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ITSA 2022

Business development sprint for your startup

Our accelerator is intensive programs built to get your startup accelerated, tested in the market, and launched forward with investment. We call it ITSA.

Our mission is to give early-stage startups the tools, ecosystem support, and pitch confidence to boost business into a reality.

Our programs is packed with lectures, workshops, and guest speakers to give your startup a strong foundation to grow from. Our hands-on approach to workshops means that we don’t only show you want you need to do, we do it with you. We have a strong team of mentors and ambassadors that will open up customer and investment leads for you.

We are powered by Valide. That means we have more than 25 years experience in developing new businesses.

Three ITSA-programs design for you:

ITSA Start: Five weeks, five skills. Basic learning in an intensive business development sprint for your startup. ITSA Start started in 2016 as the first accelerator program in Norway. Stay tuned for program information and upcoming dates at ITSA Start

ITSA Growth: Four month program dedicated to early stage growth companies who have a product, a market and a strategy to grow.
Stay tuned for program information and upcoming dates at ITSA Growth

ITSA Session: Two days crash course for better software development. The course is designed for entrepreneurs who are going to or are in the process of developing software. There are many decisions you have to make in early stages that require both knowledge and money. What is the smart choices in architecture, design, cloud services and technology ownership?

Stay tuned for program information and upcoming dates at ITSA Session


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EIRAccelerator vekstprogram helse

EIRAccelerator was established in 2021. EIRA is a growth program specially designed for start-up companies within the healthcare industry. Our experience is that health start-ups have their own challenges when it comes to product testing, regulations and market access nationally and internationally. The program is national and fully digital, and is organized in partnership with the health cluster Norwegian Smart Care Cluster, Norway Health Tech, Validé and the health incubator Aleap.


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GründerAcademy provides useful business expertise to those who are in the concept phase or are already in the market. We are particularly looking for entrepreneurs who have innovative and scalable ideas.

Validé runs GründerAcademy together with the best incubator environments in Norway; Validé Haugesundregionen, VIS in Bergen, Innoventus Sør in Kristiansand and The Factory in Oslo.

10 companies from each region are admitted to the program twice a year. Three companies participate in a regional final where Sparebank1 SR-bank offers NOK 50,000 in start-up grants to one company from each region. Once a year, eight winners meet in competition for the national «Gründerprisen» of NOK 250,000.

Companies associated with Validé have won two og three finals: Salarsafe in 2021 and NUaer in 2022.

INFO AND APPLY: GründerAcademy

ITSA gives startups a strong foundation

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The ITSA programs is designed with lectures, workshops, and guest speakers to give startups a strong foundation to build from.

We can ́t guarantee success, but we can promise a meaningful journey and the possibility to build a company for the future.

What have we achieved since 2016?
• 148 companies have participated in the ITSAccelerator programme
• 80% of them are in operation to this day
• 37% of the companies are growing; raises capital, expands the market, hires employees
• ITSA company has brought in private and public early-phase capital in the order of 200 million+
• ITSA company currently represents 300+ workplaces

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ITSA Partnere 2022

How to grow your startup? ITSA Growth develops skills and networks

Marianne Fedde Lilland ITSA Growth

GIVE YOUR STARTUP A CHANCE: Our four month program is dedicated to early stage growth companies. Marianne Fedde Lilland is the leader of the growth program. (Photo: Hilde Garlid)

Our goal is to provide companies with tools, networks and access to finance to develop the company into an international success. ITSA Connect Growth is a growth program developed and organized by Validé in collaboration with a number of partners.

Validé is ranked as one of Norway's best incubators. We have more than 25 years of experience developing and investing venture capital in new companies. We are early stage specialists and have a current portfolio of around 80 companies.

The program is designed to provide companies with business development tools, networks and investor access. Your company must be ready for growth and ready to raise new capital.

The program will take companies through five key themes: Know yourself, Due Diligence & Capital Raising, Know your market, Capital raising strategies and Growth strategies.

Apply is open: ITSA Growth

Please contact if you have questions about the program.