Yvonne Groven Edseth



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The Norwegian winners of Nordic Startup Awards

Last night saw the first in the series of national finales of Nordic Startup Awards, with the Norwegian Final being arranged by Startup Norway and Oslo Business Region. Gathering more than 200 attendees at Gamle Museet in central Oslo, the evening was a celebration of an ecosystem that has been the little brother in the Nordic region, but which over the last year has shown tremendous progress, with the fastest growth in number of investments. … Continued

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Exits and investments in 2015 reviewed

A thriving startup scene is dependent on many parts, but few get as much attention as the investments. Norway has not had a very large professional investment sector, especially looking at the ICT-sector. We have barely been mentioned in overviews from the Nordics, something that can be seen from Arctic Startup´s overview that lists 1 investment in Norway this January (the actual number is 5+). We have been talking about this and what seems to … Continued

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Do you know a Norwegian Startup Hero?

    Although the total amount invested in Norway is still fairly low, investments in Norwegian startups are growing faster than anywhere else in the Nordics year on year, demonstrating its potential to become a significant hub in its own right -The Nordic Web Nominations for the 4th Nordic Startup Awards are now open, and we need YOU to nominate your Norwegian startup heroes. Last year Unacast, Mesh and Dirtybit all won an Award at the Nordic … Continued

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The Winner of Angel Challenge 2015 and the next steps

This Tuesday the champion of the first edition of Angel Challenge was crowned. It was a close race between five great startups, but as the evening reached it´s peak, Thomas Berglund, lead investor, announced Socius as the winner. Not only do they receive the investment of 1.3M NOK(€140 000), but also 26 investors with tons of experience on the team.   The investors deliberation is as follows: “The winner has a strong team, the company … Continued

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The 5 to fight for the angels´attention

Two intense days of pitching and Q&As are over, and 20 great startups have become 5. DAY 1 Day 1, Wednesday 21st, kicked off at 10am with Startup Norway and lead investor Thomas Berglund informing about the event and the selection criteria for picking the candidates to compete for the 1,3M NOK investment and the angels´ attention. For the startups the rest of the afternoon went to receiving intense mentoring from a selection of the … Continued

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Ready to fight for the angels attention?

This article is written by freelance journalist and former editor of 3in.no, Ole-Harald Nafstad. The Norwegian Startup scene is buzzing like never before. And just this spring Norway, for the first time, had more to celebrate than our neighbours at the Nordic Startup Awards. A feat unimagineable just a year ago – and leaving some of the worlds best Startup ecosystems, i.e. Sweden and Finland, in the shadows of the night. Startup Norway founder Maja Adriaensen thinks … Continued

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Vikings vs Pirates- Pirate Summit summarized

This week the best of the Nordic early-stage startups attended Pirate Summit in Cologne. Said to be Europe´s craziest startup conference, as well as the  biggest invitation-only gathering in Europe, Pirate Summit is gathering early-stage startups and investors for 2 days of networking and shared adventures. A Nordic presence Startup Norway, together with Klak Innovit, SUP 46, Turku Science Park and The Nordic Web,  had invited a selection of Nordic tech entrepreneurs to join them … Continued

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The best of Startup Extreme in Media

It’s hard to capture in words how amazing this inaugural event was. Even calling it an event seems out of place; ‘experience’ hits much closer to home. . Was it the fjord-kayaking, paragliding, wild river rafting, glacier skiing and other ‘extreme activities’ the Startup Extreme attendees were treated to? Was it the authentic meals (yes, including halved, torched sheep heads) they were served? Was it staying in lovely cabins up in the mountains with a spectacular … Continued