The last months have been very exciting for Vio as they have finally closed an agreement with the media provider Bonnier Media AS, with more agreements down the pipeline. This secures a wide selection of content for their prototype, that is due to be launched in a few weeks. In a short while, users will be able to discover, read and share articles from magazines such as National Geographic and Science Illustrated, so make sure you have signed up as a beta user.
Vio is an online journalism service that provides digital access to a selection of Norwegian newspapers and magazines, article by article. They call themselves a “Netflix for journalism”. By unbundling newspapers and magazines into individual articles, they can distribute these to any device, anywhere, at any time. The beauty with this concept is that each user is served a unique compilation of articles relevant to that user, independent of publication. Their goal is to activate the digital generation below 30 to read more journalism.
The focus for Vio in the forthcoming period is to invite readers to test their prototype, in order to adapt their services to the customers’ specific needs. Shortly thereafter, they are planning to launch a public beta with a broader selection of quality journalism. 2015 will be a great year for Vio, and NSE is looking forward to follow their progress.
Want to try the prototype? Sign up on www.readvio.com
Social events are a major part of the student life at NSE, and last week 4th and 5th grade together traveled to Åre to go skiing. A great way to start the year! Creating a great social environment is of great importance for NSE, and we have several social events throughout the year. By building friendships across teams and grades, we allow frequent knowledge sharing and increased learning outcome for all. Many students say they get 60 new best friends when starting to study at NSE, which is something we are very proud of!
The NSE alumni startups Dirtybit and Assitech were this week listed in Teknisk Ukeblad, as two of Norway’s most promising startups for 2015. Dirtybit with their online games Funrun and Funrun 2 have received worldwide attention and had in 2014 a revenue exceeding 23 million NOK. The game Fun Run enables people to race together online in real-time, and with their games they established a new market for multiplayer games in the mobile space. For more info, visit dirtybit.no
AssiTech develops AssiStep, the walker in the stairs, giving elderly and people with reduced mobility the security and support to climb stairs themselves. The company successfully sourced investors through an equity crowdfunding in 2014, and the product was launched and tested in the autumn of 2014. AssiTech AS aims to expand internationally the coming years, developing and selling aids to help people stay active and independent. For more info, see startups and assistep.no
Ukeavisen Ledelse wrote this week about the successful contact between NTNU School of Entrepreneurship (NSE) and CERN. NSE has since 2008 had a fruitful cooperation with CERN where NSE students once a year travel to CERN to find new commercial potential for their technologies.
– The vision of NSE is to create a out of the ordinary study where we educate the world’s best business developers. The students must be put in extreme environments in order to reach extreme learning. CERN is pushing the limits of human knowledge, and it is thus a perfect place for pushing the limits of our students, says professor Øystein Widding.
We are proud to say that NTNUs School of Entrepreneurship attracts some special guests. A delegation from The Ministry of Education and Research came to visit and experience the entrepreneurial spirit at NTNU on Friday the 5th of December.
Our friends from Spark* kicked off the event with telling how NTNU and TrønderEnergi came together to create a highly successful organization that within the first year of operation has helped over 100 student startups. Further, our beloved house attorney Tommy Dahlen told the story of NSE and how the master programme strives to educate the best business developers in the world. In classic NSE style, several startups took this chance to pitch their project. Morpho Solar, Armoni, Voico and Lærerportalen (HiST) impressed the audience with energetic speech and ambitious visions. Afterwards the delegation got invited to our incubator to interact with the students. They listened keenly to the elevator pitches and stories from the life at NSE, and even got to see some prototypes.
We want to thank The Ministry of Education and Research for their visit and gladly welcome them again sometime.
The NSE Startup Morpho Solar just released the new concept of solar grilling to the Norwegian market. The startup has received attention from both national and regional media, and is now opening up the market for environmentally friendly grilling. Read more in this article from Teknisk Ukeblad, vg.no or check out solgrillen.no.
This week NSE had some special visitors. Six students from our sister school in Sweden, Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, worked and played in our incubator. On the menu there was traditional norwegian sodd, elevator pitches, knowledge sharing, movie night with Flåklypa and theatre at Studentersamfundet to name a few. In other words, just another week at NSE.
We want to thank you for the visit and hope our relationship can grow even stronger from here.
4th grade has spent one intensive screening week at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. In three groups the students studied three different technologies developed by the scientists at CERN. The technologies were originally developed for applications in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), now it was up to the students to find other application areas outside of CERN.
Understanding the advanced technologies is one thing, finding suitable application areas that also comply with CERN’s high standards is another deal entirely. With great effort and creative thinking the students investigated several interesting areas like cancer treatment, thermal management of electronics and handling of radioactive goods that might be the foundation to create new CERN spin-offs.
At the end of the week the results were clear. The inventors and the people at the Knowledge Transfer Office of CERN were very pleased and the students were quite tired, but very content. After thanking all of CERN for an unforgettable experience, the students left for Trondheim again, ready for some well deserved relaxing before new challenges awaits them.
The startup nLink received the prestigious award of “The best startup concept” during the “RoboBusiness” conference in Boston this week. The company is developing a robotic drilling and measuring system for ceiling work. It relieves workers from overhead work involved with measuring and drilling ceilings.
The judges called nLink’s business idea as “a truly disruptive technology” and the judge Anders Bialek, director, corporate development, iRobot declared “nLink had the clearest direction of all the Pitchfire entrants. They identified a real problem for businesses and found a solution that happens to use robotics.”
NSE congratulate nLink with the award and we are looking forward to follow the launching of the robot in 2015!
Read more about the award and nLink in this article in Teknisk Ukeblad.