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MESH, Tordenskioldsgate 3, Oslo

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!

We would like to congratulate the winning teams of the 5th edition of Startup Weekend Oslo. First place was taken by Swwwipe, second and third place by Mido.mo and Volmundo. There was also a special prize for a music app, TrackMojo.

Swwwipe is a tool which allows you to have many presentations during an event in different formats (.ppt, .pdf, pictures etc.). Whenever you want, wherever you want. All you have to use is one laptop and your mobile phone (or your preferred device – iPad etc.) to change the slides. Send a link to your mobile phone and there you have it, swwwipe, swwwipe, swwwipe. Go to bit.ly/swoslo and find out more.

Mido.mo has created a real estate app which helps you find a place to live by increasing your credibility among potential landlords. On the other hand, owners of properties will be able to select their future tenants straight with this ingenious tool.

Volmundo is helping people help the world. By providing an online gateway, people can find a worldwide volunteer project and apply online. Read more about it at http://www.volmundo.com

TrackMojo, the special prize in the music industry, offers a solution to new artists. While allowing the artist to talk about himself, the crowd – the people will get to choose which bands will be chosen by the record labels. More info on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/trackmojo

Schedule

Friday

Oct 19
  • Registration Starts
  • Light dinner & networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Coaches gathering.
  • Work, or go to a bar!

Saturday

Oct 20
  • Teams arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Group coaching. Coaches help teams one-on-one.
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Group coaching. Coaches help teams one-on-one.
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.
  • Venue closes.

Sunday

Oct 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Coaches arrive and will hold a presentation. Optional to attend
  • Dinner
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Live gig: Camp Sound
  • Live gig: Camp Sound
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home or to a bar!
Partners
Gold Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Jeanette Iren Moen

State secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry

We are proud to announce that State secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry Jeanette Iren Moen will officially open Startup Weekend Oslo! Jeanette was appointed State Secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske in May, and has been working as a Political Advisor since November 2009. Before working for the Ministry, she worked with political affairs at Fellesforbundet (The Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions) for 13 years. She has served on several committees and forums, and among the most recent and noticeable are:

The Environmental Forum of the LO (Norway's largest and most influential employee organization), LO's Forum for Research Policy, and The Forum for carbon capture and storage, established by The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (2008-09).

Silvija Seres

TechnoRocks

Silvija is currently managing director at TechnoRocks. Previous Vice President of Product marketing at Fast Search&Transfer and Director of business management at Microsoft. Boards include Statkraft, Dagbladet, Norwegian Lottery, Norman, Aschehoug, ProfDoc, Opera and several others. PhD from Oxford and MBA from Insead. She is also on the board of Startup Weekend Norway.

Annette Kallevig

webROI AS, Sidé

Web Marketing Specialist and Lean Marketing Coach with broad Advertising experience

Einar Bonnevie

CSAM Health

Chief Financial Officer at CSAM Health.

Yanique Fletcher

Fletcher Consulting & Education

For over 15 years, Yanique Fletcher has trained clients on communication skills including - interviewing, writing, and speaking. She specializes in coaching individuals and groups to take standardized admissions tests and to gain acceptance to top universities and MBA programs worldwide. In addition to coaching, she designs courses, workshops and seminars, as well as creates training manuals and materials, focusing on various aspects of improving performance and maximizing client potential.

Sebastian Hamdouni

ARPU AS

Sebastian Hamdouni works in the sales and outsourcing company ARPU AS. ARPU is one of the Norway's leading providers of sales and outsourcing services in FTTH (Fiber to the home). Sebastian has nearly 12 years experience in sales, of which approx. 5 of these are in recruitment and sales training. His areas of expertise is sales, sales training and recruitment.

Judges

Stian Aldrin

Akershus County Council

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.

Jørgen Andre Nilsen

TeleVenture

Jørgen is currently a partner at TeleVenture, one of the leading venture capital companies in Norway. He has a bachelors degree in computer science and master studies in political science and international economics. He has founded several ICT and energy service companies in US and Norway. Before joining TeleVenture, he was investment director at the technology transfer office in Campus Kjeller AS and technology advisor for the Norwegian Trade Council in San Francisco.

Jens Hauglum

FINN.no

Jens is Head of Innovation at FINN.no since May 2012. Before joining FINN Jens was Partner at Devoteam daVinci, a consulting company delivering services in the crossroads between technology and innovation. He also has experience from startups and is a board member at Innovation Forum Norway. Jens is now in charge of implementing world class innovation processes and culture at FINN.

Brian Weisberg

BetaFactory

As an American living in Oslo, Brian serves as a corporate finance and strategy advisor to early-stage companies. He started his career as a software engineer at IBM's Advanced Internet Technology group, but transitioned into the financial world as an equity research analyst covering technology stocks. Brian has also worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. advising some of the world's largest technology brands on key strategic issues. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, Brian moved to Norway where he has worked with many facets of the private equity and corporate finance industry.

Lars Petter Hagen

Artistic director, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Lars Petter Hagen studied composition at The Norwegian Academy of Music. His music has been performed at arenas like Donaueshinger Musiktage, Maerzmusik, Eclat-festival and Gaudeamus Music Week, by ensembles like Ensemble Modern, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Oslo-Philharmonic. In addition to instrumental, vocal and electronic music he also works with sound-installations and music for stage and film. In 2003 he was awarded the Arne Nordheims Composers Prize by the Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and in 2004 the Edvard Prize in the contemporary music category. Lars has been the artistic director of Ny Musikk and the festivals Happy Days, Nordic Music Days and currently he is artistic director Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. He also runs Produsentbyrået, a company offering producer services in the field of performing arts. Additionally, he is also chairman in Musikkbyen Oslo, on the board of directors of Music Norway, and sits in the Norwegian Arts Council committee "Rom for kunst" and in the commitee Nordic Culture Point.

Ståle Husby

Norwegian Media Ventures

Ståle is CEO and co-founder of Norwegian Media Ventures (NMV), a start up accelerator focusing on building new media agencies. The last two years NMV have initiated and launched four profitable startups within digital marketing, mobile application technology, WebTV and publishing. Graduating from International Business at Copenhagen Business School Ståle was positioned for a career within Investment Banking. Inspired by the ambition, drive and energy of a small Swedish media company ha changed course. Two years later the small company was in 16 contrives and Ståle managed the Norwegian SBU with a turnover exceeding 80 million NOK. Having felt the power and also the unforgiving nature of rapid growth, Ståle decided to start his own business together with three key players. Today, two years later, they run four media agencies based in Oslo and Singapore, all growing client by client.

Coaches

Sebastian Hamdouni

ARPU AS

Sebastian Hamdouni works in the sales and outsourcing company ARPU AS. ARPU is one of the Norway's leading providers of sales and outsourcing services in FTTH (Fiber to the home). Sebastian has nearly 12 years experience in sales, of which approx. 5 of these are in recruitment and sales training. His areas of expertise is sales, sales training and recruitment.

Audun Abelsnes

FirstSensing

Current CEO of FirstSensing, a spin-out company from the internationally recognized Institute for Energy technology (IFE). Former Chairman of the Board in MentisCura, an Icelandic medical diagnostic company. Experience from beeing an entrepreneur, both as the founding partner and heading the trade sale of a small a high-tech company. Current visiting lecturer at the Norwegian School of Management (BI) within the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Former Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Norway and Washington D.C. Mr. Abelsnes holds a Master of Science in International Marketing and Strategy from the Norwegian School of Marketing Management in Oslo.

Stian Aldrin

Akershus County Council

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.

Simen Fure Jørgensen

Iterate AS

Simen started out as a Java software developer. After trying to improve the way we make software at previous employers, he co-founded Iterate, and was the CEO through the startup period.

After a period as a consultant, doing development and project management, he was again chosen to be the CEO of Iterate. This time leading the company though the difficult transition from new company to established player in the industry.

He has seen the importance of being able to zoom in to get a close look at the details and zoom out the see the big picture. He is passionate about inner motivation, the drive to play, build and learn that every consultant at Iterate has.

Ingvild Sundby

Sundby

Ingvild work with customer needs - identifying and understanding them. For this she use ethnographical techniques combined with her experience as an industrial designer. Her clients are both public and private, and the findings are used as the start of larger innovation processes.

Jonas Laberg

Bouvet ASA

User Experience Designer at Bouvet ASA

James Digby

Startup Weekend facilitator + Rockstart accelerator

James is a seasoned entrepreneur and long-time Startup Weekend facilitator. He has over a decade of operational and managerial experience, specializing in early stage funding, marketing expertise and business development. He was one of the founders of Startup Weekend in Netherlands and UK. Outside Startup Weekend, James is working with the Rockstart accelerator, of which he is also one of the founders. Rockstart is a 100 days program for startups which aims to help start-ups with knowledge, networks, contacts and funds.

Tom Bang

Iterate AS

COO at Iterate AS.

Gaurav Agarwal

Bayer A.G

Consultant-Supply Chain Management at Bayer A.G

Annette Kallevig

webROI AS, Sidé

Web Marketing Specialist and Lean Marketing Coach with broad Advertising experience

Ingebjørg Melien Øra

Business Developer New Markets

Ingebjørg works with developing new marketplaces at FINN.no. She joined FINN.no from the startup Flingly, a publishing- and social shopping platform for the fashion industry. Her main expertise is user experience, working within the field since the mid nineties

Fredrik Kristiansen

WebStory

Founder of Nettby and Blink. He is also on the board of Startup Weekend Norway.

Marit Karlsen

Trust Me Records

Marit is on various boards in the music business, and worked at NRK P3 with music journalism in the period 1993-2003. She owns the record company Trust Me Records.

Erik Windahl Olsen

Webhuset AS

Founder and CEO at Webhuset AS

Erlend Sand

Happy People AS

Erlend is CEO and Head of Startup Consulting at Happy People AS. His specialities are start-up consulting, Entrepreneurship, Mgmt. Consulting, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Virtual Outsourcing, Time Mgmt., Productization, Branding and Marketing, as well as Business Planning.

Yanique Fletcher

Fletcher Consulting & Education

For over 15 years, Yanique Fletcher has trained clients on communication skills including - interviewing, writing, and speaking. She specializes in coaching individuals and groups to take standardized admissions tests and to gain acceptance to top universities and MBA programs worldwide. In addition to coaching, she designs courses, workshops and seminars, as well as creates training manuals and materials, focusing on various aspects of improving performance and maximizing client potential.

Jens Fredrik Ryland

Guitarist

Jens Fredrik Ryland has been a part of the norwegian metal scene since he joined Borknagar in 1997. Ryland has participated on 5 of the bands 9 studio albums and the band has toured in both Europe and North-America. In 2001 Ryland started the Infernofestival in Oslo and ran i the two first years. As part of the scene he has experienced from all sides of the music business, Contract dealing with labels, working as booking agent, running a venue, working for bands like Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir and Arcturus both as driver and tourmanager. Jens recently graduated with a Bachelor in Entrepreneurship from Oslo Business School (BI) and wrote a paper about the entrepreneurial experiences with Borknagar. This Bachelor comes with a specialization in Social Media.

Aron Kozak

Marketing, web and social media

Aron has worked for 13 years in various technology-focused web and marketing roles. Having developed a passion for start-up culture during the early days of Trolltech AS and later Mohive, Aron has worked with essentially all facets of marketing. Currently Aron works as Head of Web and Social Media for Nokia Developer and is a contributor to StartupNorway.com.

Kent Fernandez

Ivy Plus

Kent Fernandez is an entrepreneur and social innovator. After having worked with Harvard admissions as an alumni volunteer for 13 years, Mr. Fernandez founded Ivy Plus, the premier US and European university admissions counseling company in Europe, based in Oslo, Norway. Ivy Plus helps clients find the right schools to apply to, guides them through the entire application process and helps them get accepted, with a 100% success rate in 2011 including to some of the world’s elite universities.

Mr. Fernandez also founded and is a board member and mentor for UNGnovajson, a non-profit management consulting company that helps government and other non-profit organization clients solve problems for free. UNGnovasjon is run by secondary school students and counts among its clients major Norwegian government departments and agencies.

Mr. Fernandez received his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and his BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to founding Ivy Plus, Mr. Fernandez held senior positions at multinational technology, financial services and management consulting firms around the world including Hitachi, Ltd., in Tokyo, LG Group in Seoul, and Charles Schwab and ICF Consulting in Los Angeles. Mr. Fernandez is also proud to have served in the United States Peace Corps in The Solomon Islands where he set up a computer network and performed economic analysis as a student intern.

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Erik Holthe Eriksen
Anastasia Mokienko
Domenico Solazzo
Martin Gunnerud
Naima Zakaria
Cristina Moldovan
Sander Johansen
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