Quick update & podcast ep about Rebartek

2020 has been a strange year for all of us. We feel lucky to be doing alright during these challenging times.

In the beginning of the year, Rebartek moved into a new location. We now have our own office as well as a pilot factory space where we prefabricate rebar cages for our local customers. So far we have delivered 12 projects to 4 different local customers from our pilot plant.

Delivering an order for a local customer.

The corona situation in Southern Norway is stable at the moment, and that allows for our full time employees to safely work on site at our factory.

Our focus for the rest of 2020 will be on running several more pilot projects locally as well as preparing some big projects in Norway and Europe for next year. Stay tuned!

To hear more about how we are doing, watch our CEO Max on the podcast Automated Construction with Jarret Gross.

You can also follow us on linkedin here.

Rebartek finishes intensive development period at HAX Shenzhen

Wrapping up in Shenzhen

We’re literally wrapping things up in Shenzhen, China! For the last three months, we’ve been taking our hardware to the next level in the Shenzhen HAX lab. Now the time has come to pack up the robots and head back home. Read on to learn how the experience has been for our employees, and what the HAX team in Shenzhen has to say about Rebartek’s time in their lab.

Shipping our new robot to Norway

SOSV invests in Rebartek

In May of this year, investor SOSV came on board the Rebartek train. We felt very fortunate to land such an experienced and supportive investor. The energy in the whole team was buzzing. -There was just one thing… This meant we were going to China!

Rebartek goes to China

While the thought of traveling to the other side of the world with your awesome coworkers is great, we also knew that this would be a huge adjustment. Our investor, SOSV puts their startups through accelerator programs to speed up their development. Our Accelerator program is HAX, which is focused on developing hardware.

HAX is a hardware accelerator program in cooperation with our investor SOSV. HAX recruits teams with hardware prototypes and turns them into functional, sustainable companies.

The HAX program experience 

Arriving in Shenzhen was a dizzying experience, not only due to the obvious jet lag. The HAX program provides its startups with a workspace, a team of engineers and resources in a tech lab bursting with innovation. The rest is up to you and your team. With all the tools, expertise and experience at our disposal, we had to make sure we did our part to get the most out of our limited time in Shenzhen. 

While in their lab, HAX also provided us with connections and strategic support.  We got to know the facilitators of the program, and they got to know us. Program Director at HAX, Ji Ke, had this to say about Rebartek’s time in the lab:

“This startup is very ambitious and capable of making decisive decisions. The hardware prototype planning is lean, and objective focused; entirely compatible with Shenzhen ecosystems.”

When asked what he thinks sets Rebartek apart from others as a contech startup, Ke had this to say: 

“You are straight on laser-focused on a proven market, and this is due to your team’s experience in this field.”

Ji Ke is responsible for driving the content and delivery of the
HAX Seed accelerator program in Shenzhen.

New Rebartek prototype

Our time in Shenzhen at HAX has been vital to our technical development. We are happy to share that we have made progress at a speed that would not have been possible without an accelerator program such as HAX. 

And to round off our talk with Mr. Ji Ke from HAX, we asked for a one-sentence piece of advice for Rebartek in the next 12 months, his answer was clear and concise: 

“Tech team leadership is going to make or break your company.”

We could not agree more with Ke. And that’s why we are making technical development leadership a big priority in the coming months (more on that another time). 

Rebartek HAX
The team at the HAX labs.

We are grateful and proud to be working with this program, and very excited to bring our new robot prototype home to Norway for testing and production. 

Latest updates from Rebartek

We’re back! 

This summer has been very eventful for Rebartek with many new developments. Since we have not managed to update our news page in a while, we owe you a quick update on some of the latest, big developments:

Investor on board: SOSV and HAX 

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The Rebartek Team at the Shenzhen Facility

In May we signed our pre-seed deal with SOSV. SOSV is a multi-stage VC that has funded over 700 startups to date, and runs accelerators for different verticals all over the world.
We joined HAX. HAX is a hardware-specific accelerator. Their program operates across two locations, Shenzhen and San Francisco, giving founders the resources necessary to move with lightning speed. We are currently prototyping in Shenzhen facilities. If you want to learn more about Shenzhen, here is an inspiring documentary to start with.
In fall we will move on to San Francisco to raise our Seed round.

Rebartek selected for RobotUnion Accelerator

On July 3rd, Rebartek got selected for the RobotUnion accelerator program. From a pool of 206 applications, Europe’s 20 best robotic startups were selected for the feasibility phase. And we are one of them! 

The best startups presented their ideas and competed for up to €223,000 in equity-free funding, alongside acceleration and world-class mentoring services.

About RobotUnion:

  • RobotUnion offers a total of 4M€ in equity-free funding in two open calls for startups and SMEs within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program funded by the European Commission.
  • Selected startups are advancing the digitalization of European industry in the areas of health, manufacturing, agriculture, civil engineering and open disruptive innovation.

HAX & EF Demoday in Hong Kong

Entrepreneur First and HAX joined forces this year. In July, they had their first joint demoday in Hong Kong. We presented our solution to over 150 investors and corporates at HAX there. We prepared intensively together with the other startups and with HAX’ help improved our pitch immensely. We connected with several promising investors and potential partners.

CEMEX Construction Startup Competition

CEMEX Rebartek robotics construction

Afterward, we went to CEMEX’ Construction Startup Competition. Over 500 startups from over 70 countries competed. We got selected as one of the ten winning startups and were invited to pitchday in Mexico. CEMEX went over and beyond and hosted an amazing event. We connected with inspiring startups, as well as potential customers and investors.

Thanks for checking in on us! We will be updating you again soon!

Rebartek joins Innoventus Sør incubator program

We’re delighted to share that Rebartek has been accepted into the Innoventus Sør incubator program.

Local start-up incubator

Innoventus Sør er is one of SIVAs national incubators in Norway. The incubation program’s goal is to develop future businesses through identifying, developing and commercializing good ideas and create new growth for established businesses.

Through their incubator program, Innoventus Sør will provide Rebartek with business development and legal consulting, amongst other things.

Rebartek CEO, Max Trommer signing the agreement with Business developer
Kristine Ribe-Christensen at Innoventus Sør.

We’re very happy to be working with local start-up supporters and we’re excited about the opportunities this will bring us!

Rebartek joins the MEERC research project

We’re happy to share that Rebartek has been invited to contribute in the research project MEERC.

The research project MEERC is based on the cooperation agreement between the government-owned construction company Nye Veier (NV) and the University of Agder. (UiA) The project has funding from the Research Council of Norway (NFR).  

Rebartek will be on the Expert Committee in MEERC, representing two fields: digitization and prefabrication.  

The main purpose of the MEERC project is to contribute to the Construction Engineering program at UiA being rooted in the latest research and “best industrial practice”. MEERC does this by researching projects that have been developed together with Nye Veier and the industry, to help ensure that NV fulfills their social mission statement, which is to “build good roads quickly and smartly”.

Rebartek CEO, Max Trommer sees the MEERC project as an excellent opportunity to network and looks forward to being a part of the important conversations in a rapidly developing construction industry.

Seven PhD candidates over three years

MEERC is an important research project established as one of several projects under Nye Veier’s deal with UiA. For the next three years, seven PhD candidates will be working on the project, and increasing the competence in both UiA, the construction business and at Nye veier.

Kjell Olav Johannessen (MEERC project member from UiA) says this about Rebartek’s participation in the project:

-The expert committee consists of people from different companies and organizations. By including Rebartek in the Expert committee, we are bringing on board innovation that rethinks how to solve rebar work in the future. Rebartek is developing provident and competitive processes for prefabrication of rebar for concrete elements.

Rebartek is looking forward to take part in the MEERC, and contributing our knowledge to this important project.

Our SXSW Austin Texas experience

Aftermovie by our Communications advisor: Jona Runarsdottir
The Agder delegation at the Bat Sculpture in Austin Texas

As you might have seen on our social media, this month Rebartek went to Austin Texas to check out the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Now that we’re back and have had time to digest the whole experience, we’d like to share some of the highlights of the trip with you.

Tech festival in Texas

Rebartek was invited to join a delegation from the Agder Counties on this trip. We jumped on the opportunity to experience SXSW which has grown to be a huge technology and culture festival. Certainly the biggest tech festival in Texas. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people turn up to see the myriad of technology talks, films and concerts. We were there for the “interactive” week, which mostly focuses on tech, innovation, politics and startups.

Traveling with startups and the Mayor

From the left: Deputy Mayor of Aust-Agder: Tore Askildsen, Chairman of the Board at Sharebox: Leif Arne Dalane, CEO at Rebarek: Max Trommer, Mayor of Kristiansand: Harald Furre

With us on this trip were several representatives from the public sector in Agder, Kristiansand mayor Harald Furre, for instance. We were also joined by other startups from our region in Norway such as: BiTMESH, Intoto, Sharebox and AppSens.

Pitching competition

Before we traveled to Austin, we applied to take part in a pitching competition that takes place in Austin and is hosted by International Accelerator. Right before we left Norway, we were told that we had made the cut. So the first couple of days in Austin, we were busy with this event. Coaching from several different business mentors was the theme of day one. On day two, it was pitching time. Many of the other startups from our delegation also pitched on the same day.

Rebartek takes 5th place

Rebartek ended up in 5th place in the International Accelerator competition, and we’re very happy with those results. You can read more about Accelerator program here.

Rebartek CEO: Maximilian Trommer and Chairman of the board at Sharebox: Leif Arne Dalane

Inspiration and networking

Needless to say, we were pumped to have gotten great results in the competition, but Austin had more to offer. The rest of the week at SXSW was spent on attending interesting talks and sessions on innovation and tech, as well as a couple of meetings. Additionally, we also had an opportunity to network with both the Norwegian startups and the public officials in our delegation from Agder, which is a valuable takeaway from this trip.

Back in Norway, we hit the ground running with several exciting meetings with potential investors, partners and customers.

More travels are coming up soon, and Rebartek will be visiting Stockholm, Brussels and München. And if you want to have a talk with us, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Meet the new CTO at Rebartek

Data Engineer Egehan Dülger talks to us about his plans as the new CTO at Rebartek.

The hunt for a new CTO (Chief Technical Officer) at Rebartek is over, and we are delighted to announce that Egehan Dülger will be filling the position.

Rebartek rebar automated installation
Egehan CTO of Rebartek

The right skills and personality for Rebartek

Rebartek CEO Maximilian Trommer is confident that Egehan is a great fit for our team. Egehan is passionate about planning and communicating the team’s goals clearly.

Skyrocketing Rebartek

Egehan has big ambitions and clear goals, -the sort of stuff we live and breathe at Rebartek. His short-term goals for the Rebartek developer-team include identifying, understanding & resolving bottlenecks. He also emphasizes the importance of efficient meetings, communication, and development. When it comes to his long-term goal, he is clearly on board with the company vison:

My ultimate goal, as is everyones, is to skyrocket Rebartek

When asked what made him apply for the CTO position in a young Start-up, he comments on the workplace culture:

 I like the culture at Rebartek. It’s innovative, ambitious and friendly. Everyone understands freedom & responsibility.

Rebartek automated robotic rebar armeringsjern installasjon jernbinding

Structuring fast growth for the Rebartek team

Egehan as a wide background of skills, and has a clear plan for how he wants to lead his team. He says that the team already is filled with ambitions and talented people who are eager to learn new things.

When asked what he will bring to the Rebartek team, Egehan mentions three main skills: Communication, Planning and IT Background. He explains that even in small companies, there may be overlooked communication gaps.

I have worked in variety of departments and have an understanding of relation in between them. Identifying these gaps early on fuels fast, structured growth.


Egehan has worked as a Full Stack Developer and Data Engineer. He has a good understanding of how to build a Minimum Viable Product and as well as scaling it.

Rebartek automated rebar installation

The importance of a good plan

When it comes to planning, Egehan tells us that when you are doing something new, just as many Start-ups do, there are many ideas to try out. Hence, a good plan is a must to get results fast. 

The Rebartek team is excited and happy to have Egehan joining us soon. We welcome him and look forward to growing our company with him.

Rebartek one of two promising local start-ups at Nordic Angel Program.

Business Angels Norway aims to grow the angel investment scene in Norway. At a local event in Kristiansand, Rebartek was featured as one of two promising local start-ups.

Rebartek AS angel investors
Max presenting Rebartek at the event. Watch the video here. Skip to 16:30.

Last week, our CEO Max, got the opportunity to present our start-up at a seminar held by Nordic Angel program, NAP (a program by Business Angels Norway).

Part of EU’s 80 Billion Euro initiative “Horizon 2020”, The Nordic Angel Program (NAP) is a training program about cross-border startup investment.

At the seminar, participants got insight into the processes that NAP applies to choose the best start-ups. They also presented their educational course for new angel investors. Rebartek was asked to join the seminar as a featured promising start-up.

You can watch a video of the event here. Max takes the stage at the 16:30-mark.

Rebartek would like to send a big thank you to Business Angels Norway, and the event host Coworx for this opportunity.

What it’s like to be an intern in Rebartek.

What our IT intern Emil has to say about his time so far in Rebartek

Text and photos by: Jona Runarsdottir.
Intership in engineering and IT in Norway. Sommerjobb i IT og mekatronikk
Emil working toghether with Serhii at our factory.

Emil Morønning Ruud started as an IT- intern at Rebartek in December of last year.  He has now been working with us for a few weeks, so I sat down with him to get his thoughts on the experience so far.

In order to get the word out to students, Rebartek runs ads on kompetansetorget, a platform that connects students at the University of agder and employers. But Emil found us the old fashioned way: -the jungle telegraph.

-I found you through one of your other interns, Nicolay, he says.

Tempted by the tech at Rebartek

When asked about his descision to work for us, he is quick to answer:

-What tempted me the most about working here, is all the tech that is integrated in the work you are doing; Machine vision, robotics and AI, amongst other things.

Intern IT engineer. Sommerjobb innen IT og mekatronikk. Dataingeniør jobb.

In our team, Emil contributes with his skills in programming.

-At the moment we are mainly using Python as our programming language, but we might need to expand on this front at some point.

Doing something that’s never been done

Emil says he finds the other members on the team very eager to help each other, and he explains why that is crucial in a startup like this one:

-We are doing something that hasn’t really been done before. So, understandably no one really has the exact expertize for the interdisciplinary development we’re doing. So we need to try things out all the time. But this also means that you’ve got a job where you are constantly gaining skills.

You don’t need to know it all to be an intern

Emil says he encourages students to apply for an internship at Rebartek, and points out a common apprehension students might have:

-People are often scared that they don’t have all the skills that are important in an intern position. But that really doesn’t apply here. We just need people that have some base-experience or skills in one or more of our fields, and then your job as an intern is to learn as you go.

Rebartek welcomes Emil, and we are looking forward to seeing him develop along with our team.

Interested in an internship? Go to the “let’s talk” button on this page, and get in contact with us! You can also find us on Linkedin and twitter.

See you at betongindustridagene!

On the 23rd-25th of January, Rebartek will be taking part in Betongindustridagene in Oslo. This is the annual national conference for the Norwegian pre-cast industry hosted by Betongelementforeningen.

Rebartek will be represented by our CEO Max. He will give a presentation of our company, and we will also have a stand where you can come to have a chat and learn more about who we are and what we do.

We are looking forward to learning about news and trends in the industry as well as networking with highly relevant people in the industry.