ENT4000I – From idea to business - Intensive

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Course content

With the main focus on research- and knowledge-based innovation, this course aims to give the students a basic understanding of innovation processes and how to create a new venture. Based on innovation theories and case material the students will gain an insight into how to deal with these processes. In this course we touch upon the following questions:

  • How can research and knowledge be turned into a business concept?
  • What characterises an innovation?
  • How does an idea become a business idea?
  • What is required to turn a business idea into a professional business?
  • What are the characteristics of a successful start-up?

Learning outcome

The objective is to give the students a theoretical and practical understanding of how to create a research- or knowledge-based business idea, and how such ideas could become the foundation of an actual business.


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Students enrolled in Gründerskolen, Spring semester.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's degree or equivalent required.

Overlapping courses

3 credits overlap with ENT4000 – Business Creation


Compulsory lectures and tutored group work throughout January and February.


Final written and oral group examination.

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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.

Anders Lunnan is the external auditor for this course.

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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