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So, who are we really?

Startup Extreme was created by Startup Norway in 2015 with a mission to showcase the Norwegian startup scene internationally, and to professionalize the Norwegian startup ecosystem to ultimately support the next generation of great, world-conquering companies from our region.

At the heart of Startup Extreme is a deep commitment to building our startup ecosystem and supporting founders from our region. We do this by showcasing the most promising Norwegian startups to international investors and press. Our goal is to push Norway towards becoming an international startup ecosystem.

Fast forward to today, Norway has the fastest growing tech scene in the Nordics, and Oslo is emerging as a contender the new startup capital of Europe. The philosophy behind Startup Extreme still remains the same, the growth we are seeing will only accelerate further with a solid startup ecosystem. Now in its fifth year, Startup Extreme represents true startup-DNA: real, authentic & crazy. We love to create events that give you a “zen-like” experience that takes your mind off work, but supports work being done in a way you can’t achieve in the office, conference calls, conferences. We are all about community and developing a bond of community that goes deep - natural connections that are almost spiritual.

Essentially we – being a startup ourselves – build events we’d also love to attend.



The Beginning


2015 was the year the first Startup Extreme was kicked-off.

One day in Bergen on june 15th - named Hightech Norway, open for everyone, gathering the top influencers and leaders working within innovation and corporate innovation. More than 300 people attended, making it the largest innovation conference on the west coast of Norway.

June 17th - 19th - The closed part of the conference, taking place at Voss, the extreme capital of Norway, gathered the best Nordic startups, international investors, media and other stakeholders in the European and US startup ecosystem for 2 days of extreme sports and shared experiences in Norwegian nature.



Merging conference and festival


In 2016 we merged the Conference - Hightech Norway and the festival at Voss into a conferencival. (Conference + festival). Some argued - is it allowed to call something Conferencival? Well, we don't know - but we did. And launched the worlds most extreme startup conferencival.

The 15-17th of June 2016 the H.K.H Crown Prince of Norway opened Startup Extreme with a ceremonial flag planting on a lucky sunny day in Bergen - and the Startup Extreme was hereby a tradition.



Merging conference and festival


In 2017 we surpassed all expectations by hosting 500 participants at the Conference in Bergen and 250 attendees at the Summit in Voss. Tickets were sold out 2 weeks before the event.

We also caught up the attention of 11 national and international newspapers and hundred of thousands social media users. In words of Forbes "One of Europe's best tech conferences in June"!



Getting international traction


In 2018, investors & press travelled from 6 continents and more than 30 countries to attend Startup Extreme. Press coverage was the best in the history of Startup Extreme with over 25 international journalists, representing both tech and traditional media. Big brands like Fortune, Business Insider, Inc., Fast Company, Forbes and The Program joined us for the Startup Extreme experience. This year several startups met investors at Startup Extreme that ended up investing in them. The program focusing on “scaling up” stood out as an important part.



To The Next Extreme


After several years with conference in Bergen and summit in Voss it was time to take some big leaps. Lisa enters as CEO for the new journey that Startup Extreme are going to take together with the worlds largest extreme sport festival - Ekstremsportsveko!