Startup Weekend Energy & Sustainability

    Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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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

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 November 2nd

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
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!

6:30 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 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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jens Festervoll
Corporate Liaison, Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor

Jens Festervoll is an experienced energy professional with a background as a consultant and leader across the energy value chain, primarily in oil and gas. He is a Senior Advisor in Corporate Innovation and Equinor’s Corporate Liaison for Techstars Energy. Previously he has worked as a Programme Manager establishing Equinor’s Digital Center of Excellence and Vice President for Corporate Strategy. He has also held a number of positions from gas trading, business development and analysis in Norsk Hydro and Statoil. Festervoll has a keen interest in innovation, digitalization and change management. Festervoll sits on the Board of Energy Valley, a Norwegian Centre of Expertise technology cluster.

Audun Abelsnes
Managing Director at Techstars Energy

Audun Abelsnes is the Managing Director of Techstars Energy in partnership with Equinor, Kongsberg and Capgemini and is an active participant in panels at energy and innovation conferences around the world. For several years, Audun Abelsnes has been part-responsible for the master-level course "New Venture Creation" (5th year) at BI Norwegian Business School (a Top50 business school in Europe). He also founded and sold one company and he has been instrumental in funding and scaling up a medical diagnostic company. Audun Abelsnes has spent several years in PWC management consulting and holds a Master of Science in International Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School and City University in London.

Pippa Boothman
VP Marketing & Communications at Airthings

Many people are passionate about health, but few possess the unique ability to channel that passion into helping others live healthier, safer lives. In her current position as VP of Marketing & Communications for Norway-based Airthings, Pippa Boothman has accomplished just that: by applying her lifelong passion for health and wellness towards playing an indispensable role in transforming the company from a scrappy start-up in a small country to a global authority in air quality.

Since joining Airthings in 2016, Pippa’s trademark combination of pragmatic decision-making and her tireless drive towards pushing
Airthings to never settle and bring an constantly-adapting perspective to the table has been instrumental in the company’s impressive growth as an ascending leader in the IAQ (indoor air quality) sector. Pippa has spearheaded retail partnerships for Airthings across the world with industry giants through both brick-and-mortar and online channels, building Airthings into one of the top-performing brands across the radon and indoor air quality market and doubling sales annually since her arrival.
  Additionally, Pippa has strategically leveraged Airthings’ thought leadership and innovative tech solutions across various media and industry platforms, resulting in impressive growth in consumer awareness and educating the public on why providing access to clean air quality is such a critical issue. She’s also been a pivotal factor in establishing Airthings’ B2B channels and business solutions, in turn, executing Airthings’ mission to change the way the world thinks about the air we breathe in all indoor spaces.

Pippa has more than 15 years of retail and wholesale experience across the technology and apparel industries and received a double-major bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology from The University of Western Ontario.

Anne Worsøe
Angel Investor, Partner & Co-Founder at Farmhouse Capital

As a Partner at Farmhouse, Anne work with early-stage technology startups and founders with ambitions to solve global challenges.Previously, she held the position as Portfolio Manager and Partner at B&B while the company scaled from 16 to 60+ people in three countries, Anne initiated and co-founded the co-working space Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley, she explored new green-tech business opportunities as Head of New Business at Statkraft, one of the leading European renewable companies, and was the first CEO of the Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association.Throughout her career, Anne always worked with investors, founders, startups, early-stage venture, commercialization, and internationalization. She has experience as a co-founder, angel investor, advisor and member of the Board of Directors for startups, VCs and LPs. Anne is passionate about sustainability, helping startups succeed abroad, and especially empowering female co-founders and investors

Coaches and Mentors

Wilhelm Myrer
CEO at Empower & Chairman of the Oslo Blockchain Cluster

Wilhelm Myrer is a tech enthusiast (Blockchain/DLT/Apps), and has passion for Renewable Energy, and Business development. He is currently founder of Empower which aims to build a global plastic waste recycling ecosystem powered by blockchain technology.

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!

Jens Northun
Patent Attorney at Oslo Patentkontor AS

Jens André Northun has a master degree within product development (Mechanical Engineering) and has as extensive experience within technology development from the Energy and Renewable Energy sector, specifically within the oil service industry and offshore wind industry. Jens currently works as a patent attorney at Oslo Patentkontor AS where he helps innovators to protect their ideas and intellectual property rights.

bjørn lapakko
Head of Program and Operations at Startup Extreme

Bjørn has worked with and for Fortune 100 companies in the US and now specializes in startups and investing within the Nordics. Previously, he was the Head of Community at Funderbeam and built a career in the US, focused on digital transformation, marketing, and advertising. Currently, he is the Head of Program and Operations at Startup Extreme.

Meron Haile Tesfazion
Data scientist IBM Global Business Services

Meron’s expertise lies in data analysis, visualization and modeling. With a background in Environmental Physics and Renewable Energy, he also has knowledge of different parts of the energy sector such as transmission and production, where his Master's thesis was on large-scale solar cells. In addition, Meron has technical experience as techniques at Norway's largest energy recovery plant and work with plastic packaging in the Norwegian grocery industry as a consultant.

Astrid Salte Wiig
Business Transformation Consultant for IBM

Astrid holds a Master in Industrial Economics and Technology Management with specialization in finance from NTNU. She is currently working as a Business Transformation Consultant for IBM in the Cognitive Process Transformation department where Astrid works within the project management. She is also building her expertise in data science.

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.

Mina Helene Aase
Geologist and Innovation engineer in Equinor

 Mina is a geologist and Innovation engineer in Equinor. She took her MSC in geology from Norway, Scotland, Australia, USA, Svalbard and Canada. Broad background in planning (onshore)  and drilling wells (offshore) NCS for Equinor and has worked on offshore platforms for many years. Currently working Equinor’s technology development department. Main responsibilities:  Idea harvesting, maturation and incubating of (radical) technical innovation. Mina is running open innovation challenges, special emphasis on sharing her knowledge.

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. 

Tori Øderud
SAP Consultant

Tori is a SAP Consultant from Oslo. On a daily basis, she works at IBM with IT and digital transformation for businesses and organizations. She has an SAP certification in logistics and in recent years Tori has mainly worked with logistics, maintenance and master data. In addition, she has experience from both project and event manager. Her background is from CBS in Copenhagen where she has a Master in International Business and Politics. Her love for IT flourished when she got a job as a server coordinator. After that, Tori decided to apply for a job in the tech industry and have never looked back. Her workplace and study are characterized by the fact that she loves working in international teams.

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.
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

  • Christopher Sanchez
  • Jyoti
  • Evin


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ InnoPeaks

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has recently relocated from Denmark to Switzerland. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined an accelerator as Program Manager at InnoPeaks, where he is helping entrepreneurs scale the next generation of healthtech and insurtech companies. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jernej 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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