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Bjørn Lapakko
Producing content and supporting investors and founders in the Nordics… and sometimes Japan 🇯🇵
Startup Extreme 2020 at Skydive Voss

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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Tracing back as far as I have memories, I’ve been an explorer — of places…


All kids have dreams which transcend their immediate circumstances — some dream of being an astronaut, a fireman, a policeman (probably less so now), an athlete, etc. For me, working in media to produce movies or television has always been something I have thought about. …


I’m so excited for what is in store for Startup e-Xtreme! Even though we won’t be gathering in Voss this year, some of the same SX vibes will remain online… mostly because we are largely unsure about what the future holds.

Usually, we’re wondering what kind of weather we…


Startup Norway is supporting the Norwegian entrepreneurial ecosystem with events (Startup Extreme), investment and fundraising facilitation and education (Angel Challenge), and community via co-working (Startup Campus). …


Get to know the up-and-coming companies who will get on stage and be put to the test and pitch (2 minutes & 1 slide per pitch) in front of investors, members of the media, potential partners, and prospective employees.

Below is the order in which they will pitch so…


Host: Pål T. Naess

Currently, Pål is the Director of Entrepreneurs and Startups at Innovation Norway and a member of their top-level management team. He is responsible for all products and services available for startups and early growth companies including financing (grants, loans, seed funds), competence programs, and networks. …


On March 17th, I will run slightly over 42.2km with a long-time friend of mine, Park, Joo Young — but growing up, I knew her as Robyn Schultz. I’ll explain. Starting (I believe) in the late 80’s in St. Louis Park, MN, I became classmates and ultimately friends with Robyn…


2018: Me volunteering at Startup Extreme

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

As you may know, I recently left the company which jump-started my Estonian adventure (Funderbeam). Through my time at Funderbeam, I have met incredible investors and entrepreneurs from all around the world. …


Photo by Nicole Harrington on Unsplash

Pending grant approval, a few select Nordic companies who actively address smart city and wastewater solutions will be invited to join a seminar in the Twin Cities focused on Nordic sustainable development solutions. You’ll have the opportunity to present your business in front of a network of industry leaders and…


The lonely Acacia tree is a symbol of the endurance of one’s soul

It comes with great difficulty — but today — I’m announcing openly — my career with Funderbeam will be coming to an end.

You can only lose what you cling to.— Buddha

I’ll steer clear of explaining the precise circumstances of my departure and instead focus this article thanking people…

Bjørn Lapakko

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