Fancy a month in Palo Alto?

Applications are welcome to Innovation Norway’s flagship business development program, taking place in Silicon Valley this Fall.

The third Tech INCubator (TINC) program gives selected participants a foot in the Valley, with startups leaving the program having “developed and verified a roadmap to internationalization”, according to Innovation Norway.

In practice this means desks at a Palo Alto incubator and entry to the Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture program. You’ll also be exposed to pitching sessions where you can test your concept on potential customers and “friendly” investors.

The program is aimed at Norwegian early-stage technology startups with the potential for international growth. WeVideo, MeltWater, Opera, Atmel – all global companies with a Norwegian heritage. Could your startup be next?

Innovation House is currently enjoying a wave of publicity thanks to the visit of Crown Prince Håkon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit earlier this month. This high-profile and the networking opportunities are the main attractions of TINC – but they do come at a cost.

Innovation Norway only funds 60% of the program, so successful applicants will be expected to pay NOK 28,000 (3,750 Euros) for each participant, not including travel costs and insurance.

The selection process will focus on the skills of your team and the potential of your technology to scale and grow. You must have a working prototype to apply, along with documented market research.

If you’re up for the challenge, you have until 31 May to apply.

A former IT Project Manager, David Nikel now works as a technology writer in Norway. He helps Norwegian companies communicate in English and reports on the entrepreneurial scene for ArcticStartup.

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