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Introducing our facilitator for March 2014…

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Hello everybody, my name’s Stina and I’m so excited to be travelling to the delightful county of Yorkshire, in England to facilitate what is bound to be a phenomenal Startup Weekend.

My current occupation is co-founder of Startup Norway, meaning that my daily life revolves around building startup communities. Rewind a mere 2 ½ years prior and this is where my introduction to Startup Weekend begins. You can read about my experience here: http://girls.startupnorway.com/dare-to-try-new-things-it-might-serve-you-an-amazing-ride-on-lifes-best-roller-coaster/
Since then I’ve been attendee, mentor and organiser at several Startup Weekends around the country. This is what eventually lead me to my current job.

I now live in the uncertainty, chaos and excitement that comes along with running a startup. This is of course a roller coaster most people never dare or get the chance to climb aboard. I on the other hand… wouldn’t have it any other way!

The city in which I live, Oslo – has garnered a fair amount of media attention in the past year for it’s Startup eco-system. A few years ago this was practically non existent. Nowadays it’s gaining some serious traction and respect from the worldwide business community.
All thanks to a dedicated bunch of people who work very hard to make sure that this happens.

No matter where I travel in the world, I find that there are things to be learnt and people to be inspired by. The UK’s Startup environment is of course known for providing this, and I’m excited to see what I’ll come away with at the end of the weekend which could greatly influence the Norwegian Startup community as a whole!

I grew up on a small farm in what is the Extreme sport capital of Europe! Voss, a small town with only 15,000 inhabitants on the west coast of Norway.

Having grown up in a family who considered education to be of the utmost importance, there was an unspoken understanding that I’d grow up to be an economist or engineer.
This led to years of education in countries such as Egypt, France and the US and yet I always felt that it wasn’t quite the right fit.

Therefore I hope to spend this weekend encouraging you to just go for it – nobody ought to conform to parental or peer pressure when it comes to deciding what they’ll do, every day for the rest of their lives. Do what makes you happy!

To quote Pippy Longstocking “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that!”