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Technoport Pitch camp
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David NikelFebruary 13, 2015

Pitch to Win Big Cash Prizes at Technoport 2015

Today we throw open the doors to our Pitch Camp and pitching competition at Technoport 2015. We challenge you to give us your best pitch and in return, we offer NOK 250,000 worth of prizes.

Successful applicants will participate in Technoport’s Pitch Camp taking place at DIGS on 17 March from 1600–2100. At the Pitch Camp, you will participate in sales and pitching training sessions with the top eight pitches progressing to the finals the following day, live on stage at the Technoport 2015 conference.

A panel of esteemed judges will pick the winning pitchers, who will receive:

  • First prize – NOK 100,000 awarded by NTNU Accel
  • Second prize – A Connect Springboard valued at NOK 100,000
  • Third prize – NOK 25,000 awarded by Technoport
  • Fourth prize – a flex membership for one-year at DIGS awarded by TrønderEnergi

Technoport CEO Gøril Forbord explains why an entrepreneur should hit the apply button right now:

“Pitching is one of the most important skills an entrepreneur can learn. You can have the best idea in the world, but without the ability to craft your message to your audience and sell that idea, you will never have a business. So that’s why we are holding a good old fashioned pitching competition but with a twist – a pitch camp where entrepreneurs can learn the craft. The prizes are great, but really this is about a learning experience for everyone.”

To be eligible, your startup must be working to develop a scalable business model based on an innovative product or service. As a general guideline your company should be no more than three years old.

Interested?

Apply for the Technoport 2015 Pitch Camp today. Simply email a one-page description of your startup before 3 March to pitch@technoport.no

The Technoport Crowd

Angela Lamont Lunar Mission One
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David NikelFebruary 12, 2015

Crowdfunding a Mission to Space

We are thrilled to welcome back Angela Lamont to Trondheim to deliver one of our Technoport 2015 keynotes. Luckily for us, she’s just as excited!

“I love Technoport! It has a unique blend of some unconventional, outside-the-box thinking with the more traditional “enquiring mind” way of examining things. I like the fact that it’s different, almost experimental, yet very pertinent to practical things.”

Angela is an award-winning broadcaster famous in the UK for bringing science to the mainstream through the BBC children’s show “It’ll Never Work”. Since then she’s presented from places as diverse as Buckingham Palace, the top of a volcano in Japan and from a fishing boat in a force 8 gale (whilst doing her own sound recording, as the sound man was out of action below decks).

She’s coming to Technoport 2015 to talk about her newest project, Lunar Mission One, where she works as a Director.

If you haven’t heard about Lunar Mission One, prepare yourself to hear about one of the most inspiring open research projects we’ve heard about in a long time. An exploratory robotic mission, it will use innovative drilling technology to deliver extraordinary new insights into the origins of the Moon and the Earth.

Lunar Mission One will also be a driver for learning more about our own planet and its history. The project will help fund an open digital record of life on Earth – of human history and civilisation, and a scientific description of the biosphere with a database of species. Publically owned and accessible to all, the Public Archive is a hugely ambitious plan that could only be resourced by a project of this scale.

Angela LamontAngela explains what the exploration aspect of the mission is all about:

“Despite being categorised as a space mission, it’s really an incredibly wide project. We need engineering technologies, not just space technology but things like drilling. We need analytics similar to what happened with the Rosetta project but instead of a comet we’ll be doing it on the moon. We’re even seeking new digital storage technology, with the capability to last a billion years. With technologies changing so fast, that’s not straightforward.”

“We’ll be storing two types of time capsule. One is an archive of life on earth, species, technology, culture and so on, with the help of partners such as big museums. Also, anyone can buy a digital memory box and decide what to send to the moon. Some people will send their family tree, some people will write a day in their life, keen photographers will store their photos in it, schools around the world will collaborate, and someone is even sending their top secret chocolate cake recipe!”

But how to pay for this?

Public money for these types of projects has been limited, so Angela and her team have turned to a subject close to Technoport’s heart: crowdfunding.

“Originally, we planned for space agency funding, a small amount of Government seed funding and other traditional space funding routes. As budgets got slashed, things weren’t moving forward so we had no other option. The nature of the project was always to be global collaboration to produce the most interactive space project in history. If it was traditionally funded, people would watch it with interest, but they wouldn’t any ownership. By crowdfunding, people all around the world can buy into the project, feel part of it and stay a part of it forever.”

“By choosing the unconvential route of crowdfunding, we are actually better able to meet our original objectives.”

Hear the full story at Technoport 2015

Angela will tell the Lunar Mission One story, focusing on the crowdfunding process and lessons learned during the project to date. Join us in Trondheim, Norway, on 18 & 19 March.

Nolan Bushnell
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David NikelFebruary 6, 2015

Founder of Atari Coming to Trondheim

I am thrilled to announce that Nolan Bushnell, founder of the Atari Corporation, will deliver a keynote speech at Technoport 2015.

(Today on Digi.no: Atari-legende til Norge)

Pong video game

Pong

Often cited as the father of the video game industry, Nolan brought Pong, the first-ever video game to market, followed by many other legendary games. He also introduced America to the in-home video game console.

Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including:

  • Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator
  • Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today
  • Androbot, a personal robotics company
  • ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks

He also co-created touch screen technology, which is the technology of today’s mobile devices. Today, Nolan is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science and is currently the founder and CEO of his newest project, the educational gaming company, Brainrush.

Hear Nolan Bushnell speak in Trondheim

Nolan will give a keynote speech at the the Technoport 2015 innovation conference. Join us in Trondheim, Norway, on 18 & 19 March as we seek to awaken the entrepreneurial mindset.

Photo credit: c0venant

Live Crowdfunding
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David NikelFebruary 2, 2015

Live Crowdfunding Experience: Four Startups Announced

The jury has spoken and selected the four startup companies that will compete to sell shares to the public during the Technoport 2015 innovation conference.

As part of Technoport 2015 on the evening of 18 March, four startups will get the opportunity to present their ideas on stage in front of a live audience, competing not just their favour, but for their investment too. The audience is invited to buy available shares in the companies, giving the general public the chance to become an investor.

Last year’s success

Halvor Wold from AssiTech AS knows what it takes to succeed:

“We raised almost NOK 600,000 ($100,000) during last year’s event. It was a crucial part of our subsequent share issue that gave us the capital to further develop our AssiStep product.”

AssiTech is developing a new tool that will make it safer for the elderly and disabled to climb stairs. They were recently named one of the 20 most promising startup companies for 2015 by leading Norwegian technology magazine Teknisk Ukeblad.

“Taking part in the crowdfunding event was very important for us because the production of AssiStep is costly. Moreover we got into “smart money”, meaning that money has come from business people and investors with a large network. This provides new opportunities,” says Wold, who is the CEO and co-founder of AssiTech AS.

Wold believes crowdfunding is here to stay and believes it is a very effective way to reach out to many stakeholders simultaneously.

The Four Participants

Ads want to personalise advertising solutions for TV channels to the individual viewer to generate increased revenues for advertisers. This will be made possible using a software solution developed in collaboration with the College of Nord-Trøndelag and Innovation Norway during 2015. The company plans to take advantage of the increased use of mobile devices to browse TV channels and provide ecommerce directly via streaming.

Apraxim is a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. The five former NTNU students have developed the business simulator JetSim to supplement the teaching of economics and accounting. The simulator offers students the opportunity to manage businesses and compete against each other in a virtual marketplace, and to win they must put academic theory from the curriculum into practice. It is web-based and flexible, which means it can be adapted to different finance and accounting topics.

Telemotix have developed a mini computer, Telemotix TAG, which collects information about driver speed, acceleration, braking and more, to build an overall picture of how safe a driver is. This is intended to make car insurance cheaper for motorists and for insurers to avoid the most risky drivers. The company is about to begin a pilot project with one of Scandinavia’s largest insurance companies.

Vepak have developed a prototype machine to automate the filling of 40-litre bags with firewood. The innovation they have developed can pack a sack five times as fast as by hand and just as accurately. The developers have a background in mechanical engineering and mechatronics, as well as personal knowledge from the firewood industry. Vepak is starting to sign agreements with pilot customers.

Stay tuned to be first to hear when the crowdfunding campaigns go live.

Be there and see the action unfold

The Live Crowdfunding Experience is part of the Technoport 2015 conference. Join us in Trondheim, Norway, on 18 & 19 March as we seek to awaken the entrepreneurial mindset.

Anne Kjaer Riechert
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David NikelJanuary 29, 2015

Innovating Towards Peace

Joining Pascal Finette for Technoport 2015’s Peace, Love & Entrepreneurship session is Anne Kjær Riechert, who works at the fascinating crossroads of innovation and global peace.

A graduate from the prestigious social innovation and change management school KaosPilot in Denmark, she has since worked as creative lead and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultant for the brand strategy company Stoic, launched her own humanitarian project, Kids Have a Dream, and studied Peace Studies in Japan on a prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship.

She moved to Berlin where she worked as the Manager of Public Affairs for Coca-Cola, and setup a Peace Innovation Lab in collaboration with Stanford University.

The Peace Innovation Lab network provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for Persuasive Technology interventions to measurably increase positive engagement, at scale. They aim to improve social security, provide academic knowledge, facilitate business development, build personal capacity, and build strong local communities.

She was kind enough to sit down with Technoport for a Q&A ahead of what is sure to be an inspiring talk at Technoport 2015.

Anne Kjaer Riechert

How did you connect with the Peace Innovation Lab?

The Peace Innovation Lab was founded at Stanford University in 2010. I met them when I was doing research for OpenIDEO in Palo Alto. They were mixing technology, innovation & peace studies, an unusual triangle that I found exciting. Through my research spending a lot of time in the peacekeeping world there were very fluffy concepts, but I wanted hard facts to see if the interventions we made were working. Technology is such an enabler, it allows you to take effective real-time measurements and helps you scale up if what you are doing is working.

When I graduated, I could choose between continuing my research at Stanford, or collaborating in a different way. They encouraged me to start a Peace Lab in Berlin and basically gave me a wildcard to build up a presence.

What does the Berlin branch do?

When I arrived in Berlin the cross-sector networking was missing. There were meetups of course, but they were based on pizza and beer, and what happens happens. I don’t believe in that being the only way.

Now in Berlin, we are a grass-roots movement with 670 members from all sectors including government, academia, for-profit and non profit. Once a month we run a collaborative workshop for two hours, at which experts talk about a technology or social innovation topic. This is followed by a 90-minute brainstorming session, where we aim to come up with new concepts and/or discuss implications. Afterwards we always go out for a drink together, an informal but important part of the community.

Participating in a full 2-hour program inspires people and eases the collaboration process. It makes it easier to network with people later, because you know who they are, what they are interested in, and how to navigate the system better.

Do you have any advice for developing an entrepreneurial mindset?

The mindset for a social entrepreneur is a special kind of mindset. Triple bottom line thinking is crucial. Unfortunately a lot of time social entrepreneurs are so keen to make an impact that we forget the financial viability of what we are doing. The biggest challenge faced by social entrepreneurs is getting this balance right.

What can we look forward to at Technoport 2015?

I’m going to give my personal story to encourage the entrepreneurial mindset in people and to say just go for it.

I will describe how we developed the Peace Innovation Lab in Berlin, together with how and why it is radically different from the one at Stanford. We spent a long time working with Stanford on business models and spreadsheets before we realised we hadn’t built anything. We put away the computers and started building, sourced feedback and grew.

Meet Anne in Trondheim

Join us in Trondheim, Norway, on 18 & 19 March as we seek to awaken the entrepreneurial mindset at Technoport 2015.

Pascal Finette
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David NikelJanuary 27, 2015

Pascal Finette: From Palo Alto to Trondheim

Travelling to Technoport 2015 all the way from the heart of Silicon Valley is serial entrepreneur Pascal Finette, whose CV makes impressive reading. He’s founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organisations around the globe at Google.org. Phew!

He’ll speak at the Peace, Love & Entrepreneurship session, apt given his experience in creating the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship (yes, he’s managed to cram all that into his career, too!)

Right now, he heads up the Startup Lab at Singularity University, which has a mission to “educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges” – now that’s a mission statement we at Technoport Towers can identify with!

Pascal was kind enough to talk to Technoport about his experience and what we can expect from him at Technoport 2015:

Pascal Finette Open Innovation NASA

Making an impact

“Singularity University is fairly young, only six years old. The vast majority of our work is educational, and about two years ago we saw more startups that leveraged exponential technology so we set up a support system, to combine ongoing education with access to our community and network. Today we are three parts: a startup part, a corporate part where Fortune 500 companies reinvent themselves, then an impact partner part. The latter group have boots on the ground so they let us know what it’s really like out there. We are in Silicon Valley but it’s completely different to be out on the ground in Africa.”

“Our philosophy is simple: we bring people together to create transformative change. Our startup program brings together 80 people who all know each other and have a drive to change the world. It’s a ten-week project over the summer when we support them, bring in mentors, and other program elements that foster them and their confidence. A good chunk of the projects turn into companies. Of course, they are very early stage often with no market validation, so we may then bring them into our new accelerator.”

The entrepreneurial mindset

All this begs an obvious question that ties into the theme of Technoport 2015. Is the mindset of a social entrepreneur different from a “regular” entrepreneur, and if so, can people learn the qualities needed?

“I dislike the term social entrepreneur because it sounds like it’s different from entrepreneurship. It’s not. These people are entrepreneurs but they choose to solve a pressing social need. The skills required to solve problems are exactly the same, in fact it’s maybe a little harder because of funding sources.”

“When you look at what makes a social entrepreneur do what they do, it’s always that drive for impact, a sense for wanting to create something bigger than themselves, and a deep connection to the issue at hand, be it human trafficking, autism, whatever it is. Every human being has the capacity for that.”

“There’s an interesting trend with the new generation of “millennials”. Instead of the Wall Street boom or Dot Com boom, where the urge was to create as much money as they could, this generation seems to want to create a better planet. Perhaps it’s the hyper awareness due to today’s media, but whatever it is, I am hopeful we will see a lot more social entrepreneurs in their 20s.”

Pay it forward, every day

It should be obvious by now that Pascal is a subscriber to the “pay it forward” philosophy and as such, shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship with the thousands of subscribers to his daily email newsletter, The Heretic.

“A few years ago I had an urge to share my thoughts with the world. It began on Twitter but 140 characters was too limiting, and I couldn’t use my existing blog because it was syndicated through Planet Mozilla, so I wanted to create another place. something that is safer place. It’s turned into a really interesting experiment for me. Can I actually write something on a daily basis? I use it to reflect on something I read or heard during the day, so it’s become a wonderful way for me to reflect, sharpen my own thinking, perhaps reiterate a point I made to someone else and even expand on it.”

Meet Pascal in Trondheim

Join us in Trondheim, Norway, on 18 & 19 March as we seek to awaken the entrepreneurial mindset at Technoport 2015.

Technoport 2014
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David NikelDecember 18, 2014

Technoport Review of the Year 2014

It’s that time of the year the snow falls, temperature drops and we all try to look graceful as we slip over on the ice. Yes, winter has arrived at Technoport Towers here in Trondheim, which means the end of the year is nigh.

We’ll be looking forward to 2015 in future posts (including one helping you to make entrepreneurial resolutions for the New Year!) but for now, here’s a recap on all the amazing stuff that’s happened in 2014, not just for Technoport but for the whole of Trondheim’s innovation community.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our seven wonderful members: NTNU, SINTEF, Statoil, the Municipality of Trondheim, the county authority of Sør-Trøndelag, Innovation Norway, and Sparebank 1 SMN. Thanks also to our partners: Transnova, Enova, The county authority of Nord-Trøndelag, and Kjeldsberg Eiendom.

January

With preparations for our Live Crowdfunding Experiment in full swing, we went crowdfunding crazy on the blog, with articles on the tax implications, frequently asked questions, and a look at success stories such as 3Doodler.

“Whether crowdfunding income is taxable to the recipient depends not on the type of financing, but on the purpose of financing,” explained Ståle Lorås, Partner at BDO.

February

We tested out our new Share the Problem crowdsourcing concept with a pilot project involving Statoil.

“There is definitely is a business opportunity here, just waiting for the right solvers. If someone can provide Statoil with a simple device with wireless transmission of a few essential metrics, which transform the huge amount of data in a user friendly way into a environmental desition tool for operators, they could sell a lot of devices” – Gøril Forbord, Technoport CEO

Meanwhile down in Oslo, Trondheim startups took home the honours from the high-profile pitching competition at By:larm Interactive.

March

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visited our friends at Spark NTNU and Start NTNU, speaking to 500 students about Apple’s beginnings and giving advice to the next generation of innovators. The event attracted the attention of the national media.

Wozniak NTNU

April

The main event! Technoport 2014 gathered hundreds of entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and investors together to meet and share best practices and ideas. David Rowan, editor of WIRED UK, revealed some of the “future” technologies that are already with us, such as OMsignal’s biometric-tracking technology and the DNA-hackers of BioCurious.

We were privileged to be joined by Keri Damen, all the way from Toronto, Canada. She is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the MaRS Discovery District and spoke about the similarities between Norway and Canada. Skype’s Jonas Kjellberg talked about focusing on your millions of potential customers, not marketing strategies, with this simple yet powerful statement: “There are many marketing professors, but very few sales professors.”

Pär Almqvist, Chief Marketing Officer at OMC Power, described how his company builds small-scale power plants with renewable sources where there is no reliable power grid today, mainly in one district of India where some of the country’s poorest people live. Evocative images and hard-hitting stats showed the positive impact of OMC’s work, but also the sheer amount of people out there who need solutions like this. Leila Janah told the story of her company Samasource. It’s outsourcing with a twist – as Samasource create thousands of “micro-work” tasks from major corporate projects, and assign them to individuals in places like Uganda, Ghana and Haiti that are trained to do those jobs.

And of course, last but not least, the headline-grabbing Live Crowdfunding Experiment, where local startup Assistep raised almost 600,000kr.

Live Crowdfunding Experiment

May

We said goodbye to our wonderful trio of Brits: Farah, Megan and Rob. They did a terrific job preparing for the conference aswell as giving us an international perspective on many issues here on the blog. Rob published a post about his lessons learned working on the Share the Problem concept.

We also said goodbye to Aurora and Andreas, our student leaders who worked tirelessly to spread the Technoport message throughout the year, and welcomed Jonas and Thomas on board.

Down in Oslo, people and startups from Trondheim won four prizes at the Nordic Startup Awards.

Summer

With the conference done and dusted, attention turned to reflection and looking at how we can do more to build Trondheim’s entrepreneurial scene. Representatives from Leiv Eiriksson Nyskaping, the NTNU Technology Transfer Office, Entreprenørskolen, DIGS and other interested parties gathered for a Technoport workshop on the high seas!

“It’s about not only lowering the barriers for the currently employed, but lowering the barriers for anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur. We mean psychological barriers as well as money. We can’t have too many people working on lowering these barriers.” – Gøril Forbord, Technoport CEO

Trondheim’s fledgling maker scene took off in the biggest possible way with a featured Maker Faire on the city’s main square. During the Maker Faire, Technoport helped to organise a breakfast meeting with Hugh Forrest, director of SXSWi, who described how the festival has put Austin, Texas, on the innovation map.

Elsewhere, news curation website TrondheimTech was launched, while we welcomed new students to Trondheim by introducing them to the must-have apps for living in Trondheim.

Trondheim Maker Faire 2014

September

Innovation Norway supported and helped to organise Emax Norge in Lillehammer, an initiative designed to inspire young people into entrepreneurship. Technoport was invited to check out the event, where the winning team of the business simulation game won a trip to the Innovation Norway environment in China.

October

Our Share the Problem concept continued with Transnova asking how we can reduce the number of cars on the roads and increase public transport usage in Norwegian cities by 2040.

Trondheim hit the headlines as NTNU researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser shared the 2014 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine with John O’Keefe. The prize was awarded for work identifying the cells that make up the positioning system in the brain.

Thoughts turned to next year as we announced the first three speakers for Technoport 2015: Samantha Quist, Martin Kupp and Tobias Stone.

November

A new technology to drive better online discussions won Startup Weekend Trondheim, an event made possible by Technoport through our sponsorship, while we also helped our friends at NxtMedia to manage the NxtMedia Conference exploring innovative future media models.

Startup Weekend Trondheim

As a follow-up from the summer workshop, Technoport helped to organise Tech, Hugs & Rock n Roll – a party at DIGS for Trondheim’s entrepreneurial community, intended to facilitate networking, and also fun!

Anita Krohn Traaseth, the new CEO of Innovation Norway, spoke openly and honestly to us about the challenges and opportunities for Norway in the future.

December

The full program for Technoport 2015 was released and Early Bird tickets were snapped up by those keen to secure their seat at Trondheim’s innovation meeting place in March. Early Bird tickets are still available, but be sure to buy your ticket before the end of the year to save 1,000kr.

Instead of giving gifts to their employees, NTNU spent the money to record this terrific Christmas video here in Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral:

It’s been quite a year. Thanks to you – our members, partners, supporters and readers of the Technoport Playground – for helping to achieve all of the above.

What’s in store for 2015? Watch this space and find out. Better still, make it happen!

Live Crowdfunding
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Hermann Ørn VidarssonDecember 8, 2014

Live Crowdfunding Experience: FAQ

Just like last year, the Live Crowdfunding Experience has sparked interest from startups the length and breadth of Norway.

We’re receiving many questions from curious entrepreneurs, so we took contact with Aleksander Langmyhr from FundedByMe, who in collaboration with Technoport, Innovation Norway, Kunnskapsparken Nord-Trøndelag and NTNU Accel, organises The Live Crowdfunding Experience.

Hello Aleksander. We have many exciting companies that have expressed interest in the event, while being a little unsure of the process. Can you explain how it works?

Hey, I can! The concept of equity crowdfunding is the still new so it’s understandable there are many questions. One can look at FundedByMe as a very good tool for companies considering raising capital to test interest in the market.

Let me take you through our process step by step.

Firstly, the company creates a presentation on the FundedByMe website. Those startups chosen for the Technoport event will be closely monitored by us to ensure they create the best possible presentation.

Do companies need this help?

Often they do. We have seen many good (and not so good) presentations on our site. I have personally worked with creating this type of presentation when I worked with the purchase and sale of large businesses, so the startups get a high level of help.

After companies have developed their presentation and are happy with it, they can publish it on the website. This is what we call “go live” on our site.

When your company is live on our site, anyone can view the presentation. If they think it’s interesting enough that they will consider investing, they can indicate their interest. This is done by pressing “invest” and indicating the sum they wish to invest.

So money is not transferred straight away?

Correct, there is no money transferred. It is only an indication that you are interested if the company chooses to fetch money at a later date. We see that almost all investors who express their interest do join the share issue, if and when the company implements it.

This leads me on to the next phase. When the company is “finished” on our platform, we have 45 days by default, so they see how many people have expressed an interest in investing.

And for how much …?

Yes that’s right, how many are interested in investing, and how much they have collectively indicated that they want to invest.

Sometimes the interest is very high and sometimes the interest is lower than we hoped for. Either way, the use of FundedByMe gives the company a good basis for deciding whether they choose to raise money or not.

After this process we come to the last step. When companies are finished on the platform (after about 45 days) they will decide whether to accept the investment offers or not.

So the startups can pick and choose?

Yes. If the company chooses to follow through with a share issue, they invite only the people they want to have as investors. If they are not experiencing enough interest and choose not to pick up the money, this of course is entirely up to them.

One last question, would you recommend companies to apply as a participant to Technoport 2015 in March?

Hehe, leading questions, but of course, yes! Normally, FundedByMe takes a percentages of money that companies choose to retrieve. For companies that are selected to participate in the Technoport event there is no charge at all, it’s completely free!

Everything is free?

Yes, everything is free, from our assistance to prepare a good presentation to the use of the platform itself. There are no direct costs for the startups, because our event partners Innovation Norway, Kunnskapsparken Nord-Trøndelag and NTNU Accel cover the cost.

In addition, participants will get a lot of attention through pitching on stage at Technoport 2015, in front of hundreds of people, just look how it went with Assistep Last year. Their participation did they subsequently received investment from a seed fund, in addition to over half a million kroner from investors who had expressed interest via the platform.

The deadline for applications is 15th December. See full details of the event and how to apply here.

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Hermann Ørn VidarssonNovember 20, 2014

Call for Pitches

The Live Crowdfunding Experiment last year was a success. More than 1MNOK was raised for the 4 companies participating last April. And we are ready for a second run, but not as an experiment, this time it is an experience.
At Technoport 2015, you have the chance to get attention from investors, valuable investments and the network to accelerate YOUR business.

What is equity crowdfunding?
Funding a company by selling shares to crowd investors
in exchange for partial ownership. Equity crowdfunding
investors are entitled to dividends from future profits
and receive a share of the value when shares are sold.

Why live crowdfunding?
Your company will get valuable exposure through the presence
at Technoport 2015. You get a forum to speak
to potential investors, and the opportunity to pitch
in front of a crowd ready to commit. In addition, your company will be featured on FundedByMe,com, a European funding platform.

Who can participate?
Startups that wish to participate should
– Be technology related.
– Be registered as a limited company (Aksjeselskap)

How do I apply?
To register your interest, simply send an application to
aleksander(at)fundedbyme(dot)com. You can also send him
questions or call him at +47 45 15 32 85

The application must include:
A one-pager describing:
● Your business
● How much capital you are seeking
● The valuation of your business
● What you will achieve with this investment
After the deadline an independent jury will pick the most
promising companies with the best/highest potential for
success in the Live Crowdfunding Experiment.

The chosen startups will receive:
● A free campaign on FundedByMe and counseling throughout the campaign preparations
● Two delegate passes to Technoport 2015
● Stand at Technoport 2015
● Participation in “pitch camp” to perfect your pitch

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Hermann Ørn VidarssonOctober 20, 2014

Technoport 2015: First Three Speakers

We are proud to announce the first three speakers for Technoport 2015, all of whom represent the entrepreneurial mindset in one way or another.

Samantha Quist
Samantha is the Founder and CEO of Copywriter Central, an online marketplace for elite freelance business writers. She also founded an editorial business, led marketing for a fast-growing Internet startup and served on Google’s Product Management team. She is passionate about leveraging technology to make the world a better place.

Martin Kupp
Martin’s area of expertise lies in strategic innovation, competitive strategy and organizational creativity. He has worked for clients such as Bosch, ThyssenKrupp, Siemens, MAN, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, and Bertelsmann. Martin’s current research interests focus on the relationship between arts and business, business strategy in technology markets, strategic and technology-enabled innovation. In these areas Martin has designed programs, workshops and regularly gives key note speeches

Tobias Stone
Tobias Stone is an active mentor and entrepreneur in the European tech scene. He has set up the world’s first tech accelerator focused on eye-care, and is an advisor and mentor at accelerators across Europe, from the Baltics to the Balkans. In his spare time he is an academic researching accelerators and innovation, and is interested in how to build tech ecosystems.


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