Early Stage is an 8-week long experiential entrepreneurship programme for students.
My co-founder and I were so frustrated with traditional, MBA-esque, classroom-based entrepreneurship education that we had to create an alternative, based solely on experiential learning. That alternative is Early Stage.
We teach students the skills needed to thrive in a post-industrial economy: entrepreneurial skills, agility and lateral thinking. We know that entrepreneurship is a skill that can be taught and learned – but it needs to be practised, not preached.
• Focus on rapid market validation of ideas, product/service development, innovative marketing/growth hacking, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, practical application of digital tools, raising capital and so forth,
• Partners include major Norwegian bank Sparebanken Vest, and Bergen's main incubator Bergen Teknologioverføring, both contributing capital and expertise to make Early Stage a reality,
• The first batch of the programme ran successfully during autumn 2016, leading to several thousand USD in revenue from sales of products/services developed by the participating teams. Participants were chosen from a pool of 260+ initial applicants after rigorous screening.