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I am very excited to announce two new powerful corporate partners to the Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Statoil are: KONGSBERG and McKinsey & Company.

KONGSBERG is a world class technology and innovation company with offices in more than 25 countries. They are a provider of next generation digital solutions to customers within maritime, oil & gas, renewables & utilities. Fun fact; KONGSBERG is a recognized leader in autonomous technology and delivered systems to an autonomous ship, which Elon Musk named «Tesla of the seas» on Twitter. Kongsberg also own and develops a digital ecosystem, Kognifai.

McKinsey & Company is a leading global management consulting firm with 27,000 employees in 60 countries. McKinsey has one of the world’s largest teams of energy practitioners and one of their main knowledge centers in Norway. McKinsey & Company is the world’s Top 7 employers according to Linkedin and has a reach into corporates around the world the matched by very few.

I am also excited to announce the overall theme for the accelerator, Energy Platforms for the Future. We are seeking innovative solutions in oil and gas businesses, including new business models, digitalization and renewables and every technology that is enabling energy platforms for the future.

Techstars along with these 3 powerful partners – Statoil, KONGSBERG and McKinsey & Company will turbocharge your startup. I double-dare you to seize the amazing opportunities made available to you and to be part of the Techstars Energy Accelerator hosted at Statoil’s iconic office in Oslo / Norway.

From Left: Jens Festervoll, Statoil’s Corporate Liaison for Techstars, Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director of Techstars Energy, Anders Brun, Partner McKinsey & Company and Jørn Seglem, Senior Vice President KONGSBERG (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)


I sincerely look forward connecting with innovative energy startups all over the world. Applications open February 19th, please visit www.techstars.statoil.com for more information on how to apply.


Audun Abelsnes Audun Abelsnes
Audun is the Managing Director of the Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor in Oslo. Lecturer, master level – Serial entrepreneur – Former Management consultant PWC