Young Entrepreneurs 2018

  • Norway - Ukraine
  • April 07th 2018
  • 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 2018

We will continuously work on the program and will be presented during Q1 2018. What we already know, is that we will have a varied program consisting of 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.

First session April 7th – 15th 2018

Young Entrepreneurs Program 2018

First session in Bergen and Oslo - April 7th – 15th

Saturday 7th April

14:00 Travel to Bergen.

 

Check in at Augustin hotel

Useful information:

 

Address: C. Sundts gate 22, 5004 Bergen

Free time
19:00 Welcome. Get to know each other. NUCC presentation

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

Thai food.

 

Sunday 8th April

8:00 -8:45 Breakfast  

Hotel

9:00-9:45 Welcome!

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

Hotel, 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
13:30-14:30 Lunch, fish soup Bryggeloftet & Stuene, Bryggen 11
14:30-17:00 Explore Bergen  Bergen
17:00-18:15 Free time
18:30-21.30 Dinner, tapas menu  BarKollektiv, Vetrlidsallmenning 4

 

 

Monday 9th April

Part I: Norwegian economy and Norwegian business structure

07:15-08:00 Breakfast  Hotel
08:10-08:30 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  NHH, canteen
12:30-14:00 Service marketing. Seidali Kurtmollaiev/Natalia Drozdova  NHH
14:00-15:00 Travel to Statoil’s office
15:00-17:00 Visit to Statoil. Statoil’s corporate culture. Role of oil and gas in Norwegian economy. Statoil’s focus on renewable energy sources.
17:00-18:50 Free time
19:00 Dinner, oven-baked cod Bryggeriet,  Torget 2

 

Tuesday 10th April

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

 

07:45-08:45 Breakfast Where:

Hotel

09:00 Check-out and travel to the Nyskapningsparken
10:00-10:30  Nyskapingsparken (Startup HUB) Hilde Indresøvde, leader, Team Innovation Nyskapingsparken: Thormøhlensgate 51
10:30-11:00 MediaCity  Lars Hilles gate 30
11:00-12:00 Lunch  Lars Hilles gate 30
12:30-14:00 Øyvind Sætren form Pelagia and Christen Mordal.

“Doing business in Ukraine”.

Pelagia is one of the biggest seafood exporters to Ukraine. Both Øyvind and Christen has a long experience in doing business both in Ukraine and other Post-soviet countries.

  Norwegian School of Economics
14:00-15:30 Time to work on business cases.

(Seafood team has a separate meeting with Pelagia)

  Norwegian School of Economics
15.30-16.00  Bergen Chamber of Commerce  Olav Kyrres gate 11
16:30-20.00  Travel to the airport and flight to Oslo  Flight SK 284, 18:15
20:00  Check in Hotel Oslo .  Hotell Bondeheimen,

Rosenkrantzgate 8

20:30-22.00 Dinner  The Great India, Kristian Augustsgate 14

 

Wednesday 11th April

 

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

Hotel

09:10-10:00 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, Wergelandsveien 7
10:15-11:00 Henrik Weisser, senior adviser in the FTA team of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

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.

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 Jeanette Louice Rønne, Evry. “Outsourcing IT services from Ukraine.”

Evry is one of the biggest IT companies in Northern Europe with a long history working in Ukraine through its daughter company Infopulse 1500 + employees in Ukraine.

 Evry

 

17:00-19:00

20:00-

Meeting with Ukrainian Embassy in Norway. “Relations between Ukraine and Norway”.

Meeting with Ukrainian Society in Norway

Arbins gate 4.

Kulturhuset

 

 

Thursday 12th April

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

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

Hotell

10.15-

11.00

11.10-12.10 Lunch  Olivia Hegdehaugsveien
12:30-14:00 Meeting with the president of the "Stortinget" (the Norwegian Parliament), Trøen, Tone Wilhelmsen. “Political dialogue between Ukraine and Norway”.

Guided tour in the Parliament

Karl Johans gate 22

N-0026 Oslo

Please bring a valid ID!

14:00-17:00   Work on Business cases

(Energy Team has a separate meeting with NORWEP)

  NUCC office, Holbergsgate 1.
18:00 Dinner
20:00-.... Free time

 

Friday 13th April

 09.30-10.30  “Good corporate governance” Irina Roddvik from Nord University.  KPMG,  Sørkedalsveien 6, 0369 Oslo
11:00-12:30 Cahallenges in relation to business cooperation between Norway and Ukraine  KPMG
12.45- 13.45  Lunch KPMG
 14:00-15:30 New ICAC and OCC arbitration rules: a business perspective Wikborg Reign,  Dronning Mauds gate 11, 0250 Oslo
15.50-18.30 Escape games, skype meeting. Escape games was started in Norway by three Ukrainian entrepreneurs from scratch. You will hear their story and have opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will be followed with the game at one of their locations.

http://www.escapegames.no

 

Skippergata 18, 0152 Oslo

 

18.45-20.30 Dinner Operaen, Sanguine Brasserie

 

Saturday 14th April

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 TBC

 

Sunday 15th April

Individual return flights (please check your travel documents).

 

 

 

 

 

Second session Mai 27th – June 3nd 2018

Second session in Kyiv, 27th May – 3nd June

 

Date Time Course Lecturer/ details
Sunday
27.05
14:00 Check in Hotel“Ukraina”

http://www.ukraine-hotel.kiev.ua/en/

18:00-23:30 Alumni meeting and networking https://www.facebook.com/events/780183735525962/
Monday

28.05.

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast Hotel Ukraina
09:15 - 09:30 Travel to the Kyiv Mohyla Academy Kyiv Mohyla Academy
10:00 - 12:00 Yevhen Hlibovytsky - “Business Ethics” KMA, room TBC
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
17:30 - 19:30 Reception at the Norwegian Embassy Striletska str. 15
Tuesday

 

29.05.

07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast Hotel Ukraine
08:30 - 09:00 Travel TBC
09:00 - 10:00 Yana Kozachenko - Social Entrepreneurship. How it works in Ukraine? TBC
10:00 - 11:00 Olesya Zaluska “Export strategy of Ukraine”. TBC
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch TBC
12:30 - 13:00: Travel to Unit City Unit City
13:30 - 15:00 One of the biggest innovation parks in Europe Unit City
15:00 - 17:00 Work on Business cases Unit City
17:30 - 18:30 Dinner Opanas?
19:00 - 21:00 Cultural program (obligatory)
Wednesday

30.05.

08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast Hotel Ukraina
09:30-10:00 Check out Creative Quarter
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
13:00-14:00 Meeting with CEO of  UGV Oleg Prokhorenko, Reforming governmental sector. Creative Quarter
Logistic
14:30 - 16:00 Lunch  Suluguni
17.20 - 22.40 Travel to Lviv (by train)

 

Date Time Course Lecturer/ details
Wednesday
30.05.
22:40 Arrival time.  Settlement Campus UCU https://goo.gl/maps/zGVWv6wtsAv
Thursday

31.05.

07:40 - 08:20 Breakfast Catering UCU

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

08.25-09.00 Logistic
09.00-10.00 Company visit:

Cosmos Prefab

 

10:30 - 11:00 Logistic
11:00 - 12:30 Company visit: textile Trotolla Y.Rushchyshyn https://goo.gl/maps/zuezqEr2qbC2
12:30 - 13:00 Logistic
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch+logistic http://caferatusha.lviv.ua/#/

https://goo.gl/maps/D7PfRnTdDEH2

14:30 - 16:30 Work on business case Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

16:30 - 17:00 Logistic to the city center
17:00 - 19:30 City tour http://www.kumpel-tour.com/en/tour-page/?tour=%C2%ABLviv%20on%20the%20verge%20of%20sky!%C2%BB
19:30 Dinner at city center http://kumpelgroup.com/restaurants/baczewski/

https://goo.gl/maps/5ZgLPgeYFb12

Friday

 

01.06.

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 - 14:00: Logistic
14:00 - 15:00 Meeting with O.Syvak

Investment in Ukraine

the location will be clarified
15:00 - 15:30 Logistic
15:30 - 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://monspius.lviv.ua/

https://goo.gl/maps/BjyMgghguuk

Saturday

02.06.

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

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

13:30-14:30 Lunch http://kumpelgroup.com/restaurants/hungry-mukola/

https://goo.gl/maps/Xo7dXRxTSH52

Logistic
Alumni meeting the location will be clarified

 

 Sunday 03.06. Individual return home

 

 Monday 04.06. Deadline for handing in the final Business Case-report

Practical information

  • Application deadline is set to February 12th 2018
  • 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 written form of either of the decisions by February 21st 2018

Completion:

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

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 expences 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".

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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!"

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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"

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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!”

 

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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"

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