Norway is all oil, salmon and farmers, right?
As a non-Norwegian, believe me when I say that's the impression most foreign media and investors have of my adopted home. Norway doesn't have the sexy consumer-facing startups of Helsinki or Stockholm, but it sure does have a lot of high-tech, B2B and research-based busineses.
Startup Norway has decided enough is enough: it's time to shout from the rooftops about Norway's unique startup scene. It's time for Startup Extreme.
From 17-19 June, Startup Extreme will bring together 300 key players from the global tech community to the mountains of Voss to meet the rising tech stars of Norway. Our guests will experience breathtaking Norwegian nature while taking part in unique activities in the extreme sports capital of Norway.
Rather than most conferences where the emphasis is on talks and seminars followed by a dinner or party, Startup Extreme is flipping things around. The emphasis is on networking and having a great time, culminating in the Startup Olympics on the final day.
Pitch to an investor while skydiving or just take it easy and explore the breathtaking nature around Voss. Whether you’d like to test your grit at the whitewater rafting battle or talk shop over a cold beer at the local microbrewery, there is something for you at Startup Extreme.
"Many entrepreneurs in Norway combines creative ideas with their inspiration from every day life close to the nature, close to the rivers and to the snow in the mountains and different types of sport activities" - Grethe Hjetland
Invitation to Startup Extreme is by invite only and the lucky 300 will be chosen by a selection panel. So far, founders from Highsoft, Filmgrail, United Bloggers, Unacast, Kahoot, Forgerock and more are attending. If you're a founder, investor or journalist and like the sound of Startup Extreme, you can request an invite.
On 17 June, attention turns to Bergen for a day-long conference to set the scene for Startup Extreme. High Tech Norway will be a showcase for Norwegian technology alongside talks from successful global entrepreneurs. Tickets are available now for High Tech Norway, but remember tickets to Startup Extreme are by invitation only.
Photo credit: Chris Street