April and May have proven exciting at Locatify, with 2018 looking to include global scale, B2B growth and the addition of a new B2C project. Locatify was selected to attend the TINC accelerator in Silicon Valley, with CEO Steinunn-Anna Gunnlaugsdottir, Co-founder & CTO Leifur Bjornsson and Marketing Director Sam Liddell attending the program.

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TINC is a Nordic initiative, selecting high growth potential start-ups from the Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Denmark) for an intensive 4-week accelerator program to validate their product/market fit and business model potential for global scale in the most competitive startup environment in the world.

Locatify attended the program alongside Icelandic social media micro-influencer platform Ghostlamp and 10 other start-ups, from; autonomous drone inspections (Versor.io),  mission-critical satellite communications for the UN (Ansur Technologies) to chatbot platforms (Prepp.io) and various other deep tech and innovative start-ups.

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Mentor Julie Hanna at Stanford University

Highlights of the program included: Coaching and mentoring from Julie Hanna – Advisor to Alphabet’s Moonshot  Factory “X”, President Obama’s former Ambassador for Entrepreneurship, Chairwoman of Kiva and Board member of Mozilla amongst many other feats.

VC funding and mentoring with Arne Toning Partner at Alliance Ventures, Daniel Kjellen of CMO of Change Labs, Victor Belfor of Conversica, Carl Fritjofsson Partner at Creandum (Of Spotify success) and Han Jin – Forbes 30 Under 30 and CEO of LucidVR.

Growth Hacking with Sean Percival – Investor and Entrepreneur, Former VP of Marketing at Myspace and Partner at Katapult Accelerator, Norway.

Book-3Behavioural Design with Nir Eyal – Best selling author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and Lean start-up principles and marketing and sales automation with Tristan Kromer.

Pitch training with Nathan Gold, world class pitch, keynote and TED talk coach.

Attending Start-up World Cup, VentureCrush SF and of course enjoying some beers in the California sunshine with our fellow TINC participants.

The results of the program are starting to settle in and whilst existing customers won’t notice any changes to their services, moving forward Locatify will be raising Seed funding to expand efforts into new markets and pivot marketing efforts towards a new consumer app. More to come on this soon.

You can read more about our experience here on the Nordic Innovation House website.