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.
This week NTNU School of Entrepreneurship is running the yearly competition, ES Championship, where the startups in 4th grade are competing for a trip to a renowned business plan competition in Texas, US. Henrik and Hjalmar in Inhibio are ready for the last days of preparation for their presentation on Wednesday. Who will get the chance to travel to the US? Will it be Inhibio, ChemFree, Helping Hands, Sounds Good og Mikuna?
What a kickstart! The new team ChemFree started working together in December, and they are now finalists for the award Startstøtte. They have the chance to win 500.000 NOK, where a pitch competition on Friday will decide. The new NSE startups are full of energy and are all showing great progress. NTNU School of Entrepreneurship will follow the final with excitement!
The educational magazine today Utdanning=Jobb (Eng: Education=Job) tells why NSE are fostering the world’s best business developers. In the interview, Erik Sandsmark gives a call to potential students. “Be engaged and always seek to challenge your own comfort zone. Remember to join projects where you can learn fast! Then you will have a strong application for NSE.”