Startup Weekend Trondheim

    Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

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Startup Weekend Trondheim

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 am

NTNU University at Gløshaugen, Drivhuset, IT-bygget
Sem Sælands vei 9
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag 7491

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Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Trondheim

Are you curious about starting your own business?

Startup Weekend is back in Trondheim for the 6th time. During this weekend you get hands-on experience in starting a company.

How it works:
- Pitch ideas (optional)
- Team up
- Build a prototype
- Do market research
- Develop a business model
- Pitch
- Get mentored by entrepreneurs and experts
- Win prizes

Why participate:
- test if your idea has "legs to walk on"
- find a co-founder, and new friends
- experience the process of making a startup
- get mentoring
- learn a new skill

Tickets cover meals throughout the weekend, mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and experts, and an international facilitator from Startup Weekend.

Practical information:
- For: professionals, students, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, hackers, dreamers, change makers and catalysts, business people, innovators, anybody who has an idea, or is curious about starting a business
- Language: The pitching  is held in English, other than that you are free to communicate in whatever language you prefer
- You don’t have to have an idea. You can spend this weekend to co-create with others, or learn a new skill

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Friday September 25th

6:30 am
Door Open, Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm
Dinner and Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:45 pm
Welcome to Startup Weekend Trondheim
What Startup Weekend is all about, and what happens when

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

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

Saturday September 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Intro to Day 2
Startup concepts

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Intro to Mentors, Getting Their Help
Mentors are presented, then they help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm

6:30 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 September 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Intro and Help from Pitch Mentors
Pitch Mentors arrive. They are here to help you polish your pitch

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Stage and Tech Check
Dry runs of the presenatations. 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
Present for the audience: the jury, all other participants, guests

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Winners are announced

8:00 pm
Celebration and Networking
Includes desert and taking family photos

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Alf-Egil Bogen
CEO, Novelda AS

Alf-Egil Bogen is a successful Norwegian inventor and entrepreneur.
He is one of the inventors of the successful AVR microcontroller and has been working in the semiconductor industry for over 20 years. He graduated from NTNU in 1992 and in 1995 he traveled together with his companion, Vegard Wolland, to Atmel's headquarters in California and convinced the company that the Norwegian microcontroller was the future. Today it is the second most used microcontroller in the world with more than one billion produced every year.
Alf Egil was also a cofounder and Chairman of Chipcon, a company that became market leader in low power RF solutions. The company was acquired in 2006 by Texas Instruments Inc. for 1.3 billion NOK. In 2013 he served as the CMO of Energy Micro assisting the sale of the company to Silicon Labs where he now serve as a board member. In 2013 Bogen became CEO of Novelda, a provider of advanced radar sensors.
As one of the driving forces behind Maker Faire Trondheim, he is inspiring young makers as he once was (and still is) one himself.

Thale Kuvås Solberg
Director of corporate business development, SpareBank1 SMN

Thale is the director of corporate business development at SpareBank1 SMN. She is also in charge of the bank’s direct channels and digital services for the corporate market.Before joining the bank, Thale worked several years as a manager in Ernst & Young in the field of strategy, business management and development. Thale has extended international experience including several years with the investment bank JPMorgan in England.She has a passion for Technology, Innovation and internationalization.
Thale is on Technoport’s board of directors. She has chaired the jury of Innovator/Startstøtte and been a mentor with Ungt Entreprenørskap.

Tommy Dahlen

Tommy is an experienced startup-lawyer with a burning interest for supporting engaged entrepreneurs, and is a well-established character in the Trondheim innovation scene. He represents a vision of empowering the early-stage phase of business, and is a strong resource for many young companies. He has been part of the realization of over 150 companies over the 15 years working in business law. He knows most of the challenges entrepreneurs are facing, and will also contribute as a mentor in the event.

Jaya Thomilson
Business Advisor, Executive office at Trondheim kommune

Jaya Thomlison is a community and business developer with an MSc in Social and business development from NTNU and the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her academic and work and experience focuses on cooperative models for startups in both low and high performing GDP countries, and models for growth. With a background in entrepreneurship and communications, Jaya has worked in Norway since 2009 and is one of three original founders of DIGS innovation hub in Trondheim; Editor for The List Magazine and Tech List Magazine; and Business Advisor in the Executive Office at Trondheim kommune. Her current work includes connecting students and new talent to businesses in the greater region of Trondheim and contributing towards a thriving startup and innovation scene.

Coaches and Mentors

Monica Divitini
Professor in Cooperation Technologies, NTNU

Monica Divitini is Professor in Cooperation Technologies at IDI-NTNU since 2002. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Aalborg University, Denmark. She has been involved in different national and international projects in the domain of technology-enhanced learning, researcher training in social and mobile learning, creative collaboration in learning, seamless networks for transforming the city into an arena for learning, and Mobile Technology in University Education. She has been coordinated courses at department of computer science at NTNU for bachelor, master and PhD level such as Informatics Projects, Cooperation Technology, and Learning in technology rich environments.

Tommy Dahlen

Tommy is an experienced startup-lawyer with a burning interest for supporting engaged entrepreneurs, and is a well-established character in the Trondheim innovation scene. He represents a vision of empowering the early-stage phase of business, and is a strong resource for many young companies. He has been part of the realization of over 150 companies over the 15 years working in business law. He knows most of the challenges entrepreneurs are facing, and will also contribute as a mentor in the event.

Ida Brobakke
CEO and founder, Nice

Ida is CEO and founder of Nice. A design agency working with both start­ups and established companies, small and big, to solve their design challenges from a user­ driven approach. Ida has three years of hands on experience and has seen first hand how user­driven design enables better and smarter solutions and ultimately successful businesses.

Haakon Skar
Founder and CEO, T:Lab AS

Haakon Skar is the founder and CEO of T:Lab AS, Trondheim’s leading group of management consultants and business strategy advisors. Haakon and his team brings many decades of hands on experience from large international corporations, and love sharing their experience and network to help technology companies grow from startup to global giants.

Haakon holds a Master of Science degree in electronics from NTNU, and has spent most of his working career in leading positions selling technology to household names such as Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, Microsoft, Dell, HP, BMW, Porsche and many, many more.

Dr. Roger Sørheim
Co-Founder, NTNU School of Entrepreneurship

Professor Sørheim is one of the Co-Founders of NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. He holds a position as Professor in Entrepreneurship at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The primary focus in his research relates to early-stage finance and commercialization of technology.Sørheim has published in a number of peer reviewed journals, including; Journal of Small Business Management, Venture Capital, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Technovation.

Magnus Hakvåg
Specialist on protection of Competitiveness with a special focus on intangibles, IPR and standardization.

Magnus work with protection of competitiveness with a special focus on intangibles, "IPR" and standardization. Frequently used by different ministries in Norway in relation to "IP" and "IPR". He has been the major contributor on the development of National education on IP/IPR in Norway the last 15 years, with direct financing from The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry. Magnus is a frequently used guest lecturer on IPR/standards and "protection of competitiveness" in Europe.

Sven Jørund Kolstø
Business Development, CoFounder AS

Sven is a former entrepreneur, now working in the intersection of startups and investments for CoFounder AS in Trondheim. His areas of expertise are business development and idea verification.

Dag Håkon Haneberg
Co-founder, One Earth Designs; Spark* NTNU guidance counsellor

Dag Håkon Haneberg is currently working in One Earth Designs creating the mass-market energy solutions for the future and is also a guidance counsellor for student-driven startups through Spark*NTNU. He has previously co-founded other startups as well, among them His fields of interest range from abstract science to hands-on electronics and product development. Dag Håkon holds an MSc degree in Nanomaterials from NTNU as well as an MSc from the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. He was on the winner team of Startup Weekend Trondheim in 2011.

Sigurd Gran­-Jansen
Co-fouder, Staaker; Spark* NTNU Alumni

Sigurd Gran­Jansen studied Computer Science at NTNU where he graduated from School of Entrepreneurship in 2014. He is co­founder of Staaker, the autonomous drone which will follow and film you wherever you go. Sigurd has also been a coach in Spark* NTNU for two years, where he has helped startups in their early days.

With his slick tongue and agile body, he is also capable in delivering mind blowing experiences at the stage. He will be guiding you guys in your preparation for your final presentation at SWT!

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The Startup Weekend Trondheim 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 Trondheim is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Melanie Kovacs
CEO & Founder of Master21

For Forbes 30 under 30 DACH honoree Melanie it’s all about the people we meet and the things we create together. After business school, she co-founded the non-profit Aspire to bring more diversity into tech. To date, she has facilitated several educational programs such as Startup Weekend, the Aspire Accelerator & Mentorship Program and TEDxZurich. Working closely with developers at Ginetta, she started to learn to code. Melanie is committed to building a great, diverse and fun Master21 community.

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