Promoting diversity

Innovation Norway aims to build awareness and promote diversity when we advice, guide and evaluate entrepreneurs and startups.

Pål T Næss, head of startup division Innovation Norway, Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO Innovation Norway, author Julien S. Bourelle and Artur Wilczynski, Canadian Ambassador to Norway at Innoversity...

Pål T Næss, head of startup division Innovation Norway, Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO Innovation Norway, author Julien S. Bourelle and Artur Wilczynski, Canadian Ambassador to Norway at Innoversity Conference 2017. 

Foto: Charlotte Wiig

Having a  strong and diverse team is key to building a successful startup competing in a global market. Thus startups with a diverse team will be prioritized when we evaluate which projects are given startup grants and other startup funds and services.  

Innovation Norway advise our startups to think global from day one. Aiming for global success, startups must be able to understand the culture and customer groups in new international markets. 
Our global competence programs will be implementing diversity, giving the startups knowledge and tools on how to build strong diverse teams and scale for international success. 

Innovation Norway is building awareness to diversity by organising conferences sharing knowledge, experience and tools on how to increase competitiveness and attract the best talent. In May 2017 we organised Innoversity conference  together with MAK, an organizations for young talents working to increase competitiveness in Norwegian industries trough intercultural competence.

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Norwegian tech-entrepreneurs together with Innovation Norway’s diversity team.

Foto: Charlotte Wiig

We piloted a diversity bootcamp in Toronto in April 2017. Eight norwegian tech-entrepreneurs participated, learning from the best in the startup and research environment in the world most diverse city. 

Innovation Norway is voted one of the most attractive employers in Norway by students of finance. 
We are now looking at how our own company can become more diverse by attracting talent from a wide pool and create the best possible work environment for our employees. 

Chronicle: Why innoversity can be a comparative advantage for Norwegian industry, Dagbladet