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Guess what? We are in San Francisco! We are so proud to have been chosen by Innovation Norway as one of 13 participating companies for this fall's TINC Silicon Valley program.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, TINC is a four-week intensive incubator program, based out of the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto. It will get no further introduction, except that it is where Apple was born and that it is supposed to be pretty awesome! The program aims at faster commercialization for it's participants, which is done by providing access to world-class mentors and network, in addition to people from Innovation Norway and at the Nordic Innovation House. By being located in the tech-innovation epicentre of the world, you can say that the foundation is in place.

For us, getting accepted to TINC was a huge boost. We are flattered that the people at TINC and Innovation Norway believe in us, and can't wait to experience Silicon Valley. We are ready for four weeks of meeting new and interesting people, learning about their businesses, ideas, and experiences, and to tell our own story. There is no better place to get feedback and ideas, and it will be very interesting to see how we develop throughout the program. Today we have a concept we are very proud of and feel that we can do great things with. The possibilities seem endless, and one of our goals with the program is to decide on the way forward towards establishing a well-functioning, international business.

We have already met with several of the mentors and those responsible for the program, and the impression so far is very good. This Wednesday we attended a TINC Alumni event in Oslo where 50 previous participants attended as well. It is inspiring to hear that they, without exception, say that going to San Francisco was a with TINC was a great experience, and that it helped shape the future of their companies (and lives?).

We are prepared for four weeks with hard work, close to no sleep, but a well of new experiences and new connections. We promise to exploit our Palo Alto zip code to the outmost, testing all sorts of delivery services, apps, and so on.

If any of our dear readers have been in the Bay area earlier and have any tips or experiences you'd like to share, we would be grateful to hear from you.

Until next time,
/Axel