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Startup Showcase: Pilot Ready Startups

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Audun Abelsnes
Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator, Managing Director

Audun Abelsnes is the Managing Director of the Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator and is an active participant in panels at energy & innovation conferences around the world. For several years, Audun Abelsnes has been part-responsible for the master-level course "New Venture Creation" (5th year) at BI Norwegian Business School (a Top50 business school in Europe). He also founded and sold one company and he has been instrumental in funding and scaling up a medical diagnostic company.

Haytham Elhawary
KINETIC, Co-founder & CEO

Haytham Elhawary is cofounder and CEO of KINETIC, a wearable tech company that develops hardware and software infrastructure to enable a connected industrial workforce. Guided by a mission to help the industrial worker stay safe and healthy, he has led the development of a smart wearable device to reduce workplace injuries. 


Haytham holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Imperial College London and a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Navarra in Spain. His professional experience includes the development of medical robots at both Philips Electronics and Harvard Medical School. Prior to launching KINETIC in 2014, Haytham served as Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Center, a hardware startup incubator. Haytham and his company are based out of New York, where he also writes theatre reviews and loves to do improvised comedy.

Stuart Kinnear
Interface Fluidics, CEO

Stuart provides leadership developing and managing Interface's strategic initiatives. He is passionate about leveraging information and data to increase efficiencies in oil production. With over a decade leading teams in the oil and gas industry, Stuart brings an extensive background in business intelligence, supply management, and contract negotiations.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in International Business and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Victoria.

Christian Norberg
Fieldmade, CEO

Christian is the Founder and CEO of Fieldmade AS. He is passionate about Additive Manufacturing and how this tech domain can change the future flow of goods. Christian has an officer’s background from the Norwegian armed forces an extensive background within defense related R&D. He holds a dual MSc. In Business Analysis and Performance Management from the Norwegian School of Economics and MSc. In Technology Management from the Norwegian School of Science and Technology/ Stanford University.


During this session, Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director at the Equinor+Techstars Energy Accelerator, will share best practices in successfully engaging with pilot ready startups and introduce high-quality startups that you can engage with right now. After, Audun will lead a discussion with session attendees and presenting startups.

Startups Include:

  • Stuart Kinnear - CEO, Interface Fluidics (Energy 2018)

  • Christian Norberg - CEO, Fieldmade (Energy 2019)

  • Haytham Elhawary - CEO, Kinetic (R/GA 2015)

  • Alex Housley - CEO, Seldon (Barclays London 2016)


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