Innovation and Entrepreneurship in EuropeSummer Course

Summer Study Tour
Corequisite Course(s)
Major Discipline(s)
Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship
Location: Copenhagen
Session 1/Session 2

The Nordic countries have over the past decade consistently punched above their weight in terms of successful tech start-up exits. In 2014, the Nordics alone had 53% of all European billion-dollar-plus exits. This is particularly remarkable considering that these countries have small populations, only 7% of European GDP, and only 10% of invested Venture Capital in Europe. While the U.S. dominates the total number of billion-dollar-plus exits, the Nordic countries have the world’s highest ratio of these types of exits to GDP, which indicates an efficient ecosystem in creating really valuable companies. It is in this start-up ecosystem that you spend the summer developing a new venture, building on your experience in the Entrepreneurship Practicum course. Between the two courses, you learn to use some of the newest business development tools and methods, and are exposed to many of the main players in the start-up scene in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.

Related Discipline(s)

This summer course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Leadership Studies, Management


Karim Jabbar

DIS Summer Faculty

Industrial PhD Fellow on emerging technological innovations, University of Copenhagen and DIS (since 2015) . Member of Danish Standard Working Group on Blochchain, (since 2017). Cand.merc. (International Business Administration and Development Studies, Copenhagen Business School, 2001). Program Manager at the Delegation of the European Commission in Cotonou, Benin, 2002-2003. Managing Director for a travel company with subsidiaries in 5 African countries, 2004-2007. With DIS since 2009.