Startup Weekend Oslo #11

    Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Oslo #11

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Gaustadalléen 21
Oslo, Norway 0349

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No Talk, All Action

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: 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.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 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 February 27th

6:30 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

8:00 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 February 28th

9:00 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 March 1st

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

10:30 am
Pitch Practice

12:00 pm

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

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm

Event Judges

Jan Henrik Ohme
Head of Digital Marketing and Insight, Sony Music Entertainment Norway

Jan Henrik started out with Systems Analysis studies at NHI and went on to Hewlett-Packard. Deciding that music was more important to him than computer hardware, 
he joined BMG in 1998 as PR manager and has never looked back. In his 16 years in the music industry Jan Henrik has worked with hundreds of artists 
from garage to superstardom, seen the rise and fall of the CD and the “new economy” emerge. 
Jan Henrik has advised many music startups as well as making an honest effort himself, building a startup for streaming music to mobile in 2000. And failed. Good idea, horrible timing. 
Today, Jan Henrik is head of digital marketing and the consumer insight work at Sony Music Entertainment Norway.
He’s also an avid fly fisherman, a recording artist, a fan of slow cooking, and ever curious about all things new.

Sean Percival
Partner at 500 Startups

Sean Percival is a Partner at 500 Startups focused on the accelerator program, Bitcoin and the Nordics. Prior to joining 500 Startups Sean was the founder of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club and Vice President, Marketing at Myspace. Originally from Los Angeles he now calls Silicon Valley home. 

Sverre Landmark
Marketing Director, at Aspelin Ramm

Sverre Landmark (born 1961) works in Aspelin Ramm, a property developer active in the rapid development of Oslo city. With his education and background as a lawyer (University of Oslo, 1987), and being responsible for creating financially sound projects, he has an eye for the aspects that make the projects fly. Sverre Landmark has been appointed director of Tjuvholmen since 2004, and has had different roles of responsibility for the Vulkan-project. Tjuvholmen and Vulkan are both finalized in 2014 after a period of 10-12 years of planning and construction. Sverre believes that attractive areas and cities come as a result of a magnitude of different forces, and that cooperation with good faith and balance between public sector and private developers is crucial.

Per Einar Dybvik
Partner at StartupLab. Co-founder of WiMP

Per Einar is Partner at StartupLab. He co-founded WiMP in 2009 and served as CEO until 2014. He has 25 years of Internet-experience from Telenor, Schibsted and Aspiro. At Telenor Research he headed the project that became Opera browser, headed Telenors web-services Origo and Gule Sider before founding Neo Interaktiv, a web-consultancy company that was aquired in 1998. In 2000 he helped start Schibsted Telecom that merged with Aspiro, stocklisted in Stockholm,  where he held various management positions. 

Coaches and Mentors

Kjartan Slette
Co-founder & COO at Unacast

Kjartan Slette was former Head of Music and Head of Strategy in the music streaming service WiMP, now recently launched globally under the name Tidal as the first HiFi lossless global streaming service (recently acquired by Jay-Z). In WiMP Kjartan was responsible for all contract negotiations with the music labels as well as right holders, and also launched RADR Music News, a VEVO/YouTube competitor that brings fully licensed ad fuelled music videos to online domains, where ad revenues are shared with the publishers. With Norway and Scandinavia being the most advanced music technology markets in the world, Kjartan feels there is a potential to capitalize on this opportunity by helping local initiatives launch globally and inviting global initiatives to Norway to learn, and therefore co-founded MashUP, an innovation hub within music and technology. Recently, Kjartan launched his own company, Unacast, which solves the ad industry problem of online retargeting based on offline behavior, by building the worlds largest network of beacon and proximity companies. Unacast builds the real world graph for the new digital data era.

Inge Andre Sandvik

Inge Andre Sandvik is a serial entrepreneur with focus on mobile & social consumer products within music, media tech, search, social. He has 3 VC backed companies with global traction and awarded products, and he's about to launch 4th and 5th. He is the co-Founder/CEO of Soundrop, Filmgrail, Numo (Mobile Nordic) and 1881 Mobilsøk (Mobile CTI), and have previous experiences in Opera, PwC, Compaq and Telenor.

Christian Mikalsen
Co-founder at

Christian Mikalsen is cofounder and CTO of . He has a Master's degree in computer science from the University of Oslo , specializing in software development and data communications. Christian has several years experience as entrepreneur and developer in the tech company Funkbit , where he has worked with the development of digital services in addition to customer projects, including Tusenfryd, Comoyo / Telenor Digital and Statoil.

Mats André Kristiansen
Co-founder of

Mats André Kristiansen is Product and Marketing Manager at and one of the founders of the company. He is educated Art Director from Westerdals School of Communication . In addition to being initiator of a number of other startup projects, he has initiated and been a partner in Lemonade AS, helping assisted clients with technology and innovation strategies and digital products.

Aleksander Elvik
Head of Sales

Mathias Michelsen
Cultuar Entrepreneur

Vilje Bech

Kjetil Holmefjord

Kjetil is the manager at StartupLab.

Asbjørn Voje

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The Startup Weekend Oslo #11 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

  • Yvonne
  • Stina
  • Erik
  • Anders
  • Hamza
  • Sondre
  • Aleksander
  • Aleksander
  • Mari


Stina Liland

Stina is co-founder of Startup Norway and Program Director of 500 Nordics, the pre-accelerator program of 500 Startups.  Startup Norway’s mission is to put Norway’s startup scene on the international startup map. We are experts on the norwegian startup ecosystem. Stina's vision is a Norwegian startup ecosystem that works together as a community, inspires a new generation of Norwegian entrepreneurs and make sure startups have the right resources at hand. Stina is also heavily involved in Startup Weekend, where she as an Global Facilitator visits other startup communities in Europe. 

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