A startup´s brave decision

The founders of TakeMeTour from Thailand took a brave decision two years into their startup: They changed the whole concept of their website in order to succeed. The startup duo Jinda-Apiraksa Amornched Taro and Noppon Anukunwithaya have recently won the Digital Winners Champion award by Telenor, they are 8 employees and plan to expand to another …

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Meet WowBox, a Telenor start-up

Telenor has several start-ups within our own organization, among them is WowBox. They launched in Bangladesh roughly one year ago. Since then, they have also launched in Pakistan, and currently boast around 2.5 million monthly users.  We had a chat with June Trondsen, a UX Designer in the WowBox team in Norway, about what their …

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Calling all startups in Bangladesh

Grameenphone, the largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, calls out to local startups to join their White-Board. Are you someone with an innovative brain? Are you cooking up an idea for a Digital startup, already bagged a prototype, or advanced a bit with a team of innovators? You should drop in to the White-Board. Now, though, …

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This is the Digital Winner of Asia

Today at the first regional Digital Winners Asia startup event by Telenor Group, it was Thailand’s TakeMeTour that took top honors after competing with seven other leading startups from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia. Following the winning pitch, the team will return to their home market with 100,000 Norwegian Kroner in initial expansion funds, …

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Digital Winners Asia: Inside the mind of a venture capitalist

On the second and final day of Digital Winners Asia in Yangon, the start-ups in attendance, all eager to grow and expand, sponged up the guidance given by the tried and test experts. Here’s a glimpse into the key messages of the day. Inside the mind of a venture capitalist First up was venture capitalist …

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The digital winners of Asia head to Yangon

Digital Winners Asia to help promising Asian startups expand into new markets. Telenor Group, on November 1-2, will launch Digital Winners Asia, its first-ever regional startup event, which blends the creativity, energy and expertise of nine of the region’s up-and-coming startups in a two-day platform designed to enable participants to achieve scale across markets. The …

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Telco seeking start-ups

Opinion piece by Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group. The time is long gone when vendors and start-ups stepped humbly into the offices of chief executives. Yet, many large corporations remain reluctant to working with startups.  A shift in mindset is needed. The reality today is that start-ups looking for collaboration or distribution face …

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Hark and Astronaut bag the Telenor Digital MVP Grant

On Friday, Telenor Digital revisited Trondheim and the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship to meet budding entrepreneurs pitching for the ‘Telenor Digital MVP Grant’. Three eager and well-prepared startup teams took the stage with their business concepts. Two of the startups pitched in the previous round in April, but didn’t make it that time around. In …

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Telenor´s reverse pitch to Norwegian startups is coming up…

Hey Norwegian startups! Meet Telenor behind the scenes during Oslo Innovation Week. Let us pitch you our challenges and focus areas, and get a one-on-one with the key decision maker within the specific topic. We’ll let you know on the spot, if we are the right fit to play!  Reverse pitch session topics: IoT, eHealth, Enterprise …

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Startups and Asia: Land of opportunity or innovation doldrums?

Johanna Staaf, Director for New Ventures, Telenor Group, shares her thoughts on the Asian startup landscape, discussing five macro trends gleaned from working with global startups. Digital service providers play a vital role in building the digital future of Asia’s growing economies. Much of this potential lies in Asia’s young Internet innovators and tech entrepreneurs, …

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Startups: A Catalyst for Job Creation and Economic Growth

Entrepreneurs are essential to our future. They create the next generation of innovative companies, grow GDP, and fuel long-term economic growth. Transforming to become a digital leader of the future, Telenor relies on ideas, innovations and entrepreneurialism. We encourage more startups across all our markets as a way to stimulate societal growth. Telenor Group has now launched Planet Entrepreneur, a global umbrella initiative, aimed to drive entrepreneurship and support new economic productivity in our markets.

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Telenor to Launch Artificial Intelligence Lab with Partners

Today Telenor announced two specific initiatives to support entrepreneurship and competence building in Norway. Telenor will establish a lab focused on, artificial intelligence and big data at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. As the second initiative, Telenor will develop and launch a dedicated, next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) network in several Norwegian cities. Norwegian startups and students will get cost-free access to the IoT network in order to develop and test their products and services. The first pilot will be located in Oslo, in collaboration with StartupLab.

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Tapad Announces The Propeller Program to Boost Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

Telenor-owned company Tapad, recently announced their commitment to fostering entrepreneurship with the launch of The Propeller Program. Starting September 19th, Tapad will host early-stage companies at their New York headquarters for one year to set them up for global expansion. In addition to providing C-level guidance and introductions to VCs, the mentorship initiative will grant full access to Tapad’s U.S. network, facilities, events and cultural activities.

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