On Wednesday, March 7, Prince Daniel’s Fellowship visited Linnaeus University to inspire students to become entrepreneurs. Prince Daniel and the other three entrepreneurs Anna Stenberg, Jarno Vanhatapio and Sara Wimmercranz talked open-heartedly about their experiences as entrepreneurs in a lecture hall filled to the last seat, led by moderator Parisa Amiri.
"At the school of business and economics we have a long tradition of research linked to entrepreneurship. We are now engaging in a new venture and will establish a knowledge platform with focus on entrepreneurship. The visit by Prince Daniel's Fellowship will serve as inspiration in this work", says Mats Hammarstedt, pro-dean at the school of business and economics.
"You do not necessarily need that one brilliant idea. Most companies copy what another company does, study its customers and do part of what they are already doing, but do it slightly better", says Prince Daniel.
One piece of advice that was emphasised by all the entrepreneurs was:
"Let go of your need to always have full control! Solve problems along the way".
"Regardless of how brilliant your idea is you will always come across people who criticise it. But as long as you believe in the idea, go for it! To prove your skeptics wrong can be a strong driving force", says Anna Stenberg.
After the lecture, some thirty students took part in round table talks with the prince and the entrepreneurs to get concrete tips and inspiration based on their own business ideas.
Prince Daniel's Fellowship is an entrepreneurship programme that aims to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs and to support a number of companies through mentorship. The project is a long-term collaboration between Prince Daniel and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Picture text top picture: Jarno Vanhatapio, Sara Wimmercranz, Anna Stenberg, Prince Daniel and moderator Parisa Amiri during the panel talk.