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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Apr 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing 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

Saturday

Apr 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
National Sponsors
Mentors

Magnus Hakvåg

Specialist on protection of Competitiveness with a special focus on intangibles, IPR and standardization.

Local Main Sponsor
Judges

Truls Berg

Managing partner at Digital Insight AS   |   LinkedIn

Truls is a serial entrepreneur, CEO and writer with more than 25 years of experience from the IT industry.

Currently working as the Managing Director at Movation, Norway's leading innovation centre where ideas are linked with investments, experience and knowledge, and as the Managing partner at Digital Insight, an investment company helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Anja Tjelflaat

Owner at InnoDriv   |   LinkedIn

Anja is a inspiring innovation enthusiast with several years of both commercialization and communication experience. She is the Managing Director of Orkdal Næringshage and owner of InnoDriv AS, where she works with helping ideas and products achieve commercial viability, with customer focus. She has also been a board representative for Orkdal Municipality, and Head of Public Relations for NTNU which gives her a great understanding of the governmental and academic sector.

Gøran Hansen

Consultant and Software Craftsman   |   LinkedIn

Gøran is an experience software developer which has worked with the realization of several startups, from which his portfolio contains one of the most known applications from Norway. He is very passionate about the fun of working with technology, and brings valuable experience in realizing ICT concepts to the table. He has also participated in the biggest student competition in the world for Software Design, where he finished third.

Tommy Dahlen

Attorney-at-law/Partner, Arntzen de Besche   |   LinkedIn

Tommy is an experienced startup-lawyer with a burning interest for supporting engaged entrepreneurs, and is a well-established character in the Trondheim innovation scene. He represents a vision of empowering the early-stage phase of business, and is a strong resource for many young companies. He has been part of the realization of over 150 companies over the 15 years working in business law. He knows most of the challenges entrepreneurs are facing, and will also contribute as a mentor in the event.

Gøril Forbord

CEO of Technoport   |   LinkedIn

An NTNU graduate, Gøril Forbord is CEO of Technoport, the lead sponsor of Startup Weekend Trondheim. Technoport 2014 is an event bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students, researchers and dreamers from 28-30 April. She also has direct entrepreneurial experience as former CEO and VP of Sales at biogas startup MemfoACT.

Facilitator

Joachim Hill-Grannec

Partner at LIFFFT

Whether it’s welding furniture, mobile app development, or Blues dancing, Joachim is a modern day renaissance man. He’s facilitated Startup Weekend events in many parts of the world, architected the iOS, Android, and Windows 8 experiences for AllRecipes and led teams on hundred million dollar projects at Crane Aerospace. Currently he spends his time at Liffft where he helps companies around software development, design thinking, culture change, and many other exciting initiatives.

Partners
Organizers
Mia Anfinsen
Snorre Paulsen
Magnus Galåen
Andreas Gjærum
Jørgen Forsell
Ivana Gancheva
Stian Sandø
Øyvind Paus
Jørgen Notland