The Change Conference is Bergen Entrepreneurship Academy (BEA)’s annual conference on student entrepreneurship. The conference is an important part of BEA, serving as an arena where the three BEA institutions HVL, NHH and UiB can showcase their work on innovation and entrepreneurship, and students can make new acquaintances, be inspired, develop ideas, get challenged and learn.
The Change Conference strives to put Bergen, Vestland and the three BEA institutions on the map. The conference gathers the industrial clusters, knowledge clusters, startup spaces and incubators of Western Norway for a day packed with rewarding workshops on entrepreneurship, business cases and innovation practices. The students get a chance to meet and listen to exceptional lecturers and researchers from our own institutions, as well as key personalitites from the business community in Norway and abroad.
The first-ever BEA conference found place on October 27, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the 2020 conference became a digital soft launch (in Norwegian). At this event, BEA was officially launched through a live-streamed panel discussion with the Minister of Research and Higher Education, the Mayor of Bergen, student entrepreneurs from HVL, NHH and UiB and more. For the next Change Conference, in the fall of 2021, we will hopefully be able to arrange a large, physical event as originally planned.