Accelerator Scale-up Programme

This programme is for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs with growth potential and international ambitions who want to participate in a unique training programme to accelerate scaling up their business.

The MIT REAP Norway University Consortium is led by Norway's 6 top universities and business schools together with regional business clusters provides this accelerator scale-up program.   

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 Logo Western Norway University of Applied Sciences          Logo University of Stavanger       Logo BI Norwegian Business School

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This 12-week long intensive programme is designed to provide customised training for the participants’ own projects. We select and match instructors and mentors with competency and insights that are targeted to your project’s specific situation.

We will help you address your company’s scaling challenges and provide you with frameworks and tools to develop a strategy. Participants will use their own real-life challenges and co-create solutions together with peers from other industries.

The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) offers a unique opportunity to meet with international entrepreneurial communities. In cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), we will bring together participants, investors, mentors and relevant entrepreneurial communities to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences.

24 Steps to Disciplined Entrepreneurship

The accelerator is structured around the MIT model for “Disciplined Entrepreneurship”. The model takes you through six themes which is further broken down into 24 steps.

Each theme address one focus area from customer segmentation and profiling, value proposition and competitive position, customer acquisition, business modelling, product building and design and finally how to scale your business.

In this programme our faculty instructors and business mentors will guide your team through this model. This provides a tailor made process for your company and helping you create an unparalleled and sustainable platform for further growth. 

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  • A customised and internationally proven scale-up program with company specific activity plans and milestones, focusing on core business aspects in order to sharpen your growth potential, including tailored mentoring from hand-picked academic and industry experts. 
  • Access to market leading firms together with leading universities such as MIT, research institutions and industry clusters from the regional ecosystem, who provides you with a systematic validation of the scalability of your business model and strategy.
  • Acquire the knowledge and tools to implement your strategy and let finance experts from the private equity and venture capital sector prepare you for the search for suitable investors.


The right project and the right team:

  • You must have an established business organization with an intention to scale and a high potential for growth
  • The programme is designed for 2-3 professionals working in SMEs, business units or divisions, or spinouts from established companies
  • Your team should include members with complementary competencies, specifically leadership responsibilities, as well as technology knowledge and commercial capabilities
  • Participants must be prepared to invest the necessary time and resources in the programme


Global experts in entrepreneurship and scaleup

  • Per Ingvar Olsen

    Olsen is Professor of innovation and economic organization at BI Norwegian Business School. Besides his research on topics of innovation in different industries, he has over the last 12 years been organizing and lecturing programs in business development for research based technology start-ups and new business development projects in mature companies. This has included program collaborations with partners at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. He is also Director for collaboration program with Tsinghua University, Beijing, where he helps Chinese companies with scaling challenges.

  • Torger Reve

    Reve is Wilh Wilhelmsen Professor of Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at BI Norwegian Business School, where he has also been President for eight years. His most influential research is on industrial clusters, as exemplified by his book “Et kunnskapsbasert Norge” (2012). He was the Champion for the MIT REAP South West Norway Project, 2015-17, and lectures on strategy and entrepreneurship to business audiences worldwide.

  • Jon Lereim

    Lereim is responsible for the Energy field at BI Norwegian Business School as an associate dean for the Executive Master of Management in Energy. He is also Director for BI Centre for Energy. His work focusses on project economics, risk management, contract management and quality management. He has extensive experiences within innovation, entrepreneurship from various executive positions in the oil & gas industry, such as DNV, Saga Petroleum, Elkem, Aker Solutions og DONG Energy.

  • Jon Erland Lervik

    Lervik is Associate Professor at BI. He has 15 years experience from collaborative research projects in maritime, energy, manufacturing and food industries. He led a research consortium on collaborative business models in the Maritime cluster in North Western Norway, focusing on firms' ability to exploit its advantages in international markets. This includes studies of learning from users, best practices and adapting business models to new contexts. Lervik has extensive experience from mentoring development projects such as prototypes or change interventions.


The MIT REAP Norway University Consortium is a collaboration between six universities across Norway: University of Agder, University of Bergen, Western Norway University of Applied Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ålesund, University of Stavanger and BI Norwegian Business School. 

The accelerator scale-up programme is part of this collaboration and aims to:

“Establish an elite of high-growth companies by providing a unique training programme to accelerate SCALING UP their businesses.”

The following business partners shapes a strong collaborative platform linking top business skills and network with first class academic resources.

For regional contact please find contact information below.

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For more information about admission, pricing and financing, please contact Hoa Le Nguyen,, Tel. +47 464 10 847.