Recap: From Oslo to Shanghai.

Oslo was invited to participate as an honorary guest city to the CSITF, one of China’s leading technology fairs.

The purpose of the Oslo Shanghai CSITF 2018 delegation was to create a valuable platform for Norwegian-Chinese business interests, with a distinct focus on startups and corporates in ed-tech and clean-tech. Oslo Business Region collaborated with Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen of Oslo in developing the business delegation and program.

In the startup world, we often talk about the importance of going global. Building business abroad, getting access to bigger markets, testing your products against international competitors. On April 19-21st we had the pleasure of supporting a group of outstanding companies working to go global, as we participated in the China Shanghai International Tech Fair – CSITF.


The program included participation for the full three days of the fair, a seminar about powercouples (and building bridges between entities big and small) featuring the delegation companies, a special ed-tech track for some of the participating companies and finally meetings, meetings meetings!  


As always, the most important performance metric for us is to ask participating companies what they thought. Some quotes along with data point:


I think we don´t even realize how important Shanghai is as a hub for business – it is SO much going on here!

Shanghai is the opening gate for business in China.

You can do big stuff in Norway or superduper big stuff in Shanghai. I prefer the superduper big stuff.

It was a tremendous honor and experience to join OBR and mayor Johansen as the delegation representing Oslo innovation. Thank you Oslo Business Region for the valuable experience and opportunity!



The Oslo Shanghai CSITF 2018 deligation stand


Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen with friends

Delegation members being interviewed by Chinese TV:

The Oslo – European Green Capital 2019 Expo

All done and dusted

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Posted on: May 23. 2018
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