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Prize 2016

Norway's regional ESNC winner can choose between two prizes offered by Innovation Norway and Oslotech (or a combination thereof).

The prize offered by Innovation Norway includes:

  • Two months (for two people) at Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley, a co-working and soft-landing space for Nordic tech companies. This includes access to the Nordic Innovation House community, events, and networking.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses (total expenses limited upwards to NOK 100,000)
  • Note: This prize is limited to Norwegian citizens and Norwegian technology start-ups that are registered in Norway when they enter the competition.
The prize offered by Oslotech StartupLab comprises the following services:
  • Clean desk for two people for two months
  • Support for the further commercial development of the winning idea
  • Free access to business consulting and business development coaches
  • IPR consulting
  • Legal advice
  • Use of software development tools
In addition, the winner will receive strategic counselling from the Norwegian Space Centre. The prize also includes travel accommodations to the ESNC Awards Ceremony.


Norway is one of the world's largest oil exporters and a global leader in a wide range of sectors, such as aquaculture, maritime industries, hydropower and other forms of energy, the environment, technology, and telecommunications. It is also Europe's most diversified maritime nation and commands worldwide respect for its shipping expertise, equipment, and ability to exploit new market niches - including satellite communication and navigation. While Norway's use of space is born out of the challenges posed by its natural surroundings, the country also has a veritable sea of opportunities at its disposal.

Regional Organiser
Norwegian Space Centre

The Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) is a government agency under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Its mission is to ensure that Norway benefits as much as possible from its space activities. NSC's areas of focus include activities in which Norway can compete in the global market for space-related goods and services, and which to a great degree are based on national qualifications and needs. In addition to promoting the development, coordination, and evaluation of the country's space activities, NSC supports Norwegian interests through the European Space Agency (ESA). Norway's participation in the EGNOS and Galileo programmes is also actively managed by NSC.

Regional Partner

Oslotech is an independent company whose mission is to stimulate business growth in Norway's most knowledge-intensive region - Oslo. We want to contribute to the creation of more companies and more value for society through Oslo's research and technology communities. Since 1986, we have built and operated Oslo Science Park, which is located only 10 minutes from Oslo's city centre between the campuses of the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. Today, more than 160 companies and research organisations rent offices and labs there. Oslotech is also the organisation behind StartupLab, a business incubator and co-working space inspired by the best incubators in the USA. StartupLab has room for up to 140 entrepreneurs and invests in selected startup companies. Through our programme Build2Grow, we offer courses in entrepreneurship for both the entrepreneurs themselves and their coaches. Meanwhile, the company has helped to initiate and support various cluster development networks and projects, such as Oslo Medtech, Marelife (aquaculture), and BioVerdi ("BioValue", a project working to increase growth in Norway's biotech-intensive industries). Oslotech has also established the seed fund Springfondet in cooperation with Kistefos, a well-known Norwegian investment company. Every year, we organise and host many different events at our large in-house conference centre in an effort to bring together students, researchers, entrepreneurs, people from industry, and investors.

Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian government's most important instrument for innovation and development involving Norwegian enterprises and industry. It helps Norwegian companies gain competitive advantages and enhance their innovative potential by providing access to a broad business support system that includes funding, expertise, and services in the areas of consulting, promotion, and networking. By combining local industry knowledge and international networks with the business ideas and motivation of entrepreneurs, Innovation Norway thus serves as a foundation for new successful businesses. Innovation Norway supports the following efforts:

  • Enhancing innovation in Norwegian enterprises and industry
  • Building competitive Norwegian enterprises in both domestic and international markets
  • Promoting Norwegian enterprises
  • Promoting Norway as an attractive tourist destination
  • Securing development in rural areas
  • Transforming ideas into successful business cases
  • Promoting interaction among enterprises, knowledge communities, and R&D institutions

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Norwegian Space Centre
Mr Erik Uribarri
P.O. Box 113 Skoyen
0212 Oslo

+47 (0) 22 51 18 04

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