KTH, Division of Business Development and Entrepreneurship
KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical research and is the country’s largest organizer of technical/engineering education at university level. KTH education and research covers a broad spectrum – from natural sciences to all branches of engineering plus architecture, industrial economics, urban planning, work science and environmental technology. In addition to the research underway at KTH schools there are a large number of national and local competence centers located at KTH, as well as research programs financed by various research foundations.
KTH offers degree courses in architecture, masters of science in engineering, bachelors of science in engineering, bachelors degree, masters degrees (one or two years), licentiate or doctoral degrees. There is also a technical preparatory course and further education activities. KTH has a total of 13,300 full year students at first and second levels, over 1,500 active research students and 3,900 employees.
KTH was founded in 1827 and since 1917 has been located at its current site, in a beautiful location with buildings that are now listed as of historical importance at Norra Djurgården in central Sweden. Today, KTH is also located on several different campuses around Sweden.
KTH carries out extensive international research and educational exchange with universities and university colleges primarily in Europe, USA and Australia as well as in Asian countries. KTH participates actively in the various EU research programs. Projects together with Swedish and international development cooperation agencies are also underway.
While the Royal Institute of Technology has a long history of entrepreneurship and innovation management, it was not until January 2011 that the Institute of Industrial Management created the division – Business Development and Entrepreneurship, with Associate Professor Terrence E. Brown as its head.
The focus of the division is – Value creation through the creation and commercialization of innovation through existing enterprises and new ventures.
The division is engaged with teaching, and the courses given are already among the school’s most popular. Additionally, the division is involved in two major research projects – one related to the means, methods and modes of research commercialization and the second, related to management, organizational and administrative innovations within Swedish industry.
The division has a long deep relationship to the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, where KTH is one of the parent institutions.
Sweden School of Entrepreneurship
The Sweden School of Entrepreneurship (SSES) is a collaboration between five of Sweden’s leading schools, Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, the Sweden School of Economics, Sweden University and the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
SSES is recognized around the world as a leading academic facility in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship. Since its inception in 1999, SSES’ mission has been to offer its member schools’ students education, training and inspiration in applied entrepreneurship. In essence, SSES utilizes the exciting and diverse academic environments of the member schools, gathering their innovative and entrepreneurial competencies all under one roof. It is structured as a membership-based, non-profit organization with the acting rectors of the member universities as eligible members of the association.
SSES employs a dedicated team of some 20 faculty and staff members. And in excess of 160 guest speakers, mentors and coaches take part in our education program every year. Every year the school graduates in excess of 1 000 students from its academic courses and sees more than 2 000 participants take advantage of its extra curricular activities.
Dr. Terrence E. Brown
Dr. Brown is a writer, researcher, consultant, entrepreneur and lecturer on creating value. Dr. Brown is also the former Dean of the Sweden School of Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and head of the Entrepreneurship Division at the Royal Institute of Technology. Additionally he was the Program Director for the ICT Entrepreneurship Masters Program at KTH as well as a Program Director for the prestigious Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI).
Dr. Brown is the founder of Cogeneration.se, the next step in new venture creation, Startup Academy, an offline/online institution providing content and education to entrepreneurs and new venture investors and growthstrategies, a growth agency that specializes in helping to grow companies by creating and developing uncommon opportunities. He was the past Director of Research for the Association of the Electronic Auction Industry and Director of Research for The net.America Foundation, a think tank focusing on the New Economy, eCommerce and eLearning.
Dr. Brown has previously served a two year engagement in Sweden as a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Co-Director of a major research project on firm growth for Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. He has published in various academic journals. He has also lectured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. http://www.terrencebrown.net
Mr. Redin is working on the I2P® Sweden and I2P® Global from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). He is on track to graduate with a M. Sc. in medicinal biotechnology from KTH in June 2012. Currently the vice president of the academic entrepreneurship organization Excitera, David has worked to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Sweden since 2009. In 2010 he was the project leader of Excitera Innovation Challenge, a competition where students take part of newly developed research technologies and come up with ways on how to develop these into innovative new commercial products or services. Before starting his studies at KTH he was in Beijing, where he lived, studied and worked for 4 years.