About Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen (b. 1975) is an award winning Norwegian tech industry veteran who 1) founds startups to scratch his own itches, 2) helps spread education on how to build startups to founders and students as an advisor, micro-investor and as an educator, and 3) helps corporates achieve innovation 50x faster the startup way with +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES, currently living in DUS near CGN, DE - 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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"[...] one of the most important persons in the German startup scene." - Wirtschafts Woche


  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • University of Cologne
  • International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal
  • BITS Iserlohn
  • Qazvin Islamic Azad University (QIAU), Iran
  • Cologne Business School (CBS)
  • Dokuz Eylul University Izmir, Turkey
  • NW University of Applied Science, Switzerland (NW)
  • Knowmads Business University, Amsterdam
  • Northern Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamburg
  • Karlshochschule International University
  • Maastricht University
  • Cologne Polytechnical College
  • USAID, Moldova
  • Rheinland Pitch (Germany's largest startup pitch event)
  • Pitching Masterclass
  • & more

Corporate Innovation with +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

  • Deutsche Telekom
  • ABInBev
  • AXA
  • Philip Morris International
  • Bertelsmann
  • Henkel
  • Yello Strom
  • Telefónica
  • Vebego
  • Traveltainment, The Amadeus Leisure Group
  • Carlsen Publishers
  • International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal
  • Mainzer Stadtwerke
  • & more iconic brands under NDA

Featured & Recognized

  • The New York Times
  • CNN
  • Business Insider
  • Forbes
  • TechCrunch
  • NCIIA @ Stanford (Lean Launchpad Educator Scholarship with Steve Blank & Jerry Engel)
  • Wirtschafts Woche (Named "one of the one of the most important persons" in the German startup scene)
  • The Innovator's Handbook 2018
  • IndieGoGo (Featured Campaign, globally)
  • Rude Baguette (Named "Top 5 People to Know" in the German startup scene)
  • Startup Ambassador to the City of Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Netzwertig
  • SxSW Startup Ambassador to the State of NRW, Germany
  • DViCE
  • Nordic Startup Awards (Winner, People's Choice Norway)
  • Die Welt
  • SlideShare ("Slide of the Day", multiple times)
  • Community Leader, The Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum (EXEC)
  • Accenture
  • BBC Click
  • University of Deusto, Bilbao (Global Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program GEAP Scholarship)
  • NY1
  • Kabel Eins
  • Ketchum Report
  • Monaco Media Forum
  • Startup America
  • c'n'b Conference (Winner, Most Innovative German Business)
  • StartupBus (Buspreneur, BeNeLux)
  • Up Global
  • Rheinische Post
  • Jury member, "Gr√ľnderstipendium.NRW"
  • & more

Speaker, Panelist & MC

  • SxSW, Texas
  • LeWeb, Paris
  • Web Summit, Dublin & London
  • Stanford, California
  • DMEXCO, Cologne
  • NASA Space Apps Challenge
  • Pirate Summit, Cologne
  • TEDx Hamburg
  • Cambridge, England
  • Intrapreneurship Conference London
  • Shahid Beheshti University Tehran, Iran
  • Maastricht Week of Entrepreneurship
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Tech Cocktail Austin
  • Rheinland Pitch (Germany's largest startup pitch event)
  • DRadio Wissen
  • WDR Fernsehen
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Advance Day Cologne
  • Startup Pirates
  • Lean Camp
  • Campus Party Berlin
  • Interactive Cologne
  • Global Startup Weekend Facilitator (retired)
  • Global Corporations under NDA
  • & more


And that was only during the recent years. In the 15 preceding years, Andersen was an on and off employee in various highly 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 digitalisation - in between founding his own companies. You can find more information about the preceding years on the LinkedIn profile.