Startup Weekend OSLO

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend OSLO

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Oslo, Norway 0349

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Got a dream? Make it happen!

Learn to build a startup by begin an entrepreneur and launch your idea into reality in 54 hours!

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 October 9th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 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 October 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, coffee & Snacks

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

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:30 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 October 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, coffee & Snacks

10:00 am
Practice Pitch
Practice your pitch in front of the Facilitator and Pitch coaches. Final opportunity to ask questions. (Mandatory to attend)

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:45 pm

9:00 pm

Event Judges

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. 

Karen Elisabeth Ohm Heskja
Investment Manager - DNB Corporate Ventures

Karen Elisabeth is currently the Investment Manager for Corporate Ventures at DNB. She is driven by her passions, and her passions lie in connecting people and stimulate the startup ecosystem to create impact and sustainable results. Karen Elisabeth co-founded Startup Weekend in Stavanger. She was later given the mandate to look at how lean startup and relevant startup methodology could be used in business development in Equinor in her role as Manager Corporate Innovation Centre Stavanger.  Karen Elisabeth also has over 10 years experience from working abroad among others for a Norwegian company in Mexico and expanding the business to Cuba. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Jeanett Sandmo

Jeanett Sandmo works as a startup and enterpreneur advisor and international business development at Innovasjon Norge.

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. 

Chris Klemmetvold

Chris works as a Chief Simplification Officer in Innoco. He is in charge of projects and programs where he and his colleagues are giving advice on innovation and teaching businesses how to make new and better solutions. The tools he promotes are applicable to all branches and sectors, and Chris has experience from working with tourism, technology, public sector, NGOs, health, energy and many other branches. With simple tools and a user-oriented mind-set he always believes that there is something new to learn.

Cilia Holmes

Cilia has dedicated her life to changing corporations' and people's behavior through making herself the pilot study of what it means to live a sustainable life. She is passionate about designing so that the right decisions to become the default decisions. Cilia helps corporations build business models that solve societal issues alongside long-term profitability, and nudges consumers to rethink their options. As one of KPMG's advisors on climate change and sustainability, she helps corporations link sustainability to their core business activities, question the industry's take on value creation and the organizations become more effective. 

Before joining KPMG, Cilia served as a trainee for the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York, helping negotiate on the sustainable development goals. She holds a double master's degree in international business and sustainable Development from the Norwegian School of Economics and HEC Paris, and was appointed business student of the year in Norway, 2012. Cilia also sits on the board of SoCentral, an incubator for societal innovation and takes every opportunity to bounce ideas with startups.

Karen Juul Skarbø

Karen Skarbø is Co-founder of the drone startup Staaker which makes autonomous drones for filming sports. She is an engineer from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship where she also mentored 4th year students with business ideas. Now she works as CCO for the recently acquired Dsafe.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend OSLO 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

  • Linn Chanin
    Sandum Næss
  • Stina
  • Cinthya
  • Mari
  • Darina
  • Maria
  • Maria
  • Wout
  • Lorena
  • Klarissa
  • Benedicte
  • Knut
  • Maja


Wout Laban

My name is Wout, I am very passionate about creating new opportunities in and around education, for people, companies and communities. Always keeping an eye out to share knowledge and create valuable connections along the way. Over the past two years I’ve done so for our Startup Gibbon a platform that helps companies share knowledge, educate employees and create a culture of learning.
I’m very engaged in the the startup scene in Amsterdam where I organise different meetups around community management, host workshops about customer development and organise Startup Weekend. Next to that I facilitate Startup Weekends around Europe as often as I can. A great way to learn and connect with the different entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.

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