Itzinyatm AB is an Entrepreneurship Development Company based in Sweden. We want to tackle one of the largest global social problems in the world today – youth unemployment! We do that through investing in young entrepreneurs mainly in the developing world, equipping them to start and grow small and medium size companies enabling them to employing other young people.
Yes the company is based in Sweden. You know Sweden... ABBA, IKEA, Zlatan... =) Well there is more to it. We have a history of entrepreneurship in Sweden and we believe you as entrepreneurs are very important. Society is built up by people like yourself. We know that if we are going to see development of any societiy, entrepreneurs must be released and resourced to do what they do best, start profitable and sustainable companies that can grow and employ others.
The StartUp Academy is one of several courses that we will make available. In the Academy we use adult learning methods and technical support tools. Our training method is what is called "Active Learning" where participants are very active both in the theoretical sessions with discussions, case studies and exercises and in the practical parts where we get outside the building to test our ideas with the real world. There will be a high tempo with assignments between classes. Entrepreneurs are expected to be self motivated and driven.
See the incubation as the crossing between a greenhouse and a lab. The point is to create an environment that inspires and facilitates expirementation, development and growth. It is a lab where your products or services are designed and tested, and where your customers become your partners. It is a greenhouse where the facilitators are the gardeners making sure to provide the right "temperature", "fertilizers" and "watering". The incubator is either in a co-working space/office hotel setting, where also other companies rent a desk or a room. Or it is in a production environment where you can set up your machinery to test your production and develop your product. You can chose to be in the incubator up to two years for free in return for some shares in your company. In this way we also garantee that we will follow your development and enhance your growth also after the incubation period. (Read more... Incubator)
Build on your own idea
You might come with a fairly developed idea, or maybe with a direction of what you want to do and a lot of motivation to discover and develop an idea you feel passionate about during the Academy. In any case, most of the sessions you will be applying the training on your own company idea. In this way it will not be theoretical. The whole Academy is really not on academic level. We like to think about entrepreneurship as something very practical and the Academy reflects that.
Yes that's right, we do not have teachers. We don't believe teaching is the best way for you to get the understanding of entrepreneurship and the confidence in yourself that you can do it. We believe it is more like a journey. So instead of teachers we have facilitators or "guides" that accompany you on your journey. They will share shorter main learning points and lead discussions, reflections and exercises. Those facilitators will also become your mentors in the incubator to follow together with experienced international industry experts.
Don't wait - come and join us!
The Startup Academy starts 3 times every year. Check at Startup/application/country for more details. You send us your business idea that includes the answer to 7 questions that you find here. We will select the the 20 best ideas and chose the winner. The winner get the 3 month Academy for free...