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.


The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is a public university responsible for one third of Sweden’s total engineering studies and technical research at post-secondary level. The university has over 14,500 undergraduate students, 1,700 active postgraduate students and an administrative staff of 4,600.

The origins of KTH can be traced back to 1827 when the Institute of Technology began offering education in technological subjects with a professional touch. The Institute’s name was changed to Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in 1877 and the final academic recognition of KTH as an establishment of higher learning arrived in 1927, when it was permitted the right to award students with the title Doctor of Technology.

Ten years earlier in 1917, KTH had moved into purpose-built buildings in the northern part of central Stockholm. KTH is the largest of Sweden’s universities of technology. It is an international institution with established research and educational exchanges all over the world, conducting education and research across a broad spectrum – from natural science to all branches of technology.


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