Young Entrepreneurs 2019

  • Norway - Ukraine
  • 17.04.2018
  • 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 2019

We will continuously work on the program and will be presented during Q1 2019. 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.

Program

First session: Bergen and Oslo April 7th – 15th 2018

Saturday 7th April - Travel to Bergen

Check in at Augustin hotel. Address: C. Sundts gate 22, 5004 Bergen

Free time

NUCC presentation. Get to know each other.

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

Breakfast

  • Hotel

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

  • Hotel, conference room

Working with Norwegians by Ellis Culture

  • Hotel, conference room

Break

Working with Ukrainians by Ellis Culture

Lunch, fish soup

  • Bryggeloftet & Stuene, Bryggen 11

Explore Bergen

Free time

Dinner, tapas menu

  •  BarKollektiv, Vetrlidsallmenning 4

Monday 9th April

Part I: Norwegian economy and Norwegian business structure

Breakfast

  •  Hotel

Travel to Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

  • By buss/taxi

Welcome to Norwegian School of Economics by Tor Aase Johannessen, Associate professor emeritus

  • Norwegian School of Economics: Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen

Break

Norwegian Economic model. Professor Emeritus Rolf Jens Brunstad

Lunch

  • NHH, canteen

Service marketing. Seidali Kurtmollaiev/Natalia Drozdova

Travel to Statoil’s office

Visit to Statoil. Statoil’s corporate culture. Role of oil and gas in Norwegian economy. Statoil’s focus on renewable energy sources.

Free time

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

Breakfast

  • Hotel

Check-out and travel to the Nyskapningsparken

Nyskapingsparken (Startup HUB) Hilde Indresøvde, leader, Team Innovation

  • Nyskapingsparken: Thormøhlensgate 51

 

MediaCity

  • Lars Hilles gate 30

Lunch

  • Lars Hilles gate 30

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

Time to work on business cases. (Seafood team has a separate meeting with Pelagia)

  • Norwegian School of Economics

Bergen Chamber of Commerce

  • Olav Kyrres gate 11

Travel to the airport and flight to Oslo

  • Flight SK 284, 18:15

Check in Hotel Oslo

  • Hotell Bondeheimen, Rosenkrantzgate 8

Dinner

  • The Great India, Kristian Augustsgate 14

Wednesday 11th April

Breakfast at hotel

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

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

Work on business cases/lunch

  • NUCC office, Holbergsgate 1

Oscar Kipperberg - ”How does Norway position itself as small and unknown country in tougher and more global competition?"

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

  • Akersgata 13

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.

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

  • Arbins gate 4

Meeting with Ukrainian Society in Norway

  • Kulturhuset

Thursday 12th April

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

Breakfast at hotel

TBD

Lunch

  •  Olivia Hegdehaugsveien

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!

Work on Business cases

(Energy Team has a separate meeting with NORWEP)

  • NUCC office, Holbergsgate 

Dinner

Free time

Friday 13th April

“Good corporate governance” Irina Roddvik from Nord University

  • KPMG,  Sørkedalsveien 6, 0369 Oslo

Cahallenges in relation to business cooperation between Norway and Ukraine

  • KPMG

Lunch

  • KPMG

New ICAC and OCC arbitration rules: a business perspective

  • Wikborg Reign,  Dronning Mauds gate 11, 0250 Oslo

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

Dinner

  • Operaen, Sanguine Brasserie

Saturday 14th April

Time to work on business cases

  • NUCC office, Holbergsgate 1

Lunch

  • NUCC office

 

Time to work on business cases

  • NUCC office

Free time

Dinner

Sunday 15th April

Individual return flights (please check your travel documents)

Second session: Kyiv and Lviv Mai 27th – June 3nd 2018

Sunday 27.05 - travel to Kyiv

Check in, Hotel“Ukraina” http://www.ukraine-hotel.kiev.ua/en/

Alumni meeting and networking, https://www.facebook.com/events/780183735525962/

Monday 28.05

Travel to the Kyiv Mohyla Academy

Yevhen Hlibovytsky - “Business Ethics”

KMA, room TBC

Lunch

KMA

Mykhailo Wynnytskyi - “Ukraine's post-oligarchic, post-industrial, post-Maidan economy”

KMA

Presentations of your tasks

KMA

Reception at the Norwegian Embassy

Striletska str. 15

Tuesday 29.05

Breakfast

Hotel Ukraine

Travel

Yana Kozachenko - Social Entrepreneurship. How it works in Ukraine?

Olesya Zaluska “Export strategy of Ukraine”

Lunch

Travel to Unit City

Unit City

One of the biggest innovation parks in Europe

Unit City

Work on Business cases

Unit City

Dinner at Opanas

Cultural program (obligatory)

Wednesday 30.05

Breakfast at Hotel Ukraina

Check out, Creative Quarter

Startup environment in Ukraine

Sergii Leshchenko, Fighting corruption in Ukraine

Creative Quarter

Meeting with CEO of  UGV Oleg Prokhorenko, Reforming governmental sectoк

Creative Quarter

Lunch at  Suluguni

Travel to Lviv (by train)

Wednesday 30.05 - arrival to Lviv

Campus UCU https://goo.gl/maps/zGVWv6wtsA

Thursday - 31.05

Breakfast - Catering UCU

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

Logistic

Company visit: Cosmos Prefab

Logistic

Company visit: textile Trotolla Y.Rushchyshyn

https://goo.gl/maps/zuezqEr2qbC2

Logistic

Lunch+logistic http://caferatusha.lviv.ua/#/

https://goo.gl/maps/D7PfRnTdDEH2

Work on business case, Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

Logistic to the city center

City tour

 

Dinner at city center

http://kumpelgroup.com/restaurants/baczewski/https://goo.gl/maps/5ZgLPgeYFb12

Friday 01.06

R.Zinchenko

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

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

Break

R.Zinchenko

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

Sheptytsky Center, room 402 https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

Lunch, Catering UCU

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

Logistic

Meeting with O.Syvak

Investment in Ukraine

Logistic

Work on business case

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

Logistic

Dinner at city center

http://monspius.lviv.ua/

https://goo.gl/maps/BjyMgghguuk

Saturday 02.06

Breakfast

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

Business case presentations

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

Break

Business case presentations

Sheptytsky Center, room 402

https://goo.gl/maps/ufQjqH26pbR2

Lunch

http://kumpelgroup.com/restaurants/hungry-mukola/

https://goo.gl/maps/Xo7dXRxTSH52

Alumni meeting

 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 4th, 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 written form of either of the decisions by February 21st 2019.

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".

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"

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.