Oslo is bursting with entrepreneurial energy. I was in Oslo from Feb 10th till Feb 15th, 2015 as the guest of Innovation Norway and Norwegian Consulate New York. I’ve done workshops with selected startups on Traction, Growth Hacking and Goal-Driven Growth.
And we organized a Startup Pitch Competition on Feb 12th in collaboration with Norwegian Consulate New York, Oslo Business Region and House of Nerds. The prizes were an automatic first-round interview for ERA’s Summer 2015 class and $60,000 of free webhosting from Microsoft Azure. Along with me, we had three very valuable local investors as judges: Tanya Marvin-Horowitz of Capital A Partners, Erling Maartmenn-Moe of Alliance Venture and Tore Malme of VentureFaktory. We had only 1 week to announce the event but we had an amazing 125 signups and more impressively, more than 50 startups applied to pitch.
Here are the 12 startups were selected to pitch:
Winner was Tactic Realtime, a sophisticated AdTech startup that can do dynamic creative optimizations for live campaigns on the fly which means you can change your advertising message in real-time when using RTB/Programmatic or retargeting. Second place went to MuseAI and third place to Stikkmenn.
— Norway in the U.S. (@NorwayUS) February 12, 2015
The event was covered by TV2, Norway’s largest private TV Channel, on Friday 9PM Primetime News:
Photos from the event.
Oslo is really happening and also the community seems to be already very connected and alive. Looking forward to going back to meet more startups! Follow me at @muratny and apply to ERA’s Summer 2015 program at http://eranyc.com.