Det nordiska samarbetet i Silicon Valley går framåt. Tack vare ett samarbete mellan Innovasjon Norge och VINNOVA/Almi hade i våras även svenska företag möjlighet att följa det norska programmet TINC, ett fyraveckorsprogram för tech startups med ambitioner att skala upp på en internationell marknad. Nu finns det möjlighet att söka till höstens omgång, se nedan för mer info.
Here in Silicon Valley, the Nordic collaborative efforts are thriving. As we approach the bicentennial anniversary of when Norway entered into a union with Sweden (which was – regretfully for some, fortunately for others – peacefully dissolved in 1905), Innovation Norway and VINNOVA/Almi have recently had their first go at running a startup program together. TINC – TechnologyINCubator is a Norwegian initiative that has been running for two years already, and has so far benefitted 45 companies. In brief, it is a 4-week Silicon Valley immersion program offered to tech startups ready, or almost ready, to launch with ambitions and potential for international growth.
Between March 17th-April 11th, 3 Norwegian and 3 Swedish startups turned Innovation House in Palo Alto into their Silicon Valley headquarters. The companies were:
The program is very much focused on action. A few workshops will provide some essential and useful background and tools, qualified mentors with serial entrepreneur experience are available for one-on-one sessions, but most of the time is dedicated to meetings with potential customers, partners, investors etc..that can add value in one form or another to the business.
Instead of my trying to capture all the benefits, I encourage you to watch the videos below and let the companies tell their own story.
Some of the quotes given by TINC alumni are:
”This is probably the best investment we have made” (note: cost estimate is $8000-9000 per person)
”The mentors provided by TINC were world-class compared to what we had access to back home”
”Silicon Valley is now demystified – we now feel that we belong here too!”
”This has not just transformed our business, it has transformed us as individuals”.
INTERESTED? Or know of a company that may benefit from the program?
We are currently open for applications to TINC Fall2014, taking place from Oct 20th-Nov 13th. Last date is May 16th.
For Swedish applicants: more info at the VINNOVA website
For Norwegian applicants, or if you want more detailed information about the program, please visit the Innovation Norway website.