Learn How to Think & Work
Early Stage is an 8-week programme for students who want to learn entrepreneurial skills
in a practical, fun and engaging way – for free.
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Entrepreneurship is the new literacy
A Radically Different Future Requires New Skills
Our students are our future, but the traditional education system teaches skills that were relevant 20 years ago. We need radically different skills to thrive in a post-industrial economy.
At Early Stage, we believe that entrepreneurship is the new literacy, and that the demand for these skills will grow exponentially over the coming years.
If you want to thrive professionally, you must learn basic entrepreneurial skills – even if you want to work within a big corporation.
Some universities understand this, and offer entrepreneurship courses. Unfortunately, most of these are based on outdated learning methodology. We know that entrepreneurship can be learned, but classroom lectures and business plan assignments are not the best teaching tools for these skills.
Learn entrepreneurship by doing it
Solving Real Problems For Real People
We take a practical approach to learning. As an Early Stage participant, you learn to become an entrepreneur by actually doing it.
- At Early Stage, you do not write business plans – you and your team launch real products and services to the marketplace, learn from customer feedback, and tweak your products accordingly.
- At Early Stage, you do not read theories about customer behaviour – you talk to and observe real people.
- At Early Stage, we do not even claim to have all the answers – but we do ask the right questions.
Real, hands-on experience is the only way to learn the skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. That’s why we built a free, 8-week entrepreneurship simulator programme, so you and other selected students can learn, experiment, grow and fail in a risk-free environment.
Welcome to Early Stage.
The Six Building Blocks of Early Stage
Providing all selected participants with a strong foundation of
entrepreneurial, future-focused skills
You get to meet some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs who come to share their raw, honest startup stories with us.
A mentor with extensive business experience follows your team closely, asking the hard questions and pushing you in the right direction if you get stuck.
Thanks to our sponsors, each team gets a real team budget to be spent on marketing, product development and help from external field experts.
You develop strong connections to brilliant minds in the established startup scene, as well as future leaders and innovators within the Early Stage alumni base.
Effective Digital Tools
You learn how to work like the world’s fastest growing startups work, using a state of the art digital toolkit for cooperation, problem solving and product development.
You learn how to use innovation frameworks to solve problems quickly, including design thinking processes and idea validation using LEAN startup methodology.
Early Stage gives you an unique opportunity to be an entrepreneur and to learn without taking the risks normally involved. The most important thing I learned from the program is how to validate ideas by building minimum viable products.Ida HamarslandSelected Participant
If you have even the slightest interest in entrepreneurship, I strongly encourage you to apply. You won't regret it!Eirik NerdalSelected Participant
Early Stage gave us the opportunity of testing our ideas directly in the market without any risk. I really learnt a lot from this, and it has inspired me to continue developing my entrepreneurial skills.Ingrid KleppeSelected Participant
This programme should be mandatory for all economics and engineering students – it is incredibly important knowledge.Torleif MadsenMentor
Early Stage was an amazing learning experience for me, and it will be for you too – you're mad if don't apply!Stian SkulstadSelected Participant
Early Stage was a fun, practical and inspiring way to learn entrepreneurial skills. I recommend the program to everyone interested in testing new ideas in order to build a new business or to add value to an existing organisation.Tine TunglandSelected Participant
Early Stage is very professional, with high quality content delivered in a fun, engaging way – I even learned a lot as a mentor.Erik AadlandMentor