Bergen Startup Weekend

    Friday, June 6 - 8, 2014

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Bergen Startup Weekend

Friday, June 6 - 8, 2014

Friday, June 6 - 8, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Kong Christian Frederiks plass 5
Bergen, Norway 5006

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Change your life this summer – create a startup!

Thank you for joining us for the big blowout of creative impulses at the first summer edition of Bergen Startup Weekend, June 6th–8th!

Did'nt make it? So what is this Startup Weekend concept really all about – you might think. Well, here is the recipe:

  • A dash of creative designers
  • One portion of geeky developers
  • A few handfulls of clever businesspeople, entrepreneurs and random enthusiasts
Stir well together with some great ideas, divide into teams, sprinkle some mentorship on top and let sit for 54 hours in room temperature**.

** WARNING: Temperature may rise as a result of high voltage imagination.

Now this is the part where it usually starts bubbling – we let in the judges! Some fine examples of wise heads will enter the scene and grill the teams for a few minutes, before they decide which team will be of the winning kind.

The results – in some cases a fresh baked business idea turned into a fulltime job for the team members!

Interested in participating next time?

Join us for our next event 14th–16th of November.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday June 6th

5:30 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

6:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to pitch an idea

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Finalize 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, or go for a drink with your new teammates!

Saturday June 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Talk by Tor Askild Aase Johannessen
Tor Aase will tell you - out of his long experience - which mistakes are often made by founders. He will be available for mentoring afterwards!

12:00 pm
Lunch & introduction of mentors
You'll get to know our fabulous mentors and learn what they can help you with. Ask them for assistance!

5:00 pm
Startup Gym
Go outside, get some fresh air and join Gategym for a playful session of fun exercises and games. Powered by Folkelig

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 June 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help! You're starting the final phase.

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
We will open the venue for interested public to enjoy the final pitches and cheer with us for Bergen's most motivated and talented budding entrepreneurs!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
We have some pretty neat prizes!

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Party!
Open party, invite your friends!


Tor Askild Aase Johannessen

Event Judges

Richard Godfrey
CEO BerGenBio AS

Mr. Godfrey joined BerGenBio as Chief Executive Officer in 2008 and has successfully built the company. He has more than 20 years industry experience leading international healthcare companies. Formerly he served as Chief Executive Officer of Aenova Inc., a specialist biopharmaceutical company (exit 2005: $500m) Prior to this he was the Managing Director of DCC Healthcare Ltd and previously he held positions of increasing responsibility at Catalant, Eli Lilly and Reckitt Benckiser in R&D, supply chain and commercial roles. He qualified as a Pharmacist from Liverpool University and received his M.B.A. from Bath University.

Kåre Bottolfsen
CEO/Co-founder of TicketCo

Kåre Bottolfsen started as a manager and CEO of a restaurant chain and later on become the CEO of an IT management POS & logistics company. Since 2011 he is co-founder and CEO of TicketCo, who have just been awarded the Deloitte Rising Star.
Passionate about mountain running, Ducati motorbikes and playing around with IT technology and building stuff. 
His advise for Bergen Startup Weekend participants: "Find the problem, be passionate, give the extra effort and explain how you will monetize your genius idea!"

Hilde Indresøvde
Managing Director

Hilde is the the Managing Director of Nyskapingsparken, the only incubator for startups in Bergen. Hilde really wants to make a difference for the 17 incubator-companies at Nyskapingsparken. Her goal is to contribute to a quicker phase from establishment to growth. Hilde has got experience with project management, entrepeneurship and innovation, both from private and public sector. Before Nyskapingsparken, she was Project Manager for Statoil through Capgemini. Hilde has got a degree in sociology and economics.

Coaches and Mentors

Simerjit Singh Dhammi

Simerjit is an experienced project manager which has worked with the realization of several startups, mainly in IT and real estate industry. He places great emphasis on innovation and achievability and is a persistent project-finisher, and skilled collaborator. He is the founder of Tenk.IT, a IT-company located in Bergen. With technology and expertise, the company finds solutions that create value for the customer. The company have a long-term perspective on everything they do while they are opportunistic and try to exploit the opportunities that arise. The aim is to create value for their customers by leveraging their expertise and industry knowledge.

Benjamin Southworth
co-founder of 3 beards

Benjamin Southworth is the co-founder of 3 beards, was former deputy CEO of Tech City, and helps startups of all sizes grow, scale, connect and communicate via marketing, communication, creativity and raw emotional passion. 

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.

Kåre Bottolfsen
CEO/Co-founder of TicketCo

Kåre Bottolfsen started as a manager and CEO of a restaurant chain and later on become the CEO of an IT management POS & logistics company. Since 2011 he is co-founder and CEO of TicketCo, who have just been awarded the Deloitte Rising Star.
Passionate about mountain running, Ducati motorbikes and playing around with IT technology and building stuff. 
His advise for Bergen Startup Weekend participants: "Find the problem, be passionate, give the extra effort and explain how you will monetize your genius idea!"

Arne Jenssen
Founder and developer

Arne is a bootstrapping web developer. He has background from physics, numerical methods and has worked a decade in research. But he quit his job to follow his passion in programming and entrepreneurship. Arne enjoys to discuss business ideas and helping entrepreneurs. He has organized Startup Weekend Trondheim and is a real Startup Weekend groupie that has participated in more Startup Weekend events than any of us!

Frank Wisnes

An educated gentleman spending his days as a consultant improving digital tools. Believe computer systems should fit humans, not the other way around. Spreading the gospel of a user friendly world and how to achieve it. Enjoys classical litterature, clever solutions, and well-designed games. Frank has a great reputation as mentor for Bergen Startup Weekend, and we are lucky to have him onboard again!

Ida Nerbø
Creative consultant and business developer

Ida Nerbø is a creative consultant and business developer. 
She is co-owner of Robotbutikken and co-founder of Robotmerch, currently developing a model for band merchandise production. With a background from consulting, her mission is to help anyone who wants to kickstart their business. She keeps an extra eye on querky, creative and out-of-the-ordinary ideas. 
She is a Lean Startup evangelist, and certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. 
Ida shares this advise with Startup Weekend participants: "Work hard, have fun and be a team player. Everything else we can fix."

Olga Tolmachova
Systems analyst, modeler and facilitator

Having background in both business administration and system dynamics, Olga has facilitated modeling projects for energy production and healthcare industries, working with big and small businesses. She places emphasis on systemic view of the world, utilizing modeling techniques to analyze complex problems. Along with the pitching advisory and tips on your final presentations, Olga will ensure you accounted for every important aspect of your project and left nothing out of the picture.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Bergen Startup Weekend 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

  • Kathrine
  • Alessandra
  • Jarl
  • Jørgen
  • Julia
  • Sonia


Eric Brotto
Co-Founder and Principal, Creative Bytes

Eric is currently the International Program Specialist at Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

From 2014 to 2015, Eric was the Alumni & Partner Specialist for Startupbootcamp where he supported 240 startups in fundraising, connecting them with 20+ of the UK’s top investors. He also managed corporate partnerships with Samsung, Amazon, DT, PayPal, and Google. 

In addition, Eric is a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend where he has organised and/or facilitated events in London, France, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Norway and Malaysia. He has spoken at numerous events including Eon Guardian Roundtable on Digital Innovation (London), Digital Shoreditch (London), GSY Summit (Malaysia), PODIM (Slovenia), Pirates On The Shore (Oslo) and Signal Conference (Northern Ireland). Startup Reykjavik contracted Eric as their Lean Startup Mentor in Residence during their summer 2014 programme.

Event Staff

Kristine Lund

Kristine makes sure that everything concerning Bergen Startup Weekend's location goes smooth - thanks to her volunteer effort we'll have a roof over our heads!

Christina Sundli-Härdig

Christina is Christina.

Ingrid Kristiane Fardal

Ingrid Kristiane is operations manager and makes sure that nobody has to go hungry or thirsty!

Tor Olav Gabrielsen

Without Tor Olav, there wouldn't be a Startup Weekend as he is in charge with securing sponsors.

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