Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The course provides an overview of the role of innovation and entrepreneurship as a feature of regional development.

As innovation and technology disrupt traditional ways of life and policy all over the world, they pose both a threat and an opportunity for remote and rural communities. Concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship will be explored and applied in a hands-on way to the challenges confronting coastal communities. Students gain insights into the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for regional planning.


For a part of the course, the class will be joined by design students from the Icelandic University of Arts. Forming cross disciplinary teams, the class will develop innovative solutions to regional development issues that the students have identified. In the process the students will acquire tools for ideation and creative thinking.

The course proposes ways to practice innovation centered regional development by exploring emerging fields such as narrative territorialisation and RegionTech.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date01.03.2021
End date12.03.2021
Registration deadline01.02.2021
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyDesignSociology and cultural studiesEconomicsBusiness and administration (broad programmes)
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Iceland
Tagsinnovationentrepreneurshipregional development
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