Startup Weekend Energy & Sustainability

    Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019

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Startup Weekend Energy & Sustainability

Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019

Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Campus
Christian Krohgs gate 1
Oslo, Oslo 0186

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Be the Energy Hero of Tomorrow

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!  

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Friday November 1st

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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

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
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

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

3:30 pm

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Hodo Elmi Aden
UX Designer at Finstart Nordic

Hodo Elmi Aden is a UX designer at Finstart Nordic. Finstart is a company that both invests in and develops their own early-stage Fintech startups. She is a startup enthusiast and has both worked in and started 2 startups. At Finstart, she and her team is also exploring opportunities within sustainability and financial technology.

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.

Kristin Hærnes Ihlen
Senior Industrial Design Engineer at K8 Industridesign

Kristin is a sustainability enthusiast combining design methodology with business development to create value on all levels: people, profit and planet. 
Experience as design manager for projects from idea to market introduction, cofounder of start-ups, facilitator of workshops and sprints, consultant and inhouse designer she knows the value of doing the right thing at the right time – and to never forget your end user nor your customer!

Daniel Barra
CEO and Co-founder of Navarra Tech

Daniel is CEO and Co-founder of Navarra Tech, a fintech that is bringing electricity trading from pen, paper, and spreadsheets into a digital environment. Before entering the electricity, he and his team worked developing technology products for the financial industry, including projects delivered to the largest investment bank in Latin America. He can help with project and time management and validating your solution.

Pål Taule Brentebråten
UX-Designer and Frontend-developer in Solidsquare

Pål is a UX-Designer and Frontend-developer in Solidsquare, a consultancy company / startup hatchery. Before working as a consultant he spent 2 years in various fintech startups, specifically within the Blockchain domain. He completed two Moonwalk Innovation programs that is a world class innovation sprint for disruptive innovation. Today he is a mentor in the Founders Institute Start up accelerator and his passions are tech, futurism and innovation. 

Anne Solhaug Tutar Tutar
Director Antler Norway

Anne is an entrepreneur and startup expert currently managing Antlers operations in Norway. Antlers first cohort in Norway is set to launch in Oslo starting January 2020. At Antler Anne helps founders build teams and scalable business models with a particular focus international scalability and growth. So far Antler has worked with more than 700 entrepreneurs and have invested in more than 90 companies. Anne’s entrepreneurial background comes from Turkey where she founded the country´s first health food FMCG. After a successful market entry in Turkey, the company expanded into a total of 5 markets spreading from the Middle-East to Europe with customers such as Starbucks and Carrefour. Anne is a business and finance alumni from UC Berkeley and Copenhagen Business School.

Kristian Jul Røsjø
Partnerships Director Antler Norway

Kristian is responsible for building the ecosystem around Antler in Europe with a special focus on partnerships with commercial companies that want to contribute with services and idea generation towards founders in the programs. He is also working on raising the European funds that invest in Antler's portfolio companies. Together with Anne, he is heading up the Antler Oslo program. Kristian holds a master’s degree in business economics from BI Norwegian Business School and
Plekhanov University in Moscow. He has three years of experience as a business developer for Statoil Energy & Retail in St. Petersburg, Russia and has previously worked for the Norwegian Foreign Service
where he served at the Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Consulate General in New York.

Maryam Ghadrdan
Innovation Engineer

Maryam is an innovation engineer at Equinor. She received a BSc degree in chemical engineering from Sharif university in Iran, and a PhD in Process Control from NTNU, Norway. She has worked in RWTH Aachen as a post-doc researcher before joining Statoil in November 2013, as a process engineer. 
Now she is working with Technology Innovation, which is part of Research and Technology organization in Equinor. She works with radical technology ideas, and helps to mature the ideas and develop research projects in Equinor. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Energy & Sustainability team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Christopher Sanchez
  • Jyoti
  • Evin


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. 

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