History

Background
In the year of 2002, BI decided that they would move all of their businesses in the Oslo region to new premises in Nydalen. It was confirmed that they would move their businesses in Sandvika, Schous and Ekeberg to Nydalen in 2005. Fellesrådet (the Council) was the only body where student associations in the BI system met until 2004. It consisted of BS, VASS, MØSS, BISON and BIS, and they represented all BI students in the country. The main focus during this period was set on Nydalen and how the student union should develop on the new school. The head of Fellesrådet, Herman Sjoberg, took initiative by creating Nydalenrådet (the Nydalen Council) where the fraternities that were moving to Nydalen could meet. Nydalenrådet consisted of leaders from every student associations from each institute who were moving to Nydalen in 2005. These four leaders are now in recent times called the founders of SBIO.

Planning stage
Schous
The four founders worked closely with the communications director at BI to define the new student union. After the summer of 2004, they finally agreed on an organizational model with a main union and smaller academic associations. The new model was presented to the corporate manager at BI who loved the proposition. The propososition had to be accepted by the General Assemblies of BS (26.10.2004), VASS (28.10.2004), MØSS (10.11.2004) and BISON (11.11.2004). Until then, the founders worked furher with the proposal and had countless of meetings with key people in all student associations to get their input and acceptance of the proposal.

Decision
The merger was represented by Nydalenrådet, and it ended up with an unanimous vote in all four General Assemblies. The detailed overview of the merger described some steps towards implementing the new student union. It said that Nydalenstyret would act as an ad interim Counsil until the Congress (todays SBIO General Assembly) had been created and the election of the new board of trustees was completed. It was created smaller project groups that would find solutions to organizational and operational issues that would arise within their field.

The Congress that officially approved the creation and formation of the Student Union at BI in Oslo (SBIO) took place on Sunday 15th of May 2005.

Founders of SBIO

Jon Kåre Stene

Jon Kåre Stene
Studentforeningen ved BI i Oslo (BISON)

Ole Petter Leite

Ole Petter Leite
Markedsøkonomisk Studentsamfunn (MØSS)

Arne Kristian Langeland

Arne Kristian Langeland
Varehandelens Studentsamfunn (VASS)

Herman Sjøberg

Herman Sjøberg
Bedriftsøkonomisk Studentsamfunn (BS)