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Innovation students received travel scholarships to Zhejiang University, China


Sofia Berg and Madeleine Englund, Master’s students in Innovation and Industrial Management, received scholarships to write their thesis at Zhejiang University, in China. They thanked the Sten A Olsson Foundation for the scholarships and briefly presented their thesis and their experiences during the Diploma Ceremony on 20 January.

Sofia and Madeleine spent two months at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in China, in connection to writing their master’s thesis, during spring 2015. The purpose of the thesis was to investigate what potential challenges female entrepreneurs face that male entrepreneurs do not face in in order to identify an explanation to why there are fewer women than men active in entrepreneurship in China. It was found that the main female-specific challenges were: balance between business and family, being taken seriously, and the perceptions of the society.

Supervisor of the thesis was Jun Jin, Professor at Zhejiang University, who is now a visiting professor at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Gothenburg.

Sofia Berg

Madeleine Englund

Sofia and Madeleine graduated in June 2015, from the MSc programme Innovation and Industrial Management.

Five students were awarded scholarships from the master's programmes Innovation and Industrial Management and Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Economics and Law. Fredrik Örneblad, Stanford University, USA, Theodoros Peristeris and Deni Redzepovic, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Sofia Berg and Madeleine Englund, Zhejiang University, China. Read the scholars’ theses and travel reports here.

A total of 34 students from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology received the Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship 2015. A Diploma Ceremony was held for the students on 20 January at the Dicksonska Palatset in Gothenburg on 20 January. Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, the chairman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation, welcomed everyone and personally handed out the diploma to all students.

The Sten A Olsson Foundation yearly assigns 1 000 000 SEK towards scholarships to master’s students during their thesis writing. During 2015 the Sten A Olsson foundation gave out 34 scholarships of 25 000 SEK each. The scholarship allows students to visit international universities and to create their own international network whilst working on a research based master thesis. The recipients of the scholarship should operate within the foundations prioritized research areas, Culture and Health as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Find out more about the Stena A Olsson Foundation here

Group picture of all Stena Scholars

Diplomas have been handed out to the scholars of 2015, at a Diploma Ceremony at the Dicksonska Palatset in Göteborg. Here is the chairman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation, Madeleine Olsson Eriksson and Carl-Eric Hagentoft, executive member of the Foundation together with 19 out of 34 students awarded the scholarship.

Photo: Cicci Jonson