2016

Sustainable Innovation Economy: Accelerating Business Diversity

The Norway Summit conference was held on April 29 at Clarion Energy Hotel in Stavanger. The conference was a pilot project and was therefore implemented in a smaller format compared to our future ambitions. We wanted to create a conference focusing on dialogue between the speakers on stage and the attendees.

The goal was to create an arena where the attendees feel like they are part of the conference, not just as listeners to the various speakers on stage. We aimed to have a varied range of people in the halls of different professions to learn the most from each other.

Key speakers in 2016 was “the brain” behind Google Analytics and Google Voice, Wesley Chan. Chan is now a general manager of the venture fund company, Felicis Ventures in Silicon Valley.

Furthermore, we had the founder of Silicon Valley Bank Capital, Aaron Gershenberg, with us on stage who has over twenty years of experience from the venture capital industry.

Other speakers were:

  • Gerald Brady, Head of UK Relationship Banking in Silicon Valley Bank
  • Rami Beracha, Managing General Partner, Pitango and
  • Thomas BullDirector Financial Services, Ernst & Young LLP.

Panelists were:

  • Tor Jacob Ramsøy CEO / Founder Arundo Analytics, former director at McKinsey & Co
  • Kate Murphy, CEO Play Magnus
  • Karen Heskja, Innovation and startups, DNB Stavanger
  • Brage Johansen, CEO, Zaptec
  • Arne Hjeltnes, Group CEO, Creuna
  • Per Ivar Selvaag Principal, Montaag
  • Gro Eirin Dyrnes, Director Innovation Norway, San Francisco & Silicon Valley