In the beginning of the summer, Sounds Good received $ 380 000 from The Research Council of Norway. This is highly valuable for the team, which is collaborating with NTNU TTO (Trondheim Technology Transfer) and researchers at NTNU. The funding is being used to verify Sounds Good’s concept and to develop a speech recognition technology. Sounds Good is helping people with learning listening and pronunciation skills, and in August they are launching the beta version of their app. Further, the team is seeking people who is learning Norwegian and can provide feedback on the app.
The admission process is over and we want to congratulate the new students. The quality has been extremely high this year and we want to thank all the applicants.
1. Kandidatene vurderes ut fra skriftlig søknad og vedlegg.
2. De beste av disse blir kalt inn til intervju mellom 29. april og 20. mai. Rekkefølgen for intervju er i hovedsak tilfeldig (ingen prioritering).
3. Innkallingen til intervju skjer fortløpende i perioden 29. april til 20. mai. Dersom du ikke hører noe har du ikke blitt kalt inn til intervju.
4. Intervjuet varer i ca 20-25 minutter. Hensikten er å bli bedre kjent med kandidatene, og at de skal få stille spørsmål. Man trenger ikke ta med seg noe dokumentasjon/annet på intervjuet.
5. Kandidater som av praktiske grunner ikke kan gjennomføre intervjuet i Trondheim, vil kunne få tilbud om intervju over videotelefoni/Skype.
6. Vi har ambisjoner om å ha klar en innstilling til 1. juni. Når denne er klar, vil dere få en indikasjon fra opptakskomiteen på om dere innstilles for opptak. Et endelig opptak forutsetter at alle formelle kriterier er tilfredsstilt (http://entreprenorskolen.no/
7. Spørsmål om opptaksprosessen kan sendes til Roar Brattås (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Helping Hands, Inhibio and Chemfree could all celebrate on Venture Cup this week. ChemFree was selected as the Norwegian representative for the competition “Grøn Dyst”, and Helping hands and Inhibio both won a seat in the regional Venture Cup final in August. Congratulations!
More about the startups:
Helping Hands creates a platform where people can share and complete minor tasks. Through a web page and app for smartphones, people can either post their help request, or choose to give a helping hand. In this way helpers can earn money. Helping Hands aims at becoming world’s biggest platform for sharing tasks and helping people.
Inhibio brings the market a portfolio of compounds showing great potential as biofilm inhibitors.
ChemFree is a new revolutionary technology for treatment of marine oil spill. Oil spill from blowouts and shipwrecks is a serious environmental threat, and the damages and cost done by oil spill is increased hundredfolds when the oil hits shore. ChemFree functions without the use of chemicals, which is environmental friendly as well as cost effective. It also performs under any type of weather conditions, dissolves all kinds of oil, and has a larger action window than traditional methods.
The NSE startup Sounds Good just received 150 000 NOK from NTNU Discovery. This will help the project to reach the next phase, and their goal is to develop a demo-version of their app within June 2015.
The start-up team from NSE consists of two engaged members, Ekaterina Fedorova and Adine Dørum, who are working hard to reach their goal of launching an app that will help people who learn a foreign language to acquire suitable listening and pronunciation skills. Lack of confidence in using newly acquired language skills in social contexts is a common challenge that many people face which have consequences for a whole society, such as isolation and unemployment. Sounds Good customizes listening and pronunciation exercises based on the user’s native language. The NSE-team are collaborating with TTO and a group of language researchers at Department of Language and Literature at NTNU who spent around 6 years developing a unique methodology. The methodology is based on a language map that provides information about which speech sounds that does not exist in the learner’s native language, but exist in the language that the learner wants to master.
Meet Mikuna! Mikuna is one of the new startups at NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, and they are doing something out of the ordinary. The team is namely developing food products from insects. Why? Because as the world’s population grows, the demand for protein rich food increase. Today’s meat production is not sustainable, neither for meeting the population growth nor for the global environment. Furthermore, the threat of multidrug resistant bacteria in food is increasing. As an alternative, insects are regarded as a solution to these problems. Insects contain all the essential proteins, it has high fiber content, as well as it is eco-friendly and has low risks for diseases through food. This makes insects a perfect option for today’s choice of food. Mikuna thus aims to develop food products from insects for consumption in the western world. The goal is to offer a superior source of protein and nutrients tailor made for the modern kitchen. Mikuna aims to introduce insects on your dinner table for the better for both you – and for our planet!
NSE has a wide variety of startups, and one of them is “Trevarefabrikken”, and they were recently in media, see here. NSE student Andreas and a couple of friends made the decision to buy the rustique old wood factory (1.500 square meters) to provide co-living, foodlab and workation facilities. They are going to restore the building in three phases, starting in the summer of 2015. The fisher village is popular not only among climbers, surfers and travelers, but frequently used as hideaway for thoughtful painters, handcrafters and wildlife explorers.
Read more about this and other startups here.
The educational magazine Kaliedoskapet recently had an extensive article about NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. What do they think about the study program? Have a look here.
Gunn-Berit Nergård and Lars Gjølme from NTNU School of Entreprenurship are the proud project coordinators engaged in organizing the Norwegian part of Climate Launchpad – Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition. Participants from all over the country are invited to visit climatelaunchpad.no to register their idea on how to save the world from the climate change, and create a sustainable world to live in. 12 finalists will be chosen and invited to Trondheim from 20th to 22nd of May for a Green Kick-Off Party, and a two-day Business Bootcamp. Travel expences and acommodation is covered by Climate Launchpad to ensure every idea can participate on equal terms. The national final on the 12th of June will reveal which top three ideas who are to represent Norway in the European final. The top prize is 10.000 € and the best 8 ideas get access to Climate-KIC Accelerator and funding up to 95.000 €. Earlybirds in Norway can win tickets to Fornybarkonferansen 2015 by signing up before 6th of april. NSE are proud to participate in the organizing of such an important step towards developing the newest of clean technology.