Procurement Spotlight - August 2022

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Published by Oslo Business Region, 22 August 2022

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Welcome to Procurement Spotlight where we bring you the latest public procurement news and opportunities for innovation in Oslo.

SmartOslo's monthly Afterwork kicks off on 25 August

Are you curious about testing an MVP or innovative application with the City of Oslo? The city’s pilot program, SmartOslo, is kicking off monthly Afterwork gatherings where you can hear about earlier pilots and meet people from the city who might want to team up on projects. Get the inside track on how SmartOslo works, how to partner with the city and what's needed to apply. SmartOslo Afterwork will be held the last Thursday of each month in collaboration with Oslo Business Region. Register for the kick-off event (presentation from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm) at Rådhuset Bar on Thursday, 25 August here.

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↳ Selected startups are invited to London in October to connect with relevant investor networks.

Apply now to meet investors in London: Nordic Fund Day

Nordic Fund Day connects startups with relevant investors in the U.K. Through a thorough selection process, promising start-ups with solutions for smart, green, and vibrant cities are hand-picked to present their solutions to a professional investor network on 19 October in London. Nordic Fund Day is calling for startups with solutions in spaces and places (proptech), urban energy, mobility, communication (smart, connected city), and citizen services. The application deadline is 18 September. Apply here.

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↳ Photo credit: PTN

Proptech Summit at Oslo Urban Week

This year’s Oslo Urban Week (13-15 September) features an all-day Proptech Summit on 15 September where entrepreneurs, thought leaders in global proptech, real estate and venture capital will meet to discuss critical questions facing the industry and planet. The day starts with an invitation-only Investor Breakfast (to request an invitation, contact tonje@oslobusinessregion.no). See the full program and register for Proptech Summit here.

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↳ Oslo Architecture Triennale will be held at the old Munch Museum, now transformed into a pop-up Neighborhood Lab. Photo: Teigen Fotoatelier/Norsk Teknisk Museum/DEXTRA

“Mission Neighborhood” at Oslo Architecture Triennale

How do we build more diverse, inclusive and sustainable neighborhoods? The 8th Oslo Architecture Triennale, Sept 22-Oct 30, explores the future of streets, community-building, urban diversity and systems (re)thinking. See the program “Mission Neighbourhood - (Re)forming Communities” here.

On Thursday, 29 September, be sure to join Oslo Business Region and partners at the iconic old Munch Museum for (re)made, a unique touch-and-feel exhibit of sustainable materials and an insightful cross-disciplinary program with leading edge startups, city planners, and creatives. How can we apply circular practices with sustainable materials, design and technologies to build better, resilient neighborhoods? Register for the panel, exhibit and reception here.

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↳ Photo credit: Anete Lusina

Oslo’s procurement guide for startups now available in Norwegian

Find out why thousands have read “The Startup’s Guide to Public Procurement” since its release in January this year. The guide provides tips for connecting with the City of Oslo to implement innovative pilot projects, tap into R&D funding, and get in on procurement opportunities to scale your company. Now the guide is also available in Norwegian, check it out here!

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↳ Sign up for 60+ free events happening all week long at Oslo Innovation Week

Top Picks: Oslo Innovation Week

There are so many great events to choose from at Oslo Innovation Week (OIW), 26-29 September. The program includes over 60 free events arranged by a wide range of exciting organizations. Grow your network and explore topics such as scaling sustainable solutions, international expansion, talent attraction, and impact. These are a few of our top picks for public-private changemakers:

Monday, 26 September
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm: OIW Opening Ceremony: Scaling for global success
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Culture-driven Innovation

Tuesday, 27 September
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: The role of universities in scaling for global success
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Realizing Sustainable City Transformation
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm: OIW International Reception

Wednesday, 28 September
8:00 am - 10:00 am: Impact breakfast: Accelerating innovation to reach the SDGs by 2030
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Creating a thriving ClimateTech Startup and VC Ecosystem in Norway
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm: How to reach a net-zero society through digital innovation
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: How do we accelerate adoption of technology for our future cities?
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Curate Tomorrow - co-creating a think&do tank for a sustainable tomorrow with a 10-year mandate

Thu, 29 September 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:(re)made - circular materials and innovation transforming our neighborhoods
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Building Greener - Disrupting the Global Construction Ecosystem
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: DNB’s 100 pitches finale

Feast your eyes on the full program here.

Application Deadlines

Nordic Fund Day
Deadline: 18 September 2022
Nordic Fund Day is an event connecting startups with relevant investors. Through a thorough selection process, promising startups with solutions for smart, green and vibrant cities are handpicked to present their business ideas to professional investor networks. For more information and to apply, visit here.

RRF Oslo: Regional Innovation Projects
Deadline: 21 September 2022
RRF Oslo has announced NOK 15 million for Regional Innovation Projects. Companies that receive funding must be in the position to lead an R&D project with a budget of NOK 2-4 million. For more information, read the announcement here.

SmartOslo
Deadline: Rolling
SmartOslo is municipal program that supports innovative pilot projects in Oslo. City entities partner with startups and apply for matching funds to test new technologies, products and services.
More info here.

R&D demonstration projects
Deadline: Rolling
Apply to The Research Council of Norway (Norges forskningsråd) to implement a demonstration project within the following themes: land-based food, environment and bio-resources.
More info here.

Events

"Effektkontrakter"
30 August 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
KS (kommunesektorens organisasjon) and Ferd Sosiale Entreprenører are arranging a conference on “effektkontrakter” - a tool that facilitates new partnerships and innovative solutions that address local needs. These contracts make it easier for the city to test new solutions, reduce risk and ensure efficient use of public funds. More info here.

DEL & LÆR: Innovation
9 September 2022, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Learn about new innovative projects by FutureBuilt. There is also a "speed dating" segment for members. More info here.

DEL & LÆR: Regenerative Urban Nature
14 September 2022, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Learn about ZERO-L, FutureBuilt's new criteria for greenhouse gas calculations of landscapes, urban nature, street spaces and outdoor facilities. The event is part of Oslo Urban Week, 13-15 September. More info here.

Oslo Urban Week
13-15 September 2022
OUW is a workshop for better urban development, a meeting place for those engaged in the development of cities and communities of the future. More info here.

Proptech Summit at Oslo Urban Week
15 September 2022
At Proptech Summit, entrepreneurs, thought leaders in global proptech, real estate and venture capital will meet to discuss critical questions facing the industry and planet. The day starts with an invitation-only Investor Breakfast (to request an invitation, contact tonje@oslobusinessregion.no). More info here.

Oslo Innovation Week
26-29 September 2022
The program for this year's Oslo Innovation Week is now out! Check out over 60 events where you can build your network and gain valuable insights on the startup ecosystem, innovative solutions, investments, global expansion and talent attraction. More info here.

Oslo Architecture Triennale: Mission Neighborhood
September 22 - October 30, 2022
OAT seeks to challenge and inspire the filed of architecture and planning, addressing urgent societal issues. The Triennale engages the international and local community through exhibitions, open calls and events. More info here.

(re)made - circular materials and innovation transforming our neighborhoods
29 September 2022
A unique touch-and-feel exhibit of sustainable materials and an insightful cross-disciplinary program at the old Munch Museum. How can we apply circular practices with sustainable materials, design and technologies to build better, resilient neighborhoods? This event is created by Novooi in partnership with Oslo Business Region, Æra, and Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet) - as part of Oslo Innovation Week and Oslo Architecture Triennale. Register here.

For additional events, check out Oslo Business Region's EVENT CALENDAR HERE!

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