#0480: Build the world you want to live in
Expørt: Nina Heir
fra Katapult Accelerator
Med lørner Silvija Seres
Noen kjappe med ekspørt Nina Heir
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. Influenced by my summer job as CEO for the Adecco Group Norway in 2016, and my traineeship at Bakken & Beck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yout other favorite examples on your type of technology?
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.
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.