The Explorer – a «Tinder» for businesses

The Explorer launches today. Here, Norwegian, green solutions will be matched with international needs and buyers. – You may call it a “Tinder” for businesses, says the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. 

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The Prime Minister launches The Explorer at the Innovation Speech in Oslo 31st May. It was her government that gave Innovation Norway, together with the private sector, the assignment to develop such a service. The aim is to increase exports by profiling solutions from Norway. 
 
World-class green solutions
– The global market for sustainable low-emission solutions are in rapid growth, and Norway has preconditions to take a leading role in several areas within the green shift. For example, Norway is paving the way within technology for electrification of maritime transport, says Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg.   

– The Explorer gives us the opportunity to showcase top notch Norwegian, green solutions to the whole world in a simple and efficient way, says Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO of Innovation Norway.    

The Explorer is part of the national export initiative Brand Norway. It will consist over various activities, including but not limited to a brand centre with visual identity and stories about Norway and Norwegian businesses, export oriented programmes, presence at international events, and national visitors centres. 
 
Solutions for all industries
At launch, The Explorer contains 40 green solutions from clean energy and ocean industries. From the 31st May, companies from all industries that meet three requirements can register their solutions: the company must comply with good business practice; the solution must deliver on one or more of the UN's sustainable development goals; and contribute to the green change.  

– The service are for solutions across industries, competences, and regions. We wish to promote the pioneers within the green shift, says Krohn Traaseth. Innovation Norway is mobilising across the country to discover solutions that should be showcased on The Explorer.   

Cooperation with the UN 
Innovations Norway has entered a partnership with UN Global Compact, who together with DNV GL and Sustainia are behind the global initiative The Global Opportunity Explorer. “It has been a great inspiration while developing The Explorer,” says Krohn Traaseth, and continues, ”We’re proud of the cooperation, and particularly DNV GL has been an active contributing part.”   

Electric container ship and floating wind farm are in 
The solutions in the The Explorer already includes Yara’s electric container ship, Equinor’s floating wind farm Hywind, and Scanship with its solutions to convert waste to fuel. The latter has already got Richard Branson on its customer list, having built his first cruise ship with Norwegian technology. “Scanship is in because we wish to reach new markets with our green solution,“ says CEO Henrik Badin.   

Check out The Explorer: https://www.theexplorer.no