Founder Stories

We all know the importance of “giving back” to the community in order for the startup ecosystem to properly work. Successful founders and entrepreneurs have a lot to share, they’ve taken quite a few smart steps along the way, and perhaps also made some mistakes.

 
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Founder Stories

Founder Stories is a series of events where great founders share their journeys with the founders of up-and-coming tech companies.

SNÖ facilitates and moderates the event series. We believe it’s crucial for new entrepreneurs to meet their idols, their guiding stars and mentors. Entrepreneurs need to fuel their ambitions and hopes, and they need to see what hard work combined with brilliance might lead to. And this is something we really want to contribute to. We’re in the business of supporting the tech superstars of tomorrow, and this is part of it.

Previous Speakers

Esben Holmboe Bang

Head chef, co-owner and creative force behind Maaemo.

It’s a bold style of cooking that has won the young chef a legion of fans and a listing as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Chefs in the World. In 2012, just 15 months after opening, Maaemo was awarded two Michelin stars in its first ever mention in the prestigious guide, becoming the first, and only, restaurant in the Nordics to do so. In 2016 Maaemo was awarded a third Michelin star, making Esben one of the youngest chefs to hold Michelin’s highest accolade and the first ever in Norway to do so. Maaemo was also listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world at the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

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Sigurd Wongraven

Founder, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of Satyricon as well as founder and CEO of Wongraven Wines.

Sigurd Wongraven (Satyr) is the vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Norwegian black metal band Satyricon. He was a founding member of Satyricon and have so far released eight albums.

Magne Uppman with Sigurd Wongraven the founder, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of Satyricon as well as founder and CEO of Wongraven Wines.

Robert Steen

Robert Steen was instrumental in the establishment of FINN.no and Schibsted’s international classifieds effort.

Børge Ousland

Norwegian polar explorer, photographer and writer. Among many journeys he has made, he did the first solo and unsupported journey to the North Pole from cape Arktichevsky in Russia and he made the first unassisted Antarctic solo crossing.

Jeanette Dyhre Kvisvik

Jeanette Dyhre Kvisvik is the founder of Villoid, the next generation shopping service, which she co-founded in 2014 with style icon Alexa Chung, e-commerce expert Karin Källman, and social gaming expert Jarle Snertingdalen.

Henrik Müller-Hansen

CEO and founder of Gelato. Henrik and his team launched Optimalprint in 2007. As Optimalprint grew so did the idea on how to improve the profitability and efficiency within the printing industry. This led to the launch of Gelato in August 2012.

Mathias Mikkelsen

Mathias Mikkelsen is the founder and CEO of Timely. Timely was launched in December 2013 and is loved by over tens of thousands of companies and freelancers around the world.

Photos from the events