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Highlights from SWS 5-7 April

Startup Weekend Stavanger 2013 from Morten Gjerstad on Vimeo.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Startup Weekend Stavanger will be held November 16-18 and will be a part of Global Startup Battle with Startup Weekend events all over the globe. Are you in? Sign up at

This year the event will happen at Måltidets Hus , Ipark near the University of Stavanger.



Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Networking
  • Welcome and presentations
  • Speaker and facilitator warm up
  • Pitches start
  • Dinner and attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start to formalize 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


Nov 17
  • New day and work to be done!
  • IPE session by Matyas (optional)
  • Business canvas by Christan Rangen (optional)
  • Mentors available
  • Lunch
  • Mentors available
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day and doors close


Nov 18
  • Last day and lots of work to be done
  • Mentors available
  • Lunch
  • Mentors available
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Doors open for visitors
  • Tinteguri -Competative Unpredictable
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
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Silver Sponsors

Anita Krohn Traaseth

Adm Dir i HP Norge   |  

Anita Krohn Traaseth (40) is the newly appointed Managing director of Hewlett-Packard Norway, the first female Managing Director for HP in the Nordics.
Anita has 17 years of experience in the ICT industry, starting as an IBM trainee in 1996. She has held positions like Strategy director for Det Norske Veritas Software and Managing director for Simula Innovation AS, the commercializing company of Simula Research Laboratory, one of Europe’s leading ICT research laboratories.
Her educational background is management and communication studies from Handelshøyskolen BI and USF in San Francisco. She is certified in Strategy & Innovation from MIT Sloan Management and completed the Leadership Program for High Potentials at Harvard Business School.
In may 2012 she received the Od@ prize for best female leader in the ICT industry. Anita has served as board member at several Norwegian companies and associations for Innovation.

Christian Bull Eriksson

Managing Director at IK   |   LinkedIn

Christian has extensive experience from the oil & gas industry and has held a number of executive positions including Managing Director of PSI (2002-2006) and CEO of Smedvig ASA (1999-2002). In addition, his other board positions include Director in Multi Phase Meters (MPM), Can AS and Optipumup AS.

Ivar Hauge Line

Founder Peanuts

Ivar has done several startups and therefore built up several companies. Worth mentioning is GrundsteinAS, that invested in technology companies, and Infostream ASA, that was the leading company in developing Internet solutions for the oil and gas industry. Infostream started with only four employees and reached 470 in just seven years!
Ivars latest project is Peanuts with he is founder and owner of.

Dagfinn Wåge

Head of Innovation, Lyse Energi AS

Dagfinn has background as Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer in Altibox, and has for the last 10 years been working with product development, Innovation and R&D, including 4 years in Telenor R&D. He believes in combining different competencies and practical approach in innovation projects. Current work relates to areas such as welfare technology, renewable energy, broadband and service innovation.


Sigurd Paulsen

Investment Director

Since 2007 Sigurd has been an investment director with Statoil ASA responsible for Statoil’s equity ownership positions in 35+ oil/gas/renewable technology companies. He has extensive investment and divestment experience as the previous Head of Statoil Corporate M&A as well as responsibility for Statoil’s pension fund investments in private equity funds. Sigurd has been and currently is a board member of several technology start-up companies and seed funds

Marion Wikberg

Owner at MariOn Bedriftsrådgiver   |   LinkedIn

Marion Wikberg has well documented results from various roles as business developer, coordinator and mentor for managers and companies being in the establishment and development phases. She has held several manager positions for small and medium large companies with major responsibilities like business and personnel development, marketing, daily operations, and finance and accounting.
Marion is a creative and goal oriented professional with good communication and motivational abilities. She believes in involvement and delegation of the the staff in all important matters as her major success factor. Team spirit is her driving factor.

Stig Sæveland

Leader of Mid Market Finance Solutions in Ernst & Young Rogaland

Stig is Senior Manager in Ernst & Young, the leading Assurance and Advisory Company in Norway. Stig has a broad experience within advisory services but focuses mainly on CFO advising on Midsized- and Growth companies, including Business Cases, Working Capital Management and Management Accounting.

Gunnar Crawford

Senior Forretningsutvikler & Demoansvarlig Lyse Energi AS   |  

Crawford has a broad experience as business developer in the IT/ Telecom industry (VoIP, IPTV, Internet, business services, FTTH). Current responsibilities include innovation, business development, and product management. Crawford specialities are innovation, product development, change and project management as well as franchise building.

Victoria Stensø

Kaospilot   |   LinkedIn

" Victoria is a corporate rebel with a big smile and a warm heart"
Victoria is an enthusiastic person with a passion for innovation, networking and human relations. She has experience in project and process leadership, through internships from both her home country Norway and abroad. Her key skills are innovative thinking, motivation and network building. She has a knack for helping people solve their problems.

Victoria is educated a Kaospilot, and have a bag full of tools that can help people in startup process. She was also one of the participants last year, and knows what the participants are going through

Christian Rangen

Co-Founder - Partner hos Engage - Innovate   |   LinkedIn

Christian is Co-founder and Partner of Engage Innovate – a
Scandinavian management consulting company. He teaches
regularly at BI Stavanger and a range of
executive development programs. He is the co-author of three management books. Christian is also the happy owner of the boutique hotel and Management Camp Villa Vista Taiba in Ceara, Brazil.

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