Community photos from Startup Campus. Upper left photo: Startup Norway CEO Maja Adriaensen and Startup Campus community manager Jyoti Sohal-David. Upper right: PQA’s CEO Martin Lillebo in his office. Lower left: Ntention co-CEO and co-founder Magnus Arveng (among others), photographed in a meeting room at Startup Campus. Lower right: The Angel Challenge team (Even Ifar Fossland, Virginia Vegas, Erik Lilland Nerdal, and Bjørn Christensen), photographed during their lunch break. Photos by: Startup Norway / Benedicte Tandsæther-Andersen

Why coworking? Startup Campus and the future of modern work

The startups Opt-E, Servebolt, Hubro Education, and PQA share what makes Startup Campus a great place to grow your business.

Where do you work — and what makes you go to work? Gone are the days when you were expected to work regardless of the work environment, your colleagues, and work tasks. Working for a startup in 2020 (or 2019, a year which we just left) provides a different kind of atmosphere when compared to working for a big corporation in the 1990s — or any decade, for that matter.

In fact, even the bigger companies are taking a lot of inspiration from watching their smaller and younger siblings find their way in today’s market. Hence — coworking as a way of both work and life has gripped the major cities in several countries, if not the countries themselves yet. The concept is that several companies work in the same building, and interact during for example lunch breaks and bigger events.

Startup Campus is one of the coworking spaces that have found a location in Norway’s capital city, Oslo. In addition to the obvious social aspect of coworking (you can hardly be alone in an office space brimming with various companies), we share facilities such as meeting rooms, the cantina/reception area, as well as the event space — and let’s not forget about our two beautiful rooftop terraces — in the heart of Oslo!

We have exciting companies working on interesting and innovative projects, and one of them is Opt-E (Optimized Energy). They deliver a scalable control system for optimized industrial pump -and fan operation. They are among the companies that have found a home — and an office space — in our coworking community.

Startup Campus is a competent and innovative environment that provides us with the replenishment of positive energy that we need to succeed.

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The Angel Challenge team having lunch in the break room of Startup Campus: Eirik Ifar Fossland, Virginia Vegas, Erik Lilland Nerdal, and Bjørn Christiansen. Photo by: Startup Norway / Benedicte Tandsæther-Andersen

Countering the modern loneliness

At Startup Campus, the companies renting an office space are mostly startups (as is indicated by our company name). As most startups consist of only a few people (or maybe just one person) in its very starting phase, much time is often spent working to make the startup happen. It’s easy to feel isolated while focused on the future success of your idea — but coworking helps counter that.

For the people working within the Startup Campus company (which is inter-connected to its sister companies Startup Norway, Angel Challenge, and Startup Extreme), it’s all about creating a space where people actually want to spend time. Servebolt (“next level high performance hosting”) is also among the companies you can meet when dropping by Startup Campus.

Startup Campus has everything we need, and enables us to act like the company we want to become. Office, event space, networking, after-work drinks and a growth atmosphere, all under the same roof. Perfect!

Creating a Startup Campus — and a startup home — that combats loneliness is also a lot about making room for diversity. A diverse group of people have different and more interesting ideas, always drawing upon impulses from different places. At Startup Campus, this is part of our brand: We aim to have a diverse selection of startups at the house, while also making sure we don’t grow too fast for the community we wish to create.

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Startup Campus offers the opportunity of renting meeting rooms, with available screens and/or whiteboards for presentations. Here, Ntention co-CEO and co-founder Magnus Arveng (among others), photographed in a meeting room at Startup Campus. Photo by: Startup Norway / Benedicte Tandsæther-Andersen

Continuously growing, always learning

A part of being a coworking space with characteristics familiar from startups, is of course the agility to make changes quickly when needed. Hubro Education (business simulation game for students) talks about the comfortability of Startup Campus when exemplifying how the coworking space suits their needs.

Startup Campus has everything we need without any fuzz and at a reasonable price. They have an event space, great coffee, a good work environment, nice people, good air, and good acoustics… An easy place to grow!

And it can certainly be argued that Startup Campus also has something else going for it: The location of the place! Sure, we are on the seventh floor of a building, but we are just behind the concert and event hall Oslo Spektrum, and within walking distance to all of Grønland — complete with their vibrant restaurants, grocery stores brimming with fresh fruits, as well as streets and shop windows featuring all the other charm of a multi-cultural society. This is surely a good place to feel at home — and that is also a quality Startup Campus is nourishing.

Startup Norway CEO Maja Adriaensen and Startup Campus community manager Jyoti Sohal-David. In the background (on the whiteboard) you can see some sketches made during an event at Startup Campus. Photo by: Startup Norway / Benedicte Tandsæther-Andersen

PQA (offering expertise for the measurement, analysis, problem solving, and advice in voltage quality) are also enjoying their time at Startup Campus — including the tap water facilities.

Startup Campus is a great place for small businesses, with a good location! We had a full day event at the campus — and the help and support from the staff was greatly appreciated! There are also good people at the house, and bubble water on tap!

On January 22nd we will kick off the spring semester at Startup Campus, and re-launch our peer groups from fall 2019. The groups will focus on giving support and guidance to startups, once again aiming to build a community where the resources you need never are far away.

Did our four startups inspire you to check out Startup Campus further? Feel free to book a house tour with us, or book our event space for your special occasion!

PQA’s Martin Lillebo, here sitting in his office. Photo by: Startup Norway / Benedicte Tandsæther-Andersen

Startup Norway

Supporting the startup ecosystem since 2011 with support services like AngelChallenge and Startup Extreme.

Benedicte H. Tandsæther-Andersen

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Content Creator of Startup Norway (Angel Challenge, Startup Extreme, and Startup Campus). Email: benedicte @ startupnorway . com

Startup Norway

Supporting the startup ecosystem since 2011 with support services like AngelChallenge and Startup Extreme.

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