Accelerator for Nordic Tech Startups


TINC forces you to step out of your comfort zone, not only on a personal level, but as a company.
Validate - Scale - Attract Investors and Customers
in the Heart of Silicon Valley


Reduced risk, time and cost to market
through world class
WorkshopsMentoringPitch trainingNetworking - Desk at NIH


TINC Silicon Valley is an intensive 4-week accelerator program for tech startups to validate their business model and product market fit for global scale with reduced risk, time and cost to market. 


Have a look at the companies that have previously attended TINC.

TINC is the gateway to the unique environment in Silicon Valley, and with wonderful mentors and workshops it lifts your business to an entirely new level. We had never been where we are today without TINC.
— Nicolaj Broby Petersen, Dirtybit
For Kahoot! it was a huge reality check to get out of London and Oslo to test our products on the world’s most important market. Also, being away from day to day routines gave us another perspective that enabled us to focus on the things that really mattered. TINC was a catalyst for us making the right choices regarding market, users and what needed to be created to make this something that could really take off.
— Johan Brand, Co-Founder and CEO, Kahoot!


In 2016 we are running two TINC programs in Silicon Valley:

TINC Spring 2016 takes place from April 18 to May 13 in Silicon Valley with kick-off in Oslo on March 8 and 9. 
TINC Fall 2016 will take place from October 24 to November 18 with kick-off in Oslo in September.

Application deadline for TINC Fall is May 23, 2016. Contact us for more details.

    I got loaded with inspiration and knowledge, a true experience of a lifetime!
    — Terje Sørbø, Stifio

    What can you expect? 

    • Becoming part of a dynamic and thriving community in Silicon Valley and at Nordic Innovation House
    • Meeting potential customers, partners and investors
    • Validating your technology and business model in a highly competitive market
    • Mentoring from world-class advisors
    • Meet other startups and industry players
    • Pitch training
    • Strengthen your network and build valuable connections and relationships
    • Assistance in arranging meetings with relevant business contacts 
    • Workspace together with other Nordic startups in Silicon Valley for 4 weeks
    • Attend conferences, meet-ups and networking events 

    Why Silicon Valley? 

    • Silicon Valley is the most innovative tech region in the world
    • The origin and the center for most global tech companies
    • Rich talent pool from all over the globe
    • Major universities and research centers
    • It has the greatest concentration of Venture Capital
    • Known for its inspiring "pay it forward" culture


    Are you the participant we are looking for?

    The ideal TINC Silicon Valley participant will hold many of these attributes:

    • Technology based start-up working on a real problem for which you have a solution
    • High potential: we look for substantial market potential and scalable products
    • Entrepreneurial DNA: you are driven, open to learn, humble and able to execute
    • Top management and/or founding teams. We recommend two people from each company
    • You have momentum in the market/traction
    • Product to work with: minimum a demo or product prototype
    • A reason to be here: A strong desire to engage Silicon Valley to learn and to find partnerships, customers, investors and build valuable relationships and/or establish a US landing spot
    • Timing fit: the right time to take four weeks to both focus on supercharging your business but also preparing yourself and your company for long-term sustainable growth
    • Financing: Your company have basic financing in place and is in a sound situation where you are able to validate and follow up from the program
    • You have product uniqueness compared to competition

    In forming our TINC programs, we not only want those attributes, but we strive to build a balanced program that cuts across industry verticals, various early stages, 1st-time and repeat entrepreneurs. We limit our sizes to ~ 10 companies per program to create the best community of collaboration.


    Participation in TINC is via an application process. After applying we require that all applicants go through a selection process and interviews via Skype with our TINC team and local Silicon Valley advisors. 

    What is the cost?

    Because of the different reimbursement practices of different countries the cost for TINC Silicon Valley participation varies between countries. The exact fee information is available on the country-specific information/registration pages linked above. The fee includes:

    • A 2-day kick off in Oslo
    • A 4-week program at Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley
    • Workshops and mentor sessions with top Silicon Valley mentors and advisors
    • Assistance in arranging meetings with relevant business contacts, investors and more
    • Hot desk at Nordic Innovation House together with other entrepreneurs from the Nordic region
    • Networking events and conferences

    Travel, accommodation, insurance and living expenses during your stay are not included and are to be paid by the participants. Each company can send more than one participant, but every participant is required to pay the participation fee.  

    NOTE: this program is subsidized, and the fees represent only a portion of the total cost of the program.

    TINC is a fantastic playground to meet potential customers, partners, investors and we got loads of insightful mentoring
    — Susanne Hannestad, Executive Chairman at Zwipe
    The most insightful and targeted approach towards Norwegian companies ever!
    — Christian Mide, ConceptoMed AS
    Nordic Startup Awards 2015 - Best Accelerator Program Norway

    Nordic Startup Awards 2015 - Best Accelerator Program Norway


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