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, SU and KMH. Since its inception, more than 22,000 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’s history dates back to 1844, when the artist Nils Månsson Mandelgren opened a Sunday drawing school for craftsmen in Stockholm. Although the school’s name would change a number of times until today, its ambition has always been typified by the school’s wide spectrum of orientations – arts, crafts, design and art teacher training.

Today, Konstfack is a public university with approximately 900 students and 200 staff members. The university offers seven different bachelor’s degree programmes, five master’s with different specialisations and a lot of free standing courses. Konstfack is also highly regarded internationally for its exchange programmes and its global network of partner universities. See more at

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An interdisciplinary convergence of leading academic institutions in medicine, technology, economics, design, and the humanities.