Young Entrepreneurs 2024

  • Norway, Poland
  • 12.08.2024 - 03.11.2024
  • 09:00

About the program 

The Young Entrepreneurs Program is the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce’s business-educational program. The program aims to bring together ambitious business-minded Norwegians and Ukrainians who share a passion for international business and entrepreneurship. If you want to learn more about international business, especially the Ukrainian and Norwegian markets, this program is for you. 

We are seeking 20 participants from Norway and Ukraine who want to explore business opportunities across various sectors. The participants will be organised into four groups, each assigned a business case to work on. 

The business cases will focus on trade that will support the Ukrainian business environment, create jobs in Ukraine or help Ukraine’s further integration into the EU. During the program, we will have lectures, meet with authorities, and visit relevant companies and organisations. At the end of the program, each group will present their business case to a jury, who will provide feedback and award the best case. 

As a participant, you will get to know: 

  • How to evaluate and develop international business cases, 
  • How the Ukrainian market works in a time of war, 
  • What demand the Norwegian market have for Ukrainian goods, 
  • Norwegian and Ukrainian culture 
  • How to build a network in both Norway and Ukraine.  

You will also become a part of the YE Alumni network and make friends for life. 


The program is divided into three parts: 

  • The first part in Oslo and Trondheim, Norway: August 12 – 18 
  • The second part online: September 17 – 18 
  • The third part in Krakow, Poland: October 28 – November 3 

All sessions are mandatory, and there is a requirement for 80% compulsory attendance. In addition, the participants will have to work on their group assignments between the sessions.  


Overarching goals: 

  • Exchange of Norwegian-Ukrainian knowledge and competence  
  • Research the status of Norwegian and Ukrainian markets, identifying business opportunities. 
  • Contribution to the development of democracy and an international economy  
  • Building a cross-border network and business partnerships between Norway and Ukraine  
  • A broader understanding of Ukraine’s further integration into the EU  

If you find this appealing, we would love to have an interview with you!  

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The application deadline is March 15th, 2024, at 23:59 Oslo time.
All applicants will be notified in the written form of either of the decisions. 

Participation fee: Free! 

Thanks to a Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant, NUCC will cover program-related expenses: flight tickets, accommodation, meals and social activities. Transportation to/from the airports, travel insurance, visa application fees (if needed), and personal expenses will be covered by each participant.  

Statements from previous participants

Dennis - participant 2023
"Joining the NUCC Young Entrepreneurs journey with Tschudi Logistics has been a great ride. This experience, grounded in my personal story, weaves together entrepreneurial insights and hands-on strategies for tackling the business s…

"Joining the NUCC Young Entrepreneurs journey with Tschudi Logistics has been a great ride. This experience, grounded in my personal story, weaves together entrepreneurial insights and hands-on strategies for tackling the business scene. Beyond the work aspect, it's a cool opportunity to connect with bright minds from Ukraine and Norway, strengthening my ties to where I come from. It's been a journey of both personal and professional growth, blending business savvy with a cultural touch. I highly recommend!"

Piotr - participant 2022
"The program opened for me the doors to the startup world, funding, business networking, and the inner workings of the Norwegian industry. It's been an amazing journey, connecting with Oslo locals, interesting Europeans, and importa…

"The program opened for me the doors to the startup world, funding, business networking, and the inner workings of the Norwegian industry. It's been an amazing journey, connecting with Oslo locals, interesting Europeans, and important contacts in Norway. I can now reach out to them for any business needs. Highly recommend!"

Mariia - participant 2021
“The Young Entrepreneurs program was a great chance for me to expand my network, get a chance to learn from the intensive training program by leading Norwegian and Ukrainian entrepreneurs and lecturers and experience working hands-on wi…

“The Young Entrepreneurs program was a great chance for me to expand my network, get a chance to learn from the intensive training program by leading Norwegian and Ukrainian entrepreneurs and lecturers and experience working hands-on with the most relevant business projects in a cross-cultural team – the challenge that in some cases develop into a real business after the program.

 

The YE program brings together amazing people, both participants and educators, and enables them to walk the project from conceiving an idea to pitching the business case to the jury board, take those business projects beyond the program as well as build a network of engaged youngsters!

 

We have also a great Alumni community with both social events and opportunities for mentorship and knowledge sharing!”

Martin - participant 2019
"I am very lucky and grateful to have been part of the Young Entrepreneurs Program 2019 as it has given me a truly unique opportunity to go deeper into the possibilities of Ukrainian-Norwegian business opportunities, meet and hear f…

"I am very lucky and grateful to have been part of the Young Entrepreneurs Program 2019 as it has given me a truly unique opportunity to go deeper into the possibilities of Ukrainian-Norwegian business opportunities, meet and hear fail- and success stories of similar businesses and at the same time gain new friends and have a lot of fun! I became better acquainted with my own work culture as well as Ukrainian, and I am left with a wide network and potential partners in all industries. I would highly recommend the program to anyone who has the opportunity to participate to apply."

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."

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!”

 

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!"

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".

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"