Oslo is Europe’s fastest-growing capital, and is the key to a more robust, diversified and sustainable future economy for Norway. We don´t know yet what kind of industries that will define us – but we do know that innovation and entrepreneurship is the answer. With the rapid resurgence of incubators, accelerator programs, funding mechanisms, education programs, and not at least local successful startup role models growing internationally – the time for Oslo to become an internationally leading startup hub – is now!
Oslo Business Region’s ambition is to be a driving force for this development, and we are constantly working to raise the number of startups with international potential. To make this happen, we have four focus areas:
We develop arenas, networks and tools to support startups to successfully launch and grow their business ideas. Anybody can join our StartupDays twice a month, to be inspired, to share knowledge, to network, to speed date, to workshop, and to get practical help from Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Tax Administration and DNB “starting a business”. Last year, 800 entrepreneurs attended, and the number is growing. Admission is free, and you are welcome!
We also arrange pitching contests and events for startups (check our calendar), and you can take a look at practical tools for starting a business here. If you want an overview of the Oslo startup scene – here is the map.
Looking to go international with your startup? We have established an Oslo Innovation Embassy at The Trampery in London and at the Capital Factory in Austin, where startups can apply for a desk (email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Few people in the world know anything about Norway. Less people have heard about Oslo.
The IESE Business School notes that Oslo is one of a group of cities – including Seoul, Chicago and Osaka – whose international reputation is not as strong as its local assets. This implies that Oslo still has work to do to improve its global appeal and visibility.
The Oslo brand is not about the midnight sun, fjords and mountains – the typical Norwegian connotations. Oslo has the possibility to be the world´s favourite compact city where everybody can succeed, with proximity to possibilities and people in power, where cooperation and non-hierarchical structures are common. It is about a very vivid city with more than 5.000 live performances each year, more than double of Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Oslo Business Region is working on profiling Oslo internationally by inviting the world to Oslo events (e.g. Oslo Innovation Week, X Games Interactive), and by bringing Oslo to important international events (e.g. the Oslo Lounge during South by Southwest in Austin).
Collaboration is central in developing the Oslo region into an internationally competitive, knowledgebased region and a startup hub. Oslo Business Region cooperates with companies, knowledge institutions and other development agencies in the region to highlight leading R&D and business sectors.
Oslo Business Region monitor and analyse international rankings, indexes and benchmarks to keep an overview of Oslo´s performance in business, innovation and entrepreneurship, and to identify strengths and challenges.
Oslo Business Region is a limited company fully owned by the city of Oslo, Department of Business Development and Public Ownership. Each year Oslo Business Region recieves a basic funding to cover its operational tasks, and matches these through external cooperation in all activities.