Dirtybit reached 45 million downloads this week and they recently launched their second mobile racing game, Dino Dash.
The financial Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv today covered the amazing story of DirtyBit and their grand success FunRun.
Dirtybit has established itself as one of Norway’s most promising mobile start-ups. The have seen an remarkable growth since Fun Run was launched September 5th, 2012. They reached #1 in US Apple App Store on December 11th, 2012, and now 45 million dowloads worldwide.
– This is only the beginning. We will now leverage our success to grow further, says COO & Co-Founder Nicolaj Broby Petersen. Petersen and VP of Business and Marketing, Aurora Klæboe Berg, both graduated from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship in 2013 and 2014.
Photo: Eivind Senneset
The startup Aalberg Audio is today launching the world’s first remote controlled effects pedal for electric guitars. The solution moves guitar effects from a stationary pedal to the performer’s hands allowing them freedom to move around anywhere on stage for the first time.
–Our solution is highly liberating because it means guitarists can access all our effects no matter where they are on the stage – which is great for creativity, says Aleksander Torstensen, CEO & Co-founder of Aalberg Audio and former NSE student. The innovative technology gives the player greater ‘in-the-moment’ control of their sound and dramatically enhances the playing experience. They are today launching a campaign on Indiegogo where you can preorder the remote controller, AERO, visit their campaign here.
The summer program at Boston University (BU) is an important part of NTNU School of Entrepreneurship (NSE). During the last three months, the fifth year students have studied at the renowned School of Management at BU. They have done intensive work on their startups, written business plans, learned about entrepreneurship and presented for investors.
–This has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, programs I have attended. I feel like I have completed an MBA in ten weeks, says NSE student André Wærness-Vold. With the help of experienced mentors and professors at BU, André and the other students have made great progress on their business ideas. They are now returning to Trondheim, ready for their last year at NSE.
NTNU School of Entrepreneurship was today proud to welcome their new students. After a highly selective period of recruitment, 32 students have been selected to be part of the master program. The new students have a wide range of backgrounds, varying from industrial design, mechanical engineering, economics and marketing. Intensive feasibility studies and challenging courses are awaiting, and the faculty is well prepared to inspire and test the students’ capabilities throughout their two years of study.
And as new students are being enrolled, the 2nd year students are this week graduating from their summer program at Boston University, and will next week return to Trondheim to help and guide the new students.
The NSE company Morpho Solar met the minister of oil and energy when receiving Grønn Fase’s energy award of NOK 50.000. The award was given on August 15, acknowledging Norway’s best idea within renewable energy. Morpho Solar is a spinoff company from NTNU, developing an innovative heat storage unit. Their technology is based on eight years of research from NTNU on capturing, transporting and storage of thermal solar heat towards cooking food. The technology is now mature and Morpho Solar has found a market fit for the technology. The company will develop heat storage units to existing solar grills and solar cookers. The concept of solar grilling is still new in Europe, but the market is already growing rapidly in the US and China. Morpho Solar will first introduce solar grills to the European market, and develop “Anti cloud”, an add-on heat storage unit that makes solar grilling more reliable.
More info: morphosolar.com
Nordic Startup Awards was held in Norway May 22nd and NTNU School of Entrepreneurship won the prize for being “The best service provider” in Norway.
The honorable prize was dealt out to the NSE-faculty and serial entrepreneur Tronn Skjerstad at the Grand Final in Oslo. To be considered as “A noteworthy company that deserves the recognition for its help, services and support to the startup industry in the past year”, NTNU School of Entrepreneurship went ahead and won against other renowned companies like Startuplab, Innovation House Silicon Valley, by:Larm Interactive and Conta Systemer AS. Once again, NSE has established that the center for entrepreneurship education is in fact located in Trondheim.
The prize for Startup of the year went to Dirtybit, the creators of the game Fun Run and the more recent Dino Dash. Co-founder and NSE-student Nicolaj Broby Pedersen and VP of Business and NSE-alumni Aurora Klæboe Berg received the prize at the same Grand Final in Oslo.
This is IT folks,
NTNU School of Entrepreneurship is nominated in the category “Best Service Provider” at the Nordic Startup Awards.
Give us a lending hand and vote us to be the national winners in this category.
In addition to NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, there are several nominees in close relations to our environment.
Developer Hero: NSE Alumni and Co-founder of Rendra, Marit Rødevand – VOTE HERE
Best newcomer: Current NSE-startup, feat.fm – VOTE HERE
Founder of the year: NSE Alumni and Founder of Rocketfarm, Halvor Gregusson - VOTE HERE
Startup of the year: Current NSE-startup, Dirtybit led by Nicolaj Broby Pedersen – VOTE HERE
What if you had a really good idea? And you were standing in an elevator with an investor, and had 30 seconds to pitch your idea.
Could you do it?
This is the basics behind the phenomenon “Elevator pitching” – Pitch your idea short and briefly, and aim for a second meeting with an investor. This concept are now being realized as a reality show called Lift. Eight technology startups were challenged to make an elevator pitch with some of Norways largest investors as they raised to the top floor of the new DNB-building at Bjørvika.
The result? feat.fm won it all!
The price? A 5-day VIP-trip to Tela-Aviv, Israel – One of the worlds most prosperous startup environments today.
NTNU was transformed into an innovation center when the annual Technoport Innovation Conference was held last week in Trondheim. Known and unknown faces from the global entrepreneurial ecosystem were swarming and networking to stimulate technology-led innovation and to meet global challenges together. Entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students, researchers and troublemakers were placed together to interact, share and innovate great thoughts in order to focus on entrepreneurship for the entire three days.
NTNU School of Entrepreneurship was also attending this conference, heavily impacting the mindset of the visitors.
CPTR and feat.fm, both startups at NSE won the pitch competition, with CERN-based GEM finishing in 2nd in the Venture Cup Regional Final.
Listen to CEO of feat.fm Andreas H.F. Olsen talk about entrepreneurship about 2:43 out in the attached video.
Assitech was the absolute hottest startup when the first Live Crowdfunding Experiment in Norway was held under Technoport this week. Technoport and FundedByMe presented Norway’s first and live equity crowdfunding fair at Studentersamfundet where four startups presented themselves to sell shares to those wanting to invest.
Assistep, the device that gives extra support for climbing stairs, and helps elderly to stay active and independent, finished in an outstanding first place when they managed to reach out to a hungry crowd of investors.
NSE Alumni Halvor Wold and Erik Medbø overwhelmed the audience with their perfectly executed pitch, resulting in Rune Sævik, Chairman of the jury and investor at Investinor, took out his checkbook himself.
With an amazing rally in under a week, and over 600 000 NOK in equity funds received, other renowned nvestors stood in line to talk to the founders of Assistep.
This is just the beginning!