To help shed some light on Norway’s startup scene I share here a crowd-sourced list on Norwegian tech startups and Norway’s startup ecosystem. You’d get updates by following the Norwegian Startups Twitter list. You should follow me on Twitter here.
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1. Norwegian startups
Atbrox develops search technology and provides cloud computing services with Hadoop/Mapreduce and Amazon Web Services.
cXense is a contextual advertising, search and analytics software from the founders of FAST Search and Transfer (acquired by Microsoft) and the former Norwegian search engine Sesam.no.
Cfengine, a company providing automated IT operations, may not be a newly launched company per se, but it is definitely worth paying attention to working a client list that includes companies such as eBay, Facebook, PayPal, and Nokia.
Kontrib.it is a social interest network where you can collect and share stuff you like.
DoubleTwist, located in San Francisco, provides a free application that empowers consumers to easily transfer, share and sync personal media regardless of device, file format or social network.
Meltwater Group is a Software as a Service company providing tools for new media monitoring, news aggregation, and collaboration among others.
Confirmit is a SaaS vendor for enterprise feedback management and market research applications.
bMenu is a developer of Internet navigation technology for desktop and mobile platforms. Also behind website to mobile site converter bMobilized.com.
Induct Software integrates Enterprise 2.0 technology and social networking concepts with a customizable innovation management framework based on open innovation and Henry Chesbrough’s theories.
Integrasco provides social media monitoring and analytics for global brands.
Creaza which is developing tools for social video editing recently opened offices in Silicon Valley.
Ping.it (previously Stormdriver) keeps you updated in real time about what others are doing online and allows you to join them as they interact with content.
Gitorious by Shortcut provides free open source infrastructure for open source projects that uses Git. Projects include Qt by Nokia, OpenSUSE, Xbox, and Startusnet.
EasyPeasy, a Linux-based and Internet-enabled OS for laptops counting more than 1,5M downloads and users in 166 countries.
Questback provides online survey software and services.
BrightArch is the software company behind OrganizationWeaver, a service used in large corporations during restructures/staffing changes and change management.
ItsLearning is a learning platform used by millions of educators, students, admin staff and parents around the world.
Stay.com is a personal online travel guide.
Mobilskole.no a provider of mobile communication services to the education sector.
Infinite Loop is the company behind Kickback.no, an online shopping service that allows you to earn “kickback” across multiple online stores. The company also operates some of Norway’s most popular tech sites, including Mac1.no, iPod1.no, Kreativ1.no, and Linux1.no.
Symphonical is an online project management and group interaction service.
Yast.com is an online time tracker that is also providing tracking of phone calls.
OnePageOnly is a simple online time tracking service.
Preseria is a web-based planning and publishing tool for organizers and presenters.
Milestep provides interactive video solutions for the education sector.
Vinatta offers referral marketing software.
MyEnergy.no is a web application that helps you to track and reduce household energy usage.
The Online Backup Company provides online backup and disaster recovery solutions to private and public enterprises.
Outsmart.no is a back-office accounting service for SMBs and accountants in Norway.
Baresko.no is “Zappos.com of Norway”.
Snappit.no is a mobile app for restaurants that simplifies the ordering process, reducing guests’ waiting time and increasing sales.
EasyBring connects people who need to send something from one place to another with people going that way anyway.
bSafe turns your smartphone into a safety device. The company, Bipper, also provides BipperKids, a parental control service for children’s mobile phones.
Soundrop is a social jukebox for Spotify.
Yes! Games is a developer of interactive games. Its biggest title being Chess Attack.
T-Rank is a software provider that delivers products and solutions for network analysis.
Promon develops security software solutions for the mainstream enterprise security market.
Solid Publication‘s SaaS tools manage and analyse your activities across multiple social media channels.
dimidii offers tickets to cultural and sporting events at half price.
Vidamo is an international provider of mobile solutions to businesses.
Bengler is behind the social networking sites Underskog.no and Origo.no.
Musicnodes lets you share and play music directly from you website.
Webstory is a web development company behind multiple websites such as Mangel.no, EinsteinAplpha.com and Molo.no.
SocialCee is a CMS and CRM tool for social media like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
TextUrgy provides semantic search and navigation solutions to the enterprise market.
iSentio offers software solutions to facilitate analysis, interpretation, and management of DNA sequencing data.
METAS develops and manufactures underwater devices which use acoustic sensors for monitoring the subsea environment.
Appy.no, smart ad-serving for mobile.
Commercial Microportals turns domains into informative and useful websites.
Mikrojobb.no is a site that offers third parties to buy or sell services at fixed prices.
Encap provides desktop authentication solutions to the enterprise market.
Forlaget Propell is a publisher of interactive children’s books for the App Store and Android market.
EffektivEpost.no, by Eazycom AS, makes newsletters and email marketing simple.
WooThemes, a leading developer of WordPress Themes, is co-founded by Norwegian Magnus Jepson.
Wavepass helps retailers increase revenue through integrated solutions for electronic gift certificates.
Katachi is a creator of interactive digital magazines for iPad.
Neovada is a creative company developing online and mobile Internet applications.
Searchdaimon has developed proprietary technology and products for enterprise search.
iDTEQ develops alarm sensors utilizing artificial intelligence and infrasound detection.
SnapTV develops, operates, and maintains advanced digital infotainment systems.
FairChance develops a micro-lottery system to be used at online and physical point-of-sales.
One2Touch develops Near Field Communications (NFC) keyboard for smartphones and tablets.
Moblin makes SMS marketing easy.
DEALclickr collect deals from several providers to give you a better deal.
GetGauss, The People Magnet, helps you discover and meet with interesting people around you. Its Norwegian founder Vidar Andersen is based in Cologne, Germany.
Tyggo.no is a restaurant guide for Oslo. Here you will find menus, reviews and hours to the city’srestaurants, all gathered in one place.
Elliptic Labs is creating new ways of interacting with computers using ultrasound technologies.
SquareHead Technology provides microphone array systems for board and conference rooms, education purposes, and business conferences.
Flattr is an online micropayment/microdonation system founded by Norwegian Peter Sunde and Linus Olsson in Malmø, Sweden.
Florett Technologies makes Mind the Moose, helping you find offers and stores in your city, and ITsquare, a portal for IT services.
Tikkio by Kodebyraaet is an online ticket service.
MinOversikt.no is a personal accounting service that lets you set budgets and keep track on savings.
Ants, based in Oslo/Copenhagen, is a simple and fast way to share car rides on your iPhone.
Meronymy provides database server software for the Semantic Web.
Fribi is a fun and social way to give, get or swap anything from anyone, anywhere.
inTelly.tv adds social features for notifications on the TV.
WeVideo is an online video editing web platform.
iDoc24 provides medical advice via camera-based mobile applications.
Boost Communications provides brands and publishers with the tools needed to mobilize web and monetise mobile.
LapBack provides security software for handheld device.
YouSpin makes it easy for anyone to create a 360 animation of products using mobile devices.
Gapvine by Menlosoft, provides customer feedback and survey solutions to help companies increase profit by more accurate pricing.
Try It On is an e-commerce solution that allows users to “try before they buy”.
Never.no provides a social TV platform for broadcasters.
FXI Technologies provides users with a single point of access to all personal cloud services and apps through their favorite OS.
Aptoma enables editors and journalists to get their job done without ever worrying about the tools they use.
Kikora develops and offers online learning resources for mathematics education.
AIMS Innovation provides monitoring products for organizations with complex integration solutions.
Viju is a supplier of visual collaboration solutions.
Seevia provides directory-based video communication solutions for the enterprise market.
Aksjeservice offers web-based applications for shareholder management.
Pido is an online service that lets customers order goods from restaurants quickly and easily using their smart phone.
Wonderloop is live video socialized.
ISERV offers cloud computing services and applications.
Legalia gives people affordable and quick access to justice.
XT software is a digital media company that delivers community-based music software and plugins for the PC and Mac.
Mobitroll is an interactive platform enabling location based social gaming.
MyStore provides e-commerce stores to the SMB market.
Socialboards, by Your Feedback Norway, is a social customer feedback solution.
Tellu delivers solutions that add value to existing and new services in the mobile channel.
Jobylon is a social recruiting service.
Supportia, “Geeksquad of Norway”, provides services and resources in consumer electronics.
UrbanKandi is an app that lets you discover and share events and venues in your city.
Prove.no provides online driving license tests.
Smartski develops a sensor-based app that helps cross-country skiers improve their technique and performance.
Bitreactive delivers tools for effective and robust development of software systems.
Riftlabs‘ The Kick Light is an independent light source that helps users take better pictures and make great videos
iSky provides provides products and services for secure and flexible IT operations.
Oyatel provides a web-based business phone system manager.
ShoestringApp is an app for backpackers and low budget travelers.
Holder de ord brings accountability and transparency to Norwegian politics.
Videxio is a cloud video service provider that makes it easy for organizations to use video conferencing.
Zwipe enables fingerprint authentication on cards.
Glimt is a local, aggregated event calendar.
Evacuaid develops emergency bracelets for faster and safer evacuations.
We Want To Know is a French-Norwegian startup company that aims at delivering a new generation of learning games.
SkyLib lets you find, share and organize items with others.
Storelocator is an online directory linking fashion brands with fashion stores (via Heikki Sørum).
Taxibeat, Norwegian office, lets you select a taxi based on your needs & preferences.
Greenlit Games is a Norwegian game company.
Krillbite is an indie game developer based in Hamar , Norway.
YayMicro is an online marketplace where photographers around the world can sell their images directly to customers.
Trustnorway is your mobile wallet.
Oogababy is an online tool that lets parents capture precious baby moments, track growth and development, and relive parenthood interactively.
Beat lets you stream your music to any device.
Xeneta offers insight into a global sea freight market when it comes to prices, actual transit times & the environment.
Madmaker, a do-it-yourself mobile ad maker.
Fitnessbloggen.no is Norway’s largest community about exercise and diet, seeing 1M monthly visitors.
Hubii makes news social, free and available everywhere at anytime.
Remoteless turns your smartphone into a Spotify remote.
Neptune Software provides mobile interfaces for SAP.
Lilly Apps develops apps for better parenting.
Fixx.li is a social mobile collaboration platform with apps for instant microtasking.
Crypho is an online tool enabling real time collaboration and sharing for teams.
WeWantToKnow aims at delivering a new generation of learning games.
iFrapp, make Facebook pages with your own design.
Cane makes personal budgeting easy.
Swwwipe, easily present slideshows over the web and across devices.
Pixavi provides mobile video communication solutions.
Printify, print simply by tagging the photo on Instagram.
SlideDog by Preseria lets you present files seamlessly and professionally.
CV Partner – simplified CV management.
Buba.no is “Venteprivee for Norway”.
Moero lets you set up an e-commerce shop in minutes.
Lajotech develops next generation x-ray tubes.
DirtyBit Games develops popular FunRun, an online real-time multiplayer game, alongside other games for smart phones and tablets.
Memolife helps you learn faster with mnemonic memory tips, language sprints and brain-based repetitions.
Whatif provides web-based tools that make it simple and engaging to perform risk analyses
Inzpire.me brings window-shopping online.
Viva Labs, save money and the environment with intelligent power management.
eSmart Systems provides smart grid solutions for energy efficiency.
Transisto creates social, mobile games such as music app RattleJam.
NextToMe is a location based networking tool developed for social and professional opportunities.
Fønd, is a Norwegian crowdfunding service.
Secure-NOK provides products and solutions that detects and removes security attacks in Oil and Gas installations.
Funker develops mobile games and social media.
Mobidate is a location-based mobile dating service.
Megapop is a game developer behind Trolls vs. Vikings.
Straight to Video Games developer of Superlumina- First Contact, a sci-fi puzzle-strategy game.
Filmgrail, a better way to discover movies.
Pexip, offers a software platform providing personal meeting rooms for video, voice and mobile.
2. Notable exits
Energy Micro, a low-energy microcontroller producer, was acquired by Silicon Laboratories in 2013 for $170M.
Mamut, a provider of integrated software solutions and internet services for SMEs, was listed on Oslo Stock Exchange in 2004 and acquired by Visma in 2011.
Siri, a personal assistant software developed by Dag Kittlaus, was sold to Apple in 201o rumored at a prize of $200M.
Nimsoft, a provider of unified monitoring solutions in the cloud, was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2010 for $350M.
Global IP Solutions, developer of real-time voice and video processing software for IP networks, was acquired by Google in 2010 for $68.2M.
Playfish, a creator of social games for Facebook and other social platforms, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2009 for $400M.
Hugin Group, an European provider of Investor Relations and Public Relations services, was bought by Thomson Reuters in 2009.
Trolltech, the developer of mobile application platform Qt was acquired by Nokia in 2008 for $153M.
Fast Search and Transfer (FAST), a developer of enterprise search technologies and solutions, was acquired by Microsoft in 2008 for $1,2B.
Fronter, provider of an online learning management system was acquired by Pearson in 2008.
Linpro, a Linux solutions company was acquired by Redpill in 2010.
Chipcon, a semiconductor company, was acquired by Texas Instruments in 2006 for $200M.
Falanx Microsystems, a mobile graphics chip developer was acquired by ARM in 2006.
Vizrt, creator of content production tools for the digital media industry, was listen on the OSE in 2005.
FunCom, a developer of massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2005.
Opera Software, known for the Opera browsers, was listed on Oslo Stock Exchange in 2004.
StepStone, a pan-European online recruitment service, filed for IPO on the LSE and the OSE in 2000.
3. Norwegian Tech Blogs
Mac1.no on Apple news and products.
Teknologia.no is a technology and gadget blog.
Techstorm.no writes about digital technologies and gadgets.
SocialTalk.no covers developments in social media services and marketing.
Genuin.no publishes news and stories about Norwegian startups.
Miniforetak.no helps small businesses simplify access to public documents, manuals, rules, and regulations.
GründerTV produces videos covering the Norwegian tech scene, ranging from founder interviews and startup events.
4. Accelerators, incubators, and co-working
BetaFactory is an early-stage startup incubator/accelerator based on the Techstars model.
Startup Weekend Norway is the Norwegian chapter of the global startup initiative Startup Weekend.
MESH is a co-working space for modern entrepreneurs and creative individuals.
Startup Norway is an entrepreneurial community and startup hub running Startup Weekend and more.
Innovation House is a Norwegian co-working space and incubator located in Silicon Valley.
Startup Lab, based at Oslo Innovation Center, provides housing and funding for startups.
Venture Factory develops and commercializes new digital products and services.
Lean Startup Norway, a meetup group dedicated to educating and applying Lean Startup practices.
Rocket Science is a startup incubator provided by Jimmy Royal.
Gründerenes Hus located in Oslo, provides co-working space for Norwegian startups.
Nordaaker co-working occupies 500m2 for 30 worker bees.
657.no is a new co-working space with a focus on communication, innovation and creativity.
Accel is an innovation program for entrepreneurial companies and established companies, currently in Bergen and Stavanger.
Connect is a non-profit, business-driven membership organization that provides free assistance to entrepreneurs through Springbrett.
Pop Up Hub Oslo is a creative co-working space.
5. VCs and early-stage funding
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry.
Norwegian Venture Capital Association (NVCA) provides a list on members; Venture Capital firms and funds in Norway.
Northzone offers early-stage venture capital investments, focusing on Nordic technology companies such as Spotify and Funcom.
Nunatak takes active involvement in the different stages of a start-up company’s life cycle.
Fabian Invest invests actively in early stage mediatech companies in the Nordic region.
Ignitas is an advisory and venture company focused on digital strategy and on-line visibility.
Oslo Innovation Center houses research-based startups.
Springfondet is a seed capital fund located at Oslo Innovation Center.
BMI is an incubator and investor in early start-ups within the biomedical sector.
NorBAN – Norwegian Business Angel Network.
Schibsted Vekst is the venture arm of Schibsted Media Group, providing its portfolio companies with access to its large media network.
Core Venture helps small businesses realize their business ideas through our competencies and network in the IT, media and telecom-sectors.
6. Education and startup initiatives
Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship /Gründerskolen is an academic cooperation programme that involves most universities or colleges in Norway and several notable international universities.
Centre for Entrepreneurship with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo, the oldest and largest university in Norway.
BI Norwegian School of Business offers courses in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Start Norge is a student organization working to advance innovation and entrepreneurship amongst Norwegian students.
Ungt Entreprenørskap (part of YA-YE Europe) is a non-profit, national organization working to develop children and young people’s creativity, joy and faith in themselves.
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