Bay Area Startups: If you need help this Summer check this out: The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship aka Gründerskolen


Forty (40) Norwegian graduate students will spend the Summer in San Francisco, and we are looking for excellent Bay Area startups where they can be interns and work on interesting projects.  Norwegian youth are very independent and their English skills are excellent. Most are also seasoned travelers.

The online matchmaking between the students and the companies that have signed up is going on right now!

Please note that you need to sign up before you can contact the students
You can also show your interest for next Summer 2019 and sign up HERE.


Brilliant interns from Norway, for free. One of the smartest things an SF-based startup can do
— Tweeted by Mårten Mickos @martenmickos
I could probably just build a company with all those fine people over the summer myself
— Redg Snodgrass, Entrepreneur In Residence at Loeb.NYC and Bonin Ventures
 
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Quotes from participating companies in 2017 speak for themselves:

Our intern completely exceeded expectations! His dedication, work ethic and willingness to take initiative was extremely impressive! We would love to participate in this program again next year!
They become true team members. Year after year, saying “goodbye” has become no easier.
We’re appreciative of your including us in this program. Every single student has been a pleasure to work with.
Energetic, hard working, humble and whip-smart, that’s how I’d describe my interns!
The interns of the NSE program served a key role in getting our products ready to deliver on time and on spec to one of our most important customers.
Our interns are incredibly intelligent and thoughtful women, excited to dive in and I was sad to see them go at the end of the summer!
NSE interns were motivated, hardworking, and a positive force in our company.
We couldn’t ask for harder working interns who were genuinely interested in learning as much as possible.
Our fourth summer in, we continue to be impressed not only by the calibre of the program’s candidates, but with the dedication with which the interns that join us immerse themselves in our work and workplace environment.

The students attend classes at U.C. Berkeley in addition to working as interns in Bay Area startups.  The overall objective is to give the students a taste of entrepreneurship, to help them better understand local business culture, and to stimulate ideas that can be of value to them in the future.  And of course to inspire them to be entrepreneurs and start their own business.

The program is part of the students' education and they receive credits equal to one semester from the University of Oslo upon completion. The course consists of three parts: the first part takes place in Norway in January. Next they complete the 10 week Summer course at U.C. Berkeley while getting their startup experience through internships in the Bay Area.  The third part consists of reflection sessions throughout the Summer as well as a final reflection report related to the learning outcome of their internships and networking.


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WHAT

  1. The program runs for 10 weeks from June 4 to August 10, 2018
  2. J-1 visas are arranged by U.C. Berkeley
  3. The students have full medical coverage
  4. The classes at U.C. Berkeley take place 1 evening and 1 day/week
  5. The students will live at the International House at U.C. Berkeley
  6. No obligations to the startup if you don't find a match
  7. NO COST FOR THE STARTUP other than paying for the student’s local transportation
  8. Max. 2 students per startup
  9. The online matchmaking between the students and the startups starts in March, date TBD
  10. You need to be located in the San Francisco/Berkeley area

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About us

The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship aka Gründerskolen, started in 1999 when 6 IT-students from the University of Oslo participated in the program's pilot in San Francisco. Since then the program has grown rapidly and is averaging 150 students annually at several destinations. Destinations in 2018 are San Francisco, Houston, Boston, and Toronto. The alumni network has more than 1500 alumni, by far the biggest network of its kind in Norway.

In 2007 Gründerskolen received first prize for "Best quality in higher education" by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and in 2006 the program received a prize for the "Best learning environment" at the University of Oslo.

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Students

The students participating in the Gründerskolen program are educated to at least Bachelor’s Degree level, and there is a stringent selection process in Norway. Gründerskolen is open to students from all academic disciplines, but the program focuses on high-tech startups, and many of the work placements are with companies in the IT, biotech or other technology sectors. However, as the intention is specifically to learn about companies in a start-up situation, it is not necessary that the students have a technical background. 

You can read more about the 40 students coming to San Francisco this Summer here:

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