• MEET THE FINALIST STARTUPS OF THE TRONDHEIM PROGRAM November 15, 2017 1:39 pm
     THE FINALIST STARTUPSBelow is a list of the 5 Finalist Startups selected to participate in the second Angel Challenge Trondheim Program, to work with 20 local investors for their chance to gain a NOK 1,000,000 investment in their company.LEARNLINK : Providing personal, adapted learning for all children through technology-driven one-on-one tutoring.ALVA: New production technology for lightweight, high-performance electric motors and generators.VOICO: – Voico is developing a voice canceling technology which absorbs speech and enables confidential telephone conversations in public places.PLAYPULSE: Playpulse transforms high-intensity exercise into a fully fledged gaming experience, in order to boost exercise motivation and battle sedentary lifestyles across the globe.SMART CYLINDERS: We provide an IoT solution for propane suppliers, to increase the end-users customer loyalty and reduce logistics and administrative costs. THE FINALE, NOV 16thCome and support them at the Finale which will be hosted at Dokkhuset, 16:00-23:00, November 16th. (Tickets have all sold out, email matthew@angelchallenge.com, if still interested to attend)16:00 - 16:30 - Doors Open and Snacks16:30 - 17:15 - It’s a Trondheim Thing - Shining a light on why Trondheim produces great Startups, joined by; Haakon Skår (NTNU Accell) Julie Navarsete (QRRNT), Synne Sollie (NTNU SPARK), Andrea Holvik Thorson (WiralCam), Alf Inge Wang (Kahoot). Then answer audience questions.17:15 - 18:00 - Dinner & Drinks - DNB has kindly provided the catering for all guests, along with 1 drink on the house :)18:00-18:30 - Angel’s of Norway - What is an angel investor? how can you become one? and how to approach then joined by; Erling Magnus Solheim (DoucheBag), Tom Arnoy (CEO, Zedge), Maria Skar (Oslo-based Angel Investor), Larisa Schløsser-Møller (ConnectNorge), Anne Nakkestad (Local Angel Investor). Then answer audience questions.18:30 -  19:00 Angel Challenge Finale Pitches - The 5 Finalists of the Angel Challenge Trondheim 2017 program pitch for a 1million NOK investment! 19:00 - 20:00 - Mingling, Drinks & Music 20:00 - 20:30 - AC Story & Winner is announced!20:30 - 23:00 - After Party & DJ Starts
    Matt Smith
  • How to stop the elevator October 18, 2017 2:00 pm
    "Imagine we meet in the elevator on the first floor in a 10 story building. How are you going to intrigue me to stay in the elevator?" - Investor Maria Skår covers the Angel Challenge Health program in writing. Read here latest blog post here. 
    Maria Skår
  • MEET THE 4 FINALIST STARTUPS OF THE NORDLAND PROGRAM October 11, 2017 8:43 am
    MEET THE 4 STARTUPS IN THE FINALE OF THE NORDLAND PROGRAM AT DNB NXT BODØ
    Matt Smith
  • Open Position: Investment Program Manager @ Angel Challenge October 9, 2017 7:56 pm
    Do you have a passion for startups? Are you up for the challenge of activating angel investors in Norway? We may have the job for you!
    Maja Adriaensen
  • Oslo Innovation Week - Whats Hot September 24, 2017 6:14 pm
    They say once is an accident, twice is a coincidence and three times is a tradition. Then with this being the 12th time Innovation Week comes to Oslo, I think we can class it as pilgrimage. Tomorrow over 10000 people will descend on Oslo for a 5 day event (Monday 25th to Friday 29th), which boats 50+ events, 3 full-day conferences, talks, pitching, workshops and afterwork parties.This years OIW (Oslo Innovation Week) is particularly interesting as they have placed ‘changing the world we live in’ as the underlying theme of the week’s activities. Meaning the 5-day long event will shine a spotlight on entrepreneurship, technology and innovations that push the world forward towards sustainable change, so undoubtedly Oslo will be a smorgasbord of interesting ideas for a better world.As a non-native, but living local, I thought i’d spend my Sunday picking out my weeks agenda, and share that with you all, hopefully it will be useful in navigating the weeks hot topics and events.Monday, 25/09Daytime, 2-5:30PM, OIW Opening @ Vippa. Head over to Vippa at 1:30pm and grab lunch from one of the many food trucks in the converted warehouse (never seen that before 🙂 ha but its cool so come over!) This is a place I recommend when visiting Oslo in any case so think of it as 2 birds one stone ;)The actually kick-off which includes keynotes from the likes of Anita Krohn Traaseth (CEO of Innovation Norway) and Cilia Holmes Indahl (Aker Biomarine), runs from 2-5:30pm and is sure to set the tone for the whole week so a must go!Evening: Monday Mixer at SALTThe consensus will no doubt be to head the 300m walk towards the opera house and join the party at SALT. Emergence Projects - a cool firm who work on sustainable and interesting projects will inspire with an experience aiming to start conversations around what will feed us in the future. Plus their will be other talks on sustainability, amongst the live music, beer and food tents, so if you are going to go out on a school night, this is probably your best excuse! See you there. Tuesday, 26/09Morning: 9am-12pm, Digital Transformation: will you sink or surf @ EGGS DesignSounds fun. This event will try to decipher navigating the changes in an increasingly digital world, and adapting your business model to embrace change.Afternoon: 1300-1600, 100 pitches @ SALTHere from some of the best seed stage startups in Norway, as they pitch for their chance to be in the grand finale at the DNB NXT event on Sep 28th. Evening, 5:30pm-9pm, Meet the Disruptors @ Vika KinoThink this will be an interesting one, with a topic of “all the solutions we need to make the world a better place exist, all that is needed is to bring them to scale” This will be followed by the film screening of Al Gore's new movie 'An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power'.For tickets see here: https://tikkio.com/t/c2a4de1fe3d36b31674438a548ce5560 Wednesday, 27/09Morning: 8am-10am, Smart Working City @ Deloitte.Marianne Sætre from Snøhetta (the world famous architects that designed the opera house, which by Wednesday you would have walked past about 10 times at least…..quite gorgeous.) Come to the Deloitte building to hear about the changes in how we work today, and how commercial architecture will shape the way we work better tomorrow.  Afternoon:10am-1pm, Explore the ocean through a digital diving mask and the Pioneer underwater drone @ OHOI.  This will be an awesome one! Blueye Robotics, a kick-ass startup I referred to in my  last article here, will be joined by MovieMask and others to demonstrate how Norwegian hardware is leading the way in solving many of the worlds sustainability issues. Afternoon: 3-5pm, Katapult Accelerator & Nordic Impact Startup Showcase, @ SALTHear from the 12 startups currently in the Katapult Accelerator, hosted by the very smooth voiced author of the Loud American, Sean Percival.Evening 7pm-late, 657 - 5 Year Anniversary! @ 657Oslo’s very own creative industry focussed co-working space 657 will be hosting a celebration to end all celebrations for their 5th anniversary 🙂 …… let’s be honest when creative people are around everything is just a little bit cooler. Thursday, 28/09Morning: 9am-5pm, Nordic AI Summit Norway @ SALTIf you want to learn more about AI and its actual practical application in today’s consumer society, this is the event to join.Afternoon:11am-7pm DNB NXT 2017 @ DNBDNB NXT is an event bringing ideas, knowledge and capital together, and promises to be one of the headline events of the week.Come See Me at 2pm - You will also find me talking at 2pm on the lecture stage about the article I wrote a few weeks back Why Norway? Why now! The talk will be an extension with a more focussed angle on why invest in Norway, and the state of the startup ecosystem.  Friday, 29/09Morning: 8am-9:30am, Impact for breakfast. @ Nordic Impact.A nice way to round off the week by learning how to better impact invest. Rest of the day: 4pm-Late, The Big O! @ SALTThis is where you will find your cultural smorgasbord, with live performances, art and all kinds of other cool things. See you there. So I have told you what is Hot this OIW, Now for what’s not;Well I had planned to say the weather, but so far it's not forecast to rain, and the week should average around 14 degrees celsius, so that kind of killed the joke…...happy sunday 🙂 thanks for reading, Matt.  
    Matt Smith
  • MEET THE 14 STARTUPS CHOSEN FOR THE TRONDHEIM PROGRAM September 20, 2017 10:24 am
    MEET THE 21 STARTUPS IN THE OSLO SPRING PROGRAM
    Matt Smith
  • Norways New Wave: Hardware September 17, 2017 7:55 pm
    NorWare – From the humble cheese slice to the wooden ski, Norwegian inventors have brought the world many great things. Today, with hardware startups like No Isolation and PodBike reaching international success, Norway's inventors are back and Hardware looks like the new wave!A question I receive a lot is, “what will Norway be known for”? The Swedes are renowned for consumer tech, with Spotify and King, whilst the Danes hold expertise in Foodtech and SaaS thanks to Just East and Podio. Leaving the Fins and Icelanders with gaming, boasting a stream of companies that include Supercell and QuizUp respectively. So where is Norway placed in all of this?Well, in my previous article; Why Norway? Why Now! We established that Norway’s startup ecosystem has been booming over the last 5-years. One emerging trend that has been driving this growth is Hardware. The companies listed below have featured more so than any other vertical in international headlines this year.BlueEyeRobotics; An underwater drone for subsea exploration. Proving to be a game changer for underwater conservation worldwide.PodBike; A human-powered road legal e-bike with electric assist, with NOK 50M+ in pre-sales.FlowMotion; Smartphone stabiliser for on the move videography, raised $1.3M on Kickstarter.  No Isolation; A smart robot that reduces loneliness and isolation amongst children suffering from long-term illnesses. Trialing with many medical organisations.ReMarkable, A revolutionary paper-like digital notepad, as of May reached $12M in presales.Huddly; Have reinvented the camera, to disrupt the remote office video conferencing space. Are also 1 of the only 9 Norwegian startups to raise a $10M+ round this year.One thing they all have in common, they are all hardware (hardware, software, services) companies founded and led by innovative Norwegian inventors. An interesting characteristic of the Norwegian market, but why?To understand what place the inventor hold’s within Norwegian society. One only needs to watch a Norwegian Christmas classic ‘Flåklypa’; a story about an inventor named Reodor Felgen who builds a race car in his workshed ‘Snekkerbu’, to realise this is a nation inspired by invention. It seems that almost every household has a Smørebu’ (Ski Shed/ Man Cave), harboring a proud hobbyist inventor. But what good is a country of introverted hobbyist inventors? One such organisation that has professionalised and accelerated this once hidden private activity, is Creator MakerSpace in Stavanger. A co-working space unlike any, containing topline 3D printers, industrial molding machines and CAD modeling software that would not be out of place in Snøhetta (The architects behind the Oslo opera house). With many of the companies listed above starting out as passion projects, it seems that in the case of this Nordic country, tradition and culture is the mother of all invention.So thanks to these hardware pioneers (listed above) proving there is global appetite for Norwegian invention. With the help of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter making passion projects marketable, Hardware just might be Norway's thing! Thanks for reading, thanks Andreas for your cultural influence, more to come.    
    Matt Smith
  • MEET THE 3 FINALIST STARTUPS OF THE STAVANGER PROGRAM September 5, 2017 11:37 am
    MEET THE 3 STARTUPS IN THE FINALE OF THE STAVANGER PROGRAM AT NORDIC EDGE EXPO
    Matt Smith
  • WHY NORWAY? WHY NOW! September 3, 2017 6:57 pm
    Norway – A country of never ending sunsets, the birthplace of skiing, and recently named the happiest place on earth, but one to take them all – on track to be the fasted growing startup ecosystem in the Nordics.Until 5-10 years ago, Norway rarely featured as a player in the European, or even Nordic startup ecosystem. Fast forward to today, with investments totalling $196.3 million in 2016 representing a +160% increase from 2015, in a few short years, the once dormant ecosystem is proving to have been somewhat of a sleeping giant (or troll) overtaking most of its Scandinavian neighbours as the fastest growing Nordic ecosystem in 2016, second only to their age old winter sports rival and Nordic tech idol Sweden.Now the interesting thing is that the catalyst in this recent growth is no coincidence. It has been driven by an entrepreneurial revolution, recognised and supported by a collaborative effort from the government; through Innovation Norway, have proven invaluable in supporting early stage startups in financial, educational and technical support. Corporates; such as DNB launching NXT accelerator to find the next Fintech success, Telenor are doing the same within the mobile marketing arena and soon more corporates will follow their lead. Even the Royal House is heavily engaged with HRH Crown Prince Haakon becoming an active spokesperson for the Norwegian ecosystem, opening Startup Extreme, and Slush conferences last year.Oslo based co-working spaces like MESH, StartupLab, 657, Gründergarasjen, Y3o, and Bitraf have paved the way for a new breed of ecosystem supporters such as Oslo House of Innovation, Katapult Accelerator and FinTech Factory. And this is by no means Oslo centric, with innovation hubs emerging country-wide such as; Innovation Dock in Stavanger, Impact Hub in Bergen, Flow in Trømso, and Work Work in Trondheim - to name a few. And the best part, this momentum shows no sign of stopping with 30+ new innovation initiatives, incubators and accelerators planned to open in 2017 across the country. Placing Norway on the International radar as a blossoming innovation hub, attracting international interest and investment.This unique support network does not only stop with Startups. We often get so consumed in making startups ‘investor ready’, when in fact, we should be doing equally as much work into making investors ready! The company that I work for does just that. Angel Challenge caters to the other side of the table focusing on educating first-time angel investors attempting to channel some of Norway’s vast financial resources into fuelling startups. To date, 200 investors and 200 startups have been through 11 investment programs, in four cities, with more than $5M that has been invested in 16 startups since 2015. Other organisations such as StartupLab have raised the Founders Fund to support some of their 200+ companies that have taken up an office in their co-working space.But, let’s be honest, in our world of startup, where success is associated with a 1 horned four legged mythical beast, and an ecosystem or, 'unicorn farm' as I like to call it, is only as good as the number of live stock it holds, where does Norway stand in all this? Whilst Norway is better known for whale sighting’s in the fjords, than its startup success stories. In 2016, the country held 44 scaleups that collectively raised $600 million. Adding this to the supportive environment that the Norwegian ecosystem provides early-stage startups, it is not too farfetched to predict unicorn sighting’s in the near future 😉 thanks for reading, more to come, Matt.  Sources:Investment Figures from TheNordicWeb.com - a great source for facts, figures and articles on pan-Nordic investment activity.  
    Matt Smith
  • Alumni Angel Challenge Bergen etablert med suksess August 23, 2017 12:38 pm
    Alumni Angel Challenge Bergen is established and had the first meeting August 22. 
    Knut Wien
  • MEET THE 10 STARTUPS CHOSEN FOR THE NORDLAND PROGRAM August 11, 2017 1:18 pm
    MEET THE 10 STARTUPS IN THE NORDLAND PROGRAM
    Matt Smith
  • Lifekeys wins AC Bergen @ Startup Extreme June 22, 2017 9:23 pm
    Lifekeys wins AC Bergen
    Knut Wien
  • Come join the Angel Challenge Bergen 2017 Finalists @ Startup Extreme June 1, 2017 1:29 pm
    Over the past 2 months, 20 Angel Investors have worked closely together with 6 startups screening, mentoring, and evaluating them to decide which one to invest 1 million NOK in.The investors will make their decision after one last final pitch at Startup Extreme in Bergen on June 13th.Come to Startup Extreme and support them :)THE FINALIST STARTUPS Lifekeys Tekslo Seafood Innovatum Lifting WA Convasti Boa Tech Boa-TechOur software solution increases retail sales by empowering staff to monitor and track sales activity via a smart watch device.WAWA is a CV for IT people. Position your company towards highly demanded professionals on wa.works, and instantly know which one of them is best suited for your tasks and challenges.Tekslo SeafoodTekslo Seafood are harvesting seaweed sustainably and ecologically from the outermost “skjaergaard” outside Bergen , Norway. Just as our ancestor did.We have launched a product series named Sjøsaker™ which consist of high-quality seaweed products which will be sold globally.LifeKeysLifekeys provides online mental health services through online consultations with qualified psychologist and an evidence-based programInnovatum LiftingThe INOshackle™ is a more cost effective, safer and time efficient Subsea shackle that is already in operation.This makes the choice easy for our customers!ConvastiConvasti is the smart and easy way to get rid of your waste, using only your phone. All you need to do is take pictures of what you want to get rid of and independent drivers will give you offers to do the whole job for you. Manual sorting and reuse give us a better environment for the future. 
    Matt Smith
  • Picterus wins 1 million NOK in Angel Challenge Oslo Spring 2017 May 16, 2017 8:26 pm
    Congratulations to Picterus for winning the Angel Challenge Oslo spring 2017 finale!  Picterus has developed an app that can diagnose jaundice in newborns, allowing parents to safely monitor jaundice from home. http://www.picterus.com
    Knut Wien
  • MEET THE 20 STARTUPS CHOSEN FOR THE STAVANGER PROGRAM March 29, 2017 11:54 am
    MEET THE 21 STARTUPS IN THE OSLO SPRING PROGRAM
    Matt Smith
  • When is your startup ready for Angel Challenge? March 27, 2017 10:34 am
    You are ready as soon as you start thinking about growing your business with investors. 
    Knut Wien
  • MiniPro Produces First Batch of ´Baby Food for Baby Fish´ February 15, 2017 7:24 pm
    MiniPro´s idea of producing ´baby food for baby fish´ has come a long way in just 8 months. Since winning Angel Challenge Bergen in June 2016, the company has raised MNOK 7,5 and received additional funding and support from Innovations Norway. Now the first batch of the new product is produced.
    Cynthia Kristensen
  • Are you curious about investing in Norwegian startups? January 25, 2017 1:12 pm
    As part of Startup Norway,  Angel Challenge helps investors learn startup investing by doing it. Because the term Ángel´investing 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.
    Cynthia Kristensen
  • RØST - Coffee Roaster wins Angel Challenge Oslo Fall 2016 December 10, 2016 9:59 pm
    RØST i a new line of Coffee Roasters for the professional Coffee maker market. 
    Knut Wien
  • Mitrol Energy wins AC Trondheim November 14, 2016 10:46 pm
      Mitrol Energy wins AC Trondheim 2016 - secures 2 million NOK investment Mitrol Energy creates solutions to capture waste-energy on ships. 
    Knut Wien
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