DMUworks Enterprise: Freelancing and Start-Ups in Norway

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All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. We encourage all eligible students to apply, and particularly welcome applications from:

  • Students with a demonstrable interested in innovation and enterprise
  • Students with a demonstrable interest in freelancing and start-ups
  • Students that can articulate the benefits of the opportunity from an employability perspective

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Bergen has emerged as a real hotbed for start-up activities, with Scandinavia leading the way compared to the rest of Europe. In 2018, Start-Up Bergen launched as a major initiative to support entrepreneurship and this trip will explore….

Students would visit The University of Bergen Entrepreneurship department to learn more about how entrepreneurial skills are developed and how enterprise is taught.

The group will also visit Impact Hub Bergen, which joined the global network of Impact Hubs in 2008 and was one of the early established co-working places for social innovation, and first of its kind in Norway. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen, the wooden walls of Impact Hub Bergen date back to the 18th century, providing a unique and inspiring backdrop for social innovation and the realization of new ideas.

Students will also engage with StartupLab, which has since 2012, supported more than 250 technology start-ups.  Their network consists of engaged industry experts, serial entrepreneurs, investors and scientists. Members have access to mentors, workshops, investors, legal advice, office and meeting room facilities and more.  Students will learn about the work of StartupLab and its significance in supporting new ventures in Norway.

By participating in this trip, students will gain an understanding of how freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs are supported across a number of organisations working together in a single enterprise ecosystem.  This includes a number of organisations across the board, so students will learn more about how enterprise is encouraged through education and extra-curricular activities within Bergen University and how and where these new entrepreneurs go on to be supported and grow their ventures.

Cultural activities

As a European City of Culture and World Heritage City, Bergen offers an ideal combination of nature, culture and interesting urban attractions. Bergen is surrounded by one of the most popular attractions in the world, the Norwegian fjords, which have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and voted the world’s most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic.

Students are also encoruaged explore the very first buildings in Bergen that were built alongside the wharf called Bryggen, which has been a lively and important area of the city for many centuries. Bryggen is included on Unesco’s list of World Heritage and is one of Bergen’s most popular attractions. At Bryggen you will find plenty of things to do, and you can literally travel back to the hanseatic times when Bergen dominated trade for about 400 years. Stroll through the narrow alleyways and experience life back in the 1300’s, a sense of drudgery, feast and celebration. An important part of Bergen’s history can be experienced in this area, where a lot of the arcitechture is preserved or rebuilt as it was in the Middle Ages.

Bergen has many museums, some with unique art treasures and others that show the breadth of the city’s historical heritage. The Hanseatic Museum or Bryggens Museum presents a unique historical insight to the history of Bergen.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Norwegian immigration requirements.

British nationals travelling from the UK don’t need a visa to visit Norway. Nationals of EU/EEA countries and of countries that have a visa exemption agreement with Norway do not need a visa to visit Norway. Nationals of all other countries need a visitor’s visa. Please, check the current entry requirements on the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and if necessary confirm with the Norwegian Embassy. 

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for applying for your visa, checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 20 April 2020
  • Return date: Friday 24 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £480
  • Students will also be required to pay for: cultural activities, food & drink and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150 + DMUworks bursary (£100)
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am