Sponsor highlight: NCE Media

NCE Media is one of our alltime main sponsors, and for this event they are also our hosts for the weekend! NCE media opens their office to Bergen Startup Weekend, and lets us bring in some high voltage energy that hopefully will stay in the room until monday morning when they get back to work. 

NCE Media is a unique collaboration project between global technology corporations, national broadcasters, regional newspapers, academia and small, forward-leaning mediatech companies and entrepreneurs – all situated in Bergen, Norway.

The cluster aims to build an international environment for innovation in media and knowledge, based on content production and digital media development with a special focus on visualization technologies.

The NCE Media project is a part of the Norwegian Centres of Expertice-programme run by Innovation Norway, The Norwegian Research Counsil and SIVA.

NCE Media was granted access to the programme by the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry in june 2014.

Welcome onboard again!

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Prizes at Bergen Startup Weekend!

There’s some amazing prizes waiting for the teams at Bergen Startup Weekend! All prizes are really useful for the next steps of your startup-journey, i.e. office space, website, promo, and business model workshop. Let us intruoduce our Prize Sponsors:

 

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Impact Hub memberships: 1.place winners will get access to the HUB office spaces at Bryggen for one month, HUB week flexible.. The membership will also give free access to relevant events and courses. 2. and 3. place winners will also get the free access to relevant events and courses with the HUB connect membership.

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Tenk IT will provide winners with a professional website. Last Bergen Startup Weekend, they made an awesome website for one of the teams: Lory Jewels. Go check it out!

 

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Business Model User Group will help the winning team to dig deeper into their business model, through a business model canvas workshop with 20-25 people working on their startup!

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NCE Media will provide 1.st 2nd and 3 place winners with business consultation to get their startups up up and up!








Sponsor highlight: Knowit

A huge thanks to Knowit, one of our main sponsors for Bergen Startup Weekend November!

Knowit is a company of 1800 people, developing new solutions within IT, design and branding, working with technology, strategy and creativity!

Knowit has been a great support for a long time, and we are so glad to have them with us for the november event as well.

They rock!

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Innovation & Technology – Startup Weekend Bergen meets NRKbeta on Oct 15

Innovation & Ideation Bootcamp Bergen

October 15th, 2014

“But I don’t have any good ideas!” – is a sentence we hear a lot when we’re out advertising the magic of Startup Weekend, but there a few very good reasons the perceived lack of ideas shouldn’t stop you from trying anyway. Firstly, Startup Weekend is all about connecting unique people with diverse skill-sets and let their brains incubate to create something entirely fresh – just like those little guys in our beaker logo. For sure your experiences, visions and know-how can catalyse someone else’s ideas and together you create something even bigger.
Secondly, we’re here to help and inspire you! On October 15 we’re holding a free bootcamp on innovation and idea formation with the help of amazing NRKbeta.

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NRKbeta is the sandbox of the national broadcasting company NRK. Here, NRK’s developers and journalists explore the use of technology and new media while focussing on the users – valuable insights for anyone thinking about creating or launching a new service or product.

At the bootcamp, NRKbeta’s Marius Arnesen will share his thoughts on innovation exclusively with you. The best part: He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him! You’ll be able to come up with your own ideas on how to use these fancy gadgets to do useful… or, well, not so useful but most definitively innovative stuff!

He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him!

In addition we’ll hear from NCE Media and how the media cluster supports startups and entrepreneurs with competence, funding, project development and contact with the media industry.

Be inspired to embark on your own mission, meet cool people and try to get them on board or just come to play with the glasses – see you on Oct 15 at the Impact HUB! Doors open at 18:00 and entrance is free..

credit: Marius Arnesen
Fancy schmancy google glasses will be there for you to play and innovate with! Photo credit: Marius Arnesen







Startup Weekend Bergen and NRKbeta present an evening packed with ideas, innovation and technology

Innovation & Ideation Bootcamp Bergen

October 15th, 2014

“But I don’t have any good ideas!” – is a sentence we hear a lot when we’re out advertising the magic of Startup Weekend, but there a few very good reasons the perceived lack of ideas shouldn’t stop you from trying anyway. Firstly, Startup Weekend is all about connecting unique people with diverse skill-sets and let their brains incubate to create something entirely fresh – just like those little guys in our beaker logo. For sure your experiences, visions and know-how can catalyse someone else’s ideas and together you create something even bigger.
Secondly, we’re here to help and inspire you! On October 15 we’re holding a free bootcamp on innovation and idea formation with the help of amazing NRKbeta.

inno-bootcamp

NRKbeta is the sandbox of the national broadcasting company NRK. Here, NRK’s developers and journalists explore the use of technology and new media while focussing on the users – valuable insights for anyone thinking about creating or launching a new service or product.

At the bootcamp, NRKbeta’s Marius Arnesen will share his thoughts on innovation exclusively with you. The best part: He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him! You’ll be able to come up with your own ideas on how to use these fancy gadgets to do useful… or, well, not so useful but most definitively innovative stuff!

He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him!

In addition we’ll hear from MediArena and their ideas for a bright future for media-Bergen.

Be inspired to embark on your own mission, meet cool people and try to get them on board or just come to play with the glasses – see you on Oct 15 at the Impact HUB! Doors open at 18:00 and entrance is free..

credit: Marius Arnesen
Fancy schmancy google glasses will be there for you to play and innovate with! Photo credit: Marius Arnesen







Startup Weekend participant is ready to rock thanks to Bergen based tech-specialists Tenk.IT

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Less than 2 months after finishing Startup Weekend Bergen as runner-up, Loredana Cobzariu was ready to sell her handmade statement jewellery through her stunning web-shop: http://www.lory.no/

The website was realised thanks to Simerjit Singh Dhammi – one of Startup Weekend Bergen’s fantastic mentors – and his company Tenk.IT that offers digital solutions to small and medium sized enterprises. Tenk.IT most generously offered the crafting of the web-shop as a prize for the team finishing second during the last Startup Weekend held at BI Bergen.

Loredana herself describes the experiences during and after Startup Weekend as transformative: “Thanks to Startup Weekend Bergen I have gained more confidence and released all my dreams to reality.” – she says.

 

Startup Weekend’s motto is “No talk, all action” – and Loredana and her team followed the advice splendidly. They used the weekend for in-person customer validation, crafted a wholesome brand experience and showed a preliminary website during the Sunday night pitch. The judges were impressed by this development and gave much credit to team’s ability to start selling immediately.

 

At Startup Weekend, participants get a go at their startup ideas during one weekend and receive sound advice and invaluable help from local entrepreneurs and startup experts. Thanks to enthusiastic and dedicated individuals like Simerjit who shared his experiences from his own startup Tenk.IT, the Startup Weekend experience helps to add momentum to local startup communities.

 

Tenk.IT’s Simerjit enjoyed the Startup Weekend concept and is looking forward to the next event, saying: “Our experience with Startup Weekend is that this is a very good opportunity for entrepreneurs of all ages to fulfill their dreams. You get the opportunity to genuine feedback from other entrepreneurs, mentors and judges, while providing time to work and develop your idea.”

 

Want to try it out for yourself? If you have an idea or are simply curious about how to start a business, then consider joining the next Startup Weekend in Bergen held on Nov 14 – 16. You do not need a team to take part, teams are formed organically on site.

Meanwhile, have a look at lory jewels yourself and claim a 15% discount using the promo code supbergen (valid until 31/10/2014)!








Which startups and helpers are missing from the Bergen Startup Genome map?

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If you’re part of the growing Bergen startup scene and not yet registred at Startup Genome – sign up at Startup Genome 🙂

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If you find a friend missing – send her/him a friendly tip 🙂

 Startup Genome – on a mission to help you better understand your local startup community.

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And the winner is….

Startup Weekend Bergen
June 6th, 2014

And the winner is… ALL of you!! This summer edition of Startup Weekend Bergen has seen a set of absolutely amazing final pitches that left all of us organisers, mentors and judges nothing short of impressed.

The winning team of Startup Weekend Bergen, summer edition
That’s what winners look like!! Meet StockVario!

Stock Vario – an app for day traders that “visualises” movements of stocks with the help of sound effects – convinced the judges 100 %. They believed both in the viability of the idea as well as the team’s capability to execute. Thomas Knutsen and his team will participate at Startup Summer, receive one month of Hub 50 membership at the ImpactHUB Bergen, have access to promotors from Blikkfang Media, get free business development coaching at MediArena, and will have their very own Business Model Canvas workshop given by Terje Christensen.

LORY jewels delivered a convincing story
LORY jewels delivered a convincing story which secured them 2nd place

Second winner was LORY Jewellery, congrats!! Loredana Cobzariu’s pitch told a story that developpped and hence convinced. The judges put particular emphasis on the fact that this team managed to develop a brand identity and set up a functioning web shop during the weekend – these guys are ready to SELL! To help the team advance further, Tenk.IT is sponsering a complete website, they’ll get to attend some of the ImpactHUB’s membership courses and receive business development mentorship by MediArena.

Vinit Pandher - 3rd prize at 15 years old! For sure, this young man's future is bright!
Vinit Pandher – 3rd prize at 15 years old! For sure, this young man’s future is bright!

Give it up for mr. awesomeness himself, 15 year old Vinit Pandher who pitched Moments app!! Ever been on a vacation with friends, a wedding with tons of family or just a fun night out and then wanted to exchange the pics to make sure you’re not missing any of the best moments? Vinny’s app is here to help – it stitches the event pics of its users together to make a movie – no lengthy dropbox upload or email exchange needed. The judges were impressed by a strong MVP – wireframes of the app and a short explainer video as well as the wonderful team work carried out by 3 members of the Pandher family and their family friend. Their dad was there to watch the amazing pitch and I bet he shed a couple of tears – I know I did! They made 3rd prize meaning they get to expand their network and learn new skills at some of the ImpactHUB’s courses usually reserved for members.

These guys know how to execute! Certainly, your car will be in safe hands.
These guys know how to execute! Certainly, your car will be in safe hands.

Aaaand, the prize festival is not stopping here – Ionut Dragomir and Hans Roger Hosøy broke out of their initial team to work on RaskFiks and totally rocked! Our judge Hilde Indresøvde who is running the local startup incubator Nyskapningsparken spontaneously volunteered some hours of her precious time to mentor this team which was deemed having fought the hardest. Their platform will be connecting car owners in search for offers on car repair.

Solar Solution, Party Fixers, and Little Wild Worlds all received custom feedback from the judges – which is tremendously important at this stage. We hope that they’ll enjoy their vouchers for Sumo in Bergen, GateGym, Brun og Blid and Bertoni while continuing their entrepreneurial quest.

We wish all the teams best of luck with their ideas – the judges saw market opportunities for each single project, so forward you go! Thanks to all our partners for sponsoring such awesome prizes!!

We are really proud of this great event and are deeply grateful for the wonderful coaching that all our awesome mentors and judges provided. They certainly are to be credited big time for the stunning progress that all the teams made between Friday and Sunday night. Thanks HUGELY to Kåre Bottolfsen, Richard Godfrey, Hilde Indresøvde, Simerjit Singh Dhammi, Torhild Eide Torgersen, Arne Jenssen, Olga Tolmachova, Ida Nerbø, Frank Wisnes, Tor Askild Aase Johannessen, and Benjamin Southworth. Thanks to Eric Brotto for coming over from the UK to facilitate the weekend. You have all made a big difference for this lovely bunch of people!

See you all on November 14 for the 5th edition of Startup Weekend Bergen!

Thanks to BI Bergen for lending us their amazing venue - we've had such a great time!
Thanks to BI Bergen for lending us their amazing venue – we’ve had such a great time!







Ready, steady… go! Only less than 20 hours till the final pitches of Startup Weekend Bergen's summer edition

Startup Weekend Bergen

June 6th, 2014

6 teams are getting ready to pitch tomorrow at this first ever summer edition of Startup Weekend Bergen.

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Tomorrow from 5 pm you can follow the final presentations of some of Bergen’s most motivated and talented budding entrepreneurs. You have 2 options: Either join us directly at the venue and celebrate the winners with us at BI in Bergen or look for the link to the live stream on our facebook page.

We’ve got something for everyone!

  • Your car needs fixing? We’ve got you covered with a new web service!
  • You want your kids to learn something about nature? Search no more, Ruth’s multimedia solution is here!
  • Handmade jewellery? Delivered right to your door!
  • Changing to environmentally friendly electricity? SolarSolutions has the right product for you!
  • Planning a big event? The PartyFixer web app will find the right caterers!
  • Visualisation of data? Old school! You can do that with sound!







  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek are awesome and lend us their 3D printer

    Did you know that the public library – Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek – has their very own 3D printer? At the Startup Circuit on Wednesday, Kemal gave some of you 3D enthusiasts a head start in using this fancy machine. Together they began creating the trophy for the winners of Startup Weekend, a process that will continue tonight at BI.

    Kemal explaining the 3D magic at Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
    Kemal explaining the 3D magic at Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek

    Yes that’s right! Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek was really kind to lend us their printer for the weekend!!! So anyone interested in rapid prototyping should pop in, have a look and join the Startup Weekend craziness.

    Stay tuned on the library’s website to learn about their 3D printing courses starting in autumn again. So exciting!!