Author: Mona Anita K. Olsen

Mona Anita K. Olsen
Mona Anita K. Olsen, Ph.D. is a British-American entrepreneurial academic based in Norway. She holds an academic appointment as an associate professor at the University of Southeastern Norway. As a Ph.D. student, Olsen was a U.S. Fulbright Grantee to Norway in 2012-2013; she continues to follow her dream in progress to make a difference in entrepreneurial education in Norway as a fourth-generation owner of Innovation Barn in Borhaug alongside her daughter and husky named Buddy Grunder. Learn more at
Mona Anita K. Olsen

Mona moves back home to Norway

Dr. Mona Anita K. Olsen is moving to Norway and offers her top 10 checklist items, from immigration processing to buying a car to bringing your pets.

Farsund Coworks

Redevelopment in Farsund Harbor

A small group of entrepreneurs with a passion for their hometown has brought the fast-growing concept of coworking to coastal Farsund in Vest-Agder.

Learning how to think like an entrepreneur

Students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) are enjoying the launch of the new university course, Entrepreneurial Psychology.

The Longhouse at Lista

The Longhouse at Lista is located in a beautiful southwestern part of Norway. The Longhouse at Lista was built to generate an interest in nature while living in it. The immersive exposure is aimed to provide a unique coastal experience.

Lista Travselskab

Connecting with ponies in Lista Travselskab

As a visitor to Lista, Norway, Mona Anita K. Olsen had always passed the sign for Nesheim Travbane (racetrack) when driving from Borhaug to Vanse, wondering what it was used for. As a business professor, she wondered how Lista Travselskab could be utilized as an asset in the community on a more routine basis.


Oppskrift for my Norwegian heart

Rooted in the history of the migration of Norwegians across the pond, The American Lista phenomenon continues to draw people to the area. Approximately a two-hour drive from Kristiansand and nearly three from Stavanger, Lista is as physically close to America as one can get on Norwegian soil.

Yogibana for schools

Yogibana is an artistic wellness concept that weaves yoga and ikebana (Japanese style floral design) together in 12 steps. This innovative concept is a fusion of the arts, design, hospitality and wellness practices, and entrepreneurship. Yogibana can be done by anyone in any location.

Technology Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Experts share big ideas in Cornell roundtable sessions

More than two dozen industry leaders met in Ithaca, N.Y., in April for The Really Big Idea Sketchpad approach to the Technology Hospitality Entrepreneurship Roundtable, hosted by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

underwater restaurant

Going down under, Norwegian style

Europe’s first underwater restaurant is scheduled to open in 2019 in Båly near Lindesnes, “the end of Norway.” The one-of-a-kind building will be half-sunken into the sea.

NACC at WeWork

NACC finds new home and new GM

The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) recently moved its national headquarters to the WeWork Grand Central location at 450 Lexington Avenue from the 18th floor of a skyscraper on Third Avenue, where they also have a new GM, Live Sletten Diakolios.