Bergen Startup Weekend

    Friday, June 6 - 8, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Bergen Startup Weekend

Friday, June 6 - 8, 2014

Friday, June 6 - 8, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Kong Christian Frederiks plass 5
Bergen, Norway 5006

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Change your life this summer – create a startup!

Thank you for joining us for the big blowout of creative impulses at the first summer edition of Bergen Startup Weekend, June 6th–8th!

Did'nt make it? So what is this Startup Weekend concept really all about – you might think. Well, here is the recipe:

  • A dash of creative designers
  • One portion of geeky developers
  • A few handfulls of clever businesspeople, entrepreneurs and random enthusiasts
Stir well together with some great ideas, divide into teams, sprinkle some mentorship on top and let sit for 54 hours in room temperature**.

** WARNING: Temperature may rise as a result of high voltage imagination.

Now this is the part where it usually starts bubbling – we let in the judges! Some fine examples of wise heads will enter the scene and grill the teams for a few minutes, before they decide which team will be of the winning kind.

The results – in some cases a fresh baked business idea turned into a fulltime job for the team members!

Interested in participating next time?

Join us for our next event 14th–16th of November.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday June 6th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to pitch an idea

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Finalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow, or go for a drink with your new teammates!

Saturday June 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Talk by Tor Askild Aase Johannessen
Tor Aase will tell you - out of his long experience - which mistakes are often made by founders. He will be available for mentoring afterwards!

12:00 pm
Lunch & introduction of mentors
You'll get to know our fabulous mentors and learn what they can help you with. Ask them for assistance!

5:00 pm
Startup Gym
Go outside, get some fresh air and join Gategym for a playful session of fun exercises and games. Powered by Folkelig

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help! You're starting the final phase.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
We will open the venue for interested public to enjoy the final pitches and cheer with us for Bergen's most motivated and talented budding entrepreneurs!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
We have some pretty neat prizes!

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Party!
Open party, invite your friends!


Tor Askild Aase Johannessen

Event Judges

Richard Godfrey
CEO BerGenBio AS

Mr. Godfrey joined BerGenBio as Chief Executive Officer in 2008 and has successfully built the company. He has more than 20 years industry experience leading international healthcare companies. Formerly he served as Chief Executive Officer of Aenova Inc., a specialist biopharmaceutical company (exit 2005: $500m) Prior to this he was the Managing Director of DCC Healthcare Ltd and previously he held positions of increasing responsibility at Catalant, Eli Lilly and Reckitt Benckiser in R&D, supply chain and commercial roles. He qualified as a Pharmacist from Liverpool University and received his M.B.A. from Bath University.

Kåre Bottolfsen
CEO/Co-founder of TicketCo

Bio -6 years CEO restaurant chain -10 years IT management POS (point of sales) & logistics -Co-founder and CEO TicketCo My Interests -TicketCo (lifestyle choice) -mountain running -motorbikes (Ducati) -playing around with IT technology -building stuff… "Find the problem, be passionate, give the extra effort and explain how you will monitize your genious idea!"

Hilde Indresøvde
Managing Director

Hilde is the the Managing Director of Nyskapingsparken, the only incubator for startups in Bergen. Hilde really wants to make a difference for the 17 incubator-companies at Nyskapingsparken. Her goal is to contribute to a quicker phase from establishment to growth. Hilde has got experience with project management, entrepeneurship and innovation, both from private and public sector. Before Nyskapingsparken, she was Project Manager for Statoil through Capgemini. Hilde has got a degree in sociology and economics.

Coaches and Mentors

Simerjit Singh Dhammi

Simerjit is an experienced project manager which has worked with the realization of several startups, mainly in IT and real estate industry. He places great emphasis on innovation and achievability and is a persistent project-finisher, and skilled collaborator. He is the founder of Tenk.IT, a IT-company located in Bergen. With technology and expertise, the company finds solutions that create value for the customer. The company have a long-term perspective on everything they do while they are opportunistic and try to exploit the opportunities that arise. The aim is to create value for their customers by leveraging their expertise and industry knowledge.

Benjamin Southworth
co-founder of 3 beards

Benjamin Southworth is the co-founder of 3 beards, was former deputy CEO of Tech City, and helps startups of all sizes grow, scale, connect and communicate via marketing, communication, creativity and raw emotional passion. 

Torhild Eide Torgersen
Project leader for DesignArenaBergen

Torhild is a trained economist from NHH, Kaospilot from Århus, and NLP-coach from PPTI in London. For 6 years, she has been running her own company - Skrible - and she was instrumental in establishing and running the HUB Bergen during ca 2 years. Now, she serves as project leader for the Arenaprosjekt at DesignArena, under the direction of Design Region Bergen. Both during her coaching and process management, Torhild is an advocate for the establishment of distinct and motivating goals and she has clear plans of how they should be reached. She dedicates time especially to work with how task groups are composed as well as the actual group work. She puts particular emphasis on that Startup Weekend participants are clear about why they work with their chosen idea and that they have a clear, shared goal for the weekend.

Kåre Bottolfsen
CEO/Co-founder of TicketCo

Bio -6 years CEO restaurant chain -10 years IT management POS (point of sales) & logistics -Co-founder and CEO TicketCo My Interests -TicketCo (lifestyle choice) -mountain running -motorbikes (Ducati) -playing around with IT technology -building stuff… "Find the problem, be passionate, give the extra effort and explain how you will monitize your genious idea!"

Arne Jenssen
Founder and developer

Arne is a bootstrapping web developer. He has background from physics, numerical methods and has worked a decade in research. But he quit his job to follow his passion in programming and entrepreneurship. Arne enjoys to discuss business ideas and helping entrepreneurs. He has organized Startup Weekend Trondheim and is a real Startup Weekend groupie that has participated in more Startup Weekend events than any of us!

Frank Wisnes

An educated gentleman spending his days as a consultant improving digital tools. Believe computer systems should fit humans, not the other way around. Spreading the gospel of a user friendly world and how to achieve it. Enjoys classical litterature, clever solutions, and well-designed games. Frank has a great reputation as mentor for Bergen Startup Weekend, and we are lucky to have him onboard again!

Ida Nerbø

Ida Nerbø is a creative consultant and business developer. Utilizing tools for effective team work, she runs projects and workshops for entrepreneurs and professionals to help develop their business. Also, she is co-founder of Thisisrobot, currently developing a model for band merchandise production. Her mission is to help anyone who wants to kickstart their business, while keeping an extra eye on those querky, creative and out-of-the-ordinary ideas. She is a Lean Startup evangelist, and certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Ida shares this advise with Startup Weekend participants: "Work hard, have fun and be a team player. Everything else we can fix."

Olga Tolmachova
Systems analyst, modeler and facilitator

Having background in both business administration and system dynamics, Olga has facilitated modeling projects for energy production and healthcare industries, working with big and small businesses. She places emphasis on systemic view of the world, utilizing modeling techniques to analyze complex problems. Along with the pitching advisory and tips on your final presentations, Olga will ensure you accounted for every important aspect of your project and left nothing out of the picture.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Bergen Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Bergen is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kathrine
  • Alessandra
  • Jarl
  • Jørgen
  • Julia
  • Sonia Kaur


Eric Brotto
Co-Founder and Principal, Creative Bytes

Eric Brotto (@ericbrotto) is currently the Partner & Program Specialist for Startupbootcamp. Eric cut his teeth in the tech world as an iPhone App Creative Developer at the digital production studio Smile Machine where he built apps for brands such as Ford, Nike and Ubisoft. 

Today, Eric is the Co-Founder and Principal of Creative Bytes, a monthly networking and panel discussion which revolves around creative technology and digital marketing. He is also a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend and Decoded.

Cofounder @_CreativeBytes - Facilitator @StartupWeekend - Facilitator @DecodedCO

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