We are proud to say that NTNUs School of Entrepreneurship attracts some special guests. A delegation from The Ministry of Education and Research came to visit and experience the entrepreneurial spirit at NTNU on Friday the 5th of December.
Our friends from Spark* kicked off the event with telling how NTNU and TrønderEnergi came together to create a highly successful organization that within the first year of operation has helped over 100 student startups. Further, our beloved house attorney Tommy Dahlen told the story of NSE and how the master programme strives to educate the best business developers in the world. In classic NSE style, several startups took this chance to pitch their project. Morpho Solar, Armoni, Voico and Lærerportalen (HiST) impressed the audience with energetic speech and ambitious visions. Afterwards the delegation got invited to our incubator to interact with the students. They listened keenly to the elevator pitches and stories from the life at NSE, and even got to see some prototypes.
We want to thank The Ministry of Education and Research for their visit and gladly welcome them again sometime.
The NSE Startup Morpho Solar just released the new concept of solar grilling to the Norwegian market. The startup has received attention from both national and regional media, and is now opening up the market for environmentally friendly grilling. Read more in this article from Teknisk Ukeblad, vg.no or check out solgrillen.no.
This week NSE had some special visitors. Six students from our sister school in Sweden, Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, worked and played in our incubator. On the menu there was traditional norwegian sodd, elevator pitches, knowledge sharing, movie night with Flåklypa and theatre at Studentersamfundet to name a few. In other words, just another week at NSE.
We want to thank you for the visit and hope our relationship can grow even stronger from here.
4th grade has spent one intensive screening week at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. In three groups the students studied three different technologies developed by the scientists at CERN. The technologies were originally developed for applications in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), now it was up to the students to find other application areas outside of CERN.
Understanding the advanced technologies is one thing, finding suitable application areas that also comply with CERN’s high standards is another deal entirely. With great effort and creative thinking the students investigated several interesting areas like cancer treatment, thermal management of electronics and handling of radioactive goods that might be the foundation to create new CERN spin-offs.
At the end of the week the results were clear. The inventors and the people at the Knowledge Transfer Office of CERN were very pleased and the students were quite tired, but very content. After thanking all of CERN for an unforgettable experience, the students left for Trondheim again, ready for some well deserved relaxing before new challenges awaits them.
The startup nLink received the prestigious award of “The best startup concept” during the “RoboBusiness” conference in Boston this week. The company is developing a robotic drilling and measuring system for ceiling work. It relieves workers from overhead work involved with measuring and drilling ceilings.
The judges called nLink’s business idea as “a truly disruptive technology” and the judge Anders Bialek, director, corporate development, iRobot declared “nLink had the clearest direction of all the Pitchfire entrants. They identified a real problem for businesses and found a solution that happens to use robotics.”
NSE congratulate nLink with the award and we are looking forward to follow the launching of the robot in 2015!
Read more about the award and nLink in this article in Teknisk Ukeblad.
A new innovation center is on its way to Gløshaugen! The project is a cooperation between NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, Start NTNU and Spark NTNU and today they all met for a workshop with Studio:beta. They mapped out ideas and plans for the new locale, and NSE is very excited about the outcome of the workshop. The center will be an area for creativity and idea generation, where students can meet and get inspiration. The center will be located in the 3rd floor of “Gamle Fysikk” and will consist of office spaces, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces.
NSE is looking forward to soon sharing space with Spark and Start!
Last week 4th grade completed their third feasibility test. Seven ideas where tested, and some of them showed huge potential. Maybe a future NSE business will emerge from one of the ideas? In two weeks they are heading off to CERN, Switzerland, to execute the fourth test based on technology developed there.
Feasibility Studies is a very important course during the first semester at NSE. The course is practical, where the students evaluate the commercialization potential of business ideas. Both external and internal ideas are tested. At the end of the semester, the students team up and choose the idea they want to commercialize.
Feasibility Studies is not like any other course at NTNU. A whole week is dedicated to one feasibility test, where the students gather information from hundreds of contacts. The results from the feasibility studies are presented in a report and in front of a panel of experts. To say that these weeks are hectic is an understatement, but the students are given a unique possibility to stumble upon ideas that can develop to be the next big thing. Thus the course fits with NSE’s slogan: “Not because it’s easy”.
Sometimes it is easy to forget, but NTNU School of Entrepreneurship is much like a startup itself. We are always working on improving and developing the school – growing and learning every year. However, our focus on improving internal academic processes sometimes requires us to take a step back and take a look at ourselves from the outside.
During the spring we have been developing a new profile and communication strategy for NSE. Our unique network of partners calls for NSE to be even more open about our processes and share more of both our academic and business results with external actors. Our website has always been an important communication channel for us, connecting us with interesting applicants and exciting new business partners.
So here it is! We are proud to launch our brand new fully responsive website, with a complete rework of our application page, feasibility study process and startups. Feel free to take a look around! We hope that you like it and find the information you are looking for!
Got some feedback for us? We would love to hear your thoughts about it and you are more than welcome to send them to us at email@example.com!
Miss our old site? Hope not…
The startup Aalberg Audio is today launching the world’s first remote controlled effects pedal for electric guitars. The solution moves guitar effects from a stationary pedal to the performer’s hands allowing them freedom to move around anywhere on stage for the first time.
–Our solution is highly liberating because it means guitarists can access all our effects no matter where they are on the stage – which is great for creativity, says Aleksander Torstensen, CEO & Co-founder of Aalberg Audio and former NSE student. The innovative technology gives the player greater ‘in-the-moment’ control of their sound and dramatically enhances the playing experience. They are today launching a campaign on Indiegogo where you can preorder the remote controller, AERO, visit their campaign here.
Dirtybit reached 45 million downloads this week and they recently launched their second mobile racing game, Dino Dash.
The financial Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv today covered the amazing story of DirtyBit and their grand success FunRun.
Dirtybit has established itself as one of Norway’s most promising mobile start-ups. The have seen an remarkable growth since Fun Run was launched September 5th, 2012. They reached #1 in US Apple App Store on December 11th, 2012, and now 45 million dowloads worldwide.
– This is only the beginning. We will now leverage our success to grow further, says COO & Co-Founder Nicolaj Broby Petersen. Petersen and VP of Business and Marketing, Aurora Klæboe Berg, both graduated from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship in 2013 and 2014.