NORA.startup event #30: Founding an AI startup as an AI Researcher

Are you curious to learn more about how you can effectively commercialize your research? 

Join our worksop in Tromsø hosted in collaboration with UiT - The Arctic University of Norway and SFI Visual Intelligence, on April 21st! The workshop will be a hybrid event where you can either attend physically in Tromsø or join us via zoom. 

Address: UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Sykehusveien 23, Forskningsparken, Classroom B284.

Registration is now closed. 


During this NORA.startup workshop, we will discuss the process and importance of commercializing research, and starting companies out of academia - both from a researcher/student perspective and a business perspective. We will explore why it is important to commercialize research, how to get started and what life as a research-entrepreneur entails, processes such as moving from basic research to something that can be financed as a startup, protecting your intellectual property rights, how to disclose inventions and patents to the University and various opportunities for funding to help you succeed in commercializing your research. 

We will explore and discuss questions such as: 

  • Why should a researcher/student think about starting a company - what’s in it for them?
  • How can one merge an academic and entrepreneurial mindset?
  • How to assess the opportunity of commercializing your research?
  • How to build and define an IP and commercialisation strategy?
  • How to bring a research-based product to the market?





“Taking the leap from an AI researcher to an AI founder

Rahmi Lale, Co-founder and CEO, Syngens


"Differences in AI research in established organizations and startups" 

Erlend Aune, BI Norwegian Business School


Coffee Break


Technology Transfer Offices: How can TTOs provide support to students and university employees wishing to launch an AI startup? 

Vårin Vaskinn, Project Manager for Student IX in Norinnova AS


IP & AI: How can you safeguard your idea and technology?

Laila Dahl, Senioringeniør Medisinsk teknologi, Patentstyret


Pre-commercialisation - A Step by Step Guide

Jon Marius Aareskjold-Drecker, CEO - Unifractal AS


Coffee break with fruit

Case exhibit


Lessons learned from commercializing a research driven innovation project:

Rahmi Lale, Co-founder and CEO, Syngens

Lars Ailo Bongo, Co-founder Medsensio and Professor in Computer Science at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway 

Jon Marius Aareskjold-Drecker, CEO - Unifractal AS


Coffee Break


Workshop and Q&A 

Life in a startup (not streamed)
Rahmi Lale, Co-founder and CEO, Syngens

Benjamin Ricaud, Associate professor UiT - The Arctic University of Norway  and former startup founder

Frode Opdahl, Co-founder and CEO, Keenious 

18:00 - 

Dinner with NORA.startup 


UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Sykehusveien 23, Forskningsparken, Classroom B284.

Lunch and dinner: Mersmak cantina, Forskningsparken

Venue: Class room B284, Forskningsparken

Curious to learn more about NORA.startup? 

Join us for lunch in Tromsø when we visit UiT - The Arctic University of Norway and SFI Visual Intelligence! 

NORA.startup is one of several initiatives within NORA. We are a national networking arena for and by  the research and startup community in Norway in the field of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics. 

The main goal of NORA.startup is to build a knowledge-based innovation arena that facilitates networking and collaboration opportunities across the research and the startup community in Norway. 

Through events and other initiatives we focus on the dissemination of knowledge and competence, the exchange of experiences and the facilitation of collaboration between start-up companies, research communities and the business sector, with emphasis on professional competence, expertise, development and application of the mentioned technologies.

Register to NORA.startup lunch 

Have any questions? Come and meet the NORA.startup team on April 21st, 12-13:00 in the Mersmak Cantine (Forskningsparken)

Read more about NORA.startup at, and don't forget to apply for membership if you meet the criteria.

Published Mar. 18, 2022 10:48 AM - Last modified Apr. 19, 2022 12:07 PM