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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.

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.