Action research from StartUp Weekend Stavanger

We all learn tons from this weekend. Now, we want to use this learning to improve innovation and entrepreneurship education in Norway. I would love your input! Feel free to reply directly in the comments field.

1) What was your key learning from the weekend?

2) If you have any education (courses, training, lessons) in innovation, strategy, business development, etc; how would you describe your learning from StartUp Weekend compared with your other education in this field?

3) What would you recommend BI – Norwegian Business School and other business schools do differently based on your experiences from StartUp Weekend?

4) What’s your recommendation for future StartUp events like this? (feel free to Think Big)

Thanks, I’ll keep you posted.


Action research from StartUp Weekend Stavanger

10 thoughts on “Action research from StartUp Weekend Stavanger

  1. Some key learnings in brief. 1) space and facilities matter, in that SW Oslo had more participant buzz/energy vs this event during the working period (Saturday and most of Sunday) not necessarily because of more people (maybe 80 vs 30) but because the density of those people in a small space created more interaction — I would recommend restricting the space, 2) people seem to need more support on understanding the costs and revenue streams which are kind of common for all SW ideas — many groups all say they are going to place ads on a webpage but few know how money is generated there (I don’t blame them, it is opaque to me!), others say they are going to sell an app on iTunes but don’t understand how much Apple will take, so maybe this should be standard support by SW facilitators since it is a common weakness, for example.

  2. My key learning is that space matters: tighter workspaces create more energy and keeps the pressure up on teams to perform. At SW Oslo a few weeks ago, I was working in a much tighter space than today and that led to more interaction between the groups. More interaction meant that I entered more conversations with competing teams, affording me more input to my team’s work but also adding pressure as I heard about other teams’ progress. That pressure fuelled my team to work harder when I brought news back. I think that the link between workspace and creative thinking is tighter than I once thought. My recommendation is therefore clear: get a tight space (and even restrict the space if a large venue is taken — one cannot always choose!) to enhance interaction.

  3. Christian Sædberg says:

    1. Ift læring denne helgen har sitter jeg igjen med en større forståelse for hvor enkelt man kn komme frem til gode ideer og ikke minst komme frem til en plan for videreutvikling. Uhyre spennende å starte med en ide som utvikles dit hen at man ender opp med en ny..

    2. På høgskolen hadde vi et fag som het etableropplæring som i utgangspunktet gikk på det samme bare utover et semester. Problemet, eller ulempen med det, var rammene man kanskje underlegges av tiden. På startup weekend har man veldig begrenset tid som igjen krever rask tekning og at man evner å ta raske beslutninger. I skole sammenheng ble dette ødelagt av å ha alt for mye tid til å komme frem til en ide/produkt, og jeg tror mye av den kreative prosessen ødelegges av det.

    3. Usikker på hvordan dette foregår på BI i dag, men om studentene på et eller annet vis kan lære mer om kreative prosesser, få testet ulike metoder (kanskje ila kortere perioder hvor man ikke må fokusere på mange andre fag samtidig) kunne vært en tanke. Less talking, more doing..

    4. Skulle gjerne sett at det ble lagd en klubb/gruppe hvor som oppfordret til å møtes regelmessig i etterkant, kanskje med noe opplegg rundt det hver gang. For øvrig kan det være spennende med disse temabaserte Startup helgene, gleder meg til neste arrangement uansett – fantastisk spennende



    1. Jeg tar deg opp på punkt 4 her! Invitasjon kommer via Facebook gruppen “Startup Weekend Stavanger” Sørg for å være medlem der, så kommer eventet snart!!

  4. 1) Work effectiv, think different and to learn how important a good team is and maintain a good relationship in it.

    2) I think the education here is much more in practical ways then in formal education where there is a much more theori based princip of teaching.

    3) Use more practical experients, try to make a business in 24 hours perhaps? Or in one day?

    4) My recomendation for future StartUp events is to have a bed at the location. So you dont need to go home. Also to have a little more focus on teambulding in the start.

    1. Point 4b) We also had a discussion on the teams. Next team we will check of each team that they have the number of people they need, and nothing more. It was another team that would done so much greater with just one more marketing person!

  5. mrcraignorman says:

    1) Key learning – Prioritise Customer Development as importantly (if not more) as your Product Development.

    2) In comparison… Start-Up Weekend “thinking” is great and focuses on the new wave of innovation / strategic thinking but MOST beneficial is the format of “doing” not just “thinking about it”.

    3) Recommend to BI – Incorporate the “doing” format into the program, also incorporate some Service Design & Design Strategy concepts (the one thing I felt lacking in the weekend).

    4) Recommend for future – Just do it 🙂

  6. 1) Don’t assume anything about the customer. Only trust real data. Engage and get feedback at an early stage.

    2) Startup weekend is a perfect arena for practicing the theory and ideas from the sources you mentioned.

    3) I don’t know BI. So I can’t say. Could it be an idea to have StartupWeekend as a course that gives study points?

    4) The SW formula works. More PR might have resulted in more participants. Keep the people in the same (big) room, but let there be enough space so the teams are not interfering too much with each other.

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