About Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen (b. 1975) is a Norwegian tech entrepreneur who:

  1. Founds startups to scratch his own itches
  2. Spreads education on how to build startups to founders and students as an advisor, investor and as an educator
  3. Helps corporates achieve innovation 50x faster through science + entrepreneurship with +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES
Andersen is trilingual and speaks English, German and Scandinavian fluently, currently based in DUS near CGN, DE - and in airplanes around the world. More...

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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, "Gruenderstipendium.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
  • Digital Shapers, Zagreb
  • WDR Fernsehen
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Ruhr Summit
  • Advance Day Cologne
  • Startup Pirates
  • Lean Camp
  • Campus Party Berlin
  • Budapest Enterprise Agency
  • Interactive Cologne
  • TU Automotive, Munich
  • Global Startup Weekend Facilitator (retired)
  • Global Corporations under NDA
  • & more


And all of this was only during the recent years. For the 15 preceding years, Andersen was an on and off employee (in between founding his own ventures) helping large international companies and organisations like Statoil, TeeKay Shipping, Shell, Esso, Exxon, Deutsche Telekom, Lufthansa, The Royal Norwegian Government, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research with innovation and digitalisation. The 5 last and final years as a salary man he served as the Head of Digital at the lead agency to T-Mobile International. You can find more information about these preceding years on his LinkedIn profile.