Startup Weekend Bergen Sustainability

    Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

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Startup Weekend Bergen Sustainability

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Solheimsgaten 7c
Bergen, Norway

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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.   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:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) 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!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at   Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!

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Friday March 22nd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 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 March 23rd

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

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Sunday March 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

2:00 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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Join us for the Afterparty!

Coaches and Mentors

Torhild Eide Torgersen
Project leader for DesignArenaBergen

Torhild E. Torgersen has been working with Design Thinking and Systems thinking for the last decade. She has been the main driving force behind Norway’s first and only Design Thinking MBA-program, provided in collaboration between four different institutions (NHH, UiB, HVL and NTNU), where her role has been to facilitate the collaboration. Torhild has a unique ability to ask questions that reach the core of what one is trying to achieve. She has a strategic overview and talent for structuring information as well as giving direction for the long-term goals. She always strives to understand what the users really want – ideally better than they do themselves. She is passionate about challenging existing mindsets and seeking new solutions that are both firmly rooted in the organisation’s values and at the same time meet long-term societal needs. Torhild values the importance of combining analytical and creative thinking, in order to create truly innovative and sustainable solutions.Her formal education is a business master from NHH, Kaospilot from Denmark and NLP coach from Phil Parker Training institute, London. She is currently working as head of experimentation at Design Region Bergen.

Mats A. Mastervik
Daglig leder

Mats har Cand. Mag. i Miljø, ressursøkonomi og arealplanlegging fra HiNT i 1998.Han har jobbet som arealplanlegger i Hemnes kommune og Bergen kommune. Han kom til Bergen i 2002 og har etter jobben i Bergen kommune vært arealplanlegger i Asplan Viak og Sweco. I Sweco ledet Mats planavdelingen den første perioden før han de to siste årene jobbet fulltid som teknisk leder på reguleringsplanprosjektet for Bybanen fra sentrum til Fyllingsdalen, til da ett av de største reguleringsplanprosjektene i Bergen og landet for øvrig.Etter snart 17 år i Bergen har Mats en verdifull erfaring med planlegging i Bergen kommune spesielt og Bergensregionen generelt. Han har god forståelse for alle typer planprosesser og er spesielt opptatt av å «fasilitere» gode prosesser – få alle til å dra i samme retning. I februar/mars 2018 startet Mats opp Vill Urbanisme sammen med tidligere kollegaer. Vill Urbanisme er et urbanismekollektiv innenfor arkitektur, planlegging, energi og miljø. Mats er i dag daglig leder for Vill Urbanisme og for plansatsningen i Vill Plan. Med det siste tilskuddet til stammen - Vill Mer – har Vill Urbanisme på under ett år gått fra 5 til 13 ansatte.

Krister Karto
Solution architect

Jobber idag som senior løsningsarkitekt og rådgiver for Knowit Experience i Bergen. Krister har over 10 års erfaring fra konsulentbransjen og har jobbet i prosjekter i diverse bransjer, fra Forsikring og finans til Fiskeri og turisme. Har to bachelorgrader fra ANU i Australia i Handel og IT.
Som løsningsarkitekt og rådgiver er Krister godt vant med å vurdere løsninger fra både forretning og teknisk side og se på gjennomførbarheten i prosjekter. Er den planlagte veien riktig eller finnes det enklere veier til målet. Utviklingsprosjekter kan være ekstremt ressurskrevende og riktig fokus fra starten kan være forskjellen som gjør prosjektet vellykket. For grundere er fokuset på markedet og hva som bringer verdi ekstremt viktig.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bergen Sustainability 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
  • Sonia
  • Åshild
  • Rina
  • Christina
  • Nick


Nick Stevens
Chief Digital Officer at Digital Office Groningen

Nick has been as part of more than fifty Startup Weekend events, as attendee, winner, organiser and facilitator. He is an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and professional event MC/host. When he’s not drinking nerdy coffee, he mostly spends his time helping others to navigate towards an uncertain future. His ability to cut through bullshit in a heartbeat ensures that there is never a dull moment around him. Speaking about and helping people to make business an impactful force for good (by combining purpose with innovation) is where you’ll feel his real energy

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