There is a place in Oslo where the tech startup community of Norway meets. It is called Startup Lab.
Located in Science Park of Oslo, Startup Lab has found its perfect spot in the city. Indeed, the Science Park of Oslo has, since its creation in 1984, has hosted the first companies opening businesses on the internet at the time. Startup Lab started in 2012 with a focus on building the future of Innovation. Walking around Startup Lab with Heidi, the Community Manager, we quickly understood it was way more than a coworking space.
Indeed, if I have to define Startup Lab, I would see it as a hybrid between an incubator and a coworking space. Hybrid because it caters the needs of startups of different stages: from early stage to more advanced ones. Today, Startup Lab is home to 70 startups who share a very big open floor that combines closed offices, open offices with movable desks, meeting rooms, communal areas and an event space.
For the early stage startups, being incubated at Startup Lab is a great opportunity to scale fast and meet relevant connections for their businesses. Indeed, once part of the incubator, each startup receives 1,300 000 of Norwegian Crown (around 140,000 euros) and 3 months of daily coaching. Additionally, Startup Lab has a high level of flexibility membership-wise and contract-wise: termination can happen with a 1-month notice and teams do not have to commit to a certain size. If the team grows, you can add more desk to your table 🙂 The range of startups that can apply is vast: from IoT to Health, gaming, Financial Services and much more. The main condition to enter the Lab is to be a Norwegian-owned startup.
As per the bigger teams, Startup Lab offers the space but most importantly a strong network of mentors, advisors, and partners that can really help them in their conquest of users/clients/customers. You can have a look at the extensive list of partners right here: http://startuplab.no/members/
On top of everything detailed above, Startup Lab connects its past and present members to let them collaborate and share experiences. The overall experience we had there was for me, inspiring in many ways. I was amazed to see how the Startup Lab team focuses on bringing together the tech startup community of Norway, connecting dots between the stakeholders of that eco-system. At the end of our tour, we met Maximo, who is data analyst for the Lab. He invited us to a very nice club where he was Dj-ing the same night named Dattera Til Hagen.
Obviously, we ended up our visit with a Selfie 🙂
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