OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM:
ITSA is a 12 weeks Business Accelerator Program for Tech Startups. We gather once a week for a full day meeting with pitch training, feedback, workshops, lectures, food and mingling with business partners. The last day of the program is the Open Demo & Pitch Day Competition.
On the Open Demo & Pitch Day Competition, a jury selects the best company, and the company will get a 500 000 NOK offer of investment from Validé and will also be a candidate for a 2 mill NOK minimum investment from Validé Invest AS.
We are located in the Innovation Park in Stavanger.
Chairman Startup Norway
Former serial entrepreneur with 3 exits turned into Business Angel with a portfolio of twenty investments, trying to help Startup succeed.
Chairman and part owner of Startup Norway, with initiatives like Angel Challenge , Startup Extreme and OHOI(Oslo House of Innovation)
Agile coach & trainer I Innovation mentor
Benjamin works with entrepreneurs and organizations to help them succeed with continuous improvement and innovation. He focuses on lean, business model innovation and making product development teams go fast.
Benjamin holds a Certificate of Business Excellence from University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a Master of Business Administration from University of Agder.
He has written and translated several book son agile/Scum and Business Model Innovation. For a list of investments and board positions see Benjamin’s Linkedin-profil.
Founder and CEO at Requestify
Requestify was the winner of ITSA Batch 2, and is the company that aims to make an impact on the global Music streaming industry.
CTO at Foodback
Daniel’s main responsibility is to lead the development team in Poland, and make sure our internal tools are friction free, so we can concentrate on creating great value for our customers. In a small start-up, he’s really just a potato, helping out where it needs, and that’s basically everywhere :-)
Founder & Owner at Dogu
Dogu AS is a Norwegian company founded in 2011 by Sindre Haaland from Stavanger. Today, the company has a total of 27 employees, with offices in Norway, the United States, the Netherlands and France. The company is behind SalesScreen's motivation software, with over 400 customers in 15 different countries.
Karen Elisabeth Ohm Heskja
Strategic advisor for Partners, Digitalization and Business development at DNB
Karen-Elisabeth is driven by her passions, and her passions lies in innovation processes, stimulating the startup ecosystem and connecting people to create energy and impact.
Previous positions: Manager Corporate Innovation, Statoil, Labout Relations Manager, CHC, Country Manager Mexico and Cuba, Gateway Collegue as well as various roles in the UN and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She is initiator and partner in several innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives in the Stavanger area, like Stavanger Startup Weekend and TEDxStavanger.
Manager Private Transactions | Private Banking at DNB
Martin holds a MSc in Finance from BI Sandvika.
Martin has worked on transactions in the SMB segment since 2006.
Partner at Alliance Venture
Alliance Venture is a Norwegian venture capital firm investing in early stage technology companies. Total capital under management is 850 MNOK (about € 100 million).
Patent attorney at Homsø
Ph.D. in physics, specializing in solar cell technology, University of Oslo 2011. M.Sc. in Materials Science University of Oslo 2006. Researcher Department of Solar Energy, Institute for Energy Technology 2009-2010. Ph.D. studies Department of Solar Energy, Institute for Energy Technology 2006-2010. Design, trademark and patent law, University of Oslo 2012. Patent attorney at Håmsø since 2010. European Patent Attorney. Head of Patent Department from 2015.
Kyrre Tangen Andersen
Attorney & Assosiate Partner at Kluge
Kyrre works both in Kluges energy department and in Kluges ICT / intellectual property law department. He has also been involved in Kluges department for procedure and public procurement, and has a broad practice that includes ongoing assistance, project implementation related to oilfield development and dispute assignments.
Kyrre is also responsible for Kluges Gründerhjelp in Stavanger.
Sean Paul Shanor
Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American globetrotter having spent most of his life in Dubai and the Far East, with the majority of the last decade running operations for professional golf events worldwide. At 30 he came home to Norway, got sparked by his first ever Startup Weekend, and has been engaged in entrepreneurship ever since. He’s cofounded a number of startups, pushes lean business methodology through Lean Startup Circle Stavanger, and loves to ask “Why?” - over and over and over again.
In 2016, he lead and energized over 150 participants through 4 week accelerator programs that built 16 companies. Now he’s focused on facilitating Startup Weekend’s worldwide, giving inspirational talks for universities and companies, life coaching and positively affecting a billion people through his company SynergySpace. SynergySpace is the umbrella for many different projects - all focused on synergizing entrepreneurs by building likely (and unlikely) connections, workshops to stretch the mind in possibility, local meetups, and a (under development) grassroots, global facilitation system.
He holds two Bachelor degrees in Finance and Hospitality Management, a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, and is an engaged Course Assistant for the Pennsylvania State University Data Analytics Masters program.
Commersial Director at Validé, Manager at Validé Invest
Executive MBA from Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, USA, and MSc in Business and Administration, Bodø Business School.
Bjarte has 20 years of experience from different technology companies in all phases, start-up, growth and maturing, including 8 years in the management team of the telecom company Altibox, responsible for business management and finance, central to business acquisitions and development of new business models.
Sashko Despotovski, an investment banker, fund manager, and investor, is a Canadian national living in the Nordics, and has over a decade of exposure to USA and Canadian capital markets. His specialties are fundraising and fund dissemination. He serves as an advisor to a number of public and private firms.
Sashko is a University of British Columbia (Jack Bell Research Centre) and University of the Fraser Valley science graduate.
Founder & owner at MindUp
With 20 years of experience from academia and as a consultant, Irene has established a network of good relations and an entirely unique professional horizon. Equally important is also her genuine interest in subjects, teams and people who manage to create confidence with customers, regardless of situations and processes.
Head of agency at Skarpsinn
Master in International Trade with Specialization in Brand Strategy from France; Bachelor of Business Administration from the United States and Spain; Cand mag. In Merkantil French and International Trade from Østfold University College. Previously worked as Adviser in DDB, Head of Marketing in Adidas, Global Retail Marketing Manager at Helly Hansen and Sales and Marketing Coordinator in the Kavli Group
Attorney at Kluge
Thomas is affiliated with Kluge's corporate law / M & A, stock exchange and securities law, and assists Norwegian and foreign clients with transaction consulting and ongoing advisory services related to corporate governance, ongoing contractual relationships, asset and rights hedging, as well as financial and securities regulation. In addition to law studies, Thomas has education in innovation and entrepreneurship, and has a good knowledge of innovation processes and the start-up of technology companies.
Kikk off, Pitch & Selection day for new ITSA Companies:
Thursday Aug 31th 09.00 - 14.00
ITSA day gatherings & workshops:
Thursday Sept 7th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Sept 14th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Sept 21th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Sept 28th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Oct 5th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Oct 19th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Oct 26th 09.00 - 15.00
Thursday Nov 2nd 09.00 - 15.00
Wednesday Nov 8th 10.00 - 13.00
Thursday Nov 9th 09.00 - 15.00
Wednesday Nov 15th 10.00 - 13.00
Open Demo Day & Competition:
Thursday Nov 16th 12.00 - 16.00
Angel Challenge Finale at Nordic Edge Expo:
Tuesday Sept 27th 18.00 - 23.00
ITSA participants are invited to join the Angel
Challenge finale at Nordic Edge
Changes to the program may occur.
The Pitch sessions for the participating companies will be based on weekly tasks, and the goal of the pitch sessions is to accelerate business development for each participating company and develop a Investor presentation during the program.
The last full day Gathering is the Open Demo Day & Pitch day Competition. The best ITSA company wil get an invitation to the Validé Incubator program and a offer of a 500 000 NOK investment from Validé.
ABOUT ITSA: ITSA aims to make an impact on the startup community in Norway. The accelerator is powered by Validé; Technology Transfer Office, Business Incubator, Accelerator & early stage investments. The Accelerator program builds on many years of experience with developing startups on the West coast of Norway. We aim to be a vibrant hub for startups, entrepreneurs, founders, mentors, investors and students. ITSA runs two accelerator programs a year bringing together new companies, mentors, investors, industrial partners and founders for weekly gatherings and sharings of knowledge, feedback, pitch sessions, network, pains and relieves. We collaborate with other startup hubs and communities in Stavanger and in Norway because we think sharing is caring and we want to strengthen the important community of creating new possibilities and new growth.
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