Business Developer - Distance Learning

This distance learning full-time program involves hands-on projects with real-life business cases for you to improve your leadership know-how and find the intrapreneurial courage to shake things up at work.

Overview

Meet industry needs today and tomorrow

The Business Developer – Distance Learning program is designed to give you hands-on experience and understanding of how to create, run and innovate a business in an online study environment. Dive into hands-on projects with real-life business cases and discover ways to improve your leadership know-how. This program involves real industry leaders at the forefront of their profession.

Business Developers specialize in running, managing and developing businesses. They use digital channels and tools to stay competitive and sustainable.

The content of this program has been designed to meet the needs of today’s industry and is delivered by experienced professionals. You’ll be challenged to create solutions to real-world problems through idea generation and business transformation.

Study mode
Full time, 65 weeks – online distance learning with occasional in-person days at the campus in Karlskrona. You will start with a full week introduction in Karlskrona in the beginning of August, and then thereafter 2.5 days every other month at the Karlskrona campus. You’ll spend the rest of the time busy with online lectures, reading materials and video recordings combined with active learning methods such as online discussion groups, practical learning and direct learning application.

For the duration of the program, you’ll spend 2 days a week at an internship placement of your choice. You can choose different internship placements throughout your program and will be supported with personal career coaching from Hyper Island to support you in finding suitable industry placements. Additionally you’ll have a 6-week full time internship at the end of the program.

Methodology
Hyper Island methodology focuses on the ‘why’ as much as the ‘how’ and the ‘what’. We emphasize team collaboration over individual effort and we encourage students to grow both personally and professionally.

At Hyper Island, we strive to create learning experiences that reflect real-world workplaces, where you learn while working with real clients, coached by industry professionals. You will share knowledge with other students as well as learning on your own.

Through regular feedback you will practice self-leadership, enhancing your ability to work effectively both as a team member and leader. You’ll learn to create and run effective teams, navigate group dynamics and develop your skills in project management and leadership.

We believe that a Business Developer needed in every industry is a person that is highly skilled in entrepreneurial thinking, testing and executing. We see the employed business developer as an intrapreneur able to develop business models for all kind and size of organisations, overcome cultural barriers in organisations and implement innovation processes.

Your diploma
This program is accredited by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskola). Graduates receive a diploma in Higher Vocational Education (HVE). International students graduating from the program receive a non-accredited diploma of successful completion from Hyper Island.

Requirements
The program requirements are a successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and proficiency in English (the entry requirement for studies at the higher vocational lever is the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B or international equivalent. Applicants do not need to submit IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent test.

Nordic student? No program fee 
It is possible to apply for one of the government-funded seats available each year if you have legal residency (regardless of nationality or citizenship) in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Faroe Islands. To be recognized as a Nordic applicant, you need to have a legal residency in one of the above mentioned countries and a personal ID number from any of the Nordic countries at the time of your application.

International students
For international and fee-paying students the program fee is 160,000 SEK.

Program courses

Reflection and assessment

Between all projects there will be one week to review, reflect, present and assess your learnings.

During all projects you will get support, input and shared knowledge from industry experts in form of interactive lectures, video content, peer, group coaching and individual coaching on the following topics:

  • User experience
  • Branding, marketing, and communication
  • E-commerce
  • Culture creation and change management
  • Leadership

*The projects outlined below might change in accordance with curriculum development during 2019.

What you will learn

PROJECT 1 - Foundation Weeks

Introduction to a number of tools that will support the continuation of all other projects and courses of the program. Tools about personal development, group development, leadership and idea development are introduced and worked within a practical manner.

PROJECT 2 - Why and How

Connect with your why and develop business solutions that mean something to you. Learn about human-centred design, tech as an enabler, and tools and processes for problem ideation, solution ideation, prototyping, and evaluation. Explore current global and emerging trends in the digital industry through virtual sessions with industry leaders. Understand how to adopt principles of sustainability and equity into your role as a business developer, as your team develops and tests a solution to address one or more of the UN’s 17 goals for sustainable development.

PROJECT 3 - Get Support

Develop and launch a new startup idea that addresses a local or global problem via a crowdfunding campaign. Focus on creating a strong narrative, building a strong customer profile, branding principles, and gathering support for your idea. Learn about creating budgets, securing funding, and being transparent about your financials. Explore teamwork and roles within startups, as well as different canvases for organising and communicating your idea. 

PROJECT 4 - Intrapreneurial Innovation 

You are a consultant tasked with either scaling an existing business model or renewing a struggling one. Work to understand the current culture, business models, and strategies at a real company. Develop a deep understanding of innovation theories, communicating with clients, and working with/visualising data. Conduct thorough research, gather and analyse data, and present your proposal to the client for review.

PROJECT 5 - Sustainable Models

You are a consultant tasked with either scaling an existing business model or renewing a struggling one. Work to understand the current culture, business models, and strategies at a real company. Develop a deep understanding of innovation theories, communicating with clients, and working with/visualising data. Conduct thorough research, gather and analyse data, and present your proposal to the client for review.

PROJECT 6 - Organizational Design 

You will act as a consultant for an existing company to help them restructure in terms of organisational design. Focus on building trust with a client, managing expectations, and building better teams and work structures. Map the system of the company, understand the culture and needs, determine where things are not working as well as they should be, and identify what can be adjusted. Work with data, conduct interviews, synthesise findings, and create an implementation strategy. Present your recommendations in the form of a report of your work to the client. 

PROJECT 7 - The Start-up Ecosystem

This is a chance for students to apply everything they have learned through developing, testing, and launching a startup as a team. Follow the lean startup methodology and test problem-, solution-, and business model- market fits. Demonstrate strong understanding of the ecosystem of startups, growth tactics, and ensure ideas are in alignment with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development goals. At the end of the project cycle, pitch your idea for real – think Dragon’s den (no pressure)!

PROJECT 8 - Industrial Placement - 6 weeks

You will be bringing the knowledge, skills and competencies gained throughout the program to a full-time internship. Industrial Placement shall provide the students with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding in their field of specialization by being in a professional environment under the guidance of industry professionals.

PROJECT 9 - Individual Project - 2 weeks

Course Period Four consists of two full-time weeks for you to complete a reflective project that reviews, summarises and presents your learnings during the program, and how you will apply them moving forward. 

Career & Key skills

Careers

When you’ve graduated from the Business Developer program, you will have a deep understanding of business models and how to create, lead and develop sustainable digital businesses. The program prepares students to lead change and shape experiences that transform the way we do business online through research, creativity and insight-driven business development.

Graduates go on to work in business, service- and product development, project management, technology, web startups and creative agencies. This program is built on current market needs. You’ll get a great internship, and will be well-positioned to find a job when you are done. Several companies have committed to hiring students from this program for roles such as:

  • Business Developer
  • Product Owner
  • Growth Specialist
  • Digital Marketer
Remote Study

Distance Learning

Remote studying, distance learning, whatever you call it there’s a lot to be said for it. For example, say you’ve already established a life somewhere and it’s hard to relocate.

Our popular Business Developer program is now offered as a distance learning program. You’ll need to be on our Karlskrona campus one full week in August 2019 and then thereafter just 2.5 days every other month. The rest of the time you will do the course through online lectures, reading materials and video recordings combined with online discussion groups, practical learning and direct learning application.