Nov 17

Sometimes life is indeed a board game: Engineerius a startup’s journey around the world

With the speed & development in this modern age the majority of the entrepreneurs one encounters are all focused on the most vibrant & disruptive technologies. The assumption being: these technologies are easily scalable and thus quite profitable if positioned and marketed successfully.

Engineerius Board Game

What few people remember is that well before Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, there were social phenomena that spanned the world in a much simpler and equally widespread form. Entrepreneurs like the Parker Bros introduced the whole world to such classic games like Monopoly and Clue that are still popular over one hundred years since their inception. One company trying to follow in Parker Bros footsteps and leave their own mark in the board game world is Engineerius.


The Beginning: An idea born in Norway and Nurtured in Boston

Bård Gamnes, Gøran Berntsen and Andreas Bertheussen developed the idea for Engineerius in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. During their graduate studies the trio decided on a concept they had sincere passion and knowledge in. Always wanting to play a Trivial Pursuit like game focused for science and engineers, the founders gave birth to Engineerius. The aim of which was to be a game for engineers by engineers, covering the fields of science, technology, and engineering.


A New Wrinkle on an Old Game

Unlike most game companies Andreas, Gøran, & Bård did not have the resources or time to create the questions for the game. What they did instead was open the games questions to their target segments.  They launched a Norwegian website allowing people to interact with them and submit questions and answers in the fields of science and engineering.  The innovative site was a success and hundreds of relevant and stimulating questions were received.

The founders compiled these questions, which were then proof read and validated by professors within the respected areas from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Hundreds of questions were then tested out on a prototype board game with friends and fellow enthusiasts.  The founders settled in on 1800 high quality questions in six categories of science, technology and engineering.


From Prototype to Production 

With the help of their fellow classmates and their inspiration running high the founders published the game in Norway right before graduating. The result was a resounding hit as it sold out and became the best selling board game in Norway. While, their passion was evident throughout, the success was unexpected and all three had already committed to post graduate corporate careers.

Rather than let Engineerius die, the founders handed the next stage of development to their friend and fellow student in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Anita Kaur Mongia.


Engineerius Goes Global From Norway to USA

Anita was one of the contributors and collaborators to the game and fell in love with the idea and its development. As a result she is currently developing the English version Engineerius as part of her graduate studies at Boston University, School of Management. Using the entrepreneurship spirit and innovation in Boston to inspire, advise and guide her, Anita continues to refine, tweak and develop the game to attract the desired US audience. The Engineerius site is now open for enthusiasts to engage in and submit their questions and answers for the US edition.

As in any other startup the development of Engineerius continues to be a series of different stages of development.  While, there is still a long way before Engineerius can become the next big board game, it is most certainly a refreshing twist on one of the first scalable global businesses.





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