Starting Startups Without Experience is Hard

Practise at Early Stage First

Entrepreneurship is a learnable skill.
Early Stage is Norway’s most effective practice arena.
Applications open for the September 2017 programmes in Bergen & Oslo.


is the new literacy

for a post-industrial economy

Our grandparents had one job throughout their career.
Our parents had 7 jobs throughout theirs.
We can have 7 jobs at the same time.

Entrepreneurship has never been more critically important….

What we can help you achieve

Personal or corporate branding | SEO optimization | Web & UI Design | Standing out in the crowd

Prepare Yourself for
a Radically Different Future

Disruption, Globalisation and Incredible Opportunities are Coming Your Way

Everything is Changing

Disrupt, or be Disrupted

First, the robots came and took factory workers’ jobs away.
Now, they’re coming for lawyers, accountants and doctors, too.
Artificial intelligence turns the labour market upside down.

Health tech is trying to make age 150 the new 80.
Blockchain is making traditional banks and bankers obsolete.
SpaceX’s goal is literally to get people to Mars.

Safe choices are the new risky. Risky choices are the new safe.
Everything, everywhere, is changing at an exponential rate.
Are you prepared?

The Whole World in One

Global Competition is the New Local

Are you trying to outwork the 7 million Chinese students who are the same age as you, go to better universities than you, and study dutyfully for 18 hours a day?

Or are you learning the entrepreneurial skills that will be exceptionally valuable when the global labour market truly integrates into one, and traditional knowledge work becomes commoditised?

Opportunities are Everywhere

Incredible Opportunities Await The Well Prepared

The world is certainly changing, and a new set of economic rules are about to be established. That is great news for those who can surf the waves of exponential technology.

Information abound freely, the barriers to enter new markets have never been lower, and getting started has never been cheaper.

Opportunities are everywhere, awaiting those who have the skills to make the most of them.

Those are the skills you learn at Early Stage.

If you have even the slightest interest in entrepreneurship, YOU MUST APPLY! You won't hesitate the least, I promise.

Eirik NerdalSelected Participant

This programme should be mandatory for all economics and engineering students – it is incredibly important knowledge.

Thorleif 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 is very professional, with high quality content delivered in a fun, engaging way – I even learned a lot as a mentor.

Erik AadlandMentor

The Six Building Blocks of Early Stage

Providing all selected participants with a strong foundation of
entrepreneurial, future-focused skills 

Visiting Entrepreneurs

You get to meet some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs who come to share their raw, honest startup stories with us.

Dedicated Mentor

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.

Team Budget

Thanks to our sponsors, each team gets a real team budget to be spent on marketing, product development and help from external field experts.

Strong Network

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.

Innovation Frameworks

You learn how to use innovation frameworks to solve problems quickly, including design thinking processes and idea validation using LEAN startup methodology.


Read more about the student programmes in Oslo & Bergen on the application page.

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