Startup Extreme Speakers 2016

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Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

No further introduction needed.

Ton van ’t Noordende

Partner at Keadyn

Ton van ’t Noordende is partner at Keadyn, a disruptive new venture investment firm from the Netherlands with offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Ton has been at both sides of the table, having founded and sold adtech startup and influencer marketing platform called early 2014.

Ton is involved in leading the change in Europe’s venture capital market with the Keadyn framework. A model which is truly aimed on building great ventures together. Ton is heavily involved in the Dutch startup ecosystem and is looking for ways to support entrepreneurship in general. That's also the reason he joined the investor team @startupfest led by Prince Constantijn van Oranje & Jim Stolze on their mission to create a nation-wide startup festival with the ambition to attract only the very best VCs to the Netherlands during 4 days in May of this year. (See

Thomas Berglund

After years as senior manager in the Telecom &IT industry Sweden and Norway, Thomas founded his own Ed-tech and e-learning company Edvantage group and run it as CEO for 12 years. As one of Europe’s leading e-learning companies it was sold to Lumesse in 2011. Parallel to that Thomas co-founded two Med Tech Companies (SB12) and (EB24) and as their Chairman sold them in 2007 respectively 2014. Currently he is working full time as a private Investor and Business Angel, holding a portfolio of twelve companies. The latest project, Angel Challenge, co-founded together with Start-Up Norway, is a hands-on program to empower private investors to co-invest in start-ups.

Rikke Eckhoff Høvding

CEO Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association

Rikke Eckhoff Høvding is the CEO of the Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (NVCA). She has previously worked as head of corporate affairs at Argentum Asset Management and as a senior adviser with PR firm Burson-Marsteller. In the period 2008-2010 she was the editor of Nordic unquote, a trade journal covering the Nordic private equity and venture capital markets. She holds an MSc Management with Finance from Bath University and an BA (Hons) Politics and International Studies from Warwick University.

Akram Dweikat

Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Adventurer

Akram Dweikat is a Palestinian computer engineer and entrepreneur based in London. He was recently recognized by TechCity UK and the UK government as an Exceptional Talent in computer engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship. Akram is a full-stack developer and wears multiple hats across the technology spectrum. He served as CTO/CIO for multiple early stage startups and helped them build their products. He has expertise in Financial Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cyber Security, and Machine-Learning. Akram is well-known for establishing the startup and entrepreneurial community in Nablus, Palestine. He co-founded and co-led Google Developer Groups in Nablus and PALinnO, the first private seed-funding program which connected Silicon Valley investors to Palestine. Akram was one of the founding and driving forces for many entrepreneurial events in the Palestinian community including the first ever Startup Weekend. Akram was also one of eight youth selected to meet US President Barack Obama on his official visit to Palestine to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and education.

Kjartan Slette

Co-founder & COO, Unacast

Kjartan Slette was part of the founding team in TIDAL, recently acquired by Jay Z. In TIDAL, Kjartan was part of the management team and responsible for all contract negotiations with global music labels as well as right holders. To foster innovation in the music industry, Kjartan also co-founded MashUP, an innovation hub within music and technology.

Kjartan is now co-founder and COO at Unacast, which solves the ad industry problem of connecting online data to offline behavior by operating the world's largest platform of proximity data and proximity technology companies. Unacast launched at SXSW last year and has so far raised $6,6m to control over 30% of a global proximity market that is forecasted to grow from 5 to 400 million beacons by 2020.

Rolf Assev

Partner StartupLab and Co-founder WeWantToKnow

Rolf Assev is partner in leading Nordic incubator/accelerator StartupLab and is based out of Oslo Norway. StartupLab has today 65 startups and invest early phase capital through Founders Fund. He is an independent investor and entrepreneur with focus on education and new technology. He is also a co-founder and chairman in WeWantToKnow - the company behind the award winning math game, DragonBox. Rolf worked for 12 years in Opera Software as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Strategy on an exciting journey building the company from 12 to 750 people with more than 200 million active users. He started his post-secondary education at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, before receiving his Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Business Administration in 1988. Rolf's work experience includes the Norwegian Trade Council in Stockholm, the marketing department of the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee, senior consultant for the Nordic PR agency Geelmuyden.Kiese and managing director for Spaceworld AS.

Karen Elisabeth Ohm Heskja

Relations Manager for Startups & Growth companies in DNB

Karen-Elisabeth is driven by passion, and her passions lies in innovation processes, stimulating the startup ecosystem and connecting people to create energy and impact.Currently holding the role as Relations Manager for Startups & Growth companies in DNB, Norway's largest financial services group.

Previous she held the position as Manager in Corporate Innovation, Statoil; a multinational oil and gas company, Country Manager Mexico and Cuba for a small Norwegian startup company several project positions for various humanitarian organisations as the UN, the Norwegian Refugee Council etc. in North Korea, Colombia, Venezuela, Israel/Palestine, Guatemala.

She is initiator and partner in several innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives in the Stavanger area, as the Stavanger Startup Weekend and TEDxStavanger and holds an exec MBA in Strategic Management from NHH and a Master in International Relations from Universidad de Deusto, Spain/ University of Dublin, Ireland.

Andrey Sebrant

Andrey Sebrant currently holds the position of Director, Product Marketing at Yandex (since 2004)

Born in Moscow, graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, got PhD in laser physics. Since 1995, has occupied various positions in Digital Marketing. Andrey is editor-in-cheef of Internet Marketing Journal (russia), member of Advisory Board for GenerationS( startup accelerator. Yandex is one of the largest internet companies in Europe, operating Russia’s most popular search engine and its most visited website (80 million MAU). Yandex also operates in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Turkey, offering over 20 different online services besides search.

Jon Kåre Stene

COO and co-founder of

Jon Kåre is COO and co-founder of, the fastest growing grocery e-commerce player in the nordics. Organisational speed and agility has made extreme growth possible in constraint conditions. Prior to Jon Kåre has worked 8 years in Schibsted Media Group working with Lean, Lean Startup and digital transformation. Having experienced innovation from both a corporate and startup perspective he has done a lot of reflections on why incumbents struggle to match the accelerating pace requiered in these digital ages. But most importantly he now thrives in his sandbox,, building a lean mean growth machine.

Carie Davis

Former Global Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Coca-Cola Company, Partner Your Ideas Are Terrible

Carie Davis has lead entrepreneurial innovation programs for consumer goods companies. As former Global Director of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company, she built the foundation for what became the Coca-Cola Founders initiative (an EIR platform), and she lead the creation and implementation of a program to expose 1,000 associates to entrepreneurial innovation methods via training, hands-on idea building workshops and one on one coaching. She is also a graduate of Flashpoint at Georgia Tech, a startup accelerator, where she honed her skills in startup methods to build a new innovation system for emerging product categories at Coca-Cola. As former Global Design Director with Coca-Cola, she created and scaled Design Thinking as a capability across the organization. She also organizes the corporate innovation community through meetups and workshops, connecting corporate innovators focused on intrapraneurship.

Danielle Smith

Community Engagement Lead, DMZ business incubator at Ryerson University

Danielle is a passionate community builder and master connector. With over a decade of experience building intersections across a range of stakeholders in tech-startup, corporate, nonprofit, public service, and higher education spheres, she’s dedicated to championing and supporting people and initiatives working to drive serious impact in the world. As the Community Engagement Lead at The DMZ at Ryerson University, North America’s top-ranked business incubator, Danielle’s role interfaces with an in-house roster of ~75 startups, as well as a wider community of 200+ alumni companies, 80+ advisors and mentors, a global network of incubation partners, and hundreds of investors and service providers. Danielle works to identify the best external opportunities for DMZ’s entrepreneurs - from conferences, to pitch opportunities, business development leads, key investors and influencers - to help grow their companies as rapidly and successfully as possible.

Danielle is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in all stages of their success, and is dedicated to further building the DMZ’s reputation as a leader in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Lars Johan Bjørkevoll

Chief Growth Officer Xeneta

LJ, 'Chief Growth Officer' of the born global Tech startup Xeneta, tackles growth and scaling issues on a daily bases. With an extensive background from both success and failure in scaling Nordic businesses internationally, his tool box of "do's and don'ts' is well stocked for Startup Extreme occasion.

Vidar Brekke

CMO, Highsoft

Norwegian native, Vidar Brekke, has spent nearly 20 years in New York, where he has held leadership roles in companies like JPMorgan, Ogilvy and Converseon, as well as founded, funded and sold several startups of his own. Recently he became the CMO of Highsoft AS, one of Norway's most successful startups, and global industry leader in data visualization solutions for the web.

Thang Manh Tran

Business Developer Vipps

Thang means ”To win" in vietnamese, he was born in Vietnam after the war and got his name inspired by a country on its way to being rebuilt. He has worked with Wimp (now Tidal), the NSB-app. When he came to DNB in August 2014 to lead the Vipps team the one sentence pitch was ”Sending money in 2014 should be as easy as sending sms.” Today he is head of business development in Vipps.

Johan Brand

CEO and Co-Founder, Kahoot!

Johan is a co-founder and CEO of Kahoot!, now one of the world’s fastest growing learning brands, used by millions each day in over 180 countries.

Prior to Kahoot! he was a founding partner at We Are Human, a co-creative company that helped global brands build longterm value through behavioural design, storytelling and inclusive technology.

He is currently an advisor to the innovative shared working space The Trampery in London and Oslo Business Region, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and speaks regularly about the future of learning and entrepreneurship at events including SXSW, OECD, NOAH, Design Week, UCL and UiO.

In 2015 Johan was awarded Founder of the Year at the Norwegian Nordic Startup Awards, and named on of the 100 most influential leaders in EdTech.

Shane Reiser

Partner, Your Ideas Are Terrible
Shane Reiser has implemented lean methodologies at two venture-backed startups (Kohort and Dwolla) and at Startup Genome - a Kauffman-backed nonprofit he founded that maps and measures geographic startup communities. Today Shane engages corporations to teach and practice entrepreneurial innovation methods. These methods help corporations innovate through experimentation, customer development and prototyping to get solutions to the market faster and more reliably. Shane is an active coach and trainer in 6 startup accelerators in the Midwest and serves as a mentor to dozens of early-stage startup founders. As COO of Startup Weekend, Shane scaled Startup Weekend Operations from the US to over 30 countries, trained over 100 facilitators around the world to teach Lean Startup methodologies, and personally facilitated over 100 events including internal events for Fortune 500 companies.

Rebeca Hwang

Managing partner Rivet Ventures and Co-founder Younoodle

Rebeca Hwang is co-founder Rivet Ventures, which invests in companies in women-led markets where female usage, decision-making, and purchasing are crucial to company growth. Rebeca is also Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco-based startup, YouNoodle, which focuses on helping companies and governments engage with communities of entrepreneurs for open innovation and co-creation of products and services. Currently, YouNoodle’s technology platform helps power entrepreneurship initiatives by the governments of Chile, Peru, Denmark and companies of the stature of Verizon, Genentech, Cisco and Twitter. In 2014 alone, YouNoodle helped thousands of founders secure more than $22 million in cash grants and prizes from corporations, universities and government

Gisle Pedersen

Head of Innovation Program, Telenor Norge

Gisle Pedersen has served many leading positions in Telenor Norway and Malaysia through the years. Among others he was a part of the leader team in Djuice when this was Telenor´s initiative on mobile internett 15 years ago. He has tons of experience with product development and innovation of mobile services. Recently he came from the position as CEO in Telenor owned Canal Digital CabelTV AS. Since January this year he has been leading the Innovation Program in Telenor Norge

Henrik Scheel

Founder & CEO,

Henrik is a Danish serial entrepreneur currently living in San Francisco where he focuses on projects in entrepreneurship education, impact investing, and tech startups in the digital signage space. While still an engineering student, Henrik founded two companies in IT recycling and Design Thinking. He then worked with the Global Research team at Vestas Wind Systems and became specialized in strategy development and Innovation Management. In 2010 he moved to Silicon Valley where he founded Startup Experience, Inc. - A company that delivers interactive workshops aimed at solving social problems through entrepreneurship

Anita Krohn Traaseth

CEO, Innovation Norway

Anita Krohn Traaseth is the CEO of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry.

She was recently named as one of the top 50 most inspirational women in European tech in 2016.

Carl Waldekranz

Co-Founder & CEO of Tictail

Carl Waldekranz, 29, grew up in Stockholm and started his first company at 18. After high school Carl Waldekranz and a friend, Kaj Drobin, started a boutique design agency niched at helping technology gap the chasm between early adopters and mainstream. The young team soon acquired clients such as Spotify and Nokia and three years after incubation the agency was acquired by, at the time, Sweden’s biggest brand development agency Identity Works.

Carl is currently the co-founder and CEO of Tictail - a global community that allows you to discover the world’s greatest independent brands. Tictail is a free-to-use DIY e-commerce platform that enables independent brands to set up an online store in minutes, and a destination for discerning shoppers looking for their new favorite brands. Tictail’s shoppable marketplace showcases independent brands from around the world. The first store on the platform was Carl's mothers, The platform has since scaled, and three years after launch it’s the home to 85,000 brands from all over the world.

Angela Lee

Founder, 37 Angels

Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur. As Assistant Dean at Columbia Business School, Angela is a highly rated professor of strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship. She is also the founder of 37 Angels, an angel network that invests in early stage startups and activates new women angels through a month long investing bootcamp.

Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business and is regularly featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015.

Simen Fure Jørgensen

Co-Founder at Otovo

Solar energy is rapidly growing in the world. With increasing volumes the cost decrease, and in a few years solar panels will be among the cheapest and most versatile sources of energy we have. Otovo is the company that will take this energy revolution to Norway.

The market for solar in this country is small, but rapidly growing. Just a few days after its inception in January 2016 Otovo had signed up more than 1,000 stakeholders on their website. How does a small startup company scale quickly enough to meet demand? Founder and Product Manager Otovo, Simen Fure Jørgensen presents.

James Brooman

Adventurer, entrepreneur, polyathlete and writer

James Brooman is an adventurer, entrepreneur, polyathlete and writer. He has cycled from the Arctic to the Antarctic, run unsupported across Australia, BASE jumped, and was climbing Mt Everest during the 2014 disaster. He’s even been kidnapped – twice! He is currently a founder of an outdoor sports apparel company in the US. James is a former Vice President in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, and has held investor / consulting roles at Deloitte, BlackRock and Merrill Lynch. He hold a First Class Masters in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA with distinction from Dartmouth College, USA.

Scott Summit

Member Board of Advisors at Keyssa, Lecturer at Singularity University

Scott Summit is the founder of Bespoke Innovations, where the focus was to create individualised artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and personalise. With more than 20 patents to his name, he has held faculty positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Singularity University. He is also the founder of industrial design firm Summit ID.

Mik Strøyberg

Founder and CEO of Lemonsqueeze

Mik Strøyberg is the Founder and CEO of Lemonsqueeze.

Mik has a impressive track record as an enthusiastic and highly motivated leader with 15+ years of proven success in strategic sales, building new businesses, being the catalyst of new sales processes and experienced builder of businesses in all sizes. This includes innovative customer strategies and clever use of strategic partnerships with companies like UN, Redbull, Nike, The Atlantic, Adidas, VICE, V Magazine, New York Times, Smithsonian and 100+ other high-end brands. As an intrapreneur at Mecom, Mik founded and grew stand-alone solutions like Sweetdeal in 5 countries and more than 80 cities and initiated the US expansion for the digital publishing company, Issuu.

Today Mik’s company Lemonsqueeze has helped more than 40 companies enter and expand in the US.

Jason Ball

Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures Europe

Jason is Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures Europe, focusing mainly on software and services. He led the team's investments in Arteris (acquired by Qualcomm), We7 (acquired by Tesco Plc.) and Videoplaza (acquired by Telstra). Other recent deals he's managed include Blippar, BitBar, Grand Cru, Fon, Peak, Wrapp and Yplan. Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Jason was an investment director at London Seed Capital, an early stage VC fund, where he focused on internet technology investments. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College and an MBA from ESADE.

Tor Bækkelund

Managing Director at Startuplab

Tor has over 20 years experience working in Energy, Security and IT & Service industries with global footprint. He has a solid track record in growing businesses, and is currently one of the partners in StartupLab. As partner he holds the responsibility managing Founders Fund, an early stage investment fund. Tor has previously been the CEO of Hugin Group, a successful technology company that he led through multiple transactions to NYSE Euronext and Thomson Reuters. Previous to the role in Hugin he served as Vice President in a tech company in the US which was transformed to a success in a few years. He holds a M.Sc. from Norwegian University of Science & Technology - NTNU, and completed an education from London Business School.

Marc Nager

CCO at Techstars

Marc Nager has helped build a global movement of entrepreneurs. Since 2009, he has built and scaled Startup Weekend from being a local arrangement in Colorado to a worldwide movement that is represented in more than 130 countries.

He is now Chief Community Officer at Tech Stars, the world's most recognised accelerator program and is running accelerator programs for among others Barclays, Virgin Media. This in addition to it´s own accelerator programs within Healthcare, Cloud, Internet of Things, Mobile and Retail.

Torgeir Waterhouse

Director Internet & New Media at IKT-Norge

Torgeir Waterhouse is Director of Internet and New Media in ICT Norway, working with questions and issues related to internet and web-based services. He has primarily worked on issues related to copyright and digital media.

Bjørn Christensen

Partner at Alliance Venture

Bjørn Christensen is Partner and Co-Founder of Alliance Venture, the leading early-stage VC firm in Norway. Alliance is also one of the longest running VCs in Norway and one of few investing in pure IT startups.

With his background as General Manager of Cisco Norway and responsible for business development in Cisco Northern Europe, Bjørn brings in tons of experience to the companies Alliance Venture invest in to help them expand internationally. Prior investments of Alliance Venture include Xeneta,, Fuse, poLight and Swarm64.