The NORA Annual Conference is open to all NORA partners, non-NORA partners, industry and public actors, and of course, startups. During the NORA.startup segment of the conference, all members were invited to have a booth and to present their startup including the idea that inspired the startup, the specific service/product they offer, the team behind the startup and how researchbased in novation has played a part in building the startup, and the benefits of research-based collaboration. Soundsensing, BergenRobotics, Neddy, Disputas and Maigon all pitched the technical aspects of their services and solutions, giving researchers insight and inspiration as to how AI can be applied to solve real life problems.
Following the pitches, NORA hosted a panel debate on the topic: How can we improve collaboration between academia and the thriving startup community in Norway? Odd Gurvin, Project Leader of the Norwegian Cognitive Center moderated the debate between invited speakers Erlend Waaler, Head of StartupLab Bergen, Jakob Voigt, Industrial PhD at Neddy, Freyja Jørgensen, Innovation Manager at the Simula Garage and the Leader of NORA.startup steering group and Lars Ailo Bongo, Professor at UiT, cofounder of Medsensio and innovation coordinator at SFI Visual Intelligence.
“Academia and entrepreneurship seem like two opposites. Academia with time-consuming and thorough processes – and Startups with fastpaced and agile strategies and often a shortage of money.
Norwegian universities are behind Nordic universities when it comes to commercialising the results of research. At the same time Norwegian universities conduct research for about NOK 23 billion annually, it is obvious that the potential for commercialisation and innovation through new establishments is larger than what they deliver today.
So, there are a lot of questions that we should ask: Where is the Return on Investment on the billions put into research, how can we improve the commercialisation of research through startups, but the most important topic today is collaboration between universities and startups”.
– Odd Gurvin, Project Leader, Norwegian Cognitive Center