Procurement Spotlight - Summer Edition 2022

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Published by Oslo Business Region, 29 June 2022

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

125K funding for inclusive design projects - deadline July 1

Do you want to develop an inclusive design strategy or a new product? Design og arkitektur Norge (DOGA) is offering up to NOK 125K to both public and private organizations for innovation projects with a focus is on diversity and inclusion. DOGA's "Innovation for All" program is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality in line with the government's action plan for universal design. The goal is to gain insights and develop user-friendly and inclusive products, services and solutions that contribute to achieving greater diversity. The application deadline is 1 July...go! go! go! Get more info and apply here.

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How can Oslo work with growth companies to achieve circular economy goals for waste?

Oslo aims to increase the material recycling rate to a minimum of 65 percent and ensure that waste management will be virtually free of direct greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

A new report on circular economy and emission-free waste management is now available for review and public comment. It includes proposals for specific measures and instruments for household, municipal and industrial waste. Fast-forward to page 52 to see how Oslo can use it’s purchasing power to drive innovation here.

If you have comments or suggestions on the proposed measures, submit your feedback by 15 August. Get more information about the report and upcoming hearing here.

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See which projects have received R&D funding

Wondering whether your company is a good candidate for R&D funding from Regional Research Fund? Take a look at the projects that have received funding so far this year here.

If you are into the ditialization realm, check out the eight projects that received a total of NOK 128.1 million from the national co-financing scheme: “medfinansieringsordningen” here.

Application Deadlines

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.

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.

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.


Digitalization Conference "Digitaliseringskonferansen"
22-23 August 2022

The main theme of the conference is "Digitalization - it's about people." with guidelines for digitalization work, management, use and sharing of data. More info here.

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.

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.

Craving even more events? Check out Oslo Business Region's NEW EVENT CALENDAR HERE!

Recommended summer reading: "The Startup's Guide to Public Procurement"!

Are you a city changemaker seeking innovative solutions to solve critical challenges? Or a startup looking to scale your company through collaboration with the City of Oslo? Join our fast-growing network to learn about fresh opportunities, valuable resources and tailored events. Sign up here!

Want to share news, events and tips with Oslo's startup ecosystem? Reach out to Andrea Nylund (contact below).