ITSA Connect Growth

When growing a company in an extremely competitive industry, like the energy storage market, we have no time to loose. Therefore it was no doubt for Beyonder to attend ITSA Growth after we were introduced to the topics and the experienced partners in the program. We needed an arena where we could test and experiment “off the record” our busines concepts without having fear to fail and at the same time build relationship to potential new business partners. ITSA Growth is highly recommended by the Beyonder management team for all companies that aim for this opportunity.
- Bjarte magnussen, Beyonder

ITSA Connect Growth is our second four month training program for dedicated early stage growth companies. The program is designed to give early growth companies the business development tools, network, investor leads and skills to get fundraising ready and grow.

ITSA Connect Growth is developed and facilitated by Validé in collaboration

with our partners:


About the program

The ITSA Growth Program is developed and facilitated by Validé in collaboration with Connect.
Validé is ranked as one of Norway’s best incubators. We have 20 years of experience in developing and investing high risk capital in new companies. We are early phase specialists and have a current portfolio of around 80 companies. ROI on our ten best exits is 14. Validé has successfully run seven previous accelerator programs.


Connect Vest is a non-profit organization operating on the west coast of Norway. The mission is to contribute to the development of tomorrow's business in Western Norway within a sustainable framework. Connect is today all over the world and Connect Vest has worked with innovation, entrepreneurs and growth companies since 2001. Connect has 200 member companies and 85 early-stage investors. Connect is a powerful player in the innovation environment in Western Norway with several services for both entrepreneurial and growth companies, as well as small and medium-sized companies in growth and restructuring.

ITSA Connect Growth focus on three verticals:




Program Dates

We meet for 13 full day garherings

14 & 15 October: Humans, behavior & culture/Mennesker, adferd, kultur

03 & 04 November: ESG Sustainabillity & Business/ESG – Bærekraft & Business

24 & 25 November: Finances & Economics/Finansiering og økonomi
15 & 16 December: The Market, sales & customers/Marked, salg & kunder

12 & 13 January: Strategies for Growth/Strategier for vekst - Kunder, teknologi og analyser

02 & 03 February: Strategies for Growth - The Investor Universe/Strategier for vekst -    Investoruniverset
18th of February: Sales & Negotiations/Salg og forhandlinger

25 th of February: Demo Day

Program Fee

28 000,- NOK pr. company. The ITSA program is supported by the public partners Rogaland County Council, City of Stavanger and SIVA.

Who can apply?

  • Early growth companies

  • Dedicated Team of 3+

  • Companies that is fundraising within the next 6 - 18 months

  • Company must be located in Norway

  • Company should operate within the area of Health, Energy or Smart Technology

  • Cover at a minimum three of the UN Sustainability goals

What´s your impact?

We support the UN Sustainability Goals. Companies in the program should be able to define at least three sustainability goals that is supported by the companies strategy. ITSA Connect Growth aso presents a two day Sustainabillity & Business model with a deeper focus on developing sustainable business models


Program content
We will focus on these headlines during the program

  • ESG - Sustainabillity & Business
  • HR and growth of your organization

  • Due diligence and risk assessment

  • Financials & Fundraising

  • Investment terms and deal making

  • Sustainability and innovative business models

  • One to one investor meetings

  • Marked Growth

  • Sales & negotiations

  • Strategies for raising capital

  • Strategies for growth

  • Access to industry network

  • Access to fundrasing network

  • Mentoring

  • Pitch training & feedback sessions

Partner network & contributors

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Public Funders



We care about passion

With our 20 years experience of developing and investing in early-stage companies, we know that people with passion succeed faster and better.


Validé AS, Innnovasjonspark Stavanger

Richard Johnsensgate 4, 4021, Stavanger


Tel: +47 40 87 20 75

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