Startup Weekend Bergen

    Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bergen

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Thormøhlensgate 51

Bergen, Norway 5006

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. This event is part of Innovasjonsuken OPP in Bergen. 

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • Full meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday September 21st

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 the venue will allow

Saturday September 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Your moment of glory. There will be food after the pitches.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Wrap-Up and celebrate!

Event Judges

Sylvelin Gunnarson
General Manager of Corporate Market DNB Bergen

Gunnarson er banksjef for Corporate Market i DNB i Bergen og sitter i divisjonsledelsen for bedrift på Sør- og Vestlandet. Hun er utdannet ved Bankakademiet. De siste 28 årene har hun hatt lederjobber innenfor privat- og bedriftsmarkedet i flere ulike finansinstitusjoner. Hun er har de siste årene jobbet spesielt mye med bankens satsing på startups og vekstbedrifter.

Morten Strid
Senior consultant UX & Concept

Morten works as a Senior consultant UX & Concept at Knowit Experience💥Morten has more than 13 years of experience within product development, user experience, communication and design for clients such as GoogleSamsungNorsk Tipping and TV 2. Over the years he’s acquired a great deal of insights in the life of startups. He was one of the original founders of the photo sharing app DeeMe, which picked up international praise and startup awards (Slush, SXSW, Gulltaggen), and accomplished more than 1.3m downloads.

Lars Grønnestad
Business Developer

  • MSc from NTNUs School of Entrepreneurship, 2016-201
  • Gründerskolen at Boston University, 2017 Former employee at Spark* NTNU Trondheim, a peer to peer advisory service for students with a start-up idea. 
  • Has worked with several tech start-ups, festival management and concert photography.

Coaches and Mentors

T- Michael
Tailor / Designer / Artist

T-MICHAEL is a bespoke tailor/ designer /artist with a conceptual approach to men’s tailoring inspired by his love of sartorial traditions and his passionate quest for a different narrative within tailoring, design and creativity, to celebrate stylistic and cultural diversities present in today's zeitgeist. He is known for his meticulous attention to detail and for his garments’ impeccable construction.Bespoke tailor T-Michael likes to blur the boundaries between bespoke tailoring and ready to wear.T-Michael is the half part of award winning Norwegian Rain, where they fuse traditional tailoring with innovative fabrics and clever detailing to create a stylistic, utilitarian and 100% waterproof products.From his base in Bergen, the west coast of Norway, he has created a unique sense of style and presence which has attracted fans from across the globe. He is a favourite among street style photographers all over the world and he is constantly profiled in relevant magazine and blogs worldwide.

Susan Johnsen
Senior advisor for innovation

Susan Johnsen is currently working as a Senior Adviser for innovation at Universitetet i Bergen, helping researchers and students finding their way into the wonderful universe of innovation. She is passionate about innovation processes and methods, and has been learning by doing this in her own business. Johnsen has been a facilitator, participant and mentor in a dozen Design Thinking workshops over the years. Funfacts: She speaks Russian and owns a horse!

Ingis Pingis

Ingis Pingis is one of the mentors you’ll meet at Startup Weekend Bergen 🕶Ingis´s design is characterized by themes like unisex, the classic and the lasting. She is escpecially known for her Bergen based leather bag brand Blåster, her graphic design studio Ingis design studio and her clothes brand INI. Her clients include International and Norwegian celebrities, from Snoop Dogg to Astrid S. During Startup Weekend Bergen, she will use her sharp insight in people, brands and creative ideas to guide your startup ideas.

Kimberly Larsen
Founder and CEO

Kimberly Larsen is a unique media talent with 20 years experience from the creative industry🎭 She has won national and international entrepreneurship competitions while starting up her company in London, and today she runs the fast growing, global showcase-and hiring platform, developed specifically for the TV, film and entertainment industry.

Cecilie Wian

IT consultant at Knowit 

Rina Andriana

  • Webutvikler
  • Utvikler på BankID 2.1
  • Tidligere gründer

Truls Pettersen

Assistent General Manager at DNB Bergen

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bergen team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bergen is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Puja
  • Kathrine
  • Christina
  • Sonia
  • Margrethe
  • Åshild
  • Zoheb


Zoheb Iqbal

Working with startups around the world, London-based Zoheb helps to accelerate and strengthen the growth of a world wide network of entrepreneurs. From early stages of the entrepreneurial journey to innovation within industry with companies such as Aviva, Lloyds banking group,  IBM, Google and EDF as well as governmental institutes, Zoheb works to facilitate, mentor and coordinate the experience of entrepreneurs everywhere. Challenging entrepreneurs to build in intensive programs centered on action, innovation and education. Zoheb is also an architect and co-founder of several startups.

Sonia Pandher
Project leader

Project leader in Team Innovation at BTO 

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