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The reason why Daniel Ek (Spotify) mentioned Hyper Island in his interview

The reason why Daniel Ek (Spotify) mentioned Hyper Island in his interview

Taking free entrepreneurship courses is a good way to enhance your entrepreneurial experience in Sweden as well as studying at university.

As I discussed previously, we can experience many things that entrepreneurs are going to need to do such as pitching an idea, writing a business plan, developing the network, thinking about how to internationalize the business, etc.

However, what’s missing from studying entrepreneurship in these ways is that we can rarely learn a specific methodology in order to solve entrepreneurial problems like how to deal with uncertainty.

Handling the latter is fundamentally different from the former activities because it requires you to have problem-solving abilities and it also directly affects your startup business.

As a result, the fact that we don’t learn specific methods to handle entrepreneurial issues makes many people skeptical that studying this subject at school is really worth spending a lot of time and money.

In order to solve this challenge and help students acquire practical problem-solving skills, there is a school taking a completely different approach.

As a result, the fact that we don’t learn specific methods to handle entrepreneurial issues makes many people skeptical that studying this subject at school is really worth spending a lot of time and money.

In order to solve this challenge and help students acquire practical problem-solving skills, there is a school taking a completely different approach.

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Hyper Island

Address: Telefonvägen 30, 126 26 Hägersten, Stockholm
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Hyper Island is a vocational school offering full-time and part-time education programs specializing in real-world industry training using digital technology.

In 1994, the idea of Hyper Island was conceived by 3 Swedish tech people. Then, it was founded in Sweden in 1996. Now, they have several campuses around the world (Sweden, the U.S, UK, Brazil and Singapore).

When starting up this new type of educational institution, the 3 founders had already realized that the digital transformation would require new ways of lifelong learning which differed from traditional educational institutions.

“Hyper Island provides world leading life-long learning for individuals & business all around the globe.”

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Hence, the school offers courses which mainly consist of practical casework in order to make students real professionals (like data strategists, mobile creatives) in contemporary tech sectors.

In addition, the courses enable them to gain knowledge about digital culture, media, transformative technology as well as gaining experience in incorporating changes, dealing with uncertainty and acquiring new skills, which are necessary abilities for any entrepreneur.

So, they adopt some specific methods like design thinking in a move aimed at realizing these challenges.

 

How do students like their courses?

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Some of my friends actually studied or are still studying at Hyper Island, as they are considering starting up new businesses in Sweden.

Through talking to them about the school, I realized that Hyper Island offers courses with a great weight on practicality.

It seems like some sort of workshops that I’ve attended in Sweden are happening there every day, which is really meaningful because not only can they deepen their understanding of methods that they have learnt from the school, but they can also gain experience in executing the methods in reality.

Through talking to them about the school, I realized that Hyper Island offers courses with a great weight on practicality.

A friend of mine Satu majoring in MA Digital Management at Hyper Island explained the program by comparing it with ordinary universities. 

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*She also graduated from a prestigious university in Sweden.

“I would definitely say the Hyper methods are better!
In theory, everything works, but in practice – No. Hyper really puts theory to test!

I really got real-work skills studying and working the same time and the possibility to implement learnings direct.”

Satu

Even Spotify’s founder mentioned Hyper Island

So, Hyper Island has been recognized as a school offering the most practical education courses since they take a unique approach.

In fact, Daniel Ek (Spotify) mentioned Hyper Island as a great successful educational institution in his interview.

(1:14:12)

Interviewer: “Is there anything in the educational system that makes people particularly either risk-taking or have that sort of …?”
Daniel Ek: “We have great Hyper Island now” ….
I think this school also should be taken into consideration especially by people who want to acquire specific skills and methodologies in order to become an entrepreneur because dealing with uncertainty is an inevitable task that startup people have to perform.
Now I wonder what it would be like if I chose Hyper Island for my entrepreneurship study in Sweden….
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