The latest edition of Oslo Scaleup Up day on 24 May addressed the challenges and the opportunities within the green shift for businesses and investors. Oslo Business Region teamed up with Sustainable Insight, gathering experts in finance at DOGA to present how investments and entrepreneurs can both support meeting Oslo’s climate budget.
The program was divided into two sessions: individual talks and a panel. To start, three growth companies took the stage to discuss their journey towards the green shift: Disruptive Technologies, JOR and eSmart Systems. Following these presentations, three investment firms, Nysnø, Norrsken and Katapult Accelerator, described the opportunities and trends within green investments. Each firm also highlighted which types of scale-ups they find attractive.
“Going green is cost-effective, good for the environment, and reflects a growing movement of conscious consumers who want to see companies taking the issue of climate change seriously. That being said, green tech is still growing and represents an exciting opportunity for investments into a cleaner, clearer shift.” – Haakon Brunell, CEO of Katapult Accelerator
“Things are changing fast with the green shift and the opportunities to scale are robust.” – Susanne Gløersen, Founder of SustainableInsight
Overall, the event had positive feedback from the audience, who had the chance to engage with others on the topics presented topic during a 45 minute roundtable session. During the roundtable session, three topics were covered. The first table, lead by Susanne Gløersen from Sustainable Insight and Eirik Fermann from Morgan Stanley London addressed how to mobilise more VCs to invest in green solutions. The second table focused on Green Credit Facilitation and was lead by Bjørn Haugland from Norge203040. The third table revolved around crowdfunding and crowdlending, and was lead by Ida Pernille Hatlebrekke from FOLK OSLO.
81,5% attendees said they gained useful ideas from Oslo Scaleup Day: ReThinking Green Investments and 66,7% said they met useful contacts. The overall score was 4 (from 1-5, when 5 is the highest rate).
Photos: Jan Khür