An evening of Inspiration with START

Wednesday 31th of October, the student organization START Nord at Nord university had an evening of inspiration arranged for students who wants to start up their own business. START is an important collaboration partner for Engage, and together we work to inspire students who want to explore possibilities of starting their own business.

Different organizations held a presentation about their own business and how they built it from nothing.

The student Ragnhild Larsen represented Engage, and talked about what Engage is and what we do. Ragnhild invited the students to come to Spir idélab to work with their business ideas and attend workshops. She also told about the student incubator “Loftet”, where students can apply for a place to sit and work with their startups, in the same building as Spir idélab (Mørkvedgården).

ENGAGE: The student Ragnhild Larsen talked about Engage and what we do.

The purpose with this evening was to get more focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and to build a stronger community of students working with startups.

Lars Aarskog, Project manager for this event in START was satisfied with so many students showing up. He told Engage that the thought with an evening like this is to inspire students.
– We want to inspire students to become more active in the startup community here at the university. We also think that this evening shed more light on witch kind of offers the students have, he says.

Other presenters who inspired the students was DnB, Bodø municipality, Angel Challenge, Seacirc, Spir/ Inkubator Salten and Kupa.

Erlend Gabrielsen from Kupa, is also the project leader in Arctic Accelerator who is a development program for young founders in Northern Norway. He talked about how they can help students to start up a business.

KUPA: Erlend Gabrielsen from KUPA talked about the development program Arctic Accelerator.

– It is a program where the mentors help the startups and the founders. I think that it is a huge engagement among the students here in Bodø. We need good ideas from students and I think it’s exciting to hear about the ideas that they have.