We help great founders with great ideas succeed

Tomorrow Today (2M2D) is a Norwegian investment company committed to helping great founders with great ideas succeed. We want to back the bold and brave entrepreneurs who think big and move fast. 2M2D is headed by Bjarne Melbye, and is founded on the idea of being part of a new era of technology advancements that benefits mankind.

We can offer funding, experience and a kick-ass network to startups that meet our investment criteria.

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Our Roots

2M2D act as an independent company, but has essentially sprung out of 110 years of company building and ownership from HCA Melbye AS that was founded in 1907. HCA Melbye has amongst others been part of building the success story of BetonmastHæhre, with a $1B+ turnover. The company also has 110-year-old roots from building traditional industries within distribution, packaging, materials, energy networks, construction and real estate. Bjarne Melbye is a co-owner of HCA Melbye and has set up 2M2D to take an active part in the change we’re seeing, the future, today.

The Team

Bjarne Melbye

Bjarne Melbye
Founder and CEO
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Bjarne Melbye
Bjarne Melbye
Founder and CEO
Bjarne is a startup enthusiast who gets inspired by clever people with great ideas and thoughts that will accelerate the world forward. His role is to support these great people in accomplishing their vision, by contributing with capital and actively helping out on the founders terms.

Bjarne has previously worked in the financial industry and with his own ventures. He’s also participated in all areas of his family business as an executive and a board member, where he’s been part of strategic planning and executing, bringing the company onwards and upwards.

“Together with my siblings we’re the 4th generation business owners. I’ve worked close with my father and he has taught me generosity, gender equality and to treat everyone with respect. And since I always try to work with people that are smarter than me, I’ve been lucky to bring with me Fredrik Winther and Lars TIngulstad as chairman and board member in 2M2D”.

Fredrik Winther

Fredrik Winther
Chairman of the Board
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Fredrik Winther
Fredrik Winther
Chairman of the Board
Fredrik Winther has a long term background as management consultant and researcher on business development, leadership and change, and got his Phd on management studies from NTNUs Department of Industrial Economics. He is currently Managing Director of Oslo Business Region. Over the last years he has worked closely with the growing startup ecosystem of Oslo, as well as the tech driven and rapid digitalization existing and new industries and organizations. He has also seen several hundreds of startups trying to build a position within new areas of technology, business models, and verticals, and got a passion to understand the future by examining the startups that bet into it.

Lars Tingulstad

Lars Tingulstad
Member of the Board
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Lars Tingulstad
Lars Tingulstad
Member of the Board
Lars Tingulstad have worked as the CEO of HCA Melbye AS, a family owned business, since 1996. He was one of the co-founders of Betonmast Bygg (now BetonmastHæhre) and acted as the chairman since interception until this April (2017). During that period the company grew from two employees to more than 2000 and from no revenue to this year’s budget of 10 billion NOK.
Lars is curious about what the future holds, and will be a part of 2M2D to focus on growth and opportunities for the companies we’ll partner with.

Investment strategy – Are we a match?

2M2D are looking for bold and brave entrepreneurs who think big and move fast. We can offer funding, experience and a kick-ass network to early stage companies. As part of our investment strategy we have certain criteria for considering an investment.

We want you and your company to have:

Our strategy is to invest in two steps and we can participate in multiple funding rounds. Typically we’ll enter in the seed stage or the series-A round – determined on a case by case basis. We believe our strength is in the early stages of a company timeline where we can help founders sort out their roadmap, identify obstacles and most importantly be a great speaking partner.

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A completed or close to completion of your product
– meaning you’re open for business

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Managed to raise initial funding

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Full time employees

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A fair and addressable market size

Co-investors

2M2D is an independent company that runs by its own mandate, and is wholly owned by Bjarne Melbye. In addition, 2M2D reaches out to a network of co-investors that will decide on a case by case basis. If more investors choose to enter, 2M2D will act as the contact point for the syndicate.

These are the co-investors of today:

After 110 years in business HCA Melbye are still looking for new opportunities. Their saying is that security happens through change. Amongst others they have been part of building the success story of BetonmastHæhre, with a $1B+ turnover and more than 2000 employees. HCA Melbye will do their startup investments through 2M2D as a co-investor.

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Ola Rustad AS is a private investment company focused on financial investment and real estate. Ola Rustad also has a 50 % stake of RS Trommelservice AS. Ola Rustad will co-invest in 2M2Ds cases.

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Network

StartupLab is an incubator for early stage technology startups, located in Oslo Science Park. They house 82 ambitious tech startups and help connect them with founder-friendly capital, clients, talent and advisors to help accelerate their growth. Since they were established in 2012 StartupLab has worked with 200 startups, 74% of them are still growing. StartupLab alumni companies include Zwipe, Huddly, Kahoot, ReMarkable and No Isolation.

2M2D is part of this network as an angel investor and cooperate on cases from time to time.

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Nordic Impact is a company that invests in startups based around technology with a mission to have a positive impact on society. Nordic Impact was started to gather the initiatives of Tharald Nustad around impact and social entrepreneurship. The main activity is investing in early stage impact tech startups, and they also support projects that further impact investing and social entrepreneurship.

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