Maria Amelie loves to disrupt narratives, nerd about entrepreneurship and will some day sail to Antarctica to hang out with penguins 🙂
On a more serious note, Maria Amelie is an award-winning writer of four books on immigration, freedom of speech and entrepreneurship. In 2018 she is working on a new book project – how migrant founders are shaping the economy of Europe.
“I am a daughter of serial entrepreneur and have grown up with this entrepreneurial spirit from I was little. Many great entrepreneurs everywhere in the world were refugees before. I believe this experience gives you a unique point of view. How you choose to use it determines your success later in life.”
Her co-writer is Nicolai Strøm-Olsen, has written books on entrepreneurship in Europe, Israel and Norway. It is a dream team.
These days Amelie is also representing Norwegian entrepreneurs as a fellow of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative, a program of the U.S.Department of State in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
She is also a sought after public speaker and have spoken at TedX, Google, Circle of Top European Communicators, Heroes Conference, BI Business School, Police School.
In her spare time, she does content, interviews scientists and entrepreneurs for companies like Telenor, Simula Research, Antarctica Wildlife Research Foundation, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Angel Challenge Startup Norway – here are the articles.
What has she done before?
Maria Amelies first book came out when she was 24 years old. This book om her life as a refugee boosted a huge debate and a movement on refugees. It contributed to a law change on immigration in Norway. Check out this crazy story in her Tedx talk from 2015 (link).
Right after that she published her second book – Thank you. It was a detailed story on Trandum asylum jail, criticized by the UN Torture Committee. She was the first journalist to spend time there and write about the conditions. The book is a tool for organizations and unions with human rights workers, psychologists, lawyers. In 2014 she finished a third book together with her co-writer Dag Yngve Dahle. The topic was freedom of speech in public and private companies in time of social media.
At 29, after working as tech-journalist at Teknisk Ukeblad for four years, she was awarded Best Startup Journalist 2015 for her articles on the growing ecosystem in the Nordics. That year she took a leap of faith and started her own company and crowdfunded her 4th book together with her team. They got over 120 percent of their original funding goal and presold lots of copies. This book came out in August 2017 and is about 30 successful Norwegian tech-founders and their best advice. The goal was to help with knowledge demand in the young Norwegian startup ecosystem. It has been called by many the Startup Bible – Alt eller Ingenting. It came out in august 2017.
Prior to her books, Maria studied anthropology, entrepreneurship and technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, worked as chief of volunteering at Slottsfjell music festival (responsible for 1400 volunteers), head of PR at Kulturutvalget at StudenterSamfundet i Trondhjem and other festivals.