The two-day conference: "Sustainable entrepreneurship in the Nordic and Baltic countries" was held

on 14-15 June 2022 from 13:00 to 12:00
at IVA, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm


1. Read an article about the conference here, incl. links to conference videos.
2. Find individual conference presentations in links in the Programme below
3. Download the NordSEnt guidebook here



Tuesday 14 June:

Registration and coffee
14:00 Introduction: Is entrepreneurship a solution to sustainability challenges? / by Professor Colette Henry, Dundalk Institute of Technology
14:20 Welcome by Johan Carlstedt, IVA, and moderator Magnus Aronsson, ESBRI
14:30 Presentation of NordSEnt and the report/guidebook, by Emilie Normann, FFE  (download the report in the link above)
14:50 Best practices. Three cases from the report:

15:35 Coffee and networking
16:05 Best practices. Two cases from the report:

16:35 Panel discussion (duration: 1 hour). Discussions take their starting point in the following questions:

  • Which activities and education initiatives are the most successful in integrating entrepreneurship and sustainability into university programmes?
  • Are there any tips and tricks that universities can use to increase their focus on entrepreneurship and sustainability?
  • How can sustainability be integrated in all of a university’s activities?
  • What role do incubators and holding companies play in increasing the focus on sustainable entrepreneurship?


  • Jeppe Dørup Olesen, Head of Innovation at Aarhus University 
  • Tobias Fredberg, Professor at Chalmers University 
  • Christian Ryen, Pharem Biotech 
  • Kristiina Esop, Responsible Business Forum, Estonia 
  • Lovisa Berglund, IVAs student council, student at Chalmers 
  • Leander Hessner, Decameal 
  • Jannike Borg, ACERA 
  • Lisa Ericsson, KTH Innovation
  • Birthe Lund, Aalborg University

18:00 Conference dinner

Wednesday 15 June:

Registration and coffee
09:00 Summary from day 1, by Emilie Normann
09:20 Workshop 1 paper presentations:

10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Workshop 2 paper presentations:

11:20 Closing words / By Emilie Normann and Johan Carlstedt

What have we learnt? What are the key take aways? How do we handle the complexity of sustainable entrepreneurship? What happens next? Cooperation in the future? Network for startup hubs?

12:00 Lunch mingle in IVA's garden

IVA, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm
Conference room: Wallenbergsalen
Dinner 14 June: Bankettsalen
Lunch 15 June: IVA's garden

Link to conference invitation

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Past events:


On 5 April 2022 NordSEnt partners AU and NTNU held a blended seminar at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway

"Sustainable entrepreneurship – local and global approaches"

A seminar inviting scholars and practitioners to co-create solutions to real-world challenges in start-ups and entrepreneurship education related to sustainability. By taking an inductive approach, we would like to explore approaches and challenges related to sustainability in start-ups, potential solutions and implications for education.

3 startup cases presented their biggest challenges related to sustainability. 3 groups of participants discussed the challenges and reflected on best and next practices regarding facilitation of sustainable entrepreneurs in teaching, hubs and incubators.



On 12 November 2021 the NordSEnt partners launched its network in a blended event at CBS:

"Breaking down the barriers to teaching and learning in sustainable entrepreneurship education"

Contents of the event:

Kåre Moberg & Kai Hockerts / Anne-Karen Hueske (FFE & CBS) presented central barriers to sustainable entrepreneurship education.

Jim Seltenrijch & Marge Täks from Estonian Business School presented their model and logic for teaching sustainable entrepreneurship, putting it into practice in a 6-semester framework.

Breakout activity in groups discussed: What aspects of sustainability could be embedded into each phase?

You can find a video and other material from the event here: Materials