Nordic Scalers

We Are Looking For A Supplier For A Pre-Study On Nordic Scaleup Institute

Through this Invitation to Tender, Nordic Innovation is looking for a partner who can perform a pre-study on the potential to establish a Nordic Scaleup Institute with inspiration from the UK Scaleup Institute and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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The main goal is to conduct a pre-study looking into the potential scope and main focus of the Nordic Scaleup Institute including recommendations for a go or no go to establish the Nordic Scaleup Institute.

Budget Up to NOK 500.000 (excl. VAT)
Deadline 23 August 2022 at 15:00 CET


In the last years, there has been a focus on how to help and nurture startups in the Nordics. This has made the Nordic region one of the best in the world when it comes to starting and developing new companies. Even though the Nordic countries are above OECD average as regards to starting new companies, many of the growth opportunities are not realised.

Scaleups are rapidly expanding companies which account for an above-average proportion of the economic growth. Export orientation and innovation capabilities are significant distinguishing characteristics of scaleups, and scaleups are more productive than their peers.

Despite many individual success stories, the scaleup density is still low in the Nordic region. Scaleups constituted 0.4% of all enterprises in the Nordics in 2017 (in the non-financial business economy). With more support, scaleups can become significant agents of change and solve societal challenges and function as instruments for recovering and boosting our economies. 

This tender is part of Nordic Scalers program, which was first launched in 2017. The current phase, Nordic Scalers 2.0 (2021 – 2023) is implemented in cooperation with Nordic Innovation and national innovation agencies, based on the learnings from Nordic Scalers pilot (2017 – 2019) and recommendations from an external evaluation of the pilot.

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Portrait Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

Senior Innovation Adviser
Anna-Maija is a finance and business development professional with 20 years’ of experience in identifying innovations and scalable business models in various industries in international context with execution capability, a can-do-attitude, holistic perspective and passion to build on Nordic strongholds.

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Olivia Rekman

Olivia Rekman

Innovation Adviser
Prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2022, Olivia has worked for several years as an innovation consultant. In her role, she helped international consortiums of SMEs, start-ups and large companies as well as universities, to secure soft funding for green & deep-tech innovation projects. Olivia holds an MSc in International Business & Politics, and founded a CSR consultancy in 2010. Besides her experience in navigating innovation ecosystems and international business development & public policy analysis, Olivia has lived and worked in all Scandinavian countries.

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