BI puts innovation into practice

1 February 2010

As an integrated part of its master programme, BI Norwegian Business School is now entering into its first work placement agreement in Norway.

Agreement. From left: Ann Kristin H Calish (director Master of Science, Handelshøyskolen BI), Knut Sogner (Associate Dean, Handelshøyskolen BI), Kjell Thorensen (Director of Innovation, Forskningsparken) and Monika Svanberg (Forskningsparken).

Oslo Innovation Center AS and BI Norwegian Business School have signed an agreement to develop an internship programme for 15 master students in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

”The need for innovation is increasing. By combining BI’s research-based competence with Oslo Innovation Center’s practical experience, BI Norwegian Business School and Oslo Innovation Center are developing a learning partnership to the benefit of students, the school and Oslo Innovation Center,” says BI President  Tom Colbjørnsen.   

”The students gain insight into the big picture, which will give them a good start and better qualifications to succeed. This partnership provides BI with important impulses for both research and teaching,” concludes Colbjørnsen. 

”The entrepreneurs in our incubator have a challenging task of launching the companies and the products onto the market. The students will be given an assignment where they will prepare international market analyses and financing and launch plans for commercialising the projects. We are looking forward to welcoming the students as real manpower, and they will be rewarded with valuable work experience from our innovation environment,” says Kjell Thoresen of Oslo Innovation Center.      

Facts

  • BI Norwegian Business School owns one per cent of Oslo Innovation Center and is stepping up the collaboration through this internship agreement
  • The internship will take place during the summer term (June-August) 2010
  • The students will receive 12 credits upon completion of the internship
  • English-speaking students are especially encouraged to apply
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