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About the MIT REAP Entrepreneurship Summer School

The MIT REAP summer school is an entrepreneurship accelerator program to strengthen entrepreneurs and small companies’ expertise. You will learn entrepreneurial skills and be equipped with a proven, systematic and rigorous approach to grow your business to new heights.

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Entrepreneurship Accelerator Summer School

The summer school is a part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) REAP, the Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program. 

The summer school is an entrepreneurship accelerator program to strengthen entrepreneurs and small companies’ expertise. You will learn entrepreneurial skills and be equipped with a proven, systematic and rigorous approach to grow your business to new heights. The course will be taught by Bill Aulet from the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

The program is also about creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurship and exploring opportunities in a nordic context. 

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MIT REAP

The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems.

MIT REAP Overview from Travis Hunter.


Translate, Convene, Educate

We achieve our mission by translating research insights into practical frameworks, convening stakeholders focused on IDE, and educating regional leaders through team-based interaction to achieve economic and social progress.

Translate research and expertise into practical frameworks, approaches and actions with widespread global application.

Convene stakeholders (corporate, risk capital, entrepreneur, university and government) from ecosystems around the world to build a community for collaboration and learning.

Educate regional innovation ecosystem leaders through team-based learning to facilitate meaningful economic and social outcomes.

Mechanisms to Learn and Engage

Translate: Case studies, frameworks, podcasts, videos, regional write-ups.

Convene: Conferences, workshops, Global Innovation Network, webinars.

Educate: Two-year program for regions who engage as teams (representing key stakeholders).

Partner regions form multi-disciplinary teams and commit to a two-year learning engagement with MIT. During this engagement, teams work with world-renowned MIT faculty and the broader REAP community through a series of action-learning activities to build and implement a custom regional strategy for enhancing their IDE ecosystems. Further details are also available in the MIT REAP brochure and program overview.

Who? MIT REAP admits up to 8 partner regions annually to participate in the two-year engagement. A typical REAP region has a population of 1-10 million people. Each partner region has a team comprised of 5-8 highly driven and influential regional members and is headed by a regional team champion. All 5 major stakeholder groups are represented in an MIT REAP team: government, corporate, academia, risk capital, and the entrepreneurial community.



MIT REAP South West Norway

MIT REAP Team Southwest Norway’s regional focus is on 4 key cities, namely Ålesund, Bergen, Stavanger, and Kristiansand. The team is represented by strong and diverse stakeholders including university, risk capital, corporate, and government. Some of the organizations represented on the team include Norwegian Business School, The Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation, SR Bank, and Innovation Norway.

The MIT REAP Norway University Consortium is led by Norway's 6 top universities and business schools together with regional business clusters provides this accelerator scale-up program: