Learning in Silicon Valley – The Norwegian 11
Eleven Norwegian startups recently completed a one-month intensive program of development at Innovation House in Palo Alto, California.
The TINC (Technology INCubator) program is designed to develop the international potential of Norwegian startups by plugging them into the Silicon Valley community. The chosen startups at various stages of development get access to accommodation and office space, the very best advisors and mentors, and a trusted environment designed for learning and networking.
It’s a terrific opportunity for all Norwegian innovators with global ambitions. Here are the 11 startups that were on the latest program:
Zwipe enables integration of fingerprint authentication on contactless cards. They sure made the most of their time in Palo Alto, signing a global OEM distribution deal and signing a lease on their own office in the Bay area.
Founder and CEO Kim Kristian Humborstad said: “Innovation House … have been instrumental in helping to guide and mentor us not only on industry and technology issues, but also on regional and global issues such as regulation and legislation. All of this support and advice no doubt helped us in signing the global OEM distribution agreement – it’s made all the miles travelled worthwhile.” (read more)
TapBookAuthor helps authors and publishers digitise and enrich their children’s books. Norwegian publisher Samlaget has used the tool to produce a series of apps for the children’s book Jakob and Neikob.
Founder and CEO Sondre Skaug Bjørnebekk was looking for connections over investment and seemed pleased with what he found, writing: “Ironically one of the most promising meetings the coming week for me will be over Skype with a Nordic publisher that I was introduced to after attending the Nordic Entrepreneur of the Year awards event in Los Altos.” (read more)
Trondheim-based CrayoNano is one of the long list of startups to be born out of research at NTNU. Their mission is to develop and commercialize new hybrid semiconductor technology – a material obtained by growing semiconductor nanowires on graphene. The international potential here is obvious.
OneTraffic founder and CEO André Eilertsen is a former helicopter pilot and traffic reporter, so it’s no surprise to learn his startup is focused on solving the world’s traffic problems!
The global traffic collaboration system has a dual aim – to save its users time and money, but also to help people use existing transport infrastructure more efficiently, reducing pollution too.
Databeat count Elkjøp, Lefdal, Bunnpris and Platekompaniet among its customers, so travelled to California hoping to develop their retail-focused digital media business beyond the Norwegian border.
Innovation within education is evolving rapidly and the 13 staff at Kikora‘s Oslo HQ are at the forefront. Their cloud-based mathematics learning tool is already used in Norwegian schools, with high-profile supporters such as former Minister of Education Trond Giske, who said: “This might lead to bigger changes in Norwegian schools than we’ve seen in decades, maybe ever.”
Staying on the education theme, the Explorable website attempts to make scientific research easier to understand. Future plans to develop the business include research tools for scientists and tools to help students learn about scientific methods.
Vippy offers an easy-to-use video platform to customers including NHO, PwC and Hafslund. Their smart video player solution is designed for today’s mobile-first world, automatically detecting the user’s device to ensure flawless playback.
Innovations from ConceptoMed are designed to enhance efficiency and safety during everyday work-operations in the medical workplace.
Their ConceptoShield technology is designed for the 10% of people with a phobia of blood or needles, helping medical professionals do their job safely and efficiently.
Dossier offers technology for HR departments, such as Onboarding, designed to assist in the process of welcoming and training new employees.
AppsCo was one of the youngest startups in the program, only founded in April this year. They provide an all-in-one platform to create, sell and use web based applications.
Photo credit: Jorge Luis Zapico