Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions,
please email us – team@earlystage.no.

Why do you do this?

We’re young entrepreneurs ourselves, but when we started out as first-time founders, we faced a bunch of problems;

  • There was no arena for practising entrepreneurial skills in an experiential way,
  • There was no link between the student environment and the established entrepreneurship scenes in different cities,
  • We had no idea where we could find other students with the same mindset and interests as us.

We created Early Stage to solve these problems for others coming after us. Here, you have a place to meet like-minded people, build a network, and get valuable, extremely practical hands-on entrepreneurship experience.

We don’t make a lot of money from Early Stage, but we love to see the results we can create when bringing great people together to share and learn from each other. That’s why we do this.

Read the rest of our story at the About Us page.

Does it cost anything? Who pays for Early Stage?

The programme is free for the students selected to participate in the programme, thanks to generous financial support from our sponsors.

Which students can apply?

Everyone! We value diversity, so no matter what you study, you’re more than welcome to apply.

Important dates: When is the application deadline? When do I know if I get in?

Application deadline, phase 1: 1st of June (apply here).

Application deadline, phase 2: 1st of July (you get the necessary information after you’ve applied for phase 1).

Announcement of selected participants: 1st of August.

When does the programme start?

The programme starts in the first week of September, and lasts for 8 weeks. That way, it does not interfere with exam periods at the end of the semester.

See this page for an overview of the upcoming programme dates, times and locations.

Where does Early Stage take place?

In Bergen, Norway. Additional national and international editions are currently being planned with partners at home and abroad.

Can I apply with a friend?

You and your friends are all welcome to apply, but you must apply as individuals. We do not consider established friend groups or teams when we select participants, so do not expect everyone of your friends to get accepted, necessarily.

I don't have any startup ideas. Can I still apply?

YES, absolutely! We spend the first part of the programme generating a bunch of ideas, so bringing ideas in from the start is not necessary. Furthermore, we strongly believe that the ability to execute on an idea is much more important than the idea itself. Therefore, we have more focus on execution than on idea throughout the programme.

I already have an idea. Can I bring it into Early Stage?

Yes, but do not expect to work on that particular idea throughout the programme. You and your team will generate a bunch of ideas in the first weeks, and then collectively decide which ones you want to execute on.

How much time does Early Stage require?

The programme is structured to allow full-time students to participate alongside their normal studies.

We meet two evenings per week, from approximately 17:00-21:00. Additionally, we spend two full weekends together during the programme.

Furthermore, you are expected to work with your team beyond these hours when necessary, but the extent of this is largely up to you.

Do I get any study points/credits for participating in the programme?

No, you only get an amazing opportunity to cultivate new skills and meet fantastic new people. If that’s not enough to get you motivated to apply, then this programme is not for you.

I have no startup experience at all. Can I still apply?

Absolutely – we do not ask for past startup experience, but we do require curiosity, drive and motivation from our participants.

What is the typical age range of the participants?

Typically from 18~30, with a majority being between 21~26 years old.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply by providing your contact information.
We will get in touch about the next phase of the application process via email.

Good luck!

Curious?

The September–October programme in Bergen is now open for applications.

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