A free co-working space may sound alluring to most freshly minted startups, but The Simula Garage offers much more than free working space. We are more of a technical competence centre than a traditional startup hub. Being located in a highly recognized ICT research facility, our entrepreneurs are given the chance to communicate, network, and potentially collaborate with Simula’s acknowledged researchers.
Researchers at Simula
Simula Research Laboratory AS is a world-leading research environment in informatics and applied mathematics. All three of Simula’s research groups have been independently evaluated as “excellent”, which places Simula in the international forefront of research and technology development. At Simula, you will meet dedicated researchers who combine sophisticated theoretical methods with an applied mindset. “The Simula Culture” document provides a good indication of the kind of research institution we aim to be. As a member of The Simula Garage, you will share offices with the rest of Simula and be part of the social fabric of the research institution. We actively facilitate interaction between the most promising startups at the Garage with researchers and ongoing research projects in the scientific departments. We have numerous examples of startups recruiting talented researchers into their companies or joint research and development projects being developed between Garage startups and Simula.
Simula has good relations with the University of Oslo (UiO), the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), and several other universities. We facilitate contact between students and entrepreneurs in The Simula Garage. We are for example involved in the preparation of a course for students at OsloMet related to entrepreneurship and software development that will further increase opportunities for students and entrepreneurs to collaborate. Do you need a mathematics or computer science student to work on some data analytics or artificial intelligence related challenge? You have come to the right place! With the help of a Simula researcher acting as supervisor, we can help getting you one or two (or even more) students to address your challenges, while offering the students a stimulating environment and supervision for their master thesis projects.
We are working with the most important European and non-EU university incubators and science parks to create a unique network for startups aimed at helping our startups to grow internationally. The network arranges an exchange program that offers visiting startups a place to work, meeting rooms, and interaction with mentors at the host incubator. The Simula Garage is currently the only Norwegian member of the International Incubators Network, coordinated by the Polytechnical University of Milano. The network is currently being put together and more information about the services that are available through the network will be published in the fall of 2017.
Simula has great diversity amongst its employees when it comes to both age and scientific and cultural background. The company finds it important to make everyone feel welcome and to become acquainted with researchers across disciplines. Social and professional events throughout the calendar year are therefore common here, at Simula. We also view it as very valuable that both master’s students and entrepreneurs are invited to such happenings and are given the opportunity to participate in a less formal manner. As an early-stage tech startup, you will thus have a unique chance to meet and talk with some of Norway’s leading researchers and professionals within ICT and innovation.
Four Fridays a year, Simula’s party committee arranges the so-called “Fabulous Fridays," an evening when employees and associates can socialize over a dinner or an interactive teambuilding activity. In addition, yearly, the committee arranges our two large parties: the summer party and the Christmas party. At The Simula Garage, we also arrange internal lunches and similar events for members only. That being said, members of The Simula Garage are also welcome to come up with their own ideas and events with their co-workers.
As for the professional events, Simula often arranges open workshops or seminars, where you only need sign up and join. Usually these are at our premises and focus on various research topics, for instance, within machine learning or computational physiology.