Emergency contact

Important! Please fill in the emergency contact form


Both SAS and Norwegian have direct flights from Scandinavia to San Francisco / Oakland.

ESTA registration

Electronic System for Travel Authorization.  For your ESTA registration you can use the address for Nordic Innovation House at 470 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, 94301, USA

Rental car

Renting a car can be a good investment to get the most out of the stay in Silicon Valley. However, we do recommend renting a car on demand, as most of the Bay Area can be easily reached by public transport and services like Uber and Lyft. CarRentals.com often offer good quotes.

Other transportation

The cheapest means of transportation from the airport to Silicon Valley is BART (schedule) and Caltrain (schedule). Uber and Lyft are very popular and cost efficient alternatives to taxies - you can often travel within central San Francisco for $5 by using the Lyft Line and Uber Pool options. Use Google Maps to find the best public transportation options getting from A to B.

Download the Caltrain app for iPhone or Android.
Download the BART app for iPhone or Android.


Åse Pettersen Bailey
Cell: +1 650 430-1314

Emergency: 911


Nordic Innovation House
470 Ramona St
Palo Alto, CA 94301



The TINC program is hosted at Nordic Innovation House (NIH) in Palo Alto, with some sessions at Stanford (20 minute walk from NIH) and in San Francisco. It is recommended to find accommodation in the Palo Alto or close by. Menlo Park and Mountain View are good options, if you have a hard time finding a place to stay in Palo Alto. 

Oakwood offers furnished apartments for short and long term, and has been a popular choice among previous TINCers. Contact Erik Starr and tell that you are part of Innovation Norway´s TINC Program. Check out Airbnb and Craigslist for more budget friendly offers. 

Coliving.com is a startup that began in the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto and focuses on placing inspiring people in coliving homes. See https://coliving.com and contact daniel@coliving.com for more information.

Important: We dont recommend that you book accommodation in certain parts of East Palo Alto, as it s not considered safe. 

Business cards

We recommend getting business cards after you receive your US cell phone number. You need to send (e.g. Copy Factory) a pdf file that can be printed as a complete business card. Copy Factory is located on 3929 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306. Contact information can be found here.

Cell phone

You can buy one month prepaid contract, with minutes and data included, from T-mobileAT&T, Verizon or the cheaper option from GoSmartMobile. They are all available a short walk from Nordic Innovation House. We recommend AT&T or T-Mobile for Smartphones bought in Europe. Both ordering business cards and setting up your cell phone can be done quickly the first day when you get here. Remember to get a US phone number before ordering business cards. 

Restaurants & cafes in Palo Alto

NOLA - 535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto 

Tacolicious - 632 Emerson Street, Palo Alto 

Coconuts - 642 Ramona Street, Palo Alto 

Local Union 271 - 271 University Avenue, Palo Alto

Café Sprout - 168 University Avenue, Palo Alto

Coupa Café - 538 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
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