About The Simula Garage


The Simula Garage in a nutshell

The Simula Garage is an initiative from Simula Research Laboratory that gives ambitious entrepreneurs the possibility to work in a free office space in co-location with other entrepreneurs.

Located at Fornebu, Norway, The Simula Garage started in January 2013 as an experimental initiative aimed at turning ideas into successful businesses. Simula provides access to the co-working space for up to one year, during which entrepreneurs may get support in fields such as IT, business development, legal issues, technology protection and soft funding. Furthermore, Simula arranges academic and social events for the entrepreneurs.

Since April 2018, Simula also operates a co-working space at the Oslo Metropolitan University, under the brand Gründergarasjen@OsloMet. About half of the capacity in that space is dedicated to entrepreneurial projects and startups by OsloMet students, alumni and staff.


Work environment

Simula Research Laboratory is a research- and technology-oriented institution and, as a work environment, The Simula Garage differs from other co-working areas or incubators. This has mainly to do with the fact that the Garage is all about building prototypes, testing your ideas, and implementing improvements. You will share offices with researchers and engineers and focus on realizing ambitious technologies. Consequently, we have fewer parties and events, but you can, for instance, sign up for introductory courses on machine learning or advanced programming. More than half of Simula’s employees are recruited internationally, meaning that the environment is internationally oriented and outwards looking.

Put bluntly, as an entrepreneur at The Simula Garage, you will receive both support and many opportunities, but we will not tell you how to realize your company or tell you what to do. Our approach is grounded in research and technology development, both of which require hard work! Simula’s slogan is “By Constantly Thinking About IT.” You are expected to be self-driven and motivated and we work reactively with the most active entrepreneurs. If you take action and work hard, you will find few environments more open or responsive than Simula.


More information

More information about The Simula Garage can be found in the articles “From idea to growth at the Simula Garage” and “Why a Garage?”.


About Simula


Dedicated to tackling scientific challenges with long-term impact and of genuine importance to real life, Simula Research Laboratory AS (Simula) offers an environment that emphasizes and promotes basic research. At the same time, we are deeply involved in research education and application-driven innovation and commercialization.

Simula was established as a non-profit limited company in 2001 and is fully owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Its research is funded through competitive grants from national funding agencies and the EC, research contracts with industry, and a basic allowance from the state. At its outset, the laboratory was given the mandate of becoming an internationally leading research institution within select fields in information and communications technology. These fields are

  • communication systems, including cyber security;
  • scientific computing, aiming at fast and reliable solutions of mathematical models in biomedicine and geoscience; and
  • software engineering, focusing on the testing and verification of mission-critical software systems and on the planning and cost estimation of large software development projects.

Recent evaluations state that Simula has fulfilled its challenge and is an acknowledged contributor to top-level research in its focus areas. Specifically, in the 2012 national evaluation of ICT research organized by the Research Council of Norway and conducted by an international panel of experts, Simula received the highest average score (4.67) on a five-point scale among all evaluated institutions. In comparison, the national average was 3.38. Only five of the 62 research groups evaluated were awarded the top grade (5), and two of these five groups are located at Simula. In the 2017 in-depth evaluation of Simula, all three research areas were evaluated as excellent.


About OsloMet


Oslo Metropolitan University, referred to as OsloMet abbreviated, is Norway’s third largest university. OsloMet offers a unique range of professional programs that provide students with high-impact skill sets that qualify them for professions that contribute to future welfare and value creation. The majority of the study programs OsloMet offers are professional programs in which theoretical courses and supervised professional training are closely aligned. OsloMet provides education that qualifies students for employment in the health and social services, education, and public administration, media, design, arts, and for technical and business administrative positions in business and industry.

In its overarching research strategy OsloMet highlights both interdisciplinary and regional cooperation. OsloMet’s comparative advantage is that the institution performs research within and between the professions taught. This provides OsloMet with the opportunity to influence welfare policy and to serve as an important contributor to policy making by decision-making bodies. Through dialogue and cooperation between research, education, society, business and industry, results and expertise are shared and solutions are created for a continuously changing world.


About Simula Innovation


Since 2004, Simula has established several spinout companies with growth potential. Simula Innovation organizes technology transfer from research to business and assists in the commercialization of research results through industrial partnerships and the creation of spinouts. Its goal is to provide a framework to support the creation of companies, including the management of intellectual property rights, legal assistance, and assistance with grant proposals and attracting funding and investors.




Christian Bjerke, Director of The Simula Garage

As the Director of The Simula Garage, Christian has the overall responsibility for the management of the incubator and is closely involved in supporting the companies. He also manages external relations with partners and works closely with Simula’s researchers on facilitating technology transfer. Christian has worked at Simula since 2013, then joining as the administrative manager for the research-based innovation centre (SFI) Certus. In March 2016, he was appointed Assistant Director for Simula Innovation, which handles Simula’s commercial investments. In his current role as the Director of the Simula Garage, Christian works closely with Simula Innovation on establishing commercially promising high-tech companies and facilitating knowledge transfer. Christian holds an M.Sc. in administration- and organization theory from the University of Bergen. He has held numerous positions of trust in organizations including the European Commission, the European University Association, The European Students Union, The University of Bergen and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Science.


Freyja Jørgensen, Project Coordinator

Freyja joined the team in September 2016. She is hired 50% as project coordinator at The Simula Garage, responsible for all our practical issues on a day-to-day basis. This being everything from onboarding to offboarding, arranging events, or responding to general inquiries. Freyja is a people person and enjoys interacting with the entrepreneurs and learning more about their projects. She holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and has completed a one-year study programme in Psychology, both from The University of Oslo. Since 2010 she has also been part-time involved in several of Simula’s educational activities.


Stian Krogstad, Innovation Manager @ OsloMet

Stian is the Innovation Manager located at Simula's newest venture, Gründergarasjen@OsloMet. Here he runs day-to-day operations, as well as advising and helping startups in the early phases of building their company. Stian holds a degree in teaching from the University in Stavanger, as well as a degree in mathematics from the University in Oslo, and he is currently pursuing an MBA in Strategy from the Norwegian School of Economics. Stian has previously run his own startup, acting as Head of Operations in Brødboksen TWD AS for three years.

Adam Piórowicz, Innovation Manager

Adam helps startups and researchers with matters related to innovation, soft funding, intellectual property rights, legal documents, and business development. He also streamlines internal processes at Simula and The Simula Garage with software. Adam holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Linköping University and an M.Sc. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Chalmers University of Technology, both in Sweden. He was a patent engineer at Telenor for four years. Adam joined Simula Innovation in 2011 and Simula in 2016, and has been involved in The Simula Garage in various capacities since its inception in 2013.

Ottar Hovind, Director of Simula Innovation AS

Ottar manages Simula’s portfolio of investments and is also a lawyer. He has been at Simula since 2007 holding several positions, including Deputy Managing Director for Simula Research Laboratory AS. He is currently the Managing Director of Simula Innovation AS, and a board leader at several startup companies. Ottar holds a degree in law (cand.jur.) from University of Oslo, and has a Master of Corporate and Commercial Law (LLM) from London School of Economics. He has previously worked with the law firm Ræder Advokatfirma.



Visiting address - Simula

Simula Research Laboratory
Martin Linges vei 25
1364 Fornebu

(4th floor)

Directions - Simula

Directions by car or public transportation can be found at Simula’s home page.


Visiting address - OsloMet

Gründergarasjen @ OsloMet
Pilestredet 52
0167 Oslo

(3rd floor)

Directions - OsloMet

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