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Norway has seen an increasing number of accelerators, incubators and entrepreneurship programs emerge for startups and entrepreneurs to gain exposure, become more productive, or make connections.

It is still hard for Norway startups to get noticed by VCs, but these programs are proving to be extremely useful for startups looking for capital and other help.

That's why we've compiled a list of the 15 best accelerators and incubators in Norway.


15 Accelerators and Incubators in Norway

1) Katapult Ocean

1) Katapult Ocean

Katapult Ocean conducts accelerator programs and impact funds that invest in the world's most innovative blue economy impact-tech firms.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Anders Lier, Haakon Brunell, Maren Hjorth Bauer, Tharald Nustad
  • Industries: Impact Investing, Information Technology, Internet, Marine Technology, Seafood, Shipping, Solar, Sustainability, Transportation
  • Number of investments: 18
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

2) Katapult Accelerator

2) Katapult Accelerator

Katapult Accelerator is an accelerator program situated in Oslo that supports impact entrepreneurs with a technology foundation.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Anders Lier, Haakon Brunell, Tharald Nustad
  • Industries: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Energy Efficiency, Financial Services, FinTech, GreenTech, Smart Building, Smart Cities, Transportation
  • Number of investments: 36
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

3) StartupLab

3) StartupLab

Early-stage investor and technology incubator

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Alexander Woxen, Karl-Christian Agerup
  • Industries: Angel Investment, Business Development, Incubators
  • Number of investments: 36
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

4) Pangea accelerator

4) Pangea accelerator

Pangea is a startup accelerator and investment platform that connects African startups with funding, expertise, and networks.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Jonas Tesfu
  • Industries: Angel Investment, Consulting, Impact Investing, Incubators
  • Number of investments: 4
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 15

You can find their website here.

5) Validé

5) Validé

Validé, based in Rogaland, is one of Norway's largest government-funded incubators and seed investors.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Stavanger
  • Started in: 2015
  • Number of investments: 3
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

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6) TheFactory

6) TheFactory

TheFactory is the leading finance and proptech accelerator and incubator in the Nordic region.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Ingar S. Bentsen
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services
  • Number of investments: 12
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

7) Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor

7) Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor

The Techstars Energy Accelerator, in collaboration with Equinor, works on disruptive energy solutions.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Industries: Energy, Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy
  • Number of investments: 10
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

8) Angel Challenge

8) Angel Challenge

Angel Challenge is a workshop-based program aimed at angel investors and entrepreneurs.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Knut Wien, Maja Adriaensen, Thomas Berglund
  • Industries: Finance, Impact Investing, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 2

You can find their website here.

9) Finova AS

9) Finova AS

In Norway, M&A, startups, and investments are common.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Horten
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Jan Wessel Bratterud
  • Industries: Advice, Incubators, Nanotechnology

You can find their website here.

10) Kjeller Innovation

10) Kjeller Innovation

At Kjeller and s, Kjeller Innovation has created start-up incubators.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Kjeller
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

11) Oslo International Hub

11) Oslo International Hub

Where entrepreneurship and global business collide. An setting that encourages both social and professional networking.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Jørn Lein-Mathisen
  • Industries: Coworking, Incubators

You can find their website here.

12) X2 Labs - A Startup Factory

12) X2 Labs - A Startup Factory

4-week accelerator programs to help startups get off the ground and grow. Upon request, run 90-day programs in your nations.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Stavanger
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Christian Rangen, Sean Paul Shanor
  • Industries: Business Development, Digital Media, FinTech, Internet of Things, Product Design, Real Time, Social Media, Tourism, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 2

You can find their website here.

13) 6AM Accelerator

13) 6AM Accelerator

Mentorship, significant corporate networks, and experienced business developers are all available at 6AM Accelerator.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Trondheim
  • Industries: Business Development, Consulting, Incubators

You can find their website here.

14) HATCH Aquaculture Accelerator

14) HATCH Aquaculture Accelerator

HATCH Aquaculture Accelerator helps aquaculture feed, health, genetics, technology, and production start-ups.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Bergen
  • Industries: Aquaculture, Finance, Financial Services
  • Number of investments: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 16

You can find their website here.

15) Techmakers Green Accelerator

15) Techmakers Green Accelerator

Getting fledgling companies to market faster.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Oslo

You can find their website here.

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