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MSTU students took part in the Pratctice Future Innovation Business Week


April 23 – 26 International Institution of Business Education and Murmansk State Technical University hosted the Innovation Business Week within "Practice Future – An Open innovation Local Business and Students Network project".

This innovative type project is the result and continued cooperation of students and teachers of five universities with small and medium sized businesses. The project aim is twofold: 1) to develop practically relevant business ideas and business models for the firms in question, facilitating their development in existing market segment or access to markets abroad (also using international contacts established within the project); 2) to develop and implement a practice proven internationally applicable tool of entrepreneurship education to (non-business) students. On the other hand, the project is focused on creating and developing technologies and tools of entrepreneurship education that will be applicable in different countries, as well as available and effective in working with non-business students. The project will create a network of some 250 students from Russia, Finland and Norway, as well as at least 12 companies from participating countries. In addition, it is planned to attract about 30 companies as potential partners for further cooperation.

The Leading Partner in the project is Finnmark University College, Alta (Norway). Project partners are International Institution of Business Education (Murmansk), Murmansk State Technical University, Petrozavodsk State University and Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

Tuesday, 23 April, official opening of the Innovation week was held at MIBO with the Consul General of Norway in Murmansk Mr. Eivind Nordsletten as a special guest. After that student teams presented their ideas for the two case companies – the Youth House Mr. Pink and EU Park on border of Finland and Sweden in Tornio-Haparanda.
During Week 17 students from Alta visited Gymnasium 1 in Murmansk and took part in the Entrepreneurship class. Apart from this more events were organized for all the project participants: evening at the anti-café "Teplo" (a place were you pay not for food and drinks but for the time spent there), lectures on project management and creative business, Norwegian-Russian rock concert at Ledokol Club, city tour, excursion to the icebreaker "Lenin" and farewell dinner.

MSTU students team "Polar Heads" (Anastasiya Bryzgalova, Natalya Privalova, Inna Fedorova, Irina Popelnuha, Polina Kravchenko and Ekaterina Artyoshova) got the 3rd price from the Youth House Mr. Pink and the 2nd price from Tornio-Haparanda municipality. It was their second project workshop, as they also took part in the previous project stage in Alta, so the girls managed to use their experience and get even better results than before.

The project is financially supported by the Kolarctic ENPI-CBC programme.