Standing on the shoulders of giants

It all started back in 1998 with Professors John Skår (KI), Bengt Stymne (SSE), and Claes Gustafsson (KTH) envisioning a cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education initiative for universities in Stockholm.

The initiative’s prime directive? To develop and coordinate existing academic activities and resources under a unified banner of entrepreneurship.

A generous donation from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation allowed the school to firmly establish itself as an independent organisation in August 1998. This was followed by a further donation from the foundation in 2002, which made it possible for Konstfack to become the fourth member institution. In 2009 Stockholm University joined as the fifth member institution, resulting in the constellation of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship that exists today.

Today, the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship is proudly founded by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) to develop an integrated learning syllabus of curricular and extra-curricular activities to meet the demands of students, faculty, alumni, founders and industry.


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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