TINCing Ahead

By Ingvild Sørlie, Intern at Innovation Norway San Francisco

TINC Fall 2017 companies at the September kick-off in Oslo

TINC Fall 2017 companies at the September kick-off in Oslo

TINC Fall 2017 is here! Or almost. With less than a week to go the anticipation is growing and the last pieces are falling into place. With the fantastic kick-off in Oslo a month ago still in mind, eleven talented companies are preparing to take Silicon Valley by storm. And the team at Nordic Innovation House is ready and eager to help them do just that. 


If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what TINC is, it is an intensive 4-week accelerator program, designed to take Nordic startups for a ride after which they will never be the same. The startups will spend the four weeks in Silicon Valley attending workshops, mentoring sessions and events offered in the program as well as meetings with potential partners, customers and investors.


Every time new TINCers come to town, the Nordic Innovation House turns into a hectic and lively chaos. The TINC-team wouldn’t have it any other way. “Its kind of like Christmas, 4th of July , and May 17th all at once the day we welcome a new batch of TINCers,” says TINC Program Director Åse Pettersen Bailey. 


Are you wondering which awesome companies are arriving in the valley this fall? Read the short introduction about the eleven participating companies and stay tuned for much more inspiring TINCing!
 

 
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The Coala is a CE-approved medical device system approved for home use. A wireless and cloud-based service that allows anyone, anywhere to quickly analyze their heart powered by smart algorithms. Coala is developed to enable early detection of heart disease, alleviate worries and help understand when you need or don’t need to see a doctor.

 
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Droshi is the largest Scandinavian drop shipping service for e-retailers and vendors. They are building an European version of Alibaba "with a twist". Droshi is a b2b market place for suppliers and retailers made to find each other easier and to sell more mostly with drop shipping.

 
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Fons Juris is a legal research platform that enables legal professionals and law students to quickly search in a wide variety of legal content. Fons Juris combines open legal resources and proprietary legal information, creating a research platform for lawyers helping them serve their clients better. They want to do that for other markets.

 
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Headshed Cube is a full-featured tool for sales, telemarketing and call centers. Integrated softphone and messaging, real time segmentation, performance monitoring and real time analysis. There's something missing in sales and marketing. Headshed delivers a smarter sales system that provides businesses with more product sales using less resources while customers experience less noise and more relevant communication. How? Just ask.

 
 
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Learnlink is a marketplace for tutoring, with the focus on middle school and high school students. They inspire children's love of math and science, by providing tutors they admire. As they collect data about how the children learn, Learnlink dynamically finds each child's optimal teaching method and motivation.

 
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PriceEdge helps companies implement modern pricing methodologies using their own unique pricing software - PriceEdge. They help companies earn larger profits by improving their pricing. Priceedge wants to do what HubSpot have done for marketing in pricing.

 
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Prindit is a cloud-based platform that uses measurements and analytics to boost team performance. Prindit provides a simple service to measure and improve employee engagement and productivity through real-time analytics, smart feedback and measurable improvements.

 
 
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SweetZpot develops innovative products to help top athletes improve. Their sensors are unique in the market and together with their exclusive apps, they are the perfect combination to boost athletes' performance. Increase your performance and get vital data by measuring breathing every time you work out, not by using a mask but through a chest strap. This technology also applies for improved health rehabilitation measuring breathing.

 
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Ticketbird is an online customer support service (SaaS) that helps companies deliver excellent customer service, improve knowledge transfer and increase conversions. Ticketbird is based on an AI-powered knowledge base that makes it easy for companies to save knowledge from all questions and answers, to be re-used by anyone in the organization.

 
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Viska is an AI powered knowledge game on mobile. Viska personalizes training using each employee’s knowledge history and learning speed. Employees learn on their own, without the help of an education manager. The employee learning game offers interactive micro-courses (like gamified Snapchat/Instagram Stories) to train employees and uses AI to make sure that knowledge persists.

Nordic Countries Launch Nordic Innovation House – New York

By Katja Kotala, Community Coordinator at Nordic Innovation House and

Silve Parviainen, Director at Nordic Innovation House - NY

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Inspired by the success of Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley, the Nordic countries will launch a new initiative, Nordic Innovation House – New York. Supported by Nordic Innovation and Nordic Council of Ministers, this initiative aims to build and strengthen a bridge between the Nordics and the United States.

New York has become the second largest startup ecosystem in the world, and the community grows faster than anywhere else. With the industries in need of technological innovations and headquarters wanting to explore lean and nimble solutions, the hyphen-tech environment is very attractive for Nordic innovators. New York has invested strongly in infrastructure-advancing technology entrepreneurship, and is a welcoming and inspiring environment for an immigrant entrepreneur.

The mission of Nordic Innovation House – NY is to support and bring to fruition the full potential of Nordic innovators. The NY location offers a program that includes providing the companies with guidance, and helping in growth strategies, connecting the entrepreneurs with valuable resources and networks. To help support the full potential of participating Nordic companies, Nordic Innovation House – NY matches the companies with strong mentors and advisors. 

As young innovative companies often find their homes in shared work spaces and flexible office arrangements, Nordic Innovation House – NY is  located at WeWork in Midtown Manhattan. The companies and entrepreneurs participating in the program need to claim their work space there at WeWork Grand Central or at any other WeWork location in the city.

The Launch of Nordic Innovation House – NY takes place on September 20, 2017. The launch event will feature high-level representation from all five Nordic countries taking the stage to pitch unique Nordic ideas to a New York audience. The Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, will discuss how lessons learned from harvesting natural resources in remote areas can be applied to new, high-tech areas. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström of Sweden will highlight how an open and egalitarian society leads to innovations. 

Finland’s Kai Mykkänen, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson will talk about how excellent and free public education creates a platform for innovations and is further supported by an open, trust-based working culture, and how an environmentally conscious approach to using (natural) resources has resulted in efficiency and new innovations, respectively. The session is concluded by Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, who will describe how the innovative design thinking in the area is rooted in the Nordic traditions and values.

Moreover, the Secretary General at the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten will be officially opening the Innovation House, the mission of which is strongly supported by the Council of Ministers. “Innovation and creativity are among the core Nordic values, and the Nordic Council of Ministers is glad to support Nordic Innovation House in New York. We hope your work will offer Nordic innovative talents a gateway to new networks and opportunities.”

In addition to a long history of mutual collaboration, the Nordic countries share a unique blend of strong engineering, design, and business culture. Their small, technically savvy local markets are a great test bed before going global. Many exciting, high-quality entrepreneurs and companies have come out of the area, including Spotify, Klarna, Supercell, Rovio, CCP, Össur, Bright, Kahoot, Skype, Trustpilot, Endomondo and Zendesk. The strong ecosystem is bound to create more success stories in the future.

Read more about the Nordic Innovation House - NY initiative at our webpage
For inquiries about the New York program contact the NY Community Manager Silve Parviainen, silve.parviainen@nordicinnovationhouse.com

Norwegian interns take over Silicon Valley

By Lisbeth Smestad, Program Manager at Innovation Norway SF/Silicon Valley

Interns from the Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship visited also Google during their summer in Silicon Valley.

Interns from the Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship visited also Google during their summer in Silicon Valley.

The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship aka Gründerskolen just completed its 19th program in San Francisco last month.  Gründerskolen is a work-study program for Norwegian graduate students that was launched in San Francisco in 1999.  This summer 35 students spent 10 weeks interning at local startups while taking a class in entrepreneurship and innovation at UC Berkeley designed especially for them.  

Our objective is to inspire them to start their own businesses and to gain insight in order to become better entrepreneurs --- and possibly come back to Silicon Valley to join our TINC program or the YCombinator!  Yes, is has happened to our alumni.

Many companies offering these internships have been part of the program for years, and newcomers tend to be positively impressed by the interns they get.

“Our intern completely exceeded expectations! His dedication, work ethic and willingness to take initiative was extremely impressive! We would love to participate in this program again next year!” 

It is a win-win for both the employer and for the intern who gets invaluable experience working in the competitive environment of Silicon Valley. 

This is an experience that helps young people tip their toes in the world of entrepreneurship, in the best possible environment.

“Friends for life, invaluable experiences from life in a start-up, comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurship and a ton of great memories. That's what I brought home from Gründerskolen.”
"People keep expecting that 'Aha!-moment', there is no aha-moment, you just got to get started, and then you will learn as you go."


You can read about the program here.  We also welcome your participation!  If you are startup interested in interns next summer sign up here.  You need to be located approx. half an hour commuting distance to UC Berkeley where they will live during their stay.  Questions?  Please contact Lisbeth Smestad at lisbeth.smestad@innovationnorway.com
 

TINC Spring 2017 Graduation week

By Katja Kotala, Community Coordinator and Program Manager at Nordic Innovation House.

Life is a celebration - especially during the final week of TINC! The participants have gone through the journey of getting an overdose of information, working on their focus, and finally getting “crazy busy” - according to Wiral - with accelerating their business. 

The program culminated in a Pitch Graduation night for the companies, where they got to pitch and get direct feedback from esteemed Silicon Valley investors from Funders ClubAlliance VenturesCanvas VC and NewGen Capital. This is where they got tested on how well the teams have managed to hone their value propositions and relevant metrics of their companies.

The only workshop of the last week was another inspirational session with Julie Hanna. Some call these “psychology sessions”, because of the way Julie manages to bring up thoughts that stay with you long after the program. The group got to talk about issues involving the aspirations and values of a company and how they affect work culture. 

As always, TINC program ended with an impressive reception at the Norwegian Consul General in San Francisco. There the teams could finally lay back and enjoy time together, before continuing their respective journeys. Most of the companies have clear plans of continuing their business in the US and we will be sure to see them at Nordic Innovation House in the future!

Below you can read more about how the last three teams, Vibble, Winningtemp and Wiral, have to say as the four weeks come to an end.

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Vibble

Dag Langfoss-Håland, Erlend Drevdal Hausken, Pål Wagtskjold-Myran

Dag Langfoss-Håland, Erlend Drevdal Hausken, Even Brenna and  Pål Wagtskjold-Myran from Vibble

Dag Langfoss-Håland, Erlend Drevdal Hausken, Even Brenna and  Pål Wagtskjold-Myran from Vibble

Vibble team has taken advantage of spending four weeks together in the program, since the team is usually distributed in different locations back in Norway. It has been valuable to be able to focus and learn things at the same time.

“The most important thing in coming from Norway to Silicon Valley is the mindset, people work at a different speed here. Learning about the investor mindset is one thing, but another is the lean mentality which is more established here. It’s all about testing, making decisions and moving on.” Erlend explains.

Tristan Kromer’s workshop in Lean Startup was especially uselful for the team and Jonatan Littke from Lookback helped them to apply the Lean method to Vibble’s specific needs.

 

“Experiencing and learning about the lean work method within tech has been very interesting, it is the first time we really understood what it is all about. These mentors actually have real experience in it.”  
-Pål Wagtskjold-Myran

Not quite ready to go back yet, Vibble will stay in the area for a week more to follow up on meetings.

Vibble is a music app that helps people stop listening to music and start playing with it. Vibble lets you add cool sounds and effects from popular artists and genres, mix between songs and have fun with your favorite playlists, just by swiping a finger. 


Winningtemp

Pierre Lindmark, Mathias Hansson

Mathias Hansson and Pierre Lindmark from Winningtemp

Mathias Hansson and Pierre Lindmark from Winningtemp

Winningtemp was well prepared for their endeavor in Silicon Valley. They had a clear set of goals they had for the program and they have achieved them all. Nonetheless, they also felt overwhelmed during the first couple of weeks and it took some time for them to learn how to settle down and focus. A big help has been the peer support from the other participants and opportunities to share experiences with companies facing similar challenges.

It is easy to get stuck on fixing everyday challenges in your company, but in order to scale you have to think differently. “You have to continue learning, as well as be able to stop and be experimental.” Pierre says.

For Winningtemp the main takeaway from the program is the way they are forming their value proposition to suit different situations. They learned that in Silicon Valley it is all about putting your story into figures that explain the value you bring to the customer.

Another takeaway is the confidence the program has brought them. Coming to Silicon Valley can be intimidating, in Julie Hanna’s words you are moving from the regionals to the Olympics. But according to Pierre the journey has taught them that Winningtemp is on the right track.

“What we found here was confidence. To understand that in a global scale what we do is right. By going through this program and doing kind of exercises in the workshops and finding solutions to our challenges. When we go back we have a clarity that we didn’t have before.”
-Pierre Lindmark

Winningtemp is an app that visualizes people’s development and wellbeing in an organization. By using artificial intelligence Winningtemp can identify and intervene stress, anxiety and depression. Winningtemp helps managers to save time by getting insights on what to prioritize in their leadership.


Wiral

Andrea Holvik Thorson, Emilie Aabakken

Emilie Aabakken and  Andrea Holvik Thorson from Wiral.

Emilie Aabakken and  Andrea Holvik Thorson from Wiral.

Wiral has had crazy four weeks. “At the start the two first weeks had a lot of input, a lot of workshops, a lot of feedback and a lot of mentors. We were kind of overwhelmed with all this and how to act on all these points.” Andrea recalls. “We also got sent to a lot of different directions with the feedback from these different people and it took a while for us to decide the main focus.” Emilie adds.

At some point things got a bit more clear, according to Andrea a one-on-one meeting with the mentor Scott Barclay was the key session. “After that we got a lot of great meetings, we were really operating as a team and it felt like we were really accomplishing something. From that on we have been crazy busy and we haven’t really even slept.” 

The program has introduced them to a lot of relevant contacts that have grown into even more contacts. Andrea and Emilie even got a chance to drive down to LA and shoot the Nitro World Games qualifications with their cable camera.

“Everybody here has been so helpful with sharing their network and introducing us, now I feel like we can’t leave or we will loose it all”
-Andrea Holvik Thorson

Wiral will not be losing it, they will leave after the program but are coming back to California already the following week.

Wiral is making amateur filming look professional, by introducing new angles to filming in challenging environments. This camera system runs on a rope with the help of a remotely controlled motor. It gives you close up, follow camera shots in locations where drones are impractical, dangerous or worst case illegal. Wiral helps action sport athletes and videographers capture their most extreme moments in a dynamic and easy way.

Busy with business - TINC Spring 2017

By Katja Kotala, Community Coordinator and Program Manager at Nordic Innovation House

After two weeks of intense program, TINC was set free! Well, not quite. The third week was dedicated to private meetings with mentors, partners and customers. Some of the companies also got a chance to pitch to an investor, Matthias Dill from Statkraft Ventures gave some of the TINC companies a chance to connect and pitch their ideas. Some might say that even without too much official program this week, the teams were busier than ever!

The TINC group gathered for a design workshop at Nonobject on Wednesday. Malin Leschly, Branko Lukic and Yvonne Ericsson guided the participants to think about the way their products and services could form positive disruption. Nonobject concentrates in the space between the product and the individual, a place where you create a “positive meaningful surprise”. They forced the companies to take a step back from fine tuning their product, and consider how their products and services are experienced.

In the evening TINC sat down for a casual fireside chat with founders from two local Nordic companies, Jonatan Littke from Lookback and Thomas Ryd from CFEngine. They have already gone through the hurdles of moving a business to the US and building it here. The focus of the discussion was on building teams and the challenges of managing people that are scattered around the world.

Gearing up for the last week of TINC Spring 2017, below you can read more what two of the participants Shoreline and Smart Plants have experienced this far.

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Shoreline

Ole-Erik Endrerud and Simen Malmin

Simen Malmin and Ole-Erik Endrerud from Shoreline

Simen Malmin and Ole-Erik Endrerud from Shoreline

“Exhausted but full of energy.”

That is how Simen sums up the general feeling when the third week of the program is well underway. During the program Shoreline has received confirmation that they have done a lot of things well, but they have also seen where they have made mistakes - like everyone else who has ever dared to build a company. Now they are working on their new strategy based on their learnings during the program, now that they understand better what it takes to make it in the US market. 

According to Ole-Erik, the setting of the program allows the entrepreneurs to accelerate the process of doing something about the challenges they have, instead of pushing these decisions to the distant future. The main purpose for Shoreline to participate in the program was to get in touch with great entrepreneurs, founders and mentors in Silicon Valley that are experts in their field. This is something they couldn’t find in Norway. “We came here to validate our case, to see if it is something that could be huge. And we have got that.”

Especially the “psychology lessons” with Julie Hanna have been amazing in Ole-Erik’s opinion. “She gives you the pure real insights. You have made a lot of mistakes, but you have to make them and come out stronger in the other end.”

Shoreline automates their customer's mission critical daily operational planning with their smart agent based platform, increasing profits by millions of dollars every year. Read more at www.shoreline.no

 

Smart Plants

Jon Rasmussen

Jon Rasmussen from Smart Plants

Jon Rasmussen from Smart Plants

Smart Plants applied for the program because they were looking for things that could help their company accelerate. This is both looking at the company internally, if they have the right processes and the right company structure, and externally, if they have a good product/market fit. “It has been a very interesting journey so far and the program has delivered in everything it promised,” Jon says.

Jon is the only person from Smart Plants participating in the program, but he has been active in keeping the rest of the team up to date. According to him every time there is a session that brings up something they should change in the company, they activate this in the company as well.

“Since it is time and money we could have used for other things, it is very important that we bring the learnings from this program back to the company.”

- Jon Rasmussen

For Smart Plants it has been very important to get input from external people, how they interpret the company and how their message is coming across. “Are we saying the right things and are we presenting our company the right way? We have got a lot of feedback and we are doing some changes in our messaging and our campaigns.”

Smart Plants turn your commercial building into a smart building in 15 minutes or less.  It is a full-stack IoT company working with industrial IT-solutions. They empower building owners to make better business decisions by collecting and processing data that already exist in their physical assets. Read more at www.smartplants.io

Setting up for funding with TINC Spring 2017

By Katja Kotala, Community Coordinator and Program Manager at Nordic Innovation House.

This week TINC got HOT. The participants learned about how to identify risks, but also how to deal with investors and set up their funding models. And the reason why they were hot - there was a comfortable 90 degree (+32 Celsius) heatwave hitting the SF Bay Area.

Tristan Kromer put the companies to work straight away on Monday morning with a Lean Startup workshop. With a hands-on approach, Tristan walked the companies through customer development and segmentation, risk evaluation and channel development.

The main theme of the week was funding models and working with investors. The TINCers got to talk with Carl Fritjofsson, an entrepreneur turned into an investor at Creandum. Carl answered questions about how startups should prepare for trying to get funding and how to stand out and beat the competition.

Julie Hanna took the discussion deeper into the relationship entrepreneurs and investors have - and how to cultivate it. She emphasized the importance of trust, credibility, and relationship in making business. It is all about the people, because they stay the same even if ideas and markets change.

Many of the companies have experience in seeking funding back in the Nordics or in Europe, and now try to figure out the setting in the US. Arne Tonning, a partner at Alliance Ventures, was there to answer these questions with his experience in working in both markets. 

To top it off, Shomit Ghose, a partner at Onset Ventures, digged even deeper to the Silicon Valley VC mindset. He made the group understand that it is not just startups who have to face challenges and risks - also VCs can end up eaten by the sharks. The way to convince an investor starts with understanding their realities and constraints.

There is not one right way to make it in Silicon Valley, and pleasing investors is only a part of it. That is why we invited Samir Smajic, the CEO of GetAccept, over for a dinner at Nordic Innovation house. He shared his experiences from starting the company, attending the renowned Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator as well as getting funding and running a company both here in San Francisco and in Sweden. After a week of investors giving the TINCers a hard time about the challenges of getting funding, it is great to see that some actually make it.

Read below more about how some of the TINC participants are doing after the second week.

Data Dwell

Olafur Thorkelsson and Skarpi Steinthorsson

Skarpi Steinthorsson and Olafur Thorkelsson from DataDwell

Skarpi Steinthorsson and Olafur Thorkelsson from DataDwell

For Data Dwell applying to TINC was all about the timing - and the location. When you are having a product launch and your main customer is Salesforce, what a better place and time to be in Silicon Valley.

They have also taken advantage of the mentors in the program by getting answers to some burning questions.

“Everybody can get something out of this, but you should help yourself too. Go and get that information while you’re here”

-Olafur Thorkelsson 

According to Skarpi the mentors back in Europe tend to have an outdated way of thinking. “Here the approach is so different. Back home there’s a more product heavy focus, here it’s all about distributing, selling, marketing, and doing it fast,” Olafur adds.

But it’s not just the mentors, the program offers also great peer support. “There’s been really helpful collaboration with the B2B companies in the program and we have been learning from that,” Skarpi says.

Data Dwell Sales Athlete empowers sales teams to succeed with the best marketing content in real-time-- directly in Salesforce. Track key insights of your highest performing marketing content and match it to the opportunity stage. Read more at www.datadwell.com

Mavenoid

Shahan Lilja

Shahan Lilja from Mavenoid

Shahan Lilja from Mavenoid

Shahan Lilja has been pleased by the value that the mentors in the program bring to the companies. He was looking for getting something more than you can get by just reading books and watching videos, and that is what he got. 

“I am really happy about the non-obvious knowledge transfer”

- Shahan Lilja

“For example Julie Hanna gives great anecdotes that make subtle distinctions and then she gives these hacks sometimes,” Shahan says.

For Mavenoid Silicon Valley is a great place to be since they work with AI. Whenever they get a chance to demo their product to a potential partner or a customer, things start happening.

What they are doing is more about amplifying human beings instead of replacing them. Shahan explains that “it’s a deep principle that permeates all levels of our products and our company and why we started it.”

Mavenoid is an intelligent troubleshooting assistant that helps industrial organizations repair any machine in a few minutes, for the least amount of money. It's the fun, smart, interactive way to fix complex machines. Read more at www.mavenoid.com
 

Applications for TINC Fall 2017 now open!

 

Kicking off the first week of TINC Spring 2017

By Katja Kotala, Community Coordinator and Program Manager at Nordic Innovation House

The first week of the month-long accelerator program TINC was guaranteed to meet high expectations. The No-nonsense, get-your-hands-dirty, forget-your-jet-lag mentality kicked off the program with daily workshops, mentor meetings, and networking opportunities.

On Monday the group got to know one another, the mentors, and people at Nordic Innovation House. Nathan Gold was there to help the companies to tell compelling stories of their journey - it is not all about the 3-minute pitch, you really need to be able to create interest in what you do.

A half-day workshop in San Francisco with the amazing Julie Hanna dived deep into the challenges of developing a business. This is an exceptional opportunity for the founders to bring up issues that keep them up at night and get insight from someone so experienced that she was appointed by President Obama as Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

Wednesday was a full day of workshops at Stanford with Aoife Kimber, Kimber PR, on PR and communication, Nir Eyal on Behavioral Design and Sean Percivalon marketing. After another full day of one-on-one meetings with mentors and a founders talk with Lasse Andrese, ForgeRock, on Thursday, the participants got to enjoy well deserved refreshments at the networking mixer organized at Nordic Innovation House. Over fifty people gathered to hear what the latest TINC batch has to offer.

Quite amazingly the whole TINC group made it to the last day of the week with great enthusiasm, which was pumped up with high fives by the always energetic Scott Sambucci, SalesQualia. The topic might have had something to do with keeping up the motivation even on Friday - scaling sales is of great interest to all startups. The cherry on top for the first week was a casual afternoon session with one of our mentors Victor Belfor, where the companies could discuss whatever issues the week had brought up.

Below you can read more about what some of the companies are thinking after the first week in Silicon Valley.

1928 Diagnostics

Kristina Lagersted and Wilhelm Paulander

Kristina Lagerstedt and Wilhelm Paulander from 1928 Diagnostics.

Kristina Lagerstedt and Wilhelm Paulander from 1928 Diagnostics.

Kristina Lagerstedt and Wilhelm Paulander from 1928 Diagnostics are excited to be in Silicon Valley. In addition to the packed schedule, the participating companies have lined up meetings with potential partners and customers already before getting to Silicon Valley. 

“We realized that to make the most out of these four weeks we need to be active ourselves."

-Kristina Lagerstedt

"The mentors, as well as Åse and Anne,  have been great in making introductions with relevant people,” says Kristina. “We will also stay after the program to have more time for meetings.”

Kristina and Wilhelm have been impressed by the mentors, who go out of their way to help the companies get the most out of the program. “The mentors and speakers have been very high quality and the workshops have been very hands on instead of just theoretical.” Wilhelm says.

The participating companies are in different stages and in different fields, but the program is tailored to suit needs that are common to all of them. “I want to learn more about business models and how to scale,” Kristina says. “There’s a lot of great knowledge in Sweden but I think you need to think out of the box. We have a lot to learn and look forward to these remaining weeks.”

1928 Diagnostics’ SaaS is a one system approach for hospitals to trace and diagnose antibiotic resistant bacteria. The SaaS ALEX revolutionizes infection diagnostics by enabling complete diagnosis in hours instead of days or weeks. Read more at www.1928diagnostics.com


Authenteq

Claudio Tiranno and Kari Thor Runarsson

During the first week Claudio has managed to get into the Silicon Valley mindset while at the same time fitting in the daily work he has to do for back home. According to him the program has been improving day to day. 

“One of the most valuable things has been the one-on-one meetings with the mentors, that’s something really to get value out of. Direct feedback is very, very helpful, that is what takes you forward and helps you improve your business.”

One of the main goals for Authenteq during TINC is to validate some new ideas. It is already obvious that people in the valley and the US have quite different views compared to people in Europe. “This is very exciting because it is challenging us how to solve these issues for every target market without changing the company core,” Claudio says.

Kari Thor Runarsson and Claudio Tiranno from Authenteq.

Kari Thor Runarsson and Claudio Tiranno from Authenteq.

It has also become clear that for locals it is extremely important that the company has presence here.

“We are getting attention from people and companies that are very hard to get in touch with, just because we’re here participating in the program.”  
-Claudio Tiranno

For Claudio it was interesting to see how accurate the stories about US business culture are and he seems to be positively surprised. “I thought that “pay it forward” was just something people say, but it is something that is really done. People actually live this.”

Authenteq eliminates identity fraud and scams online by issuing you a government grade biometric digital passport on your smartphone. The Authenteq ID is kept on the blockchain and only the user has access to it. The user has total control and ownership over his own ID and data.

Read more at www.Authenteq.com
 

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Getting ready for TINC Spring 2017

By Katja Kotala, Community Coordinator and Program Manager at Nordic Innovation House

Picture: TINC Spring 2017 participant companies at the kick-off event in Oslo, Norway


This is what we've been waiting for...

The sun is out and flowers are blooming, this must mean it is spring - TINC Spring 2017! In a week Nordic Innovation House is going to be buzzing with an energetic group of Nordic entrepreneurs who are ready to make a difference. They have done a lot of work to be here, but the best (or worst) is yet to come. TINC is an intensive 4-week accelerator program, designed to take Nordic startups for a ride after which they will never be the same.

 

“It’s like a crash-course for startups”
“It influences your mindset and energy”
“Nothing seems impossible when you’re here”

These are just some of the ways previous TINC participants have described the program. We see it everytime, the entrepreneurs get pumped up with the Silicon Valley vibes and go through a transformation of bringing their product, business, and mindset to the next level. Nordic Innovation House serves as a hub for these innovative ideas, and we are always excited to get the TINCers distrupting life in Palo Alto. If you have a Nordic startup and want to join the fun, apply for the TINC Fall 2017 here: http://www.nordicinnovationhouse.com/tinc

Meet the startups

Here are short introductions of the nine amazing TINC Spring 2017 companies. Rest assured, you will be hearing a lot more about them during the upcoming weeks - not to mention once they have taken over Silicon Valley!
 

1928 Diagnostics’ SaaS is a one system approach for hospitals to trace and diagnose antibiotic resistant bacteria. The SaaS ALEX revolutionizes infection diagnostics by enabling complete diagnosis in hours instead of days or weeks. www.1928diagnostics.com

 

Authenteq eliminates identity fraud and scams online by issuing you a government grade biometric digital passport on your smartphone. The Authenteq ID is kept on the blockchain and only the user has access to it. The user has total control and ownership over his own ID and data.

Data Dwell equips sales teams with enablement tools to close more deals. Data Dwell provides sales reps with the automated intelligence to match the most targeted marketing collateral at each stage of the sales cycle.

 

Mavenoid helps organizations troubleshoot machines in minutes, with super-human accuracy, by combining sensor data with asking people intelligent questions.

 

Shoreline automates their customer's mission critical daily operational planning with their smart AI platform, increasing profits by millions of dollars every year.

 

Smart Plants is a full-stack IoT company working with industrial IT-solutions. They empower buildings owners to make better business decisions by collecting and processing data that already exist in their physical assets.

Vibble is a music app that helps people stop listening to music and start playing with it. Vibble let's you add cool sounds and effects from popular artists and genres, mix between songs and have fun with your favorite playlists, just by swiping a finger.

 

Winningtemp is an app that visualizes people’s development and wellbeing in an organization. By using artificial intelligence Winningtemp can identify and intervene stress, anxiety and depression. Winningtemp helps managers to save time by getting insights on what to prioritize in their leadership.

Wiral is making amateur filming look professional, by introducing new angles to filming in challenging environments. This camera system runs on a rope with the help of an remotely controlled motor. It gives you close up, follow camera shots in locations where drones are impractical, dangerous or worst case illegal. Wiral helps action sport athletes and videographers capture their most extreme moments in a dynamic and easy way.

Stay tuned to follow these amazing companies as the program goes on!