ENT4190 – Entrepreneurship Theory in an International Context

Course content

This course focuses on theory of how to start and grow a successful, high-potential enterprise, and will address different key challenges facing such a start-up venture. The course takes place outside of Norway in cities like Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Singapore or Toronto.

Learning outcome

After you have completed ENT4190, you will:

  • know the historical background for and importance of entrepreneurship in the particular local, regional and national context
  • know about the most important actors in the local ecosystem for entrepreneurship and the role they play
  • understand how business ideas come to life and be able to assess business ideas
  • be able to realise a business idea by applying tools, techniques and methods employed by successful entrepreneurs on areas such as
    • strategic positioning and business model selection
    • building the required team
    • market research and marketing/sales
    • financing
    • harvesting options
    • building and utilising a professional network of people
  • have gained practical experience from working in teams
  • have practised your ability to communicate effectively in business English through convincing pitches and presentations, in writing and orally.

Admission to the course

Enrolment in the study programme Gründerskolen is required.

ENT4000I – From idea to business - Intensive

Overlapping courses


Classes once or twice a week at a local partner university during a 10 week long stay abroad. Classes may be held during daytime or in the afternoon/evening. The class format will be a mixture of lectures, guest lectures, case and/or classroom discussions and group work. Total class time will on average be equal to one full working day a week. In addition to class preparations each week there will be extensive group work on a project leading to the final course examination.

There are three components of mandatory assignments:

  • 80% class participation
  • active participation in class discussions
  • individual written assignments

Rules for mandatory assignments.


You will be assessed based on the two following parts:

  • Final written group assignment based on group work during the course (count 50 %)
  • Final group presentation and examination (count 50 %)

The exam takes place in local destination.

Mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam. The mandatory assignments and the final examinations must be passed in the same semester to pass the course.

The assessment is done for the group as a whole. Group members who do not fulfill their obligations can be assessed individually from the group.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 8, 2022 12:42:55 PM

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