Young Entrepreneurs 2019

  • Norway - Ukraine
  • 01.09.2019
  • 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 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 will continuously work on the program, and it will be presented during Q2 2019. What we already know, is that we will have a varied program consisting of lectures, discussions, group-work, business cases and social activities.

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

Program 2018

Part I: Norway April 7th – 15th, 2018
14:00 Travel to Bergen.

Check in at Augustin hotel

Useful information:

Address: C. Sundts gate 22, 5004 Bergen

Free time
19:00 Welcome dinner NUCC presentation

All participants will have a short (1-2 minutes) oral and informal introduction about themselves, their company and expectations for the program.

8:00 -8:45 Breakfast Hotell
9:00-9:45 Welcome!

Introduction to NUCC and existing Norwegian-Ukrainian business cooperation by Nataliya Sjøvoll and Anatolii Kyryliuk, NUCC

Hotell, conference room
10:00-11:50 Working with Norwegians by Ellis Culture The same
11:50-12:00 Break The same
12:00-13:15 Working with Ukrainians by Ellis Culture The same
13:15-14:15 Lunch TBC
14:30-17:00 “Explore Bergen”  Bergen
17:00-18:45 Free time
19:00 Dinner Shafleboard

Part I: Norwegian economy and Norwegian business structure

07:30-08:30 Breakfast  Hotel
08:30-09:00 Travel to Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) By buss/taxi
9:00-09:30 Welcome to Norwegian School of Economics by Tor Aase Johannessen, Associate professor emeritus Norwegian School of Economics: Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen
09:30-9:45  Break
09:45-11:15 Norwegian Economic model. Professor Emeritus Rolf Jens Brunstad  NHH
11.15-12:30 Lunch
12:30-14:00 Service marketing.  NHH
14:00-15:00 Travel to Statoil’s office
15:00-17:00 Visit to Statoil
17:00-19:00 Free time
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday 10thApril

Part I: How to start your own business?

Today you get advice on how to start your own business from people either supporting start-ups and/or with hands on experience from starting their own business.The Norwegian start-up ecosystem, experiences from Norwegian start-ups and how to succeed internationally

07:30-08:30 Breakfast Where:

Hotel

09:00-09.45 Nyskapingsparken (Startup HUB) Hilde Indresøvde Nyskapingsparken: Thormøhlensgate 51
10:00-10:30  Startup

 

 Nyskapingsparken
10:30-11:00  Startup

 

Nyskapingsparken
11:00-12:00 Lunch  Nyskapingsparken
12:00 Travel to Norwegian School of Economics
12:30 Introduction to the Free Trade Agreement regulating trade and investments between EFTA countries and Ukraine and the Bilateral Free Trade Agreement on Agricultural products between Norway and Ukraine.  Norwegian School of Economics
13:00-14:00 Pelagia and Christen Mordal   Norwegian School of Economics
14:15-15:30 Time to work on business cases

Seafood Group – meeting with Pelagia

  Norwegian School of Economics
16.00-16.30  Bergen Chamber of Commerce  Olav Kyrres gate 11
16:30-20.00  Flight to Oslo  Flight SK 284, 18:15
20:00  Check in Hotel Oslo .  Hotell Bondeheimen,

Rosenkrantzgate 8

20:30 Dinner  TBC

Part II:           Norwegian companies with activities in Ukraine are sharing their experience

10:00-11:00 Introduction to Innovation Norway´s tool box to support Norwegian start-ups - in Norway and abroad.

08:00-08:45 Breakfast at hotell Where:

Hotell

09:15-10:00 Mr Trond Riiber Knudsen, founder and CEO of TRK Group AS

Norwegian Venture Capital environment, technology trends and exciting opportunities. TRK Group is an advisory and active ownership firm.

TRK Group
10:00-11:00 Felipe Aguilera-Børresen, Senior Adviser IPR, Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industries.

NUCC office, Holbergsgate 1.
11:00-12:30  Work on business cases/lunch  NUCC office, Holbergsgate 1.
13:00-14:00 ”How does Norway position itself as small and unknown country in tougher and more global competition?

Oscar Kipperberg

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industries.

Where: Akersgata 13,
14:30-16:00 Evry (outsourcing)  

 

19:00-20:00  Dinner TBA

 

Part III: How to raise capital and the Norwegian early stage capital market

08:00-08:45 Breakfast at hotell Where:

Hotell

10.15-11.00 Digital solutions as part of the reorientation process in Norway. Potential for increased trade and cooperation.

Mr Roger Schjerva, Chief Economist, ICT-Norway

Where:

ICT-Norway

11.10-12.10 Lunch  Olivia

Hegdehaugsveien?

12:30-13:30 Meeting at "Stortinget" (the Norwegian Parliament),

Guided tour in the Parliament

Karl Johans gate 22

N-0026 Oslo

Please bring a valid ID!

14:00-16:00   Work on Business cases   NUCC office, Holbergsgate 1.
16:30  Meeting/ with Ukrainian Embassy in Norway and representatives of the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada)  Arbins gate 4.
 09.30-10.30  Telenor- good corporate governance  KPMG
 11:00-12:30 Challenges in relation to business cooperation between Norway and Ukraine  KPMG
12.45- 13.45 Lunch
 14:00-15:30 New ICAC and OCC arbitration rules: a business perspective Wikborg Reign
15.50-17.45 Escape games

http://www.escapegames.no

Wikborg Reign,

Skippergata 18, 0152 Oslo

 

18.00-19.30 Dinner/meeting with Den Ukrainske Foreningen i Norge Kulturhuset.
09.30-12.00 Time to work on business cases  NUCC office,

Holbergsgate 1.

12.00-12.45 Lunch  NUCC office
13.00-14.30 Time to work on business cases  NUCC office
14.45-17.30 Free time

 

18.00-20.00 Dinner
Individual return flights (please check your travel documents).
Part II: Ukraine May 27th - June 2nd, 2018

14:00

Check in Hotel “Ukraina”

http://www.ukraine-hotel.kiev.ua/en/
18:00-23:30 Alumni meeting and networking
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast Hotel Ukraina
09:15 - 09:30 Travel to the Kyiv Mohyla Academy  Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Block 6, street Voloska 8/5
10:00 - 12:00 Yevhen Hlibovytsky - “Business Ethics” KMA
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch KMA
13:00 - 15:00 Mykhailo Wynnytskyi - “Ukraine's post-oligarchic, post-industrial, post-Maidan economy” KMA
15:00 - 17:00 Presentations of your tasks. KMA
17:00 - 18:30 Reception at the Norwegian Embassy Striletska str. 15
07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast Hotel Ukraine
08:30 - 09:00 Travel to KMA KMA, the same room.
09:00 - 10:00 Yana Kozachenko - Social Entrepreneurship. How it works in Ukraine? KMA
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 11:30 Olesya Zaluska “Export strategy of Ukraine”. KMA
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch KMA
12:30 - 13:00: Travel to Unit City Unit City
13:00 - 14:30 One of the biggest innovation parks in Europe Unit City
14:45 - 16:45 Travel to Opanas and dinner Bus to Opanas restaurant , dinner
16:45 - 17:15 Go to iHub iHub, Khreshatyk 10.
17:15 - 18:15 Meeting with CEO of  UGV Oleg Prokhorenko, Reforming governmental sector. iHub, Khreshatyk 10.
18:15 - 21:00 Cultural program (obligatory)
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast Hotel Ukraina
09:30-10:00 Check out, leave your baggage at hotell Hotel Ukraina
10:00-10:30 Go to Creative Quarter
10:30-11:15 Startup environment in Ukraine
11:30-12:30 Sergii Leshchenko, Fighting corruption in Ukraine. Creative Quarter
12:30-14:00 Presentations. 10-15 min. Each team. Creative Quarter
Logistic
14:00 - 15:30 Lunch
17.20 - 22.40 Travel to Lviv (by train)
07:30 - 08:10 Breakfast Catering UCU

 

08:20 - 09:00 Logistic
09:00 - 10:30 Company visit: CosmosPrefab https://goo.gl/maps/khCqpJQUnq82
10:30 - 11:30 Logistic
11:30 - 13:00 Company visit: textile Trotolla Y.Rushchyshyn https://goo.gl/maps/9FWpGuTyBaS2
13:00 - 14:00 Logistic
14:15 - 14:45 Lunch Catering UCU

https://goo.gl/maps/3gcA5hunFN92

14:45 - 16:15 Meeting with Olga Syvak

How to attract investment. Experience of UkraineInvest

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

16:30 - 17:00 Logistic to the city center
17:00 - 19:30 City tour
19:30 Dinner at city center  http://kumpelgroup.com/restaurants/new-kumpel/
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast Catering UCU

https://goo.gl/maps/3gcA5hunFN92

09:00 - 10:30 R.Zinchenko

Workshop on presenting projects skills and self-presentation to investors and clients

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 R.Zinchenko

Workshop on presenting projects skills and self-presentation to investors and clients

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

12:30 - 13:00 Lunch Catering UCU

https://goo.gl/maps/3gcA5hunFN92

13:00 - 18:00 Work on business case Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

18:00 - 18:30 Logistic
18:30 Dinner at city center http://visitlviv.net/restaurant/ua/pid-klepsidroyu/
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast Catering UCU

https://goo.gl/maps/3gcA5hunFN92

10:30-11:30 Business case presentations Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

11:30-12:00 Coffee break Sheptytsky Center, 1st floor (hall)

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

12:00-13:30 Business case presentations Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

13:30-14:30 Logistic
15:00 Dinner http://monspius.lviv.ua/

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. In addition, the participants will have to work with their business case (in groups) between the sessions in September and October. The results from the work with business cases will be presented for a jury during the second session in October.

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

Nord University

Established in 1985, Nord University Business School has grown continuously and is today the leading educator of management personnel to the business community in Northern Norway. The location in the High North and excellent learning facilities make Nord University Business School an important faculty for teaching and research. It focuses on business education, research, post-school training and business development.

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.

NaUKMA

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) was established in 1615, a national coeducational research university  located in Kyiv, Ukraine. One of the leading Universities in Ukraine in humanities, economics and law. The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is a recognized leader of the innovative reforms in Ukraine's higher education. It combines the experience of the leading educational institutions of the West, the latest changes in the European academic environment, and the historical achievements of Kyiv Mohyla Academy - the first Eastern European higher educational institution, with its academic traditions reaching four centuries into the past.

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.