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    Our office spaces are in Oslo and Bergen, Norway. You are applying to membership in one of these locations.

We’re opening up in Bergen early 2019, more specifically in Solheimsviken. The exact date will be communicated shortly. If you would like to be one of the first startups to move into our brand new space when we’re open in Bergen we’d love to hear from you now. To get to know you a little better, we’d like ask you to give us some information in advance so that we can schedule a meeting. Fill out this application form and we’ll get back to you within a few business days!

Lab Lab
Launch pad FOR TECH STARTUPS
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SHARING INSIGHTS
Fuel Fuel
EARLY FUNDING OF TECH STARTUPS

Networking, Insight & funding

ACCELERATING TOP TIER STARTUPS

Since 2012 we have supported more than 250 technology startups, and 74% of them are still growing! We are currently working with 82 active members in our tech incubator.

StartupLab alumni include Zwipe, Kahoot, ReMarkable, Huddly and No Isolation.

Our network is our core asset at StartupLab. Our team, members, alumni and external network – consisting of engaged industry experts, serial entrepreneurs, investors and scientists – actively share their network, knowledge and experiences that benefit the group as a whole. We believe this is what it takes to enable just a few people to create something great in a short time span, that would usually require the work of hundreds. Our mission is to help make our entrepreneurs successful.

What's the deal?Top tier community requires
top tier people.

We expect everyone to participate, be committed and work hard. In return, we will open up our network to you and actively support you for 12 months.

We will not steal your time, or meddle in your decision making. You will however get access to workshops, mentors, investors, data science labs (AI/IoT etc), hardware lab, free legal advice and accounting services and – of course – office and meeting room facilities.

There are no strings attached and no extra costs. Membership prices start as low as 2050 NOK/month, excl. taxes. And, if necessary, you can easily cancel your membership on a one-month notice.

Making life easier for startups is about more than just advice. Our strongest asset is our community, consisting of alumnis, mentors, industry experts and corporate partners all eager to pay it forward to current members. It’s not unusual that member’s find their first customers within our community.

Our environment should allow you to focus exclusively on building and selling your product. Founder-friendly capital, introductions to potential customers as well as advice should help you do this faster. Experiment tirelessly until you find product-market fit, and grow as fast as possible once you have it. 

OUR CURRENT MEMBERS

350 ENTREPRENEURS. 64 NATIONALITIES.
AGE SPAN 15-72 YEARS. 21% WOMEN.

The STARTUPLAB team

  • ALEXANDER WOXEN CEO & Managing Partner

    Alexander has a huge passion for entrepreneurs. He founded his first company Intergate together with fellow students at the University of Oslo in 1996. He later co-founded The Growth Factory, a pan Scandinavian incubator and seed fund, later acquired by the family owned private equity firm Katalysator, where he worked as Investment Director before returning to the university campus in 2010 - founding StartupLab as part of the Oslo Science Center.

  • ROLF ASSEV Partner

    After 12 years in Opera Software, I wanted to start something new. After co-founding one startup based out of StartupLab, I realized that my experience and international network could benefit many more startups. Three beers with Tor and Alexander later, we decided to take StartupLab to the next level ... and at the same time have a lot of fun.

  • Lauga Oskarsdottir Head of the Lab

    Lauga is a StartupLab alumni with 10 years of international experience in digital marketing and business development. Lauga co-founded United Influencers and Mesher, and she joined the SL team in the fall of 2016. She is in charge of the overall activities and services of the incubator, ensuring that we are adding value and accelerating growth for our members.

  • Assel Limpin Head of Talent

    Assel is the recruitment expert on the team. Assel focuses her time on assessing the recruitment needs of our members and helping them bring on board the talent they need to accelerate their growth. She spent several years at headhunting firms in London both on the corporate side and for startups, before joining StartupLab in November 2016.

  • Heidi Lind Hopstock Community Manager

    Heidi joined the StartupLab team in April 2016 as community manager. She works closely every day with our active members and alumni, in addition to our wider network of partners, industry experts and executives in residence. Heidi is a trained actor, and also offers workshops in pitching and presentation technique to our members.

  • Per Einar Dybvik Partner

    Per Einar is a partner at StartupLab. He joined us in 2014 after leaving WiMP, which he founded in 2009. He has 25 years of Internet-experience from Telenor, Schibsted and Aspiro. At Telenor Research he headed the project that became Opera browser, headed Telenors web-services Origo and Gule Sider before founding Neo Interaktiv. In 2000 he helped start Schibsted Telecom that merged with Aspiro. You will often find Per Einar on a bike somewhere.

  • Nissik Juell Partner Manager

    Nils Juell aka Nissik joined us in April, after leaving Tidal which he co-founded and spent over 10 years building the company from 3 to 100 employees. Nissik is the ULTIMATE hipster, he thought the internet was cool before the internet was cool. Nissik is responsible for our corporate partnerships program together with Per Einar.

  • Karianne Melleby Director Corporate Partners

    Karianne Melleby joined us in April, after leaving DNB where she had been working on launching the DNB developer portal over the last 12 months. Prior to her time in the financial industry she has spent the majority of her time in the Telco space. Her last assignment with Telenor as their head of Global Partnerships, gave her the opportunity to work, live and learn from everything moving in Asia. Her experience from running several corporate startups will be a valuable addition to our Corporate Partner team.

  • Henrik Hatlebrekke Program Manager MobilityLab

    Henrik joined StartupLab in 2017 after a couple of years in management consulting. Prior to that he had a few entrepreneurial ventures, including a circumnavigation. He now runs MobilityLab; an industry program that aims to facilitate and support new partnerships between mobility startups and the incumbents in the industry. MobilityLab is run in close collaboration with StartupLab's corporate partners.

  • Tor Bækkelund Partner, Head of Funding

    Tor has over 20 years experience working in Energy, Security and IT & Service industries with global footprint. He has previously been the CEO of Hugin Group, a successful technology company that he led through multiple transactions to NYSE Euronext and Thomson Reuters. Previous to the role in Hugin he served as Vice President in a successful US tech company.

  • KJETIL HOLMEFJORD Partner

    Kjetil joined StartupLab in 2013 after a few entrepreneurial ventures, and managed the lab up until end of 2016. Now he's working on StartupLab's investment activities together with Tor, supporting current portfolio companies as well as identifying potential new ones.

  • Lise Fulland CFO

    Lise is responsible for cash flow at StartupLab, CO:LAB and FUEL. She makes sure that we have the infrastructure to continue the work that we do, and can continue to expand our community and impact.

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Faster innovation

Technology has changed the business landscape dramatically over the past decade, and the pace of which technology is moving is increasing rapidly.

This brings with it great opportunities for startups and some challenges for existing businesses trying to keep up. Our mission is to increase the likelihood of success for young companies and at the same time help large companies innovate faster. By sharing insights and collaborating with startups through being early customers, corporations can trigger startups to meet their needs and give themselves a competitive edge.

CONTACT

  • Per Einar Dybvik Partner

    Per Einar is a partner at StartupLab. He joined us in 2014 after leaving WiMP, which he founded in 2009. He has 25 years of Internet-experience from Telenor, Schibsted and Aspiro. At Telenor Research he headed the project that became Opera browser, headed Telenors web-services Origo and Gule Sider before founding Neo Interaktiv. In 2000 he helped start Schibsted Telecom that merged with Aspiro. You will often find Per Einar on a bike somewhere.

FROM FOUNDER TO FOUNDER

Being entrepreneurs ourselves we know the importance of funding at an early stage.

Together with some of Norway’s most successful entrepreneurs we provide funding to the most committed, ambitious and passionate tech entrepreneurs. When you succeed we expect you to pay it forward – as our founders do.

How we invest

We typically invest in the first equity round, in the range of $100-300K – enough money to make an early impact and get you off the ground.

This should also keep you moving for the time we provide the most support. We ask for 10-15% equity in return, meaning not enough to mess up your cap table. We provide support, but you remain in charge of your business, and our terms are founder friendly and hassle-free. All the legal stuff is taken care of by us.

Founders fund

This is our source of financing. Our Founders Fund was initiated by StartupLab together with a group of successful entrepreneurs.

Our common bond is that we are all triggered by the idea of getting ambitious talent off the ground. The group of founders represent an accumulated network and insight that has proven immensely valuable to the StartupLab community.

Our investments

The Founders

  • Karl-Christian Agerup Serial entrepreneur

  • Jon Tetzchner Serial Entrepreneur

  • Eilert Hanoa Entrepreneur

  • Johan Andresen investor

  • Karl Munthe-Kaas Entrepreneur

  • Geir Førre Entrepreneur and Business Angel

  • Grethe H. Viksaas Entrepreneur

  • Olav Folkestad Entrepreneur

  • Svein Anders Tunheim Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

  • Tom Arnøy Entrepreneur

  • Anne Lise Waal Entrepreneur

  • Øystein Moan Entrepreneur

  • Erik Bakkejord Serial Entrepreneur

  • Ingar Østby Entrepreneur and Business Angel

  • Åse Settevik Angel Investor

  • Jacob Schram Executive and angel investor

  • Katalysator INVESTOR

  • Oslo Tech

  • Per Kogstad angel Investor

  • Per Otto Wold Serial Entrepreneur

  • Reidar Lorentzen Investor

  • Kari Stautland Angel Investor

  • Tharald Nustad Entrepreneur

  • Even Heggernes Entrepreneur

  • Thomas Settevik Angel Investor

  • Silvija Seres Angel Investor

  • Gun H. Svendsen Entrepreneur and investor

  • Magnulf Pilskog Serial Entrepreneur

  • Gunnar Evensen CEO Get

  • Johan Dolven CEO of Help Insurance

  • Karen Dolva Entrepreneur

  • Henrik Müller-Hansen Entrepreneur

  • Rein Inge Hoff Angel Investor

  • Aksel Lund Svindal Alpine skier and investor

  • Frithjof U. Frederiksen Entrepreneur

  • Birger Magnus Executive and investor

  • Christian S. Nyborg Entrepreneur

  • Erik Fossum Færevaag Entrepreneur

  • Dyre Hult Entrepreneur

  • Erik Jørgensen Entrepreneur

  • Fredrik Mowill Entrepreneur

  • Heidi Aven Entrepreneur

  • Ivar Arnesen Entrepreneur

  • Thomas Ryd Entrepreneur

  • Henrik Schumann-Olsen Entrepreneur

  • Regine Mowill Entrepreneur

  • Merete Nygaard Entrepreneur

  • Tom Asle Hennige Entrepreneur

  • Nicolaj Broby Petersen Serial entrepreneur

  • Peter Fornæss Entrepreneur

  • Nils Rudi Serial entrepreneur

  • Øyvind Janbu Entrepreneur

  • Linn-Cecilie Linnemann Entrepreneur

  • Øystein Skiri Entrepreneur and investor

  • Knut Sandven Serial entrepreneur

  • Øyvind Grotmol Entrepreneur

  • Eline Lorentzen Investor

  • Konrad Fagertun Entrepreneur

  • Kjell Inge Røkke Serial Entrepreneur

  • Luis Paulsen Entrepreneur and angel investor

  • Thomas Jarle Sørbø Entrepreneur

  • Patrik Berglund Entrepreneur

  • Are Traasdahl Serial Entrepreneur

  • Sverre Dale Moen Serial entrepreneur

  • Anders Eikenes Serial entrepreneur

  • Tellef Thorleifsson Entrepreneur and investor

CONTACT

  • Tor Bækkelund Partner, Head of Funding

    Tor has over 20 years experience working in Energy, Security and IT & Service industries with global footprint. He has previously been the CEO of Hugin Group, a successful technology company that he led through multiple transactions to NYSE Euronext and Thomson Reuters. Previous to the role in Hugin he served as Vice President in a successful US tech company.