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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Will you join our next adventure?

Startup Weekend Oslo VI will take place on May 24-26, and will feature the best business ideas in town. Here is a video showing the basic concept from our recent held Startup Weekend for Military Veterans:

Startup Weekend Military Veterans 2013 in Norway. Mission: further equip veterans to be entrepreneurs from Startup Weekend Norway on Vimeo.

You are perfect for Startup Weekend if:

  • You have a business idea and you want to find the time and the right people to work on it
  • You want to learn more about entrepreneurship and be surrounded by people with same mindset
  • You want to help develop other people’s business ideas (e.g.: develop a website, design a product, help with marketing/ sales etc.)

Startup Weekend is an intense weekend-long event, focusing on taking ideas to a business concept that could form the basis of a credible business. It brings together people with different skill sets – software developers, graphic designers, business people and other creative individuals – to build products and ideas, and develop a commercial case around them.

  • Friday: you pitch your business idea (if you have one), you meet your co-founders and create the teams.
  • Saturday: you WORK, together with specialised coaches.
  • Sunday: you present your work and demo to a specialised jury.

In some cases a brand new business idea turns into a full-time job for the team members, such as Pido. Soundrop, Swipe, Clicklift – from previous Startup Weekend events. The event will take place in English to ensure as many people as possible can attend.

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May 24
  • Registration starts, handfood, networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Business model Canvas - Stina Nysæther
  • Norwegian born globals - Speaker Amund Frislie
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as midnight.
  • Socialise at Sosialen bar


May 25
  • Day starts with coffee and simple breakfast
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Speaker Atle Myre - PR and media marketing strategy
  • Coaches arriving
  • Lunch, business model talk and presentation skills talk
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Socialise at bar - Mono
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as midnight.


May 26
  • Day starts with coffee and simple breakfast
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch and pitch talk
  • Pitch&tech-check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Soundcheck and bandcheck stage
  • Stillephonema - Live acoustic band
  • Award ceremony
  • Wrapup and cleaning of venue
  • Socialise at bar - Cafe Sør
Silver Sponsors

Statssekretær Trygve Svensson

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Trygve Svensson will open the event and we are honored by his presence. He is the state secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Norway.

Nick Stevens

Startup Weekend Facilitator   |   LinkedIn

Nick Stevens is an accomplished, highly effective, results driven leader and entrepreneur, with more than 17 years of extensive experience in both corporate environments and small independent/startup environments. His knowledge and experience of Lean, Six Sigma, and Agile methodologies, coupled with strategic thinking skills and a desire to succeed has enabled him to create fluid/cross functional departments in high pressure, fast execution environments. He will help your team succeed this weekend!

Amund Frislie

Norwegian born globals   |   LinkedIn

Amund Frislie has an engineering background, and spent the last 10 years working for the Norwegian video conferencing company TANDBERG in various positions around the world. (TANDBERG was acquired by Cisco in 2010 for $3.3 billion.) He has a keen interest for technology, global teams, and startups, and has just finished an executive study at MIT Sloan and NTNU on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship.

Atle Myre

PR and Media Marketing Strategies   |   LinkedIn

Atle Myre is a partner and senior advisor at FRISCH AS. He has previously worked in the Communications Department for the law firm Thommessen and for Geelmuyden.Kiese. Myre has officer training from the Armed Forces School and has served several years as an analyst in the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Stina Nysæther

Co-founder at Business model user group   |   LinkedIn

As co-Founder of BMUG Stina has helped marketing and organizing more than 10 workshops in business modelling.
Stina love to lead creative processes and help entrepreneurs transform ideas into business.
Attended 3 Startupweekends, part of organizing Bergen StartupWeekend, business modelling resource at StartupWeekends.
The norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Boston University School of Managment - Norwegian Entrepreneurship Program (Gründerskolen Alumni)


Music performance on sunday

Stillephonema delivers music ranging from funky rock to acoustic pop. The band is thriving and having great success in the Oslo area.
Link to their songs:
Link to their video of the song "In love with a ghost":


Sigvald Sveinbjørnsson

Editor in   |   LinkedIn

Sigvald Sveinbjornsson is a norwegian editor and journalist. Before joining, Norway's leading tech-industry news service, he was advisor in JKL Group and news editor in NA24. He is a experienced tech-biz reporter with extensive network in a number of industries. On the private side Sigvald is father of two young boys, have an advanced interest in wine and fine dining…

Stian Aldrin

Akershus County Council   |   LinkedIn

Stian Aldrin is working for Akershus fylkeskommune (Akershus County Council). He is supporting political decision processes and managing projects that execute political decisions and which receive government funding to promote regional innovation. Stian has experience from all roles including CEO, board member, project management etc. related to starting up new patent intensive technology companies with global reach. He has worked with raising capital, public project funding, hiring and creating a great team, defining the strategy and business model and initiating the commercial phase (getting the first paying customers) to prepare the company for growth and operations.

Berit Elisabeth Øhn

Senior Principal, MCC at Accenture   |   LinkedIn

Berit is a Senior Principal, leadership expert and Master Certified Coach (ICF) working globally in Accenture. Former CEO at The Turning Point, developing a corporate coaching company specialized on transformational processes.

Pål Kiil

Investor and serial entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Pål is an Investor and serial entrepreneur - with Interest in: entrepreneurship , geeky stuff , social media , big ideas and E-Commerce. He founded several companies, ex.

Torgeir Andrew Waterhouse

Director Internet & New Media at IKT-Norge   |   LinkedIn

Torgeir Andrew Waterhouse is a Norwegian director and lobbyist. Waterhouse has worked in particular issues related to copyright and digital media. The newspaper Today's Market Rated in 2007 he played "a key role when data giant Apple gave up forcing music fans who wanted to use the download service iTunes, to also remain with the iPod over other mp3 players." The effort resulted Waterhouse in 2007 Journal of Managing Intellectual Property was selected as one of the world's 50 leading individuals in intellectual property law.

Waterhouse's since February 2010 Director of Internet and new media in ICT Norway, where he was hired in 2008.


Marte Sootholtet

Team-coach   |   LinkedIn

Marte Sootholtet is a KaosPilot graduate from Oslo, Norway with a degree in creativity, innovation and business development. Her passion lies in creating collaborative spaces for creative, forward thinking communities and people. Facilitation of user centric design processes and across sectors makes her happy, so does projects with solid purpose. Marte has facilitated the Service Jams in Oslo as well as Bergen Health Challenge and MyOslo. Her competence lies particular in coaching teams to perform better together through communication and goal setting. She is a also strong within design thinking, concept development and user testing.

Tor Grønsund

Entrepreneur, educator and blogger   |   LinkedIn

Founder of Lingo and a lecturer of entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo. He is also a well known blogger, cited by Stanford University, UC Berkeley, INSEAD, and Wall Street Journal blog among others for developing and advocating lean management techniques in tech entrepreneurship, business model innovation, and commentary on the Internet startup scene. His specialities are marketing and market research/analysis in the Internet and emerging online media space.

Heidi Bragerhaug

Marketing, communication and design   |   LinkedIn

Marketing strategist, art director and graphic designer with 6 years experience form advertising bureaus and 4 years as self-employed. Heidi helps her customers with business and marketing strategy, sales and marketing activities, graphic design and digital solutions. Many of her customers are newly started firms in need of strategy, concept development, marketing and sales consulting, communication – included graphic design/visual identities for both print and digital. Heidi can help you with the WHO, WHAT and WHY – and to be clear about the target groups, market needs, ideas, selling presentations and the design process.

Terje Christensen

Business Model User Group -BMUG - co-Founder   |   LinkedIn

As co-Founder of BMUG Terje has organized more than 30 workshops in business modelling. Teaching entrepreneurs how to make money on their idea.
Serial Entrepreneur (Odin Data, Odin Systemer, 1stRevenue,, Odin Russland, AreZibo)
Attended 8 StartupWeekends. Some as organizer, some as participant and some as business modelling resource.
Terje enjoys starting things and has a personal motto “To make myself redundant. Only them I´m free to start something new”

Stina Nysaether

Business Model User Group - BMUG - co-Founder   |   LinkedIn

As co-Founder of BMUG Stina has helped marketing and organizing more than 10 workshops in business modelling.
Stina love to lead creative processes and help entrepreneurs transform ideas into business.
Attended 3 Startupweekends, part of organizing Bergen StartupWeekend, business modelling resource at StartupWeekends.
The norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Boston University School of Managment - Norwegian Entrepreneurship Program (Gründerskolen Alumni)

Vegard Olsen

Startup coach   |   LinkedIn

As a startup coach I will help you clarify your BIG WHYs and contribute to anchoring the motivations of your startup team. From this you will be able to choose the best possible strategy for your idea - and make it not only relevant, but essential for future customers!

Mathias storm Michelsen

Presentation-coach / Founder

Mathias has a Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the UMB. He has also previously studied both communications and economics at the University of Agder. Today he works as a speaker, comedian and Communications in the companies' Gult er Kultl "and" Gatekunstakademiet. "
He has previously been elevator pitch mentor under Rice businesssplan competition (the world's largest business plan competition for students) and won entrepreneurial camps in Norway and abroad.

Horia Cernusca

Presentation-coach / Founder swipe   |   LinkedIn

Horia is a Designer, marketeer and conversationalist recently founded Swipe at the last Startup Weekend Oslo. He is great at presentations, and will guide you to a pitch that will impress the judges.

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Maja Adriaensen
Isabella Persson
David Nikel
Cristina Moldovan
Domenico Solazzo
Alin Claudiu Apostu

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