Nordic Innovation and Nor-Shipping have partnered to help facilitate a new funding instrument aimed at supporting innovation and collaboration between land-based and ocean industries.
Working together they will now arrange three regional cross-industry workshops to mobilise potential partners and ideas, before using the Nor-Shipping 2019 conference in Norway as the official launch pad for the ‘Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission’ funding instrument.
The funding instrument is part of the ‘Sea Meets Land’ action area of Nordic Innovation’s Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program and is meant to support applicants developing innovative solutions within this area.
The final design of the funding instrument is, however, not finalised. Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation will therefore conduct workshops in Reykjavik, Turku and Gothenburg, each with specialised themes, to encourage ideation, enabling partnerships and gather input to the final funding instrument design prior to its launch on 7 June at Nor-Shipping 2019.
We don’t have all the answers though, and that is why we now want to involve the industry to develop this exciting programme going forward.Nina Egeli, Senior Innovation Adviser, Nordic Innovation
A good opportunity
Following on from the Nor-Shipping launch, Nordic Innovation will award the funding or other support scheme, depending on the final design, to selected recipients in the latter half of 2019. Commenting on the motivation behind the partnership, Nina Egeli, Senior Innovation Advisor at Nordic Innovation, notes:
“Nor-Shipping is a well-established arena and ‘one of a kind’ in the Nordics, especially with regards to its connections throughout the entire maritime industry value chain. The team has a strategic approach that fits well with our plan in regard to cross-sector focus, digitalisation and the link to the Sustainable Development Goals.”
On the potential of the funding itself, Egeli adds: “Our meetings with leaders in the maritime and adjacent industries in all five Nordic countries have highlighted the huge possibilities around the ‘Sea Meets Land’ theme. However, there is a need for financing and facilitation and this is where Nordic Innovation can take a role. We don’t have all the answers though, and that is why we now want to involve the industry to develop this exciting programme going forward.”
The workshops will be held in Reykjavik, Turku and Gothenburg, the first of which takes place in the Icelandic capital on 27 February on ‘smarter ocean harvest’. The Finnish workshop 13 March centres on ‘smart mobility for passenger travel – connecting the Baltic’, while the Swedish event is scheduled for 24 April, examining ‘smart ports in the era of energy transition and decarbonisation’.
Silje Bareksten, Head of Sustainability and Technology at Nor-Shipping, has high hopes for what will emerge from the workshops.
“We aim to use the specialist strengths of the three hubs to attract both local and regional, as well as other Nordic participants, harvesting ideas and gaining insight into the support needed to enable positive, sustainable change. We believe these workshops can fire the starting gun for a new wave of projects, inspiring collaborations, engaging partners and consolidating the Nordic’s position as a regional hub for forward-thinking, innovative solutions.”
We believe these workshops can fire the starting gun for a new wave of projects, inspiring collaborations, engaging partners and consolidating the Nordic’s position as a regional hub for forward-thinking, innovative solutions.Silje Bareksten, Head of Sustainability and Technology at Nor-Shipping
Platform for development
“The Nordic cluster is an epicentre for the development of new technology and services aimed at advancing the sustainable blue economy, and this funding opportunity will really help build on that platform,” continues Bareksten. “With our position within the maritime sector we can help Nordic Innovation connect with its key target audience and support the most worthy projects, while feeding in expertise that will help tailor the fund to achieve maximum impact.
“From our perspective this initiative complements the Sustainable Development Goals Nor-Shipping has committed to, with particular regard to SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals. We want to encourage and enable new partnerships within the ocean space, creating not just business opportunity for our core maritime audience, but also feeding into the creation of sustainable activity that helps meet society’s needs going forwards.”
Nor-Shipping 2019, which is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors from across the globe, takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 4 to 7 June 2019.