The need to motivate and support young people classified as NEETs (youth not in Education, Employment or Training) to start their own business has brought together 6 organizations, aiming to boost youth employment across Europe, under a strategic 3-year project called “Active Youth Entrepreneurship Network”, known as “AYEN”*. The aim of the project is to build a transnational entrepreneurial network that facilitates NEETs primarily in the age group of 25-29 to see needs/opportunities within their own community that can be developed into new businesses and jobs.
Many young people that are nowadays classified as NEETs have the necessary education and skills to contribute to the development of their societies, but, according to the European Commission, are often disconnected to the demand side (economy). The objective of the project AYEN is to build a transnational entrepreneurial network that facilitates NEETs primarily in the age group of 25-29 to see needs/opportunities within their own community that can be developed into new businesses and jobs. Through a comprehensive set of innovative tools, the partners from five Southeastern European countries will use and strengthen existing regional entrepreneurial communities to foster sustainable job creation.
The main output of the project will be strengthened regional entrepreneurial support communities with integrated support schemes for NEETs with entrepreneurship potential. It will be
achieved through 300 empowered former NEET youth establishing 150 startups and generating 600 new jobs across the five countries where the project is taking place. The direct target groups are entrepreneurial support communities, experienced mentors, investors and the end beneficiaries are NEET 25-29.
The project lasts for 36 months (from 01.06.2018 – 28.05.2021) across the six project locations, represented by the project partners. They are:
Supported by Innovation Norway, IDN and technology partner ICB Digital is developing a Cloud-based Smart Factory solution for manufacturing SMEs. The development takes place in close collaboration with manufacturing partner HTS Maskinteknikk.
Going digital and running a digitalization project has become priority number one on the agenda for many enterprises in all sizes and various sectors of the economy. Digitalization and automation are transforming manufacturing in several ways including intelligent products communication (IoT), digital supply chain, automation based on robotics and computer-aided manufacturing and automation of internal processes.
However, researches show that so far mostly large enterprises have managed to empower their digitalization projects, supported by extensive investments into IT infrastructure and human capacity. Considering that for larger enterprises enabling the SMART factory could be a matter of planning and managing their available IT budgets, for the small and
medium-sized business, keeping up with the new digital market trends is a challenge in terms of available financial and human resources.
Looking at the European level statistics, only 5% of SME enterprises have started their digitalization projects. If we look into details into the Norwegian manufacturing industry, we won’t be able to see much better results. Moreover, the industry is literally struggling for the past five years, not being able to generate profit and to grow.
IDN and its partners aim at developing an Industry 4.0 solution that is affordable, accessible and relatively easy to integrate and tailored to the business needs of the customers, this will enable manufacturing SMEs to become Factories of the future.
The main objective of Industry4SME is to offer an affordable pay-as-you-go Industry 4.0 solution in the cloud (Microsoft Azure), tailored to the production processes of small to medium enterprises. The platform will drive the digital transformation of the production in the direction of smart maintenance, digital supply chain, and new data-driven business models.
Following the key Industry 4.0 design principles, Industry4SME aims to inter-connect business-level software systems (such as ERP, PLM, CRM) with operational data from the field, thus allowing observed manufacturing operations to be compared against planned. In a contribution to the third Industry 4.0 pillar, the system will support human operators in their day-to-day decision-making tasks.
In close cooperation between Norwegian and Colombian competence in technology, design, and industrial production, IDN and its partners aim to develop a local business concept for the use of bicycles in green urban transport solutions worldwide, all integrated with a vocational training component. This will be done by Bogbi and major en Bici (MEB) as experts on bicycle logistics and production of urban cargo bikes and IDN as a Norwegian expert on business development and upscaling with social impact. The long-term aim is to create a business model that enables partners in other developing countries to produce cargo bikes and create a local urban logistics services.
In collaboration with the Refugee Council, Bogbi and MEB offers vocational training for intermarried refugees and demobilized guerrilla members as a component of a major reintegration program. Young people are trained to become highly qualified bicycle mechanics and bicycle contractors in a strongly expanding market in Bogota and Colombia. Vocational training is conducted in cooperation with the state agency for vocational training SENA. Improving this vocational training will be one of the most important components in the main project.
Cities represent 80 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions and in 2016 more than 5.5 million people died of air pollution. Colombia has initiated a peace process after 56 years of civil war, where large groups of young people immediately need education and work experience in order to be integrated into working life.
Developing green mobility products with integrated technology to promote environmentally friendly and efficient transport solutions, as well as offering vocational training will contribute to sustainable development in Colombia and globally, as well as the development of innovative products for smart cities with Norwegian expertise and design. We will include one test pilot with the largest Supermarket chain Exito – group in Bogota. This requires small investment for personnel to conduct the study and some physical investments in software and physical infrastructure. We will also explore how the products and experience can be amplified to other countries in the region and other countries in longs term basis.
Last mile delivery is defined as the movement of goods from a transportation hub to the final delivery destination. The final delivery destination is typically a personal residence. The focus of last mile logistics is to deliver items to the end user as fast as possible. Last mile logistics has become a popular area of interest for retailers due to the growing demand for fully integrated omnichannel retailing.
Bogota is a perfect testing ground for the development of last mile services with the development of both technology and physical bikes. With a large population and already a mature market for home delivery, the market is mature to receive new services and provide valuable feedback for a feasibility study. By developing the product and services on the ground in Bogota, we will be able to adjust the products rapidly, and at the same time provide important vocational training- that also will provide us with important feedback.
With the rise of e-commerce, consumer preferences have grown increasingly important in the formerly business-oriented parcel-delivery market. Large e-commerce players, as well as various start-ups, have identified last-mile services as a key differentiator. In fact, the variety of delivery options and the perceived quality of the delivery service are major decision-making criteria for online customers and hence directly affect e-commerce players’ success in the marketplace. With this in mind, vendors are working hard to offer the best customer experience possible, especially by improving delivery times. A survey of more than 4,700 respondents in China, Germany, and the United States. Using a conjoint analysis to better understand consumers’ relative preferences for different delivery options, including their willingness to pay (Exhibit 1). Nearly 25 percent of consumers are willing to pay significant premiums for the privilege of same-day or instant delivery. This share is likely to increase, given that younger consumers are more inclined (just over 30 percent) to choose same-day and instant delivery over regular delivery.
By combining physical bike production and vocational training we believe the two components will mutually strengthen each other in a raising marked for both smart logistics solution and bike production. We would like to use the development of technology to strengthen the market position of the other products, as well as developing a service that easily can be adapted globally.
Pure Consulting is one of Norway’s leading consulting firms with expertise in sustainable business practices. Pure has developed a model for how a company can build a solid sustainability strategy that supports business and create value for society.
Pure Consulting represents a group of knowledgeable and experienced consultants, each with a different and alternative approach to development, to personify and create profitable strategies for sustainable development relevant to business ventures and the private sector.
The Norwegian company has participated together with IDN in several International projects and will continue its cooperation within CSR, Circular Economy and sustainable business development.
The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) was established 1 July 2015 and is one of Norway’s largest research institutes. NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and is a merger between the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) and the Norwegian Forestry and Landscape Institute (Skog og landskap).
NIBIO specialize in the fields of:
NORSKOG Consulting is working in the true creative consulting spirit of catalysing and enhancing knowledge with the client’s best interest in mind. As an independent company with integrity as a key principle, NORSKOG Consulting helps Clients expand their awareness, their forest values and their efficiency. The sustainable use and improvement of forest resources based on long-term international experience, are our speciality.
NORSKOG Consulting provides services in: forest management planning, silviculture, nature based tourism, climate change and forest, forest certification and forest appraisals – economy and analysis.
A regional research institute conducting applied social research and development.
Trøndelag R&D Institute is regional research institute conducting applied social research and development. The research institute is located in Steinkjer nearby Nord Trøndelag University college.
The activity spends from long term research projects, to research based analytic reporting and consultancy work. We use our knowledge to support development in both the business area and public administration. We can take a role as project manager, managing processes, merge competence and implement changes.
All our activity is organized as projects – time limited activities with clear goals. During a year we are involved in about 100 projects, some small and some big, ranging from one day to several years. Our customers range from small private firms to national authorities and research council.
Seed Forum is a global network of national not-for-profit foundations and national representatives in more than 40 countries. The global collaboration entity of the Seed Forum network is Seed Forum International Foundation working out of London. The Seed Forum concept has grown rapidly since it was founded in Norway in 2002, and the Seed Forum concept is currently referred to as a global concept. Seed Forum is currently running investor matchmaking forums in more than 30 countries worldwide. The Seed Forum process has the objective of providing competence within investor readiness and investor matchmaking opportunities for private investors, seed funds, venture funds, private equity funds, corporate venture investors, family offices and financial intermediaries in born global companies.
The Seed Forum network is giving born global companies seeking capital a unique opportunity to pitch their investment proposal concepts to investors by facilitating global, national and local investor matchmaking forums. The companies pitching to investors are nominated, trained and selected in the Seed Forum process to secure that the companies are investor-ready when they are pitching to investors. The Seed Forum process is very important to reduce the risk on investments in start-ups. The mission of Seed Forum is to provide investor ready born global companies to investors and to educate companies in fundraising and reduce the risk of investment for investors.
Salsnes Filter’s patented filter technology for wastewater treatment and effluent treatment is leading the Norwegian market in municipal primary treatment.
The food industry, the paper industry, fish farming and the cruise industry use the fully-automated treatment technology to treat effluent, secure good quality of incoming water or to improve utilization of raw materials. Salsnes Filter is also a competitive alternative to a primary settling stage for a traditional chemical/biological treatment facility or preventing MBR fouling.
The company runs its operation from Namsos in Norway. Activities within the Norwegian and international market are coordinated from here along with the operation of domestic projects including total delivery with training and service.
Salsnes Filter serves the foreign market through cooperation partners with classified distribution agent contracts. The company currently has contacts over the whole world and formalized agreements in Africa, South America, Mexico USA/Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Asia and large parts of Europe. With the exception of South Africa that has a license for production, production and product development, production and production development is at Salsnes (the place).
The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity.
The best way to promote Norway’s interests is to cooperate with like-minded countries. The Ministry also works to promote peace and security, an international legal system, an economically just world order and sustainable development. Finding a solution to issues of this kind is in Norway’s interests too, while at the same time efforts in these areas are an expression of international solidarity.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 106 foreign service missions, which include embassies, permanent delegations and general consulates, together make up the Foreign Service. The Foreign Service is an international, knowledge-based organisation, currently made up of 1400 people, of whom 770 are Ministry employees. At the foreign service missions, 630 staff members posted from Norway work alongside around 900 locally employed staff. With its eight departments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the largest ministry in the Norwegian government administration.
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. It supports companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.
Norwegian enterprises have access to a broad business support system as well as financial means. Innovation Norway provides competence, advisory services, promotional services and network services. The marketing of Norway as a tourist destination is also considered one of the organizations important tasks.
By combining local industry knowledge and international networks with the business ideas and the motivation of entrepreneurs, the foundation for new successful businesses is created.
Innovation Norway contributes to:
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian government’s official trade representative abroad and it aims to assist Norwegian businesses grow and find new markets.
SIVA – The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway is the governmental corporation and national instrument founded in 1968. SIVA aims to develop strong regional and local industrial clusters through ownership in infrastructure, investment and knowledge networks as well as innovation centers.
The goal is improvement of national infrastructure for innovation. SIVA’s main objective is to contribute to the achievement of the Norwegian government’s policy goals in remote areas, and within this framework contributes to unleash innovation capability and increase wealth creation in all parts of the country.
The enterprise is organized in main areas Real Estate, Innovation, Industry and International. Special tasks are organized separately. SIVA corporation has ownership in 150 companies in total. This includes subsidiary companies and attached companies.
Leiv Eiriksson Nyskaping AS is an integrated innovation network assisting start-up companies and budding entrepreneurs through consulting, courses and investor networks.
It follows companies and clusters from day one and help them grow into sustainable enterprises. LEN AS will assist the client at every step along the way, from the idea stage and inception to business development and commercialization.
Its experienced advisors will assist anyone considering starting up a business. A customer will get minimum two hours of free consulting, including a viability assessment. LEN also conduct basic training courses open and free of charge to all budding entrepreneurs.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation’s future engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programmes in the social sciences, teacher education, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art.
With 20,000 students studying a range of disciplines in seven different faculties, NTNU is alive with the intellectual energy of people pursuing their dreams.
Whether your passion is ship design or medical research , virtual reality or urban renewal in China , NTNU has something for you. NTNU is Norway’s second largest university, with an annual budget of about US $800 million. Its 53 departments are spread out over seven major campuses, and graduate about 3,300 students every year, two-thirds of which are master’s or PhD candidates. The university has more than 100 laboratory facilitiesdistributed among the different faculties and departments. These are central elements in NTNU’s education and research work.
Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.
Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).
Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.
Graduate from International Relations faculty at the University of Wrocław , Administration at Law and Administration Faculty in at the University of Warsaw in progress. International experience in development, management and implementation of projects related to the technology transfer, innovation and SME support, funded by public mechanism, mainly of EU Structural Funds and EEA FM projects. Expertise in feasibility studies, application and tendering documentation Experience in running commercial entities in international environment.
Rune have a Master of Science, Political Science and Government from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specialized within the fields of International political economy, political risk analysis and foreign direct investment. Through his education Rune has gained valuable International experience in India and London.
He came from the position as Project Manager / Consultant in the Industrial Development Unit in the Municipality of Stjørdal, where he facilitated for new and existing businesses within sectors such as transportation, logistics, trade, travel and tourism and manufacturing. The position within an governmental institution gave him valuable experience from policy development and opportunities within the public sector.
Rune is currently engaged as Project Manager at IDN (location: Oslo, Norway).
Carol has a bachelor degree in International Relations from ESPM in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After three years working in different positions in companies/organizations like Hyundai, AIESEC and PwC she did her M.Sc in Globalization, Politics and Culture at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. From August – December 2016 she did a 30 ECTS internship at IDN as part of her Master Program. Building on that she now works as a project manager in dedicated projects for the company.
Leif have a Master of Science in Mechanical and Production Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), 1971-74, with specialization in Production Engineering and Material Technology. Head of the Norwegian User Group of Numerically Controlled Machine Tools (CNC) since 1990. Current position as Senior Advisor (80%) at SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim, Norway. Former positions at SINTEF, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Fraunhofer, UNDP, UNIDO.
Main project contributions:
Countries of work experiences: Norway, Sweden, India, Japan, USA, Germany, Zimbabwe and Macedonia.
She posses Masters in International Economics School of Economics, University of Belgrade 2010, and Executive Masters in International and European Relations & Management Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam. 2003. Present position: Partner, International Development Norway (IDN), Ltd, Trondheim, Norway, Member of the Management Board, Foundation for Management and Industrial Research, Skopje, Macedonia. Expertise in sector analysis and market assessments.
More than 10 years of professional experience in development, management, evaluation and impact analysis of international donor funded projects. Specific experience: Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan (deskwork). Experience of conducing SMEs needs analysis, designing, organising and providing trainings related to financial modules. More then 10 years experience of institutional capacity building, designing strategies, operational programmes, actions and instruments for their implementation.
Mr Torkel Ystgaard is a 62 years of age engineer with profound knowledge and experience from several development and leadership positions in the Norwegian innovation ecosystem.
His long work experience include developing new technology in Norwegian R&D institutions, management of food processing industry, executive positions in the mass media sector and in several private and public institutions supporting innovation.
Mr Ystgaard has devoted a large part of his career to regional development and has been instrumental in designing and implementing several successful programs for regional economic growth in Norway. He invented the Norwegian Technology Incubator Program, and the very successful network of rural innovation centers called “Næringshager” (literally “Business Gardens”).
In addition to his work in Norway Mr.Ystgaard has been active internationally as well. In cooperation with various Norwegian governmental entities, he has designed and implemented aid financed programs for support of innovation and economic growth in countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova.
Mr. Ystgaard is retired from his position as Executive Vice President of the Norwegian state owned corporation Siva. (The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway). He is now acting as a Special Advisor within Innovation support systems to IDN – International Development Norway AS.
Emilie is a partner and senior advisor at Pure Consulting, one of Norway’s leading consulting firms with expertise in sustainable business practices. Pure has developed a model for how a company can build a solid sustainability strategy that supports business and create value for society.
Before joining Pure in the fall of 2014, Emilie worked at Nordic Choice Hotels for 11 years. She helped build the CSR department and has led projects within integration, ethics, culture building, HSE and more. Good internal and external communication of CSR made Nordic Choice Hotels the most attractive employer in the industry and a leader in sustainable strategies.
Emilie has through cooperation with IDN assisted companies in Romania and Polen.
International Marketing and Consumer Behaviour from Suffolk University in Madrid
Bachelor in Economics, Management, and Tourism from Lillehammer University
Her main areas of expertise are:
– Corporate Sustainability/CSR
– Business Ethics and anticorruption policies
– Supply Chain management
– Social Innovation and social entrepreneurship
– Communication and employer branding
Position at Pure: Senior Advisor and Partner
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Kia is a partner and senior Advisor at Pure Consulting, one of Norway’s leading consulting firms with expertise in sustainable business practices. Pure has developed a model for how a company can build a solid sustainability strategy that supports business and create value for society.
Kia has over the years assisted some of Scandinavia’s largest and most respected companies in implementing sustainability strategies and taking strategy successfully into action. Her expertise is in emerging social and environmental activities with the core business that again creates innovative effects. In addition, she works with circular economy, business models, and social innovation. From 2007 to 2012 Kia managed the Norwegian Governments Climate initiative “Klimaløftet” – a program for Norwegian companies to engage and implement climate actions within their business. More than 100 companies took part in the program.
Kia has through the cooperation with IDN assisted companies in Romania and Polen.
Executive Master of Management, BI – Norwegian Business School
Bachelor in Nutrition and Science, University College Sjælland. Denmark
Her main areas of expertise are:
– Corporate Sustainability/CSR
– Environmental/climate management
– Circular economy and circular business models
– Social Innovation and social entrepreneurship
– Stakeholderdialog and partnerships
Position at Pure: Senior Advisor and Partner
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Enayatullah Mujaddidi is engaged with IDN to develop the new project concept ‘’Entrepreneurship’’ to help immigrant to start their own business in Norway (Trondheim). Before joining IDN, Enayatullah has worked in different projects and programs like rule of law program, community governance, urban governance, and livelihood. He worked with different international organisations like Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, UNDP (United Nation Development Program), Norwegian Rule of Law program, People in Need organization for 15 years in Afghanistan.
Enayatullah Mujaddidi graduated from Law and Political Science faculty.
Projects implemented in period 2004-2015:
Trond have a master degree in Forestry with specialisation in operation from The Norwegian University of Life Science. He is the owner of Varmeteknikk AS doing planning, construction and operation of Bioenergy plants.
He is also General Manager in Mistberget Biovarme AS and its district heating facility Råholt Varmesentral. Head of the Bioenergy Program in Innovation Norway 2005-2010. Chief of Hurdal Municipality 2003-2004. County Forestry Director in Oslo and Akershus 2000-2002.
Cand.Polit (master) in geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Several years international experience within the field of relief and development from UN and international NGOs in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Expertise in project management, project development and implementation, external affairs, donor relations, coordination and partnership building.
Johnny has a MBA in Political Science & Public Administration and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is currently involved in bringing Norwegian offshore, subsea and marine technology, knowledge and experience into the European offshore wind projects. Johnny is currently involved in energy projects in the Baltics.