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 - Hyper Island Way week on Campus in Karlskrona

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. Current global and emerging trends in the digital industry are explored.
You will have the possibility to learn about the course goal: Group dynamics and leadership in relation to well being, quality, efficiency and productivity.

PROJECT 2 - Global Grand Challenge 

You’ll create and test a business model to change the world. You’ll have to develop a solution that will help humanity to achieve one or more or the 17 goals for sustainable development.
You will have the possibility to learn about the course goal:
* Collaborate as an effective team member and leader.
* Rapidly prototype concepts and solutions using appropriate tools and techniques.
* Legal and ethical issues as well as societal norms related to the digital industry.

PROJECT 3 - One project cycle to develop, test and launch a start-up idea as a team

You will have the possibility to learn about the course goals:
* Specialized knowledge within current global and emerging trends impacting the digital industry.
* Different platforms and channels for digital business, marketing, mobile and social interaction solutions from a business, user experience and technical perspective.
* The potential future impact digital business trends can have in adjacent domains.

PROJECT 4 - One project cycle to develop, test and launch an innovation process in a real company in a team setting

You will have the possibility to learn about the course goals:
* Business and revenue models for companies and organizations.
* Design, execute and evaluate an online business plan.
* Gather, assess and analyse research findings and data related to customers, competitors and markets.
* Deliver effective presentations and documentation.

PROJECT 5 - One project cycle to develop, test and launch a start-up idea as a team

You will have the possibility to learn about the course goals:
* Analyse an organisation’s culture, procedures and needs.
* Design, execute and evaluate an online business plan.
* Gather, assess and analyse research findings and data related to customers, competitors and markets.

PROJECT 6 - One project cycle to develop, test and launch an innovation process in a real company in a team setting

You will have the possibility to learn about the course goals:
* Design, execute and evaluate the optimisation of an existing digital businesses.
* Manage client and stakeholder relations and expectations.
* Manage a project in terms of time, resources and requirements.

PROJECT 7 - One project cycle to develop, test and launch a start-up idea as a team

You will have the possibility to learn about the course goals:
* With the use of appropriate tools and methods, design user centered digital business solutions based on an understanding of customer needs.
* Solve unfamiliar problems using creative problem-solving and innovative thinking.
* Apply entrepreneurial thinking, tools and ideas in digital business development.

PROJECT 8 - 6-week full-time internship

You will have the possibility to learn about the course goals:
* Managing own learning needs for continuous professional development.
* Proactively manage and reflect upon own stress levels to optimize well being and productivity and develop resilience.

PROJECT 9 - Individual project 2 weeks

A reflective project to review, present and summarise your learnings during the program.

*The Curriculum may be subject to change

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.