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Rising Leaders Afterwork with Airthings: From an Idea to a Global Scale Up

Rising Leaders Afterwork with Airthings: From an Idea to a Global Scale Up

Rising Leaders and AmCham members gathered at Airthings’ modern Oslo headquarters.

CTO and Co-Founder Erlend Bolle kicked off the meeting with a candid, humorous retelling of the Airthings story, highlighting key moments in their incredible journey from Norway-based startup to international scaleup.

Founded in 2008, the company’s products have made radon detection easy to deploy, as it is accurate and user friendly. The products have changed access to monitoring and analyzing radon and other indoor air pollutants.

Fast forward to today, and the company has established offices in the US, Canada, and Sweden, with over 140 employees from over 30 nations. Over 300K monitors have been sold worldwide.

Creating sustainable hardware products from start to finish - and everything in between

Airthings’ Sustainability Manager Erwin Hasselbrinck shared his background from Greenpeace, his passion for the environment and how he approaches his mission of creating a sustainable hardware product from start to finish.

Hasselbrinck continues establishing Airthings’ circular principles – embedding UN Sustainable Development Goals into Airthings’ core business. The key has been to involve employees across all departments in the search and assessment of solutions to create circular and sustainable business practices and value chains.

With the recent launch of their newest indoor air quality monitor, the Space CO2 Mini, considered the company’s most sustainable product to date, they have managed to reduce carbon footprint by 50% compared to their first all-around product in the same category. Loaded with features, Space CO2 Mini is equipped with additional sensors for temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, noise, light, virus risk and occupancy.

Erlend Bolle

Erwin Hasselbrinck

Not only is the hardware more sustainable, the addition of these new technologies and sensors helps facility managers to radically reduce energy consumption and use energy more efficiently while proactively fostering a healthy indoor air climate for occupants, benefiting both the planet and their bottom line.

As buildings use 40% of the world’s energy – and 30% of that comes from heating, ventilation, cooling, and lights – being able to make data-driven decisions, regulating according to when people are actually present, and reallocating energy usage when necessary, unlocks significant cost savings.

The presentations were followed by a highly engaging group discussion where participants could ask questions, followed by the opportunity to mingle with representatives from Airthings and AmCham member companies. AmCham thanks the Airthings team for their hospitality, willingness to share their stories and taking the time to answer questions from the group.  

About the Rising Leaders Program

Rising Leaders, a joint AmCham-US Embassy initiative, brings together entrepreneurs, young professionals, and student leaders in an innovative program that promotes diversity and connects promising talent. Through the program, participants engage international business leaders, learn about AmCham member companies, explore careers, and gain business and leadership skills.

The 2021-2022 Rising Leaders class – comprised of 18 women and 10 men between the ages of 22 and 35 – bring with them experience from healthcare, classical music, urban planning, organizational psychology, immigration, engineering, communications, technology, teaching, economics, finance, and marketing. All 28 program participants have demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial, and/or business excellence in their educational pursuits and careers thus far.

For more information about the program, or to learn how your organization can get involved, please contact Madeleine Brekke.

Rising Leaders Afterwork with PortalOne

For the last afterwork of 2022 and the program finale, Rising Leaders participants and AmCham members had the opportunity to visit hybrid gaming company and Norwegian unicorn, PortalOne’s brand new offices at Aker Brygge.

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Interview: Airthings CEO Øyvind Birkenes

Tell us about Airthings, why it was established, the products and what problem they were coming to solve?

Airthings was established in 2008 by three CERN scientists with the goal being to educate on the prevalence of radon and offer accurate, user-friendly radon detectors to the masses, making them as common as smoke detectors. We have evolved and expanded since then to become the market leaders in the indoor air quality space. 

What is the connection between indoor air safety and outdoor air quality? How do you take this into account when offering indoor air quality solutions and products? 

No matter if it’s indoors or outdoors, air quality matters as a whole. Typically people are more aware of air pollution outdoors, but the reality is that we spend 90% of our time indoors, and concentrations of damaging pollutants are between two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. Over recent decades, many chemicals have become more prevalent in our homes due to increased use of synthetic building materials, air-tight properties, pesticides, and household cleaners. Buildings are becoming more airtight and without proper ventilation, we can be exposed to these pollutants over long periods of time, which can lead to serious health problems.

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DN: Teknologiselskapet Airthings prises til 1,79 milliarder kroner i forbindelse med børsnotering

Teknologiselskapet Airthings lager sensorer for å måle luftkvalitet, og har hatt kraftig vekst internasjonalt de siste årene. Børsnotering neste år har vært planlagt siden i sommer, men planene er blitt fremskyndet den siste tiden.

Nå er det klart at handelen på Merkur Market åpner på eller rundt 30. oktober.

I forbindelse med børsnoteringen vil Airthings hente rundt 870 millioner kroner gjennom en rettet emisjon. Bruttoprovenyet vil lande på rundt 500 millioner kroner.

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Shifter: Airthings kjøper opp Airtight: Navnet var ikke den eneste likheten

Airthings har de siste årene vokst seg store på luftsensorer og radonmåling. Selskapet startet med å utvikle enkle trådløse radonmålere, men satser nå på et bredt spekter av produkter og tjenester knyttet til måling av luftkvalitet.

Nå kjøper de opp Airthight, et norsk proptech-selskap som utvikler smart sensorteknologi for å redusere energitap i bygninger.

– Sammen med Airtight kan vi nå tilby en alt-i-ett-løsning til kundene våre, som ikke bare overvåker og identifiserer potensielle problemer, men som også løser dem, samtidig som vi hjelper planeten vår, sier CEO i Airthings, Øyvind Birkenes.

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