TINC Fall 2016: From Kickoff to Graduation

If you have followed our previous posts about TINC Fall 2016, you would have got a general impression the participants and their experience of the program.

But in this post, we will outline in more detail what the program entails, from the initial kickoff in Oslo to the final Pitch Graduation and Reception at the Norwegian Consul General.

The response from participants during and after the program has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very proud to have been able to spend the last weeks working with such a talented, diverse and ambitious group of people.

Read more about the TINC Fall program and participants here:

We are also making preparations for TINC Spring 2017, with details about the application process available hereAnd keep in mind, the application deadline is January 10.

It has been absolutely mind-blowing. Being here has widely surpassed my hopes.
— TINC Fall Participant Deborah B. Lygonis, CEO and Founder of Friendbase

TINC Fall 2016, an Overview

For this program, we were pleased to work with 10 different companies. Four from Norway, four from Sweden and two from Iceland. The companies were involved in many different industries and products, but united in being tech startups with traction and ambition to reach the global market.

The program began with a kickoff in Oslo that gave participants information about what to expect and essential preparations necessary to get the most out of the program.

Next, the trip went to Silicon Valley where companies had four weeks of workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings and events. The topics covered were diverse, and gives companies solid knowledge of business model and product market fit, investments, PR, marketing, growth and story telling . All in all, the companies gained a solid understanding of what it takes to create a scalable business ready to tackle and achieve success in the domestic as well as global market.

We have received valuable feedback that has challenged us to think new and bigger.
— TINC Fall Participant Lars Flesland, Co-founder of FlowMotion

Mentors and Workshops

Our TINC mentors are experts in entrepreneurship, startups and Silicon Valley. To give participants the best and most hands-on experience possible, the program offers one-on-one mentoring sessions where feedback and advice is tailored to the goals, experience and progress of each company and participant.

Our program is one of the few that offers access to multiple mentors but also repeated sessions with the same mentors. This allows mentors to get a good understanding of what is necessary for each company to succeed.

In our workshops the companies take a practical approach to develop concrete goals for their startup and a tangible business plan. The information and approaches are varied and gives participants multiple perspectives.

Participants also attend talks and presentations by industry experts and investors. They learn about business and investor relations in Silicon Valley and the global market. The talks and presentations cover a range of the specialized knowledge gained from years of experience with entrepreneurship tailored for Nordic companies.

We have learned to communicate directly with the big players in the market and we now have a better company and product.
— TINC Fall Participant Karl Lillrud, Founder and CEO of Lizer Group.

Pitch Graduation and Reception

At the end of the four-week program, the companies tell their stories in front of an investor panel at our pitch graduation.

Companies have a chance to answer questions and gain feedback from the expert panel. The event is good training, but in many ways also the ‘real deal’ and provides companies with a chance to network and mingle with investors.

To finish of the program, the participants attend a reception at the residency of Norway’s Consul General to San Francisco. In addition to the TINCers, the event is guested by other people affiliated with the program .

If you are interested in scaling your company and enter the global market, remember to apply for next round of TINC before the application deadline on January 10! 

It influences your mindset and energy. Nothing seems impossible when you’re here.
— TINC Fall Participant Jon Anders Aas-Haug, Founder and CEO of Bluestone