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Aarhus University:Student Incubator
There are great opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs at Aarhus University. The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers assistance for students with entrepreneurial plans.
CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION, (CEI) UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
The entrepreneurial skills centre, CEI, which is part of Aarhus University, has during recent years, established itself as a bridge between theoretical research and practical application in society. As well as offering entrepreneurship courses and knowledge exchange, CEI offers knowledge-based services within entrepreneurship that can help students develop their desire to create and become successful entrepreneurs. One of these services is The Student Incubator at Aarhus University. The Student Incubator is open to all students at Aarhus University and offers amongst other things, workshops where students participate in an intensive 6-week course where they are helped to start up their own company. The students work with everything from idea generation to business models and sales techniques.
There are offices, entrepreneurial environment to come together to develop scenarios for how, in cooperation, they could influence and develop the non-living components. Eventually to create an ecosystem that would enable even more entrepreneurial seeds to blossom and grow up into sustainable profitable companies. The result of this cooperation was an interdisciplinary scenario in which private dynamic forces boost entrepreneurship and a culture of creating your own future by doing what you’re good at and what you love. Agreeing on a scenario and a desired future is not the difficult part. The difficulty is getting the ecosystem to live by itself. Actually it could be seen as counterintuitive that an ecosystem needs to be kick-started by an institution like a university. One single organism is not sufficient for an ecosystem to live – all organisms are needed to contribute, benefit and interact with each other and the non-living components should enable them to do so. Therefore, it is critical that the university, the city and the region act work spaces and meeting rooms available for students signed up at The Incubator and these physical facilities and advisory skills have led to there being more applicants than there is space for. Another of CEI’s initiatives is the SpinIN project that has been set up in collaboration with The Danish Industry Foundation (Industriens Fond).
CEI hooks an established company up with a startup company where the entrepreneur “moves in” with the established firm for a while. The goal is for the two companies to enter into an equal collaboration where they both offer their skills and experiences for the benefit of the other part. SpinIN is aimed at student entrepreneurs currently studying at a Bachelor or Master’s level and with CEI’s help concrete plans of action are made between the two businesses to ensure a mutual cooperation. CEI also focuses on entrepreneurship as an academic discipline by offering courses in entrepreneurship at the various faculties at the University. Teaching is firmly anchored in the existing academic settings within AU and students are able to gain skills in using their specific branch of knowledge in a more business-oriented way. BUILDING UP THE SOCIETY OF THE FUTURE In the future, CEI will continue to expand the scope of the various services such as The Student Incubator, SpinIN and classes in entrepreneurship as well as knowledge exchange. The goal is to become even more integrated into the educational and research fields at the faculties so that entrepreneurship becomes a permanent fixture of each institute and in the cross-discipline collaborations.
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