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Norway #21: Political Debate about The Startup Ecosystem, Oda merges with Mathem and Ignite raised €4.5 million.

By 17 November 2023February 12th, 2024No Comments3 min read

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  1. Tech Townhall#7: The Political Edition saw a strong turnout. Anders engaged top-tier politicians Anne Marit Bjørnflaten (Arbeiderpartiet), Linda Hofstad Helleland (Høyre), Alfred Bjørlo (Venstre), and Torkil Vederhus (MDG), along with startup figures Per Einar Dybvik and Fredrik Winther. Topics included their 2030 goals, tax policies, funding, and talent. Watch the full recording here. (link)
  2. Just before the political debate yesterday, Jan Christian Vestre, Minister of Trade and Industry, stated that he wants an entrepreneurial plan within months. (link)
  3. Slush is in just two weeks, with a Venture Breakfast for founders and VCs happening on Day 1. (link)
  4. It’s official, Oda and Mathem are officially merging. (link)
  5. byFounders report on the data on pre-seed to Series A rounds in the New Nordics in Q3 2023, insightful data on the New Nordic region. (link)
  6. Interesting research paper on the impact of founder personalities on startup success. 🧠 (link)
  7. What are the leading 26 angel investors investing in now? (link)
  8. How AI will unleash the media world? Schibsted will gather experts and discuss the potential of AI and where the future is headed as part of the launch of their Future Report. (link)
  9. Forbes featured Völur, a startup revolutionizing the traditional meat industry. Read more. (link)
  10. Repeat founders and they’re back at StartupLab. The Poio founders, who were acquired by Kahoot! in 2019, are back with a new edtech startup. (link)

Latest on Funding

☀️ Otovo, the solar panel company, raised €40 million in a private shares placement. (link)

💡 Ignite, spend management system, raised €4.5 million Series A extension from Grieg Kapital, Investinor, Snö Ventures, Arkwright X, MP Pensjon PK and Skagerak Capital. (link)

🚀 Huddlestock, platform for investments, raised 17.5 million NOK in a private placement. (link)

♟️ Fantasy Chess, the chess platform by Magnus Carlsen, raised 6 million NOK from investors including Magnus Carlsen, Espen Agdestein, Trond Riiber Knudsen and Karl Munthe-Kaas. (link)

🚙 Testnor, a one-stop-shop for testing and data collection of autonomous and electric mobility, raised 5 million NOK from GC Rieber GROWIT, Investinor, Kupa and Thomas Falck. (link)

👓 Naer, VR app, integrates with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Miro (link)

Latest on Talent

🌎 Arnstein Syltern on the entrepreneurship environment in Trondheim and Digs’ community. (link)

📈 StartupLab is on the lookout for a new CFO. (link)

🍀 After 10 years as CEO of Airthings, Oyvind Birkenes will entrust the responsibility to Emma Tryti in Q2 2024. (link)

🤘 Jeremy Gerst, former CFO at ReMarkable and Airthings will be the new CEO of ComplAI. (link)

🎙️ Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky was interviewed by Lenny about his new playbook. (link)

🦾 The robots are here. Check out Eve from 1X. (link)

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