Maja Adriaensen



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Are you curious about investing in Norwegian startups?

As part of Startup Norway, Angel Challenge helps investors learn startup investing by doing it. Because the term ‘angel investor’ is used in different ways, people ask us what investing in startups involves, and what is required. This article is designed to provide some answers.  Everyone has heard about investing in public companies. Less often, you hear about people investing in startup companies. These are ‘angel investors. Who are angel investors? Angel investors place their … Continued

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Join us on the #NordicMade Tour to San Francisco!

Join us on the #NordicMade Tour to LAUNCH Festival in San Francisco this March! Flight and accommodation are covered!   The #NordicMade Tour is part of an initiative to promote the thriving Nordic startup scene and connect with successful startup ecosystem. Previous tour was to Pirate Summit in Cologne, and this time to one of the largest startup conference in the world.   With 15K attendees, four stages, and 250 speakers focusing on helping founders … Continued

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A Celebration of Innovation in Trondheim

In just one week the doors open to the Technoport 2015 innovation conference. Here are five reasons Norwegian entrepreneurs and investors should travel to Trondheim on 18 & 19 March: 1. Learn from the past, present and future of Silicon Valley The impressive line-up of speakers is led by a trio of the brightest brains in and around Silicon Valley. Nolan Bushnell is known as the founding father of video games for his work in … Continued

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We’re competitive players in a world of poker – Part 2

Our guest blogger this week is Erik Paalsrud continuing the story of the first 100 days of CosyTech. You can read part 1 here. We continue our story…. Our next step was to apply for Inven2Start. A competition designed to evolve an idea into a product. The prize was 130 000 NOK in start capital. Application was done and sent only a sharp hour after our Web Summit confirmation. The “JFDI” spirit was born. Just … Continued

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We’re competitive players in a world of poker – Part 1

Our guest blogger this week is Erik Paalsrud from CosyTech. CosyTech. Who the **** is CosyTech? We’ve been through a rough and intense 3 months, and we’ve never really had the time to stop and look back – nor time to explain or tell what has happened to us. We’d like to use this opportunity to express some of our thoughts by telling the story of how we came to be, what we’ve been through … Continued

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10 days until the 10th Startup Weekend on Oct 10th!

Well it’s now 9 days until the next Startup Weekend, and we now have an awesome lineup of speakers, judges and mentors from Google, Telenor, Spond and Ardoq. We’re stoked to have them on board!     Speakers   Nicolaj Broby Petersen is the co-founder of Dirtybit, the company behind the popular game Fun Run. With over 45 million downloads, the company has established itself as one of Norway’s most promising mobile start-ups. With big ambitions and passion … Continued

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Save the Date: October 10th -12th!

The tenth edition of Startup Weekend Oslo is coming soon, and this time Startup Weekend is kicking off the Oslo Innovation Week.          It will be organised at Startup Lab again, as with the previous Startup Weekend and Startup Summer. The facilitator for this edition of Startup Weekend is Kathleen Fritzsche. Kathleen is fascinated by the startup community since attending her first Startup Weekend in 2010. In 2011, she co-founded StartUp Stuttgart, the … Continued

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Camping with Entrepreneurs

We are always in the lookout for not only exciting startups but also one that can open ways for collaborations with other countries, especially in the Nordics as a start. That’s why we are excited to hear about Workaway.   What caught our attention was this pitch: 20 entrepreneurs get together for a week in a beautiful remote house north of Barcelona, to focus on their project, get feedback and new perspectives.   A camp … Continued

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9 Startups in One Cool Startup Summer

UPDATE: You can signup and attend Startup Summer demoday! Signup here: Sign up for Startup Summer demoday here: https://startupsummer-demoday14.eventbrite.com Startup Summer has started last week in Forskningparken and is now entering the second week. We have 25 participants working on 9 exciting startups. Each day started with pitching exercises to different target audience, then a masterclass and mentoring in different topics.   Speakers that has shared their expertise and experiences were Benjamin Sommer, Leo Gasteen, Thomas Kjemperud, Satya … Continued

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Startup Summer 2014

An upcoming event for startups this months is Startup Summer! What is Startup Summer?   Startup Summer is an intensive 2 week accelerator program for early stage startups to kickstart their business. It is aimed at young entrepreneurs that has started or wants to start a business. They bring in great ideas, a kickass team and lots of energy and will get the chance to validate their concept and understand the customer’s problems, learn through … Continued

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Liveblogging Startup Weekend Oslo!

Sunday June 15th: Last day of the Startup Weekend!   20.50 pm: Aaaand that’s a wrap folks!!!! Thanks everyone for a great experience!!! Party time!!!!   20.49 pm: And the winner of Startup Weekend Oslo IX is ………Langally!   20.47 pm: Second prize: Evil Cat!   20.45 pm: Third prize: Help With!

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Startup Weekend Oslo IX kicks off tomorrow!

  Tomorrow at StartupLab in Forskningparken is where the exciting, inspiring, and crazy fun Startup Weekend will happen. 54 hours of frenzy in creating your own startup with fellow aspiring enterpreneurs. SWO IX features Ingrid Ødegaard, who will talk about the butterfly effect that grew the number of daily appear.in users;  Jose Iglesias, who oversees all UP Global activities in Europe; and Peter Inselseth Jørgensen, founder and CEO of EduKarma, who will also coach at … Continued