YOU own your invention

As a student, it is you, as the inventor, who own the rights to embark on a commercial project based on your invention. Essentially NTNU or any partners have no ownership rights to your idea.

But there are some exceptions:

  • When a student’s work is part of a project involving external financing carried out under specific conditions.
  • If it is evident that your supervisor or professor has made a significant contribution to the basis for the invention.

As a student at NTNU, Spark * is the place to get good advice and guidance on how to realize your idea or invention. At Spark * you will get appointed your own mentor, and you can apply for financial support through “Pengesprøyten”. Spark * is an organization consisting of students who have been entrepreneurs themselves or have studied at the Entrepreneurship School at NTNU.
Read more about this on Spark *‘s website:

NTNU Technology Transfer cooperate with Spark *, and will gladly contribute when needed.

Siri Bye G. Johansen
+47 915 51 574

Start NTNU is a student organization that actively works for innovation and entrepreneurship to become a major part of the academic environment at NTNU. Start wants students to believe in their own ideas and gain knowledge about how ideas become real products and services. Start NTNU offers an arena for knowledge development and networking within innovation.

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