Entrepreneurship ecosystem

Entrepreneurship ecosystem

All parties and services involved in innovation and business cooperation at NTNU are listed here, in alphabetic order. Together they form our «entrepreneurship ecosystem», a loosely knit system of benefactors, services, courses and experts who promote innovation and entrepreneurship at NTNU. 

Entrepreneurship ecosystem

NTNU’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

Business networks: Forums for collaboration between academic environment at NTNU and business to strengthen educational activities at the university.

Centres for Excellence in Education – SFU: Centres for Excellence in Education feature outstanding quality and innovative practices in education. Page in Norwegian. 

CIP – Center for Intellectual Property: CIP provides a platform for the promotion of research, education and collaboration based on the strategic management of intellectual assets and property. The center is currently jointly governed by Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, and NTNU.

Climate-KIC: Large EU initiative to develop new solutions to climate change in collaboration between research institutions, the public sector and the business community.

Cluster collaboration - NCE, GCE and ARENA clusters: Constellations that encourage increased innovation and collaboration between businesses, research and educational environments, and public-sector players.

DRIV NTNU helseinnovasjonsarena (health innovation arena): Contributes to closer contact between students, researchers, employees in and users of the health service, in addition to other working and business life.

Experts in Teamwork (EiT): Interdisciplinary teams of students work to find solutions to issues presented by stakeholders in business and the public sector.

FRAM: The students’ own centre for innovation is a meeting place for existing communities of innovation and inquisitive newcomers. Page in Norwegian.

Humanities in the Workplace (HiP): Students at the Faculty of Humanities use their academic competence in the world of work through a period of practice in businesses and public-sector organizations. Page in Norwegian.

Master's degree in entrepreneurship, innovation and society: Provides insight into the importance of the entrepreneur for the development of society – and the importance of society for entrepreneurship.

6AM: Accelerator for knowledge-based start-ups, offering funding, networking and incubator space in central Trondheim. 

NTNU Alumni: Networking for NTNU’s former students, current students and staff, providing a forum for sharing knowledge and experience.

NTNU Bridge: A service linking students and employers through collaborative engagements, practice and recruitment to the workplace.

NTNU Discovery: Provides support for development, verification and quality assurance of ideas and projects that have the potential to be commercially viable.

NTNU International Researcher Support (NIRS): Counselling for administrative staff and researchers working at or visiting NTNU. Services includes housing, dual career services, seminars, courses and social activities for the international community at NTNU.

NTNU School of Entrepreneurship: Master's programme in entrepreneurship. Combines theory with practical experience through establishing new ventures.

NTNU Technology Transfer AS: Works to create value from research at NTNU, in the form of new products or services that benefit society.

Research centres and EU collaboration: Research centres such as the Centres for Research-based Innovation (CRIs) and for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEERs) as well as research programmes generate many new ideas and projects that benefit society in the form of products and services.

Spark NTNU: Free guidance and regular follow-up for students who want to develop an idea. Page in Norwegian

Start NTNU: Student organization that works to inspire students to try their hand at innovation and entrepreneurship. NTNU in Gjøvik and NTNU in Ålesund have their own Start associations. Page in Norwegian.

Trondheim Tech Port: Trondheim Tech Port is a member-based organisation working to increase Norway’s innovation output. In addition, Trondheim Tech Port is working to establish Trondheim’s Innovation District, in connection with the Campus development project ongoing in the Elgeseter gate area. 

Venture Cup: A national business plan competition for students. Also credit-bearing subjects in business development. Page in Norwegian.



Pro-Rector for Innovation

Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes leads NTNU’s efforts to promote innovation, and is responsible for maintaining strategic collaborative relationships with businesses and industry on a regional national and international level. 

Vice-Rector in Gjøvik 

Vice-Rector in Gjøvik Gro Kvanli Dæhlin represent and position NTNU as an institution for regional working life.

Vice-Rector in Ålesund

Vice-Rector in Ålesund Anne-Lise Sagen Major represent and position NTNU as an institution for regional working life.

The Innovation Managers

Strategic Programme

NTNU Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation (SKI)

The programme includes innovation managers who will contribute to turn more research into benefits.