Meet Marcus Hølland Eikeland, facilitator of Startup Weekend Travel!

05/09/2017 | By Klara Stumpf

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Marcus is the Advisor and Scout of Katapult Accelerator in Oslo, Norway. They are constantly looking for brave startups to join them!

What was the funniest moment in your professional life?

When we were hosting a group of Nordic business leaders and had forgotten to book a hotel for ourselves in the middle of a Salesforce conference week, and had to spend the night in the Norwegian seaman a closet. What is even more funny is that we became great friends with the minister and stay there every time we work in San Francisco now.

Which traveltech related startups have you worked with?

I'm actually doing my own. -> The home away from home for remote workers. Vacations are limited, workcations are endless.

What is your motto?

Be the change you want to see in this life.

How do you imagine treveltech in 10 years?

In 10 years travel and transportation will become ridiculously efficient, cheaper and safer.

It will change our lives in ways that are impossible to imagine, but I think traveltech in general will accomodate people's desire to combine lifestyles, or even create fundamentally new ones.

What would you change in today's travel industry?

I would change it so that travel enriches the many, instead of the few.

I would make platforms where value is created among people - peer-to-peer.

What is cool in being the mentor of Startup Weekend?

To connect with the most awesome people on this planet.

What is your favourite place on Earth?


How do you like to travel?

Private jets and tuk-tuk boats. I like contrasts.

How do you help the world understand Digital?

I show companies how startups are running at 10x the speed of light, and if they want to survive the next 10 years, they better embrace digital transformation because no industry is sheltered from the gale-force winds of creative destruction fuled by digitalization

Why is Katapult a cool place to work for?

Because it's the coolest, most ambitious, and most novel Impact Accelerator in the Nordics to this date. Impact!! Hellz yes!!

Meet Marcus on Startup Weekend Travel! Only a few days to go, so grab your tickets now @!