Startup Norway is the organiser behind Startup Extreme, a conference/summit taking place in Bergen/ Voss each June. Here are the highlights from Startup Extreme 2016.
Now that Startup Extreme 2016 has come to an end, it is time to evaluate and reflect.
While getting the final evaluation from attendees will take some time, there is no doubt that it has been a success. “Amazing” and “epic” were the words most used to describe Startup Extreme 2016 by the attendees.
With the event now over we thought it might be the right time to summarise the highlights from Startup Extreme 2016. In some words, but mostly pictures to capture the vibrant energy of the 3 days.
The Conference Day
The highlight of the conference day in Bergen June 15? Hard to say.
Was it the opening ceremony, seeing the Crown Prince receiving the startup flag from a drilling robot(it behaved, no new robot overlords in Bergen) in front of the 400 attendees and planting it safely to declare Startup Extreme 2016 open?
The Angel Challenge Bergen finale, where the fish food company Minipro AS won(Only in Norway: Fish food company wins startup pitch competition)?
The closing remarks delivered by Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO of Innovation Norway, where Pål Næss, co-founder of Gelato, one of Norway´s biggest entrepreneurial success stories, was announced as the new Director Entrepreneurs & Startups at Innovation Norway?
Or everything in between?
We had panel discussions with some of the Nordics most successful entrepreneurs; some of Norway´s most successful corporates shared their experiences working with innovation, and Norway´s most exciting startups pitching for fame and glory.
In all, a day packed with highlights and new learning.
While day one in Bergen was more like your traditional conference, day two and three were packed with adrenaline and high pulse, but also down time, allowing for deeps conversations and getting to know each other on a more personal level.
Conquering the wild nature through skydiving, white water rafting, mountain biking and other extreme sports really forces you to let your guard down, allowing you to tie long-lasting bonds with the ones you´re doing extreme sports with.
Of course Startup Extreme would not be Startup Extreme without trying out local Norwegian specialities (sheep´s head and Aquavit, spirit distilled from potatoes) and dancing until the early hours of morning in the country where the sun never set in the summertime.
The more serious side of the summit saw a product launch from Turapp and product demo from Staaker(we´re definitely buying one for next year´s edition), as well as one-on-one with the media and speed dating between the attendees.
In all, a great event with great people. We´ll end this all by quoting an attendee: