Young Entrepreneurs 2020
- Norway - Ukraine
“Young Entrepreneurs” is a business-educational program which aims to bring together ambitious business-minded Norwegians and Ukrainians with one thing in common: the interest in learning more about the Ukrainian and Norwegian market and their passion for entrepreneurship and international business. The business cooperation between Norway and Ukraine have increased over the last years. Still, Ukraine is 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. You will learn about how to start a business, enter an foreign market, Business Ethics, Good Corporate Governance and Anti-Corruption. Our partners, BI Business School, NTNU in Ålesund, Odessa National Maritime University and Lviv Business School will provide the academic content.
- 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.
The main part of the program will cover such topics as entrepreneurship, internationalization, branding, trade relations between Norway and Ukraine, Norwegian and Ukrainian market and business culture, as well as good corporate governance. The format of the program includes lectures, discussions, group-work, business cases, meetings with companies, and social activities. The candidates will also work toghether in groups with business cases that could lead into a real business. There are excamples from previous years of business cases, which have become real business. The assignment this year is to come up with a digital business idea to solve sustainability challenges. Our aim is that the groups at the end of the program will pich their idea to investors.
The groups will work on business cases in the following industries/areas:
- Ocean industries
- Tourism and marketing
It is an advantage that candidates working or planning to launch a business in these particular areas, but not a requirement. We would like to achieve a group of people with different backgrounds which can complement each other.
You can also have a look and find more information in our Young Entrepreneurs booklet.
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 May and June. The results from the work with business cases will be presented for a jury during the second session in June.
Thanks to a grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NUCC will cover all program-related expenses, including travel costs, 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.