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Launchpad Startup is the perfect arena for validating your business model and developing a solid go-to-market strategy.
Powered by Smart Innovation Norway
– Norway's largest innovation company 
Applications are closed but you can submit you interest!
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+60 startups

+100 
founders

200MNOK
fundraised

LAUNCHPAD STARTUP

Launchpad Startup is a 6-week accelerator program for early-stage startups focusing on market validation and business modelling. Through the program, we provide you with the necessary skills, competence, and tools to help you increase your chance of success in the market.

Have the opportunity to win NOK 50.000 at Demo Day!

In 2022, this will be the 6th consecutive year we run the program, and it keeps getting better each time. We know there is no secret to entrepreneurial success, but we know what the common pitfalls are, and how to avoid them. This is among the many things we will teach you over the course of the program.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Through participation in the program, we will introduce you to methods and strategies to help you reach problem-solution-fit faster. Together, we will work with your go-to-market strategy, sales and communication, financing, investor readiness and much more.

In the program, we meet  every week (in Oslo and Halden) for a joint six-hour gathering, and between the gatherings you will receive close follow-up by your own dedicated mentor. The program is intense, but that's needed for you to accelerate your business.

A couple of the topics we will go through are: how to analyze market opportunities, market segmentation, quantitative metrics, value propositions, competition strategies, business models, sales processes, etc ..

The program fee is only NOK 3000 thanks to our premium sponsors.

The program will be held in Norwegian.

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What kind of startups are we looking for?

We’re looking for early-stage tech startups in all industries, with a clear idea about what they want to introduce to the market. You don’t need a fully functioning product, but you should have a clear concept, preferably a prototype. You should also have some opinions on the type of technology the startup should use for the solution. 

The strongest applicants have a solid technical team and some traction, i.e. in the form of pilot customers or recieved grants. They solve a significant problem in a fast-growing market they know well. 

Each year 10-15 promising startups are enrolled in the program. 

We are looking for early-stage tech startups in all industries and markets with a clear idea on what they want to introduce to the market.

You do not need a fully functional product, but you should have a clear concept, ideally a prototype. You should also have made some reflections on the choice of technology.

Most successful applicants have a strong technical team with some form of traction, e.g. pilot customers and/or have received grant(s). They also have some market knowledge and are solving a problem in a fast-growing market. 

Each year we accept 10-15 promising startups to enroll in the program.

The program fee is 6000 kr.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Through our partnerships, you can have access to great deals and discounts.

HUBSPOT
Receive up to 90% discount on HubSpot software
AWS
Receive up to $100k of free cloud credits
SEGMENT
Receive up to $50k of free Segment credits
MICROSOFT
Receive up to $120k of free Azure cloud credits

Our investment fund is always looking for opportunities. By attending one or more of the Launchpad programs for founders, you greatly increase your chance of receiving an investment.

Read more about our fund here:  https://www.fortressfund.no/

INVESTMENT

The Program will be back in April 2023

IMPORTANT
DATES

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

OFFICE HOURS

Book individual meetings with our team of partners and advisors. 

NETWORKING

Book 1:1 meetings with the staff of Smart Innovation Norway to access our broad network. 

WORKSHOPS

Attend relevant experience-led workshops tailored to your needs. 

GATHERINGS

 Exchange experience and knowledge with other like-minded founders.

DON'T HESITATE TO CALL!

Call me for an informal chat if you have questions about the program.
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Matias Heggdal
Program Manager
+47 466 92 606
matias.heggdal@smartinnovationnorway.com