#480 – Build the world you want to live in
Expørt: Nina Heir
fra Katapult Accelerator
Med lørner Silvija Seres
Hvordan hjelper katapult bedrifter å vokse fort gjennom sine akseleratorprogram ? Og er det mulig å gjøre noe bra samtidig som man tjener penger? I denne episoden av #LØRN snakker Silvija med program Manager i Katapult Accelerator, Nina Heir, om hvorfor impact investering er god business og hvorfor det er viktig.
Noen kjappe med ekspørt Nina Heir
Title & Company:
Program Manager, Katapult Accelerator
Education and hobbies
MSc Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, NTNU School of Entrepreneurship
Hobbies: skiing, running and other forms of physical activity, music, travelling and re-design
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IG & Twitter: @ninaheir / @katapultimpact
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ninaheir / www.linkedin.com/katapultaccelerator
Who are you, and how was you interested in technology?
Sustainability geek and a huge tech enthusiast. Interest based on four things:Got hands on experience with building a startup through my studies at the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. I dug deep into the field of sustainability while writing my masters thesis on Sustainable Business Models — Understood the potential of combining technology and entrepreneurship for the better. Influenced by my summer job as CEO for the Adecco Group Norway in 2016, and my traineeship at Bakken & Beck, working closely with their portfolio manager Anne Worsøe
What is the most important you do at work?
I was employee number 1,5 in Katapult Accelerator, and have since the start been responsible for building, structuring and running the main accelerator program. The most important thing we do is to find the most talented entrepreneurs out there, that are using tech to solve some of our greatest challenges and at the same time aiming to build financially successful companies. And contribute to move capital into these types of companies. To show that there’s no trade off between doing something good and building kick ass businesses while doing so — we need to prove that this is the new business as usual
What is your focus whitin technology?
Tech that are used for good, to create positive impact. Mainly software as it is easier to scale.
Why is this exciting?
It is exciting because we need new solutions, new systems and more capital to be moved into the impact space to be able to reach the 17 SDG’s. We have less than 3800 days left before the deadline in 2030, and we are already far far behind on reaching the goals.
What do you think is de most interesting controverses?
One might be the fact that we are more than 7 billion people on this planet, of which 925 million are starving. Yet we waste or loose 1,3 billion tons of food annually, which is enough to feed 3 billion people. And in addition, obesity rates are rising globally with more people now being obese than underweight. Where did we go wrong?
What was your relevant projects the last year?
Have worked on how I can contribute in a positive manners an individual outside of work (mostly climate related issued); habits, active choices and behaviour. I haven’t bought one new clothing item since 2018. Taken the train to Berlin instead of flying, was supposed to take 15 hours, ended up taking more than 24. Was a long journey!
Yout other favorite examples on your type of technology international and national?
Tough question, but in general those who dare to think outside the box, who are challenging the status quo, and really work to help build a better future. My specific interests are within eq uality and inclusion, health, food, renewable energy/climate tech. It’s kind of unfair to have favourites among our portfolio companies, but companies I believe specifically in must be the four norwegian companies Diwala, Chooose, Ducky and BioMe, And internationally: BurnToGive, Develop Diverse and ESUSU.
What do you think is relevante knowledge for the future?
How to develop tech and make sure it’s used for good, and what happens if it goes the other way
What is Norway doing unique about this?
A society based on trust and openness, inclusion and willingness to help each other (especially in the startup ecosystem). Katapult because we were the first impact tech accelerator of this size, and that is something that has been lacking in the startup world. Huge network connected to the Katapult system. The nordics taking a position within impact investments and the impact space in general.
A favorite future quote?
Technology isn’t good or bad. It’s how we, the humans, choose to develop it and choose to use it.
Impotrant points from our convercation?
That there’s not necessarily any trade off between doing something good/using technology for the better, and building a financially successful company. That collaboration and trust is the only way forward, because we have to work together to be able to actually build a better future, for all.
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