Meet our valued guest speakers who are teaming with knowledge.
They will attend the Angel Challenge Programs to share their personal experiences with investors and startups alike.

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Benjamin Southworth
Visiting Oslo, Bodø, Stavanger, Trondheim


Read about Ben

Benjamin is joining the Angel Challenge program to share his insights regarding pitching. As a failed musician, artist, and poet who found himself only really good at plugging in computers. After a few years people wanted websites, and later on even a few fairly lame apps. From his experience Co-founding 3-beards, heading up TechCityUK ( then TCIO ) and experimenting with establishing a Free School for Digital Education he has a wealth of experience to share with the program participants.

Tommy Dahlen
Visiting Trondheim, Bodø


Read about Tommy

Tommy is joining the Angel Challenge program as a knowledge partner to provide legal assistance within the programs in Trondheim and Bodø. For more than 20 years, Tommy has built a legal practice focusing on technology, entrepreneurship, IPR and R&D projects. Their primary objective is to leverage legal knowledge and industry insights to create opportunities for startups, universities, research institutions and established businesses across all industry segments.

Angela Lee
Beaming into Oslo


Read about Angela

Angela is joining the Angel Challenge program to share her knowledge regarding due diligence. She is an educator, entrepreneur, and angel investor. She is passionate about education, and has started several companies in that space. She founded 37 Angels, which moves to activates the untapped capital and experience women can bring investing in female and male led startups. She holds titles of Executive Director of Academic Integration at Columbia Business School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Strategy and Leadership courses.

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Oliver Pugh
Visiting Oslo, Bodø, Trondheim, Stavanger


Read about Oliver

Oliver is joining the Angel Challenge program to share his expereinces in Fundraising and Metrics. He started his first proper venture at the age of 20, hiring mobile bars from his dads garage. He raised no capital and grew the business out of cashflow into a profitable success. His next challenge was a healthy snack delivery service, raising over £750,000 from private investors, in the end it didn’t work out. But I’m pleased to tell people that I learnt more from 3 years of failing at something than I did from 6 years of being successful at something. He spends his time now managing and being founder of two businesses, as well as mentoring startups.

Sarah Qiao
Visiting Oslo


Read about Sarah

Sarah is joining the program to share her knowledge regarding metrics. She is a learning specialist and entrepreneur interested in developing and researching learning ecosystems to drive change. She has experience as an educator, education designer (developed online and offline), and entrepreneurship specialist in helping develop impact-oriented learning/entrepreneurship programs. She's worked at places like the University of Pennsylvania (EDSi) to help empower students, teachers, and education entrepreneurs. She currently works in Europe supporting technology entrepreneurs and researching how to improve entrepreneurial success.

Kjetil Holmefjord
Visiting Oslo


Read about Kjetil

Kjetil is joining the Angel Challenge program to share his experiences in the startup ecosystem. He joined StartupLab in 2013 after a few entrepreneurial ventures, and managed the lab up until end of 2016. Now he's working on StartupLab's investment activities, supporting current portfolio companies as well as identifying potential new ones. He has a wealth of experience from working with startups. Since 2012, Startuplab have supported over 250 startups, 74% of which are still growing. They have 82 active members in their tech incubator. Startup Alumni include Zwipe, Kahoot, ReMarkable, Huddly and No Isolation.

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Lars Johan Bjørkevoll
Visiting Oslo


Per-Ivar Nikolaisen
Visiting Oslo


Lucas H. Weldeghebriel
Visiting Oslo


Read about Lars Johan

Lars Johan is joining the Angel Challenge program to share his insights into growth, customer acquisition and validation. He is a entrepreneurial, driven growth executive with comprehensive, hands-on national and international experience. He has a highly developed knowledge in product, sales and corporate strategy including growth initiatives and start ups. Founder, co-founder & C-level executive in several businesses within media, tech and sales, also holding board positions in market leading companies. Proven track record in starting and building high growth businesses both in the Nordics as well as internationally.

Read about Per-Ivar

Editor and co-founder of @Shifter_no. Journalist specializing in technology, finance, environment and development. Per-Ivar has previously worked in Aftenposten, Bistandsaktuelt, Dagens Næringsliv and Tekniske Ukeblad.

Read about Lucas

I'm busy building kick ass, Norway's online publication for tech-startups. In april 2017 we launched The Shift. Norway's leading startup conference on our first try.

Some stats: 96% of the attendees would recommend The Shift to others 4,44 of 5: Overall rating of the event 4,78 of 5: Rating of the staff

Favourite feedback: "By far the best startup conference I have ever been to in Norway"

My key characteristics:

  • No bullshit

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Howard Kingston
Visiting Oslo


Melinda Elmborg
Visiting Trondheim and Stavanger


Arnstein Johannes Syltern
Visiting Trondheim


Read about Howard

I help entrepreneurs and marketers get more customers.

I’m the founder of Escape Velocity, where my mission is to create the marketing leaders of tomorrow…and fundamentally change education for the better.

I am the founding Digital Marketing Lead at General Assembly London (named ‘world’s most innovative education company’ by Fast Company magazine), where I have coached over 2,000 marketers, entrepreneurs, corporates & VC’s, teaching them the digital skills to grow their businesses to the next level.

Prior to this, I co-founded Adludio, a VC backed award winning who Nike, Unilever, Sony & 100+ more Fortune 500 brands turn to for their mobile advertising. Adludio was named ’Best Marketing / Advertising business in Europe’ by TechCrunch in 2016, and are a global partner for SnapChat.

I have helped launch a number of businesses along the way as CMO / VP Marketing including:

  • Zip World London..’the world’s biggest, fastest city zip wire’, opposite Big Ben on London’s South Bank. It attracted over 30,000 riders in 10 weeks…..getting acquired shortly after takeoff.

  • Gaming startup We R Interactive's first title ‘I Am Playr’, Launching & growing it to 15 million users in 18 months. As well as being loved by millions worldwide, I Am Playr won ‘Cannes Gold Lion’ for innovation and We R Interactive was acquired by Inspired Games.

I regularly speak on stages such as SXSW, Social Media Week & Web Summit, is featured in publications such as Huffington Post, The Guardian, Forbes and Campaign, and been named one of London’s ‘Silicon 60’ (Evening Standard) & Tech City Insider 100.

I hold an MBA from Durham University, a 1st class honors degree in Marketing & PR

My specialities include:

  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Growth Marketing
  • Growth Hacking
  • Marketing training
  • Viral Marketing
  • Facebook ads
  • SEO
  • Content marketing
  • Analytics
  • Advertising
  • Mobile marketing #DigitalMarketing #marketing #growthhacking #growth

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Read about Melinda

With Action Metrics, I support and teach startups on how to collect their data and how to use it to improve operations, fundraising, and growth.

Get in touch if you want to learn more

Read about Arnstein

Co Founder at DIGS, an open office and innovation platform with members who work to unite entrepreneurs, ‘makers’ and ‘doers’ from varied disciplines and sectors. DIGS provides an office environment that stimulates the culture of collaboration, sustainability and mutual innovation through sharing knowledge and learning.

General Manager and Partner at SKIFT, a design-driven innovation firm, engaging in startups and collaborative ventures, creating business with meaningful impact.

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Camilla Watz Johannessen
Visiting Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim


Read about Camilla

Camilla is CEO of 657, Norway's largest coworking space for the creative industries. Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Branding, Marketing Strategy, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Advertising. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Master of Science, with major in Marketing and Finance, from HEC, University of Lausanne and London School of Economics.


Sean Percival
Visiting Oslo


Read about Sean

Sean is an American investor and entrepreneur from California. He has invested in over 120 startups and founded several of his own. Previously Sean was a Partner at 500 Startups, a venture fund and globally acclaimed accelerator program. He is also formerly the Founder and CEO of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club and Vice President, Online Marketing of Myspace.

Sean is currently based in Oslo, Norway but spends a fair amount of time in both Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

Career Path:

1998: Janitor 1999: Telephone Tech Support 2000: Network Administrator 2002: Webmaster 2006: Wantrepreneur 2008: Unclear Exactly 2010: Vice President 2011: Entrepreneur 2012: CEO/Co-Founder 2013: Vice President 2015: Partner 2018: ???


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Anton Røthe
Visiting Oslo


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Associate working primarily on sell-side M&A advisory in the tech industry. I have an international background, a corporate finance masters from Cass Business School and two years of professional experience with modelling, data analysis, FX spot trading, and project management from Loomis FX in Oslo.

With five childhood years in London, four years in Vancouver, and now back to London, I consider both English and Norwegian to be my native languages. I enjoy skiing, hiking, and restoring my classic Mustang.

Highly engaged and with "drive", opportunity and improvement oriented, extrovert and confident.

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Bjorn Christensen
Visiting Oslo, Bodø, Trondheim, Stavanger


Matthew Smith
Visiting Stavanger and Trondheim


Knut Wien
Visiting Oslo, Bodø, Trondheim, Stavanger


Read about Bjorn

Bjørn holds a Management and business development experience from Cisco, Lantec Ungermann-Bass, DEC, Control Data Corporation and AS EDB. Co-founder of Alliance Venture in 2001. MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

He is a partner at Alliance Venture, the leading early stage investor in Norway. They invest in excellent teams and work with them to expand internationally. They focus on tech companies with a global potential.

Read about Matthew

Listed as one of the 100 most influential and impactful people in the Nordics in 2017.

Having been through several investment rounds both as a VC and founder, I have realised that every investment is equally reliant on good investors as it is on good startups. Yet there is an imbalance in most startup ecosystems. There are countless initiatives geared for making startups succeed and become investor ready, but very little emphasis or support towards making investors ready. At Angel Challenge our mission is to introduce, educate and inspire first-time Startup Investors to the world of startup investing.

Read about Knut

Founding Partner & COO Angel Challenge Partner Startup Norway & Startup Extreme

Knut has a vision of what the Norwegian startup ecosytem is capable of and is working towards bringing that vision to reality.



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