Marc Nager has helped build up a global movement of entrepreneurs, inspiring thousands to quit their job to become entrepreneurs. Since 2009 he has built and scaled Startup Weekend from being a local event in Colorado to a world-spanning series of events happening everywhere, from US to Norway to Palestine, in total more than 130 countries.  

As the CEO of UP Global, the parent company of Startup Weekend, he launched Startup Next, the world´s largest pre-accelerator program, before UP Global was acquired by the $300M VC  firm Techstars in 2015. He is now the Chief Community Officer at Techstars, helping some of the most promising companies of tomorrow grow.

Being an adrenaline junkie, no doubt he is also looking forward to trying out some Extreme Sports at Startup Extreme Summit.

His advice for every aspiring and current entrepreneurs:

Think of your customers as real people with real needs — not just numbers on a spreadsheet.
Bjørn Christensen/ Marc Nager

Bjørn Christensen/ Marc Nager

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.


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