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ITSA 2022

Intensive 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 over 25 years experience in developing new businesses.

Two 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.

Apply now: ITSA Start

ITSA Growth: Four month program dedicated to early stage growth companies who have a product, a market and a strategy to grow.
Next program: Oktober 25th 2022.
Stay tuned for program information and upcoming dates at


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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.


ITSA gives startups a strong foundation

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.

Read more about the program: ITSAccelerator

We are proud of our partners

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Our four month program is dedicated to early stage growth companies.

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 ROI of our top ten exits is 14.

Our acceleration program, ITSA Start, has been successfully executed six times, with a total of 80 companies. 80 % of them are living in the best of success today, and 37% of them is growing.

Our four-month program, ITSA Growth, takes the accelerator up a level. The program is dedicated to early stage startups and you to join the program, you need to have a tested product, a team and a market where you have made some sales.

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.

Next program start October 25th 2022 and finish in February 2023.
Apply is open: ITSA Growth

Read more: ITSA Growth, program and partners

Please contact if you have questions about the program.

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Litt om programmet:

  1. Kjenn deg selv: Menneske, adferd, kultur, org. utvikling, rekruttering for vekst
  2. ESG – Bærekraft & Business: Grønn Investor, taksonomi, ESG forretningsmodell, grønn vekst
  3. Kapital for vekst & internasjonalisering: Kapitalmiljø, DD, investor presentasjon, globale vekstpartnere
  4. Målrettet salg: Kundeverdi og forretningsmodell, product/market fit for skalering og internasjonalisering, kartlegging av barrierer/stakeholders
  5. Strategi for global vekst: IPR, eksport og scaleup, nasjonal og internasjonal infrastruktur og innovasjonspartnere for eksport
  6. Strategi for global vekst: Investoruniverset: Hvem investerer når? Kapitalinnhenting basert på fase.
  7. Investorer & fond - salg & forhandling for vekst: Fond og investormiljø i Norge presenterer seg, salg og forhandling fra de som kan det

GründerAcademy for ambisiøse gründere

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Har du en ambisiøs gründeridé som du ønsker å utvikle?

GründerAcademy gir nyttig forretningskompetanse til deg som er i konseptfasen eller allerede er i markedet. Vi ser særlig etter søkere som har en innovativ og skalerbar virksomhet.

Hva tilbyr programmet?
Som deltaker i GründerAcademy får du en eksklusiv mulighet til å dra nytte av all erfaring og kunnskap som ligger i nettverket til fire fasilititatorer. Du deltar på et vidt spekter av faglige og sosiale arrangementer, og får praktisk trening i å presentere din løsning og team for profesjonelle investorer.

Gjennom programmet får du grunnleggende innføring i tema som forretningsutvikling, jus, ledelse, markedsføring, salg og pitching. I tillegg får du tett oppfølging fra våre forretningsutviklere, og møter en rekke dyktige gründere som er i samme situasjon som deg.

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Validé drifter GründerAcademy sammen med de beste inkubatormiljøene i Norge; Validé Haugesundregionen, VIS i Bergen, Innoventus Sør i Kristiansand og The Factory i Oslo.

10 selskaper fra hver region blir tatt opp i programmet, to ganger i året. Tre selskap deltar i en regional finale hvor Sparebank1 SR-bank tilbyr 50.000 kroner i Gründerstipend til et selskap fra hver region. En gang i året møtes åtte vinnere til den nasjonale «Gründerprisen» på 250.000 kroner.

Hold deg oppdatert på programinformasjon og kommende datoer.
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