Congratulations to Tommy Dahlen, winner of the first ever Technoport "Community Builder of the Year" award, designed to recognise the contributions of those working behind the scenes to develop Trondheim's innovation and entrepreneurship scene.
Dahlen was picked by a jury from a stellar line-up of nominees, each of whom has gone beyond the call of duty over the last twelve months (and in many cases, a lot longer than that)
He is Partner / Attorney-at-law at Arntzen de Besche and has a part-time Assistant Professor position at NTNU's Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT).
Beyond this work, he is known across Trondheim's technology community as a leader and a mentor, holding countless board positions on both for-profit and non-profit enterprises across the region. He is currently Chairman of the Board at DIGS co-working space and a board member at CONNECT Trøndelag. Through his position at Arntzen de Besche, he holds regular 1-to-1 advice surgeries at DIGS, for any member to ask questions about Intellectual Property or other legal matters.
"Receiving the award as Community Builder of the Year came as a real surprise," Dahlen told Technoport.
"I was deeply honored to receive the acknowledgement for my work with the startup community in Trondheim. All the amazing nominees would have been well deserving to win the award for their relentless efforts to build a sustainable community, and I was proud to even have been nominated."
"Having worked with startups and entrepreneurship since the late 90's, I have never seen a more optimistic and flourishing startup-scene in Trondheim. It is rapidly being built "ground-up" and with a strong sense of community at its core. A lot of different initiatives are taking form and finding ways to interact with each other through openness and sharing. Absolutely brilliant! It is my prediction that this community, and its sharing culture, will put Trondheim on the map as a leading hub for startups in an Europe, much like Stockholm and Helsinki."
"To accelerate this process I would however like to see even more of the established and experienced players take an active role in the startup community. The startup-scene in Trondheim is extremely open and inclusive and would welcome anyyone that would like to "donate" time, knowledge and effort to build a world-class community. No contribution would be too small."
"To cite the Mentor Manifesto, created by Techstars-founder David G. Cohen: "Expect nothing in return (you’ll be delighted with what you do get back)."
Photos: Wil Lee-Wright