NTNU School of Entrepreneurship has an active alumni organization including all NSE graduates. The organization is called ESAF and was founded in 2005. ESAF has today more than 200 members.
ESAF arrange several events for the alumni throughout the year, including both social and professional meetings. One of these is the “ESAF weekend”. This is a unique concept at NSE, where former NSE students travel to Trondheim to share their knowledge and experience with the new students and their startups. The alumni give advices about business models, entry strategies, production, or other relevant issues. This has been a great and fruitful success for the last years, and it has often lead to a faster success or failure for the startups.
The network of alumni is a collection of highly ambitious and talented professionals, and the majority are very clear about the important impact NSE had on both their business and career.
“I always knew that NTNU School of Entrepreneurship was the right path for me after having studied Computer Science for three years. I saw a big opportunity in understanding and executing both the technology and business part of a company, and from my perspective that’s one of the reasons Dirtybit managed to grow and be successful as a company. The most amazing thing about NSE is the likeminded and hardworking classmates that motivates each other to perform their best. Combined with the great advisors, I would say it’s the ideal startup environment for passionate students.”
– Nicolaj Broby Petersen, COO & Co-Founder, Dirtybit, the company behind FunRun
Many of the members have started companies also after graduation from NSE, working within a range of different industries. For more info about ESAF, please visit their webpage www.esaf.no.