A great idea is not necessarily a great success
Miriam Meling tells you why she started on the Master program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Miriam Meling had a Bachelor in physics from NTNU before starting on the Master program.
Why did you apply for the programme?
During my studies in France, a former colleague and I started to plan a project with the goal of elevating the interest in science among high school students. After having prepared a project plan, we convinced NTNU that this was a project the University should take part in. Simultaneously we convinced a production company that this idea was worth joining in on. During August 2008 we developed the financial plan, which we presented to several institutions and organizations. The efforts resulted in a financed budget of NOK 1.7 mill. Working with this project has made me realize that I have a passion for working with novel ideas and the process of convincing others to join in on them. I applied to the Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship because of the interdisciplinary environment and due to my aspiration to work innovatively. A great idea is not necessarily a great success. I wanted to participate in the process of making the great ideas come true.
How do you combine your knowledge from your bachelor degree with the MSc?
When studying mathematics and phsyics you get into the habit of processing complex and difficult information. After having studied these subjects I would say that I have acquired the necessary tools to systematically solve the diverse and interdisciplinary tasks this MSc is presenting.
Where do you want to work?
I would like to work with start-ups and help them grow into viable and successfull businesses, preferably within the field of renewable energy sources.
What is special about this programme?
This program is very international - you meet people from all over the world. We also spend most of our time working in groups with real time cases, combining theory and practice. The lectures are given by University professors and people working in different industries.
Have you been in contact with any companies or other education institutions through the programme?
We have written an analysis of a start-up company in Stavanger, and some smaller analysis of novel ideas provided by Technology Transfer Offices.