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Overwhelming interest in Nordic competition within welfare innovation

  • Published 20/03/2015
415 proposals from across the Nordic region have been submitted to the Nordic Independent Living Challenge – providing innovative solutions to how elderly and disabled people can live independently in their own home.

The proposals come from startups, students, academia and established companies as well as from caretakers and end users. Moreover, they cover widely different thematic areas, such as mobility, social life, exercise, technology and communication.


– We were aiming at 150 applications and got almost three times as many. It is fantastic to see that the interest in taking part in the competition has been so huge, and we believe that this will boost innovation and collaboration in the Nordic welfare sector, says project leader Mona Truelsen, senior innovation adviser at Nordic Innovation.



Matchmaking in May

A Nordic jury will now go through the proposals and on 10 April, it will be announced which 75 solutions are invited to take part in a Nordic matchmaking event in Copenhagen 4 and 5 May 2015. Here the innovators will get inspiration and tools to further develop their idea. They will also get the opportunity to interact and team up with other applicants from across the Nordic region. Collaboration on a Nordic level is not a requirement for participation in the competition, but will be rewarded.


After the Nordic matchmaking event, participants will be invited to submit a new application. Out of these, up to 25 proposals will be invited to the next stage of the competition – and receive mentoring and support to develop the concepts further, including business plans and preparation for testing on real users. Five finalists will be selected to test their solution in the Nordic capitals and receive financial support of 300.000 NOK to cover expenses. Finally, one Nordic winner will receive the main prize of 1 million NOK. In addition, there will be a 200.000 NOK cross-Nordic collaboration award and a 100.000 NOK student award.



Competition aims

The Nordic capitals, Stockholm, Oslo, Reykjavik, Helsinki and Copenhagen, have launched the Nordic Independent Living Challenge together with Nordic Innovation to stimulate the development of new solutions that can make it possible for elderly and people with disabilities to live independently in their own home. Another aim of the competition is to make the everyday life easier and more efficient for care professionals.



Number of applications per country

  • Sweden: 75
  • Finland: 137
  • Denmark: 75
  • Iceland: 64
  • Norway: 59
  • Other: 5