Startup Weekend Oslo FinTech

    Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Oslo FinTech

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Oslo House of Innovation
Skippergata 22
Oslo, Norway N-0154

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Get ready to disrupt Banking and Finance!

From the 2nd and 4th of March, at Startup Weekend Oslo FinTech, you will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that comes with starting a business. As you learn how to create a real company in just 54 hours, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, organizers and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. So if you are a designer, developer, marketer, product manager or startup enthusiast then this is an event for you!

During the event you will have everything you need to create your FinTech startup. You will have access to an excellent Open Banking API from our main sponsor SBanken, and support from our Startup mentors and FinTech experts within;

  • Open Banking
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain
  • Artifical Intelligence (AI)

For whom is this event for? 

  • You have a FinTech idea and you are looking for skilled cofounders and team members?
  • You have an awesome skill and want to help fellow pioneers to execute a great idea?
  • You want to learn how become an entrepreneur; to transform an idea into a successful business? 

Ticket includes:
  • A great experience
  • New friends
  • A new company (?)
  • Food and Coffee through the whole weekend
  • Earphone Pullover by Turtleneck (Retail price 169 kr)
  • PC Sleeve by Turtleneck (Retail price 399 kr)  -- NO LONGER AVAILABLE (ONLY FOR TICKETS PURCHASED BY 20 FEB '18)

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active people who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2000+ past events in 120 countries around the world.

How does Startup Weekend work?

The Startup Weekend event works like this: 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.

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday March 2nd

6:00 pm
Registration, dinner, networking
Check in, eat pizza, 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 epic 60 second pitch!

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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

11:00 pm
Go Home!
Or go down to the café below for a drink with your new team mates!

Saturday March 3rd

9:00 am
Teams arrive, simple breakfast from Baker Hansen & coffee

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

12:30 pm
Simple lunch from Baker Hansen

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help, but remember to book them in time!

6:30 pm
Rustic Italian dinner from Alba Catering

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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You don't have to go home, but you have to leave OHOI. And remember, you'll need prepare for the Big Day tomorrow!

Sunday March 4th

9:00 am
Teams Arrive, simple breakfast from Baker Hansen & coffee

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

12:30 pm
Simple lunch from Baker Hansen

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings - Pitch Training
Team work on their pitches in order to be ready for the final presentation in front of the jury.

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
Early Dinner
Japanese bento-boxes from Inages Mat

5:00 pm
Final Presentations - (1/2)
First teams present their results

5:45 pm
Break Time
15 min

6:00 pm
Final Presentations - (2/2)
Second teams present their results

6:45 pm
Break Time
15 min

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Matthew Smith
Investment Program Director at Angel Challenge AS


Event Judges

Silje Bareksten
Head of Smart City at Oslo Business Region

Silje has in recent years worked with commercialization of technology and cutting edge research from the science and technology environments at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. In addition to working with entrepreneurship, collaboration strategies and innovation management in the public sector, Silje has worked at the knowledge transfer group at CERN in Geneva, and spent time in Montreal in Canada doing a post graduate program in space technology studies. She even tried out a few startup ventures that never gave glory or fame, but strength and priceless experience. Silje has a BSc in Marketing from BI, and an MSc in Entrepreneurship from NTNU.

Sean Percival
Investor and Entrepreneur

Sean is an American investor and entrepreneur from California. He has invested in over 120 startups and founded several of his own. Previously Sean was a Partner at 500 Startups, a venture fund and globally acclaimed accelerator program. He is also formerly the Founder and CEO of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club and Vice President, Online Marketing of Myspace.

Maja Adriaensen
Founder and CEO at Startup Norway & Angel Challenge

As the founder and CEO of both Startup Norway and Angel Challenge, Maja has been a driving force in putting the Norwegian startup community on the global stage and contributed to the growth of the Norwegian startup scene. Through her dedication at Startup Norway and Angel Challenge, Maja has created a strong foundation for several Norwegian startup communities, such as kickstarting Norway's first Startup Weekend in Oslo back in 2010, and initiating Startup Extreme in 2015, an international startup conference and -festival in the Norwegian wilderness.

Ingar Bentsen
CEO and Partner at The Factory

Ingar S. Bentsen is CEO, founder and main shareholder of Qapital AS and TheFactory AS. He has been involved in the start-up and development of a number of companies since 2002, such as Mobilshop, Mobizz, Trigcom, Room Service and Payments (now JCP Digital). Ingar is very keen on innovation and is committed to helping Norway get a good, healthy and well-functioning financial instrument that facilitates increased interest in entrepreneurship across all industries. He has been in a number of boards in established and newly established companies, and has invested in various start-up companies over the past 15 years. Ingar is responsible for raising capital to the investment companies, and leads the companies as CEO and Chairman.

Thomas Tjøstheim
Concept and Business Developer at Sbanken

As one of the lead members at Sbanken's digital concept team, Thomas is in the forefront in the development of new concepts at SBanken, focused in the area of Open Banking. With 10 years extensive experience in banking and fintech, with a specialization in computer security, Thomas is a passionate believer in innovation and execution.

Jørgen Solstad
Business Designer at EGGS Design & CEO EGGS Garage

Jørgen has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and with managing entrepreneurship within corporate structures. As CEO of Unikia AS he was responsible for the design and launch of over 360 products in over 30 brands in a 4 year period. In addition to products and brands he has participated in the creation of business models and retail experiences as well as worked with logistics, pricing and sales. He has won several international design awards, and on the business side Unikia was a finalist (1 of 3) in “NHOs Nyskapingspris” 2014. Apart from consulting in the hotspot between viability and desirability he heads the venture arm of EGGS that invests in startups where design competence is a missing critical component.

Daniel Döderlein
CEO & Founder at AUKA

Daniel is an award-winning serial tech entrepreneur with several successful startups under his belt. In 2010, he founded mCASH, the first mobile payments platform in Norway and the world's first payment company to run 100% on Google Cloud. In 2014 he was awarded ‘entrepreneur of the year’ in Norway by the Norwegian Venture Capital Association. Today, Daniel's company offers its cloud-based mobile payment solutions to banks wishing to fight the tech giant disruption globally under the name Auka, which means to increase and intensify in old Norse, the Viking language.

Liv Freihow
Head of Industry Policy at ICT Norway

Liv is director at IKT-Norge, the business association for the ICT industry. Through work with start-ups, corporations, investors and regulators she aims to help build a sound and thriving ecosystem for strong tech companies in Norway.

Coaches and Mentors

Jerry Kelih
Product Design & Management at Xeneta

Jerry is a UX Lead in Xeneta; the world's leading ocean freight market intelligence platform and one of the fastest growing startups in Norway. He joined the team very early on as the only product person dedicated to the data-heavy product. Wearing multiple hats such as Product manager, UX designer and even front-end developer, he was involved in growing the team from 15 to 70 people, which shaped his role into UX lead. Nowadays he is responsible for expanding the UX team, as well as creating business value and making strategic decisions related to design and user experience.

Hilde Dybdahl Johannessen
Service Design and UX consultant at BEKK

Hilde is a senior designer currently working with innovation in established organisations. Her experience ranges from startups in San Francisco to large scale digital transformation in the public sector.

Erik Leung
Head of AI Solutions at Simplifai

Erik has been in the financial industry since 2010 with primary focus on data analysis and CRM. After 3 years as a product manager for CRM Finance Erik has a deep knowledge of the banking processes. Erik is a highly sought after player within AI technology in banking, due to his expert knowledge of IBM Watson. Now a co-founder and Head of AI of Simplifai, the company is well on its way in transforming the financial industry with groundbreaking AI technologies and tools.

Morten Punnerud
Senior Project Manager at Systek

This passionat guy will help you to realize your IT-idea. With his background from entrepreneurship at NTNU, previous head of innovation at Sopra Steria, leader of the Artificial Intelligece initiative at his firm and strong technical plus project manager skills he know it will not be easy but are determined to help you succeed. We will together brainstorm on some of the biggest obsticuls for your success and learn how to fish, dragging that big valuable shark onto the boat is still up to you!

Krister Mangersnes
Head of Patent Department at Håmsø Patentbyrå

Krister set out to save the world with a PhD in solar cell technology, before finally seeing the light and shifting to a career within intellectual property (IP). Today, he leads a team of highly skilled patent attorneys of six different nationalities at Håmsø, one of Norway’s leading independent consulting companies specialising in IP. 

Kyrre Tangen Andersen
Associate Partner at Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kyrre studied law at the University of Bergen, specializing in IP and contract law, and thereafter started off his legal practice in Kluge's oil and gas department. He is now associate partner and heads Kluge's tech and innovation department, with a practice covering the full range of IP law, from development contracts, IP disputes and M&A.

Evelina Ohlsson
CEO and founder at Finanstipset AS

Evelina is founder and CEO of Finanstipset AS which grow to life during the bachelor degree at Oslo buinsess school. In order to meet the opportunities for banks with the implementation of PSD2 and open banking, Evelina now helping startup's navigate the tricky field of PSD2 law. She belives that passion, structure, a strong mindset and a clear goal could make anybody achive great things. 

Charlotte W. Rakner
Manager, Corporate Finance - M&A at PwC

Charlotte works with innovation in the finance industry. She heads up the Innovation and Entrepreneurship committee at Finance Innovation, working to build the best rocket launch ramp for initiatives that aim to make finance easy. Through her role as manager at PwC, she helps innovative businesses at all stages of maturity to set their strategic direction and to attract financing from strategic partners. Charlotte also holds significant experience within financing of innovation from her previous role on the investment team at Argentum Private Equity. She is also the Co-founder and President of YoungFinance. Charlotte believes that Norway has all it takes to take a leading position in the transformation of the finance industry - we just need to go for it!

Sikander Lhote
CEO at Frey Aquaponics

Sikander is the founder of Frey Aquaponics, a startup in automation for aquaponic systems. He has been addicted to Bitcoin since 2012 and knows a lot about the tech, its benefits and its shortcomings, and has a pragmatic view on the future of blockchain.

Dimitris Polychronopoulos
Director at Founder Institute

Dimitris is leading the brand new Oslo chapter of the Founder Institute. The Founder Institute is a Silicon Valley early-stage startup accelerator in 170 cities across six continents. Dimitris has an MBA from BI Norwegian Business School which includes studies on entrepreneurship and innovation from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He has lived in seven countries and has picked up cross cultural understandings and languages from his world travels and sojourns. 

Guri Venstad
Senior Designer at EGGS Design

Guri is a seasoned UX designer with experience consulting with big tech companies, banks as well as startups in New York and Oslo.

Rünno Allikivi
Head of Scandinavia at Funderbeam

Runno is a startup founder, CEO, and Investor with 10 years of experience building and growing companies in Scandinavia and the United States. With background in IT, Biotech, innovation management, and economics, Runno is now working with Funderbeam expanding the World’s First Startup Stock Exchange to Scandinavia.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Oslo FinTech 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 Oslo is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ 360 Innovation Lab

Jernej (aka Jay) is an accelerator program manager at 360 Innovation Lab and currently based in Graz, Austria. Together with the team they help entrepreneurs scale future generation of tech companies.

He is from Slovenia and spend 7 years living in Copenhagen. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined a healthcare and insurance accelerator as Program Manager in Switzerland.

He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jay was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

Event Staff

Marius Giske
Digital Business Developer at Avinor

Marius has a background in Industrial economics and marketing from NTNU. He has experience from several startups, including worldwide success with Dirtybit. Currently working as a digital business developer for Avinor.

Kim Anh Le

Kimmi has a background in International business, and working experience in non-profit organizations. Kimmi is a socially and outgoing person who likes to take initiative and seek out new experiences. Kimmi has a great interest in innovation and entrepreneurship and she is looking forward to the opportunity to work with a great team and various partners.

Alex Hsi
CEO of Awelio and Rocket Capital

Alex is the CEO of Awelio and Rocket Capital, and has a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. He helps several startups to succeed and gain customers, and is working as a Performance Marketing Specialist. He has a great passion and drive for innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and value creation. Alex attended the first Startup Weekend in 2013 in Bergen, and he is also trying to launch a Founder Institute Chapter in Oslo.

Rami Mazzawi

Kris Riise Jensen
Co-Founder & CEO

Kris is co-founder and CEO of Smart Cities Norway, and his current board positions include digital agencies, startups, and non-profit organisations.

Shaho Nader

Sergiu Maznic
Director of Startup Grind Oslo and Senior Consultant at Pöyry

Sergiu is an energy market expert and the Director of Startup Grind Oslo. His commercial experience from management consulting covers the entire spectrum of energy and financial sector, where he worked extensively at supporting renewables growth, commercialization of new technologies and energy market transition. As a Directors for Startup Grind Oslo, Sergiu focused on growing the local community around the values of GIVING FIRST, HELPING OTHERS and MAKING FRIENDS. Consistency, commitment and an amazing team have been the recipe behind organizing 40+ community events, mentoring local startups and helping new players in the ecosystem. As a result, Oslo has been awarded the Bull Award 2018, as one of the 5 most active cities in the global Startup Grind family of 600+ cities in 125 countries.

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Business Developer


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