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Michelle Sæther (in the middle) won the first StudentIdé-competition. From the left: Margunn Aas Minne (Sparebanken Vest), Mathilde Kallestad (Innovasjon Norge), Anders Haugland (BTO) og Gro Anita Fonnes Flaten (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) Photo: Kjetil Myhren-Berge

Students! Do as Michelle and win 50.000,-

Michelle Sæther was announced as the first ever winner of StudentIdé earlier this year. Now students in Bergen have a new possibility to win 50.000,- to develop their innovative idea. Apply before 11th November.

StudentIdé is a collaboration between Sparebanken Vest and Bergen Teknologioverføring. Its ambition is to stimulate more students in Bergen to innovate, and the competition is a celebration of all the good initiatives from the student community in the city.

Convinced the jury

Michelle Sæther, a student at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), won the first StudentIdé and 50.000 NOK to her project Altreal. In an exciting finale Sæther convinced the jury that her project was the best out of the ten projects qualified for the finale.

– This feels amazing! I am surprised and speechless, Sæther said after receiving the prize in front of a live audience.

Altreal develops an app to help keep students motivated, and thereby stay in school. Sæther and her co-founders have used the money to establish a company and to develop the idea further.

Who can join?

  • You have to be a student at the University of Bergen (UiB), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) or Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
  • One or several students (e.g. a group) can submit an idea
  • The idea needs to be innovative and offer something new

To join the competition you need to fill in a simple application form and send it to idea@bergento.no.

Deadline: 11th November 2018

An internal jury at BTO will read through the applications and pre-qualify the ten best ideas for the final. The qualified students will present their idea in front of an experienced jury and a live audience. The jury will select the winner based on novelty, impact on society, potential use and probability of success. The winner takes it all – 50 000 NOK!

Stepping stone towards STUD-ENT application

BTO sees StudentIdé as the first step on the way to apply for funding through The Norwegian Research Council STUD-ENT funding scheme. STUD-ENT is targeted towards students and recent Master’s degree graduates, who have a knowledge- or research-based business idea – and the formal support of a Norwegian university or university college.

Students in Bergen are welcome to contact BTO to get help with their application. We can provide feedback and guiding on applications, as well as assist the projects with business development. This service is free to students enrolled in BTO’s owner-institutions: University of Bergen, Norwegian School of Economics and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.