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Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship

The fall semester is coming to an end with final presentations and exams getting closer. Not really the easiest way to get into a cozy Christmas spirit by 1st of Advent now on Sunday. This is my third semester at the Consumer & Business Marketing master’s programme, our third semester is an elective semester which means that we can 1)Study almost anything we want as long it’s on advanced level or highly relevant for our studies, 2) Do en exchange semester abroad, 3) Do an internship, either in Sweden or abroad or 4) Choose between the elective courses at SUSB.

Since I had already studied twice abroad and recently became sambo (Swedish for living with your boyfriend/girlfriend) after a long-distance relationship, I knew that I wanted to stay in Stockholm. I chose to study full-time at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES). SSES is a collaboration between Stockholm university, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm School of Economics and Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts & Design, that is responsible for all the entrepreneurship education at the five partner universities. They offer a wide variety of courses available only to the students at the partner universities ranging from core entrepreneurial courses to skill courses. All courses are from 17-20, so that students that want to can study the SSES courses parallel to their normal courses. Several workshops and seminars are also open to the public; covering topics such as negotiation techniques, creative leadership and idea protection just to mention a few.

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Advises from the Interviewing seminar in October.

At the beginning of the semester I studied Ideation at KTH, the first of the core courses and Trendspotting and Future Thinking at Konstfack. Both courses gave me new perspectives and hands-on practical knowledge in how to use trends and an entrepreneurial mindset in my future career. Currently I am studying Business Model Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. In all courses we have to create our own business ideas, develop them and frequently pitch them to our peers, teachers and industry representatives. Working in interdisciplinary teams has also been both a challenge and joy. After all as business students, we are all trained through years in the academia to think in a similar way; it has become natural for us to ask if a venture is profitable, look for possible revenue streams and such. Students from the other universities come with other perspectives. It could be a bit frustrating at times but it does help you to truly “think outside the box”,  sorry for the cliché. 🙂

Have to go back to studying for my Business Model Innovation exam tomorrow, wish me luck 🙂

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