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CEMS Nordic Forum in Bergen

104 students from over 30 countries participated when the CEMS Club hosted the annual CEMS Nordic Forum at NHH last week. As one of the silver sponsors for the conference, BTO hosted a skill seminar for 38 of the students who were interested in technology transfer.

BTOs representatives started the seminar by teaching the students about technology transfers and business development within this field. The students then got the opportunity to work with a real case; the Tunicol project (which recently won the BTO and Sparebanken Vest Idea competition for 2013).

The students were divided in to smaller groups where they developed a business model for the Tunicol project, based on key strategic decisions. Afterwards they presented their work, and BTO announced a winning group based on the level of entrepreneurship, the business model and the students’ ability to find commercial opportunities. Each member of the winning team received an One2touch keyboard.

BTO’s representatives: Barbara Salopek, Ingmar Høgøy and Steffen Boga, were impressed by the student’s effort in the casework. “The students were dedicated, asked relevant questions and prepared well for their case-presentation. They did a great job.”

What is CEMS and the Nordic Forum Conference?

CEMS is a global alliance of leading business schools, multinational companies and NGOs that together offer the CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM). The CEMS MIM is a pre-experience postgraduate degree open to high-caliber, internationally minded, multilingual students enrolled in a Master’s in Management program at one of the CEMS member schools. NHH is the only Norwegian school enrolled in the CEMS-program.

The Nordic Forum bridges the gap between students and the corporate world through company presentations and skill seminars, and also offers students the chance to enhance their network. On CEMS own webpage, they write the following about this year’s Nordic Forum:

“This year’s forum is dedicated to the topic of «Defining the Success Formula», with academic activities focusing on how to move toward a sustainable future, on searching for new talents and on entrepreneurial and innovative ideas. In today’s fast and competitive business landscapes it is imperative to stay in the game and not to lose track. At the same time savvy business players need to be open-minded and perceptive for new and alternative ways in order to successfully establish themselves on the top.

Reflecting the overall topic, interesting workshops, inspiring guest lectures and interactive skills seminars will be held by representatives of our partners from various industries. Students get insight into the ways corporations operate and perform to succeed and will have an opportunity to improve their knowledge during the skill seminars.”