Join forces to help Norwegian tech startups achieve international success

From left: Kåre Rødssæteren (partner at BDO), Christine Heuwing (Managing Partner i Xpreneurs – UnternehmerTUM), Einar Eilertsen (COO at Kongsberg Innovasjon), Luca Castellini (Energy R&D and BD Manager, Umbra Group).

Four Norwegian high-tech startup companies presented their technology, products and future prospects to potential customers and investors at the DeepTech Alliance (DTA) partner conference in Copenhagen on 30 September. At the same time, the world’s fifth largest accounting network, BDO, enters into a cooperation agreement with DeepTech Alliance, which in Norway is represented by Kongsberg Innovation.

The four Norwegian companies that will have the opportunity to present themselves in Copenhagen are Trisense, FactoryMind, Tunable and KIT-AR. In total, only 18 European companies have been selected to participate, so Norway is solidly represented. An overview of all 18 companies can be found here.

The conference in Copenhagen marks the end of a six-week intensive process where startups have worked to establish commercial partnerships with leading European industry giants such as Novo Nordisk, Alfa Laval, TechnipFMC, Umbra Group and Danieli Group.

International network

DeepTech Alliance consists of a total of nine accelerator partners including Kongsberg Innovation: Drive Technion Accelerator from Israel, ieLab from Switzerland, Future Box from Denmark, Hello Tomorrow and Agoranov from France, PoliHub from Italy, UnternehmerTUM from Germany and Things from Sweden. These are the innovation initiatives of the most prestigious technical universities in Europe, such as Technion in Israel and ETH in Switzerland.

Several of the alliance’s partners can point to very strong results in building new companies. Companies related to UnternehmerTUM raised € 800 million in venture financing in 2020 and in 2020 they had as many as four so-called unicorns (a startup worth more than a billion dollars). French Agoranov has contributed to six IPOs on Euronext in Paris and Nasdaq, and is behind unicorns such as Alan, Shift Technology, Doctolib and Criteo.

BDO cooperates 

After collaborating with the highly competent environment at Kongsberg Innovation for over a year, it was a natural next step for BDO to enter into a formal collaboration with DeepTech Alliance globally.

– We want to contribute to Norwegian technology companies succeeding internationally. BDO will support all selected DTA startups through our local presence, national cutting-edge expertise and good colleagues all over the world, says Kåre Rødssæteren, partner at BDO.

– I would like to welcome BDO into the DeepTech Alliance, and I am confident that the solid knowledge BDO brings into the community will help open even more international doors for new Norwegian technology companies, says Einar Eilertsen, COO at Kongsberg Innovation.

The agreement between BDO and DTA means that BDO will be a provider of services to the startup companies that are selected to participate in DTA’s programs.


About BDO

BDO is an international consulting and auditing firm and authorized accounting firm with a deep foothold in Norwegian society and business. In Norway, BDO has over 1,800 employees and more than 70 offices across the country. BDO’s customers range from large, worldwide companies to small and medium-sized companies. BDO has customers from most industries in both the private and public sectors. Internationally, BDO is present in 167 countries and has more than 91,000 employees. BDO is present locally, has cutting-edge expertise nationally and attracts skilled colleagues all over the world. This benefits BDO’s customers.


About Kongsberg Innovasjon

Kongsberg Innovation is an industry-based advisor and investor that operates throughout Norway. The company assists Norwegian technology-based growth companies and offers a unique industrial collaboration where established industry contributes with technology expertise to ensure rapid company development. In recent years, Kongsberg Innovation has gained a strong position in the industrial environment; both nationally and internationally. Kongsberg Innovation is closely linked to the leading innovation environments in Europe, which contributes to the scaling of Norwegian technology and industry. Kongsberg Innovation is owned by the Kongsberg Group, TechnipFMC, Equinor, Kongsberg Automotive, Siemens Energy, Semcon, KIWA, BI Norwegian Business School, Vardar and SIVA. Kongsberg Innovation is one of nine European innovation players that are partners in the DeepTech Alliance.


About DeepTech Alliance

DeepTech Alliance collaborates to accelerate deep tech startups into the European markets and consists of Europe’s leading startup environments. DeepTech Alliance connects Europe’s best tech startups with a comprehensive network of industry partners, experts and investors.


18 European startups selected for Industry 4.0 Accelerator

DeepTech Alliance – partners across Europe

Together with the DeepTech Alliance, we are proud to present the startups that were carefully chosen for our Industry 4.0 Accelerator. 110 startups within Industry 4.0 were evaluated for participation and only 18 were selected for the program. The selected startups are based all over Europe and are ready to deliver and test their solutions in European markets.

The DeepTech Alliance is a coalition between the best deep tech incubators and accelerators in Europe. The alliance works together to bring the most promising deep tech startups faster to the market and consists of 8 partners across Europe. Kongsberg Innovation is one of them.

Selected startups

The participants are working within predictive maintenance, quality control, process optimization & system integration, environmental sensors, worker enhancement and production tech.

About the Industry 4.0 Accelerator

The Industry 4.0 Accelerator is a 6-week accelerator program, that is exclusively designed for Industry 4.0 startups. Participating startups needs to be ready to deliver or test their solutions with corporate partners and customers in Europe. The program matches mature startups with partners, B2B customers and investors in new European markets. The Industry 4.0 Accelerator is delivered by the DeepTech Alliance. The alliance consists of 8 incubators and accelerators across Europe:

Kongsberg Innovation (Norway),  Drive Technion Accelerator (Israel), ieLab (Switzerland), Future Box (Denmark), Hello Tomorrow (France), UnternehmerTUM (Germany), PoliHub (Italy) and Things (Sweden).

We are seeking startups within Industry 4.0

Do you want to expand your business into new European markets? Then, the Industry 4.0 Accelerator might be the right stepping stone!

In cooperation with our partners in the DeepTech Alliance, we are seeking Norwegian startups to an industry-specific accelerator program within Industry 4.0. The acceleration program is exclusively designed for Industry 4.0 startups, who are ready to deliver or test their solutions with corporate partners or customers in Europe.

Apply within: 17 May 2021

The Industry 4.0 Accelerator is a 6-week program that matches mature startups with partners, B2B customers and investors in new European markets. Startups interested, must apply within the 17th of May. Read more about the Industry 4.0 Accelerator here. 

The Industry 4.0 Accelerator offers

  • Matchmaking with potential corporate partners
  • Expert workshops on international business development and partnerships
  • 1 : 1 mentoring and business coaching
  • Local support in new markets
  • Investor exposure
  • A strong peer network with a selected Industry 4.0 startup founders

What do we mean by Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, which affects every manufacturing domain and comprises advanced manufacturing technologies that capture, optimize, and deploy data.

Participants in the Industry 4.0 Accelerator can operate within several relevant fields such as: Predictive Maintenance, Automation, Sensor Technology, Big Data and Analytics, Simulation, Digital Twins, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Smart Systems, Value Chain System Integration, AI, (I)IoT, Additive Manufacturing and Cybersecurity.

The DeepTech Alliance, is an international initiative between the best deep tech incubators and accelerators in Europe, to bring the most promising deep tech startups faster to the market.

The alliance consist of eight partners: Kongsberg Innovation (Norway),  Drive Technion Accelerator (Israel), ieLab (Switzerland), Future Box (Denmark), Hello Tomorrow (France)UnternehmerTUM (Germany), PoliHub (Italy) and Things (Sweden).

Kongsberg Innovation joins DeepTech Alliance

DeepTech Alliance – partners across Europe

Kongsberg Innovation has been accepted as partner in a European coalition called the DeepTech Alliance. The alliance is an international initiative between the best deep tech incubators and accelerators in Europe to bring the most promising deep tech startups faster to the market.

Business incubators and accelerators affiliated with the DeepTech Alliance has a strong link to some of Europe’s top-tier academic institutions in Europe such as TU München, Politecnico de Milano, ETH Zürich and Technion. Correspondingly, BI Business School is Kongsberg Innovation’s academic partner in the DeepTech Alliance following the partnership agreement made in November 2020.

Thomas Klem Andersen, program manager at DeepTech Alliance

– Kongsberg Innovation has a strong national position within the Norwegian deep tech environment and has a close link to Norway’s leading high-tech industry. With Kongsberg Innovation on board, we have a new strong partner in the Nordic region and the DeepTech Alliance will benefit greatly from their know-how and network of corporates and startups, says Thomas Klem Andersen, program manager at DeepTech Alliance.

A leading startup ecosystem

With Kongsberg Innovation on board the DeepTech Alliance consist of eight partners from several European countries: Drive Technion Accelerator (Israel), ieLab (Switzerland), Future Box (Denmark), Hello Tomorrow (France), PoliHub (Italy), UnternehmerTUM (Germany) and Things (Sweden). These are accelerators connected to some of the most prestigious technical universities in the world, such as: Technion, ETH Zürich, DTU, Politecnico di Milano, TU München and KTH.

Einar Eilertsen, Chief Operating Officer at Kongsberg Innovation

– We are truly grateful and very excited to join the DeepTech Alliance. This is an important partnership that will strengthen our interaction and collaboration with Europe’s leading startup ecosystem, to support promising deep tech startups in the best possible way. We are looking forward to a close and productive collaboration, says Einar Eilertsen, Chief Operating Officer at Kongsberg Innovation.

The DeepTech Alliance organizes European acceleration programs that brings startups, experts, innovation partners, investors, and corporates together. The ambition is to secure contracts and investments for the participants.

Industry-specific accelerators

In an increasing international and competitive world, the DeepTech Alliance focuses on industry-specific accelerators that are tailored to different fields within deep technology of high complexity. The different accelerators match mature startups with B2B partners and investors. The aim is to accelerate deep tech startups with high growth potential and international ambitions to new European markets.

– We will recruit the best deep tech startups from all over Norway to join the different industry-specific accelerator programs. The goal is to help them to win contracts and investments in Europe, says Eilertsen.

Currently, the alliance is seeking deep tech startups to an Industry 4.0 accelerator. For more information visit

International collaboration

– PoliHUB has decided to join this ambitious alliance because we genuinely believes that international collaboration can represent a concrete way to facilitate the growth and impact of European startups by pooling resources, assets, and skills coming from each partner, says Stefano Mizio, head of startup acceleration programs at PoliHub.

Kongsberg Innovation is a member of Siva’s national incubator program. Innovation Norway has awarded Kongsberg Innovation an ecosystems grant to build and make an international innovation ecosystem available for promising startups across Norway. Kongsberg Innovation is also receiving annual grants from Viken County. 


For more information, contact:

Einar Eilertsen, Chief Operating Officer at Kongsberg Innovation

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