ENT4360 - Student Venture Creation Project

Course content

The purpose of the course is to build your in-depth understanding and hands-on experience with developing a start-up project from scratch. Student groups operating as founding teams will try to develop a start-up project of their own choosing in collaboration with a local incubator. The course also functions as a live laboratory for topics covered in ENT4350 - Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing and ENT4340 - Managing New Venture Growth.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will:

  • Have advanced knowledge and deep understanding of what it takes to be an start-up entrepreneur
  • Have developed your proficiency and self-confidence  in defining and managing an independent start-up project from incubation and onwards
  • Have developed your proficiency in working as a  start-up entrepreneur, both to manage and to exploit uncertainties, lack of resources and the freedom to set direction 
  • Be able to identify and attract interest from potential customers and to bootstrap the commercialization process to ensure necessary progress
  • Be able to work as a member of a self-governed founding team

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is available only for students admitted to the study programme Entrepreneurship (master's two years).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENT4220 - Norwegian Practical Start-up Experience

Teaching

Project based work 3 days a week throughout the semester.

Each student group must qualify to enter presenting a proposition. Qualification criteria include quality of both an investor pitch and a project plan that includes clearly defined deliverables. Qualified groups will be given work space within an on-campus incubator, with access to resources such as mentoring, advice from other companies and ad-hoc events. Students in groups that do not qualify will work as interns in existing start-up companies.

Regular supervisory meetings with faculty.

Examination

The course grade depends on the following assignments:

  • Group business plan and venture validation report including an oral group presentation accounting for in total 50% of the score. Students in the same group are given the same score. Group members who do not fulfill their obligations can be scored individually from the group.
  • Project execution including ability to meet predefined final deliveries accounting for 20% of the overall score. Individual grading. Individual reflection report accounting for 30% of the overall score.

Failing a graded assignment does still allow participation in the remaining exams. All exams and assignments must be taken during the same semester.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: ENT4220 - Norwegian Practical Start-up Experience

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

20

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

This course will be taught for the first time spring 2019.

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English