Accelerators

Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator

This program seeks & supports startups working within critical areas of low- to zero-carbon energy production, future energy opportunities, associated supply chain & net-zero solutions. The 2022 program will be of a hybrid format, with the in-person & remote setting to be announced.

Oslo, Norway

2021 T1

In Person Program
This program hopes to run in-person, dependent on COVID-19 conditions.

Feb 17th, 2020

Applications Open

Oct 11th, 2020

Final Deadline

Feb 15th, 2021

Accelerator Starts

May 11th, 2021

Demo Day

The Team

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Audun Abelsnes
Managing Director
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Hugh Mc Girr
Program Manager
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"I look for great teams that are intellectually honest, coachable, and that demonstrate fierce execution skills."

Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director
Read the Q&A

Partners

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"The Accelerator helps Equinor challenge ourselves and find solutions that can help improve our bottom line in ways that we would have never done if it wasn’t for the program."
Philip Hansteen
Corporate Liaison at Equinor and Techstars Mentor
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"Equinor Ventures actively evaluates participants from the Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator for future investments"
Gareth Burns
Head of Equinor Ventures
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"Through the Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator, we aim to attract innovative companies and new technologies that can be implemented across the broader Equinor"
Lisa Rebora
SVP, Emerging and Future Business at Equinor

Mentors

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"The Techstars Energy program brings together startups and grownups – like me - and it has created great value for both sides. It has been very refreshing to be a mentor."
Brede Lærum
Manager Digitalisation, Head of 3D print initiative at Equinor and Techstars mentor
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"The Techstars Energy program brings together startups and grownups – like me - and it has created great value for both sides. It has been very refreshing to be a mentor."
Brede Lærum
Manager Digitalisation, Head of 3D print initiative at Equinor and Techstars mentor
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"I am impressed and inspired by the people working at Techstars companies. They are creative, energetic, and competent in solving challenges for the industry and society."
Jofrid Klokkehaug
Vice President Refining Optimisation and Planning at Equinor ASA and Techstars mentor
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"I love meeting the people behind the startups of the Techstars program and to the best of my ability help them towards success."
Ulrik Olbjørn
Manager of Improvements and Digitalization Marketing Midstream and Processing at Equinor and Techstars mentor
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"Being a mentor at Techstars Energy means meeting unbelievably talented entrepreneurs, eager to share their ideas for a better energy future as well as to elicit advice on best ways to get their product to reach the market."
Christine Batruch
Senior Strategic Advisor for Lundin Petroleum AB and a mentor for Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator
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"I am always amazed by the vision and talent of the Techstars Energy companies. Each year, I look forward to working with such energetic teams, helping them progress."
Gunnar Sanner
Advisor Business Development at Equinor and Techstars mentor
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"Being a Techstars Energy mentor is both rewarding and challenging. The founders are so passionate about solving the problem they have identified — and they're also very smart and demanding. They expect a lot and preferably fast."
Jens Festervoll
Director of Business Development at Halogen and a mentor for Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator
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"Be energized at work, spend time with energy startups, and see how keen they are to help moving the energy business into the future."
Stein P. Aannerud
Head of Process Digitalization at Equinor and Techstars mentor