Standing on the shoulders of giants

Since 1999, the Erling Persson Family Foundation has made possible the establishment and continued developments of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES), a unique collaboration between the leading universities of Stockholm, KI, KTH, Konstfack, SSE and SU. Since its inception, more than 15,000 students have participated in the interdisciplinary programs offered by SSES and the community of enterprising individuals exists across the academic, public and private sectors, in Sweden and abroad. More than 40% of SSES alumni create their own companies, and today this network of entrepreneurs run more than 1,500 self-founded organisations around the globe, employing more than 10,000 people.

At heart, SSES is designed to offer students and researchers a sandbox to explore and realize their imagination with people from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and industries. Thanks to its impact on individuals and the economy, several countries and universities have emulated the SSES model to replicate what the Erling Persson Family Foundation has made possible in Stockholm over the past two decades.


Konstfack (The University of Arts, Crafts and Design) is unique among Swedish art schools, teaching arts, crafts, design and art teacher training all under one roof.

Konstfack’s history dates back to 1844, when a 31-year-old artist called N.M. Mandelgren opened a Sunday drawing school for craftsmen in Stockholm. Although the school’s name would change a number of times in the coming 174 years, its ambition has always been typified by the school’s wide spectrum of arts and orientations.

Today, Konstfack is a public university with ten institutions teaching 600 students. Most of its study programs are between three and five years, eventually leading to BA and MA degrees. Subjects range from art teacher training, a curator program, to fine arts and furniture design.

Konstfack is active both in the private and public sectors and is highly regarded internationally for its exchange programs and its global network of partner universities.

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