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Nordic Innovation Brought the Circular Nordic Region Together for WCEF2021

With the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 and the Norwegian election happening in the same week, let us just say that Oslo was buzzing with activity in the third week of September. On Tuesday 14 September, we finally had the chance to invite fellow circular economy enthusiasts to experience the WCEF2021 with us in the Nordic Studio in Oslo – connected directly to the main event in Canada through livestream.

WCEF2021 in the Nordics
Two accelerator sessions
Participants from 38 countries
Over 500 people registered

As a WCEF2021 partner, we aspire to put the Nordic region on the map in an international setting, as well as contribute to the Nordic Vision 2030 with a special focus on A Green Nordic Region.

Accelerating the transition for Nordic companies

On Wednesday we went online with two accelerator sessions focusing on Nordic companies and their ideas and journeys towards circularity. Hedda Brande and Alexander Løberg from Accenture Norway kicked off the first session by giving companies concrete tools to start using the Nordic Circular Economy Playbook and took questions from the viewers.

12 teams pitched their circular economy solutions

In our second accelerator session, we teamed up with Nordic Circular Hotspot for the Nordic-Global B2B Matchmaking for Circular Innovations and Market Solutions. The aim was to connect companies and to showcase solutions. In addition, nine Nordic companies pitched their solutions to a global market. Three international companies pitched their solutions to the Nordic and global market.

Read more about the Thalasso project

In the end, the Norwegian-Mexican cooperation project Thalasso AS won. Its main objective is to harvest Sargassum, an invasive seaweed threatening the Caribbean region. Florø-based Thalasso turns this hazard into an opportunity through autonomous harvesting drones.

WCEF2021 accelerator sessions

The third day of WCEF2021, September 15, 2021, was reserved for Accelerator Sessions, which are organized independently by WCEF partner organizations. The Accelerator Sessions focused on the daily work needed to accelerate the circular transition, including the implementation of partners’ action agendas. These outcome-oriented sessions should provide an opportunity for deeper audience engagement than was possible during the first two days of programming.

Join us for the Nordic Circular Summit 25 – 26 November 2021. More information will follow soon.


Portrait Marthe Haugland

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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Hanna Törmänen

Hanna Törmänen

Innovation Adviser
Hanna has background in Nordic and international exports, public-private cooperation, project management and market analysis. Her focus at Nordic Innovation is to support Nordic businesses and ecosystems in their transition towards sustainable and circular business models.