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Series B | Alive

Total Raised

$4M

Last Raised

$4M | 13 yrs ago

About OSLO

OSLO is a company based in Menlo Park, California. OSLO's investors include Script Capital and Naef Gestion Internationale.

OSLO Headquarter Location

3705 Haven Avenue Suite 104

Menlo Park, California, 94025,

United States

650-384-0775

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Hacking Sustainability - Founders, Financiers And Artists Meet In Oslo To Reinvent Growth

Nov 29, 2018

Hacking Sustainability - Founders, Financiers And Artists Meet In Oslo To Reinvent Growth Source - Xynteo “Economic growth has delivered enormous progress, but it has also created problems, such as a growing disconnect between  man and nature, short-termism and conflicts between the many and the few,” says Osvald Bjelland. “So how do you reinvent growth?”   That question sits at the heart of a gathering of entrepreneurs, business leaders, financiers, politicians and artists that is taking place in Oslo this week. Dubbed a Davos for the the Nordic region, the aim of the event is bring people together to exchange ideas around a range of themes and concepts - all linked by a need to find new and sustainable economic models for the world. Bjelland is the founder of Xynteo,  an advisory firm that works with global companies to help them  grow sustainably in a world that is increasingly resource constrained. The Xynteo Exchange - the event that is taking place in Oslo this week -  could be described as the public face of the organisation’s work. With a guest list that includes Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, ubiquitous former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and actress Rose McGowan, the event has its share of policy makers, media celebrities and box office draws,  but arguably the real action centers around the businesses - many of them startups - that have (or are seeking to) put sustainability at the heart of their own business models. The goal, says Bjelland, is to create a forum  that fosters and drives innovations by allowing “smart people” to connect. Xynteo says 500 people and organisations have taken time out to attend the event. So what does the Xynteo Exchange offer to the  entrepreneurs and founders who have agreed to take part ? Networking And Beyond Inevitably, the opportunity to network is an important factor. “The main attraction is to meet and see at first hand what other entrepreneurs are doing and there is also a chance to accumulate knowledge,” says Bjelland. However, there is also a commercial lure. “Startups have an opportunity to meet up with larger business who could provide funding or partnership opportunities that could help take them to scale,” says Bjelland. “And there are also people with capital to invest.”  In that respect, he believes that for startups and early stage businesses, the Xynteo Exchange can function as a catalyst for the future development of their ideas. Setting An Agenda Of course, there is always a danger that an event of this nature will try to cover too much ground. Looked at from an entrepreneurial perspective, growing numbers of startups adhere to some sort of social impact agenda. But from greentech companies seeking to market engineering-led solutions designed to deal with waste or capture carbon, through to inner-city ventures providing  education or work opportunities, there is considerable diversity among the companies that gather beneath the sustainability umbrella. Some businesses see technology as a means to solve the world’s ills. Others see technology - or the impact of technology - as the problem. There are businesses that position themselves as social enterprises or “impact” ventures. Many more see themselves simply as profit-making organisations that are, nonetheless, doing some good in the world. Then of course, there are businesses that simply want to trade sustainably and would like to know how. So is it really possible to stage a coherent event around that offers something to a potentially very disparate cohort of attendees? Well, Xynteo has set out to define some kind of an agenda. To mark the Oslo summit, the organisation has produced a report outlining what it sees as the four  key challenges facing Europe, namely: the rise of automation and what that will mean for the world of work; the creation of a green and resilient economy; Europe’s trading relationship with the rest of the world; and the social contract between citizens, state and business at a time of rapid economic change. Participants  have been invited to collaborate and work together to address these issues. So what does that mean in practice. Well, in addition to presentations and panel debates - around 50 sustainability projects are  on display in what Xynteo describes as its marketplace. Elsewhere, there will be studio sessions in which attendees collaborate to address specific sustainability challenges. “For instance, we have around 120 people working in the studio, looking at  the future of work,” says Bjelland. After It's Over But what happens once everyone has packed their bags, checked out of their hotels and braved the Nordic winter to catch their flights home. Bjelland stresses that this is an ongoing project, with the summits scheduled to continue in both Norway and India. Xynteo will stay in contact with participants and their progress will be monitored. But we live in a world of counter currents. Sitting alongside the sustainability agenda  is a kind of counter revolution that sees prominent politicians,including the U.S. president, denying the existence of the most important sustainability issue of them all - namely climate change.Perhaps more importantly, in a globalized free market economy,  there is no real controlling hand to put a brake on,say, the employment market upheaval that will be triggered by the rise A.I. Nor is there any consensus on what a growing divide between rich and poor (or young and old) in some countries means for social cohesion. It remains to be seen what individual companies can do - either alone or in partnership - to create a more sustainable future. But Bjelland is optimistic, and he  sees a real benefit in a summit that encourages new thinking on apparently  intractable issues. “I hope we will be able to create the proof points showing that sustainable growth is possible,” he says. END       I am a UK-based journalist and author with more than a decade's experience of writing about startups, tech companies and fast growth businesses. My career in journalism began as Business Editor of BBC World television's pan-European text news services. From there I went on t...

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OSLO Patents

OSLO has filed 72 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Clusters of differentiation
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biology
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