Shift + Sparebanken Sør 💚

We are happy to announce that Sparebanken Sør is officially a Shift partner. Sparebanken Sør is Agder’s largest local bank and an important contributor to innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Sparebanken will support Shift with a yearly amount of 1,250 million NOK over a three-year period.

Included in this amount is a yearly innovation award of 50 000 NOK, given to the Shift student team with the most promising business concept.

We are super excited and honored to be supporting the next generation of responsible entrepreneurs together with Sparebanken Sør!

Do I have to have my own idea?

We are often asked whether the students at Shift need to come up with their own ideas to base their business on. The answer to this is no. The business ideas that Shift students work on may come from different sources. They can be provided by the students themselves, but also by researchers at the university, by public organizations and by established businesses. Consequently, the idea testing process is a great opportunity to interact with established companies.

            The idea testing takes place in the first semester. During selected weeks you will be testing dozens of ideas in terms of their social, environmental, and commercial potential. When the testing period is over you´re left with a solid handful of good ideas to develop further into impactful businesses.

            We know that established businesses often come up with new ideas, which they might not have sufficient time or resources to further develop themselves – with the result that a lot of promising ideas are never realized. For these businesses Shift offers an opportunity to bring the idea to life. Read more about how to suggest ideas to Shift here, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have an idea you want to discuss.

Shift @ CERN

Bjørn-Tore Flüten (Head of CESI), Gøril Hannüs (Vice rector for innovation), Kristina Walker-NordlÜf (Head of Nyskaping Ansatt), Stine Øyna (Head of Shift), Jim Finstad (UiA Lawyer), Hans Kjetil Lysgürd (Vice rector for research), and Muris Letic (Head of Nyskaping Student)

This week Shift visited CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN is widely known for it’s Hadron collider – the world’s largest and most powerful accelerator – for developing the world wide web, and for the discovery of the higgs-boson. Today, CERN has also established a flourishing environment for entrepreneurship, commercialization, and business development. The people at CERN clearly share our belief in students’ ability to make impact through entrepreneurship and offer a number of opportunities for those interested. Shift returns to UiA with a lot of input to our courses and with plans for how to introduce Shift’s students to the world-class programs at CERN.

Shift entrepreneurship ready to launch…

We are currently working hard to get Shift ready for the first intake of students in 2020. During the past few weeks we have been creating promotional material – including filming a video, taking pictures, and making merchandize – and we can’t wait to show you how everything turned out. Spoiler alert – it’s awesome.

Over the next weeks we will tell you all about our program, and present the people making Shift happen – including our management team and faculty, our fantastic student ambassadors, and our industry collaborators.

Stay tuned for more exciting information about Shift here on, Facebook (UiA Shift) and Instagram (@uiashift).

… Shift’s management team.