" was a unique experience for me, both professionally and socially. When I applied my expectations were limited to learning how to make right business choices in conducting international business operations, work in groups and develop real business plans. Five months later I gained priceless knowledge, skills and experience. I found myself among inspiring role models, people who share the same interests and values.

"Young Entrepreneurs" offers a glimpse into numerous businesses – that is what makes it so special for young and creative entrepreneurs! Great teamwork, tight-knit agenda, opportunity to meet amazing people, not to mention unbelievable nature and chance to get to know Norwegian culture – sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Participation in the Programme helped to identify my strong sides and my weaknesses which gave me right directions on how to further develop in business. Even though YEP 2016 is over, I am looking forward to cooperate and build constructive dialogue between Ukraine and Norway. Thank you for unforgettable moments of my life!"

Alex - participant 2015
"The Young Entrepreneurs Program, was a fantastic experience! I had a chance to visit one of the most developed countries in the world – Norway, and learnt how to make business with companies from there. It was rewarding and exciting…

"The Young Entrepreneurs Program, was a fantastic experience! I had a chance to visit one of the most developed countries in the world – Norway, and learnt how to make business with companies from there. It was rewarding and exciting to be a part of the team of exceptionally talented people from Ukraine and Norway – some of them had their own up-and-running international business, some achieved outstanding professional results.

What made our experience really unforgettable was the high-level organization of this program – top-notch management and attention to every detail were key factors in delivering a successful result"

Iaroslav - participant 2017
“Participation in Young Entrepreneurs Program gave me a wonderful opportunity to both meet peers who act as role models in Ukraine and Norway and get a deeper insight into the Norwegian business culture. I feel very honored to have become…

“Participation in Young Entrepreneurs Program gave me a wonderful opportunity to both meet peers who act as role models in Ukraine and Norway and get a deeper insight into the Norwegian business culture. I feel very honored to have become a part of a growing network of young Norwegian and Ukrainian entrepreneurs who will undoubtedly change the life in their countries, or maybe even worldwide, for the better.

 

It was a great experience for me to listen to the policy makers in both countries, to the businessmen and government officials as well as academicians, but I believe I will be correct if I say the visits of the functioning enterprises was one of those experiences you keep in mind for the rest of your life. I was also quite excited to be one of the speakers in Ukraine and share my professional legal experience with the marvelous and inspiring audience.

 

I am really grateful to all people who came up with the idea of such a program and make it happen every year! I believe cooperation between young entrepreneurs from both countries will be much more fruitful as within two weeks of personal contacts and weeks of preparation of the sector presentations we became close friends and started to understand each other’s mentality way better!”

 

Monica - participant 2016
"I applied for the Young Entrepreneurs program based on my previous experiences with working in Ukraine. I was hungry for new opportunities to involve in projects with this country full of inspiring young people and interesting busine…

"I applied for the Young Entrepreneurs program based on my previous experiences with working in Ukraine. I was hungry for new opportunities to involve in projects with this country full of inspiring young people and interesting businesses. NUCC gave me the chance to explore more of Ukraine and its people, and I am forever grateful. The participants, program and organizers held a very high level of skills.

I have learned more about how to do business in both of our countries, and also got new friends I hope I will know the rest of my life. From Young Entrepreneurs I have gained more than I ever imagined, both on a personal level as well as in a business context"

Fredrik - participant 2018
"Throughout this program I’ve been lucky enough to not only learn about, but to see, meet and explore a new culture and opportunities. The NUCC Young entrepreneurs Program gave me an in depth understanding of how trade, politics and busin…

"Throughout this program I’ve been lucky enough to not only learn about, but to see, meet and explore a new culture and opportunities. The NUCC Young entrepreneurs Program gave me an in depth understanding of how trade, politics and business works, between Norway and Ukraine!

We visited top companies, great teachers and met with high authorities in both countries. Not to say the least this program also gave me new friendships that I will always appreciate.

I was thrilled to be a part of NUCC´s Young Entrepreneurs and highly recommend it to all others who seek to learn more about the great opportunities that lies within these two countries!"

Olga - participant 2018
Young Entrepreneurs Program is not only a great chance to find out possibilities of Norwegian-Ukrainian business, receive information about development business, but also the easiest way to establish useful connections and have challenging …

Young Entrepreneurs Program is not only a great chance to find out possibilities of Norwegian-Ukrainian business, receive information about development business, but also the easiest way to establish useful connections and have challenging intercultural experience and improvement of own skills and outlook. Participation in YE program was a great challenge for me and chance to improve my theoretical knowledge and receive secret pieces of advice from real experienced entrepreneurs from Ukraine and Norway. On the other hand, I met new people, who became real friends and advisors for work in Energy sphere, in which without contacts you can’t reach success.

Partners

Norwegian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.

LvBS

Lviv Business School of UCU (LvBS) was founded in Lviv (Ukraine) 10 years ago by the Ukrainian Catholic University and leading companies from various fields. Mission of the School: Ukraine on the business map of the world. The school offers four professional master's degree programs, various executive education programs as well as corporate training programs. LvBS has been accredited by the Central and East European Management Development Association.

BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School is an independent, not-for-profit foundation and the main provider of research based knowledge on business and management disciplines in Norway.