About Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen (b. 1975) is an award winning Norwegian Internet software veteran of 20 years, a startup founder, hack(er), entrepreneur, organizer, (micro) investor, educator, learner, moderator, speaker, advisor and consultant to large companies on digital transformation, innovation and growth currently living in Dusseldorf near Cologne, Germany - and in airplanes around the world. More?

Andersen is trilingual and speaks English, German and Scandinavian fluently.

Bookings: Speaking or Teaching | Free Open Office Hours


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Featured & Recognized

  • The New York Times
  • CNN
  • Business Insider
  • Forbes
  • TechCrunch
  • Wirtschafts Woche
  • Indie GoGo
  • Rude Baguette
  • Startup Ambassador to the City of Düsseldorf, Germany (2016)
  • Netzwertig
  • SxSW Startup Ambassador to the State of NRW, Germany (Since 2014)
  • DViCE
  • Nordic Startup Awards (Winner, Norway People's Choice 2012)
  • Die Welt
  • SlideShare (4x Slide of the Day)
  • Accenture
  • BBC Click
  • University of Deusto, Bilbao (GEAP Scholarship 2012)
  • NY1
  • Kabel Eins
  • Ketchum Report
  • Monaco Media Forum
  • Startup America
  • c'n'b Conference (Winner, Most Innovative German Business 2011)
  • StartupBus (Buspreneur 2012)
  • NCIIA @ Stanford (LLP Educator Scholarship 2013)
  • Up Global
  • & more

Speaker, Panelist & MC

  • SxSW
  • LeWeb
  • Web Summit
  • Stanford
  • Pirate Summit
  • TEDx Hamburg
  • Cambridge, England
  • Intrapreneurship Conference London
  • Shahid Beheshti University Tehran, Iran
  • Maastricht Week of Entrepreneurship
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Tech Cocktail Austin
  • Rheinland Pitch
  • DRadio Wissen
  • WDR Fernsehen
  • Advance Day Cologne
  • Interactive Cologne
  • Startup Pirates
  • Lean Camp
  • Campus Party Berlin
  • International Startup Weekend Facilitator (retired)
  • Global Corporations under NDA
  • & more


  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT
  • University of Cologne
  • BITS Iserlohn
  • Qazvin Islamic Azad University, Iran
  • Dokuz Eylul University Izmir, Turkey
  • NW University of Applied Science, Switzerland
  • Knowmads Business University, Amsterdam
  • Northern Institute of Technology NIT, Hamburg
  • Karlshochschule International University
  • Maastricht University
  • Polytechnical College Cologne
  • & more


Corporate Innovation with +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

  • Deutsche Telekom
  • AXA
  • Bertelsmann
  • Henkel
  • Yello Strom
  • Vebego
  • Traveltainment, The Amadeus Leisure Group
  • Carlsen Publishers
  • Stadtwerke Mainz
  • & more iconic brands under NDA

And that was during the last 5 years. In the 15 preceding years, Andersen was an on and off employee in various small specialised companies helping large international companies and organizations like Statoil, TeeKay Shipping, Shell, Esso, Exxon, T-Mobile International, Deutsche Telekom, Lufthansa, The Royal Norwegian Government, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research with innovation and digitalization - in between founding his own companies. You can find more information about the preceding years on Andersen's LinkedIn profile.