Best Norwegian Events for International Investors to meet Norwegian Startups in 2016

I love talking to Investors, Journalists and Entrepreneurs outside Norway about what is happening on the startup scene over here, but even more so I think it’s super awesome when these people come over to visit and see for them selves. An event or Conference is a great occasion for inviting people over. So in order to make it easier for you all to know when the best time to visit is I have compiled a list of relevant events taking place in 2016.

Note, this article is a living document. More info will be added throughout the year, not all of the events have announced dates and detailed info for 2016 yet. Also feel free to email me with tips to events you think should be on the list and why.

Looking forward to share many talks, conversations, handshakes, coffees, lunches, drinks and inspiring moments with you all at these conferences in 2016.

So, here it goes, and for the Norwegians reading this, remember to invite someone in to visit. 🙂

FEBRUARY: 

500 Nordics Demo Day – Oslo – February 16th @MESH 1pm – 6pm (Invitation Only)

An invite-only event for 100+ active & accredited investors, Demo Day is a private viewing of the most recent accelerator startups before they ‘graduate’. Attendees will get a first look at the startups, meet the founders, and network with other top-tier investors, corporate strategics, & press. Investors interested in attending can request an invitation  and more information by emailing stina@500startups.com.

TBA (MESH Conference) – Oslo – February 29th (Invitation Only)

MESH – The nordic creators Community is hosting an exclusive conference, where you can take part in discussions on the newest trends in technology and the future of the startup scene with top-tier VCs, entrepreneurs, Angel Investors and  journalists. More info TBA. Interested in attending? Reach out to anders@meshnorway.com to request an invitation.

MARCH: 

Technoport Crack the Code – Trondheim – March 2nd & 3rd

Technoport 2016 brings together up to 700 researchers, investors, entrepreneurs and students in Norway’s technology capital Trondheim. Program consists of a pitch Competition, Workshops, a Live Crowdfunding Experience and Talks. Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard; the bigshot in StockholmTech Tyler Crawley; the CEO of Slush, Marianne Vikkola and Dale Murray, angel investor of the year – they are all coming to Technoport in March! Get your tickets here: https://technoport.hoopla.no/sales/769863820/

Bylarm Interactive – Oslo – March3th & 4th

Bylarm is a festival that occupy central Oslo in a five day live music extravaganza. Merging Music and tech there is also an interactive track where you can meet the hottest Norwegian Startups that are warming up the winter cold Norwegian Startup scene. More info to be TBA. Follow them on Twitter for updates. 

MAI: 

Nordic Startup Awards Norwegian Final – Oslo – TBA

Awards show that recognise and celebrate all the great achievement of the Nordics. NSAwards aims to inspire, stimulate and recognize entrepreneurship throughout the Nordic region, whilst connecting a community of startup enthusiasts, serial entrepreneurs and mentors from diverse and complementing backgrounds. Come celebrate the Nordic startup ecosystem – from the investors and journalists to the founders and the developer heroes. More info on time, date, venue and tickets TBA.

JUNE: 

Norwegian Venture Capital Conference – Trondheim – June 2nd

The Norwegian Venture Capital Conference is a meeting place for investors, entrepreneurs, advisors and public policy makers. Organised by Investinor and The Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (NVCA). Info and tickets TBA.

Startup Extreme – Bergen/Voss – June 15th – 17th (Invitation Only)

Are you bored with the same stale startup events, with forgettable meetings with forgettable people in some conference hall? Check out Startup Extreme.  A Festival designed to create meaningful long lasting relationships between hand picked founders and investors, by sharing experiences in the extreme and beautiful Norwegian nature.
Startup Extreme brings 300 key players from the European and US tech scene to Norway to come discover High Tech Norway and to meet the rising tech stars of the Nordics. Interested in attending? Reach out to maja@startupnorway.com to request an invitation. 

 

OCTOBER: 

Nordic Edge Expo – Stavanger – October – 6th & 7th

Want to meet the creators of smarter businesses, smarter homes and smarter cities? This is the place to be.  More than 500 attendees, inspiring exhibitors and a world-class collection of speakers from smart cities, change-making companies and startups. Subscribe to newsletter to be notified about when ticket sales open. 

Oslo innovation Week (OIW)– Oslo – October 17th – 21st

Oslo Innovation Week is 5 days packed with activities such as talks, seminars, debates, workshops, expos, speed dates, crowdfunding events, open houses and networking events. It is a platform to meet relevant people and network, to get an overview of what’s stirring in the startup scene in Norway and Internationally, and to attend a number of world-class events across Oslo. Ticket sales TBA.

Norwegian Investment Forum – Oslo – (TBA – During OIW)

Norwegian Investment Forum is the largest annual venture capital event in Norway that gathers 300 participants from the Nordic venture capital community, business angels and start-up companies. International keynote speakers set the agenda and point out trends for the coming years. Norwegian Investment Forum presents the most interesting blend of promising Norwegian start-ups, from digital/mobile, life science and med tech, energy/maritime and impact investments. See last years program here: http://www.norwegianinvestmentforum.no. Info and tickets for 2016 TBA.

DECEMBER:

Nordic Buy Out Forum – Oslo – December 1st 

The annual M&A event that joins the venture capital and private equity industry and others involved in the transaction market in Norway and the other Nordic countries. See last years program here: http://www.nbof.no  Info and tickets for 2016 TBA. 

DNB Healthcare Conference – Oslo – December 14th

Annual investment conference for Nordic medical device, e-health and biotech companies seeking venture capital, exit opportunities or joint-ventures. Up to 20 startup companies, chosen by a professional jury, get the opportunity to present themselves to investors and potential partners. The conference is hosted by DNB Markets. DNB is organizing the listed session. Oslo Medtech is organizing the venture session. See last years program here:  http://www.oslomedtech.no/event/dnb-health-care-conference-december-14-15-2015/  Info and tickets for 2016 TBA. 

 

 

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In my previous blog post I talked about how we all could help attracting International Investors for Norwegian Startups by simply inviting them to come visit and check out our ecosystem.An event or Conference is a great occasion for inviting people in.

Remember, our international friends can’t join our events if they don’t know they exists. It’s everyones job to spread the word about what is going on in the Norwegian Startup scene. Sharing is caring. 😉

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Something missing? Email me at stina@500startups.com with tips for more conferences/Events worth adding to the list. To be listed the conference /event need to run in English and be interesting for International Guests. The event also need to either be open to public or it need to be possible to apply/request invitation for participation.

 

 

 

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