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KTH, Department of Industrial Economics and Management

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. In total, KTH has 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 Stockholm. Today, KTH is also located on several different campuses around Stockholm.

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 the 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 with the courses given 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.



Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship

The Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES) is a collaboration between five of Stockholm’s leading schools, Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm 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 Stockholm 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, http://www.inderscience.com/ijev

Professor Steven P. Nichols, the Murchison Professor of Free Enterprise

Professor Nichols is the Director of the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise and Co-Founder of the I2P® Global Competition. Prof. Nichols’ research interests include topics in engineering design and manufacturing, technology commercialization, and professional aspects of engineering practice. Prof. Nichols advocates that the knowledge base of a university has potential to more broadly benefit society, and he believes that commercialization activities at universities must support the education, research, and service missions of a university.

As the Director of the Clint Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise, Prof. Nichols focuses on creating and nurturing a culture of technology innovation, creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurship in the Cockrell School of Engineering. As part of his activities, Prof. Nichols organized the Roden Scholar program and supported the start-up of the Technology Entrepreneurship Society and the I2P® Program. He has initiated multidisciplinary research and classroom activities that encourage collaborative learning environments for students, faculty, and staff from the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Natural Sciences, the McCombs School of Business, and the School of Law.

Prof. Nichols previously served as the Associate Vice President for Research, and has served as the Associate Chair for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has also served as the Director of the Design Projects Program and taught the Department’s capstone design courses for 14 years. Prof. Nichols previously served as the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (formerly the Center for Energy Studies) and as the Acting Director of the Center for Electromechanics.

Prof. Nichols is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and has received the Fred Merryfield Design Award from the American Society of Engineering Education. He received the inaugural Olympus Innovation Award from NCIIA in 2005. Prof. Nichols received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1975 and J.D. in Law (with honors) in 1983.

Karina Töndevold

At the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Ms. Töndevold is the manager of the I2P® Global competition. She is also a PhD candidate at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), where is researching consumer co-creation in consumer marketing. She holds a M.Sc. from SSE as well as a B.A. in communication studies at Stockholm University.

Previously, Ms. Töndevold was the Marketing Manager at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship until 2006, when she moved to London and subsequently Amsterdam, to work in digital marketing at agencies such as AKQA, helping clients such as Sky and Nike. When she returned to Stockholm after 4 years overseas, she spent a year in market research before returning to the academic world.