Procurement Spotlight - November 2021

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Published by Oslo Business Region, 18 November 2021

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

Apply now for Innovation District research grants

Oslo-based companies can now apply for grants for preliminary research projects with Oslo Innovation Districts: Oslo Science City, Center and Hovinbyen. Up to NOK 200,000 is available per project. There are three remaining deadlines in 2021: 19 November, 1 December, and 20 December.

Priority areas:

  • Health and life sciences
  • Green transition and circular economy
  • Digitization and digital transformation

Support can also be given to projects within:

  • Internationalization
  • Innovation in the public sector, public sector as the test arena
  • Innovation across industries

Check out the application criteria here.

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Funding for new digitalization initiatives

In 2022, Digdir will distribute NOK 190.6 million in funding to new digitalization measures. The application deadline is 21 March 2022. Read more about eligibility requirements and get the application here.

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↳ Winners of the 20tretti pitch competition. Left to right: Grin, ChargeBnB, and InfoTiles.

20tretti pilot projects begin

This year's 20tretti (2030) program at StartupLab paired climate headaches with new solutions from startups to help accelerate the green shift. In the final stage of the program, Bymiljøetaten and other participating organizations met with their selected startups to talk concretely about which projects to pursue to solve pressing climate challenges. Now the pilots begin!

Application Deadlines

Deadline: Open call

SmartOslo is a 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.

Invitation to tender: Mapping Nordic AI and Data Ecosystem and Strongholds
Deadline: 29 November

Nordic Innovation is seeking a supplier to map the Nordic AI and data ecosystem. The budget is up to NOK 600k excl VAT.
More info here.

Bærum is recruiting an innovation project developer
Deadline: 29 November

Bærum municipality is looking to hire a project developer in innovation, research and academia.
More info here.

Enova seeks pilot projects
Deadline (extended): 3 December

Enova is looking for innovative pilot projects that will develop and test new technologies and business models that advance emission-free building and construction sites, including systems that combine technologies and are scalable.
More info here.

Preliminary research with Innovation Districts
Deadline: 20 December

Oslo-based companies can now apply for funding of preliminary research projects in collaboration with Oslo Innovation Districts: Oslo Science City, Center and Hovinbyen. Up to NOK 200,000 is available per project. More info here.

Funding for new digitalization initiatives
Deadline: 21 March

In 2022, Digdir will distribute NOK 190.6 million in funding to new digitalization measures. More info here.

Public-Private Events

Procurement Conference 2021
23 November

The annual "Anskaffelseskonferanse" hosted by DFØ. Sign up here.

"Bare et regelbrudd - eller en ulovlig direkte anskaffelse?"
30 November, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Free Anbud365-seminar with law firm Wikborg Rein (digital/physical) Sign up here.

Innovative offentlige anskaffelser – med eksempler fra praksisfeltet i helsetjenesten
3 December, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

HelseINN and LUP are hosting a webinar on opportunities in health services for Innovative Public Procurement (IOA). Sign up here.

Competitiveness of Oslo region: International talents
8 December, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Half-day seminar arranged by Oslo Region Alliance on best practices for attracting, onboarding and retaining highly skilled international talent to the Oslo region in an increasingly competitive global market. Sign up here.

Nordic Circular Furniture Dialogue Conference
2 December, 9:00 am - 15:30 pm

The public sector in the Nordics is establishing a joint procurement initiative for circular furniture. At this dialogue conference, public organizations will present their needs and upcoming circular procurements. Suppliers will pitch their circular furniture solutions. There will also be an expert panel and opportunities for 1:1 meetings between buyers and suppliers. Sign up by 26 November here.

Smart Vann - Datahåndtering
7 December, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

This is the kick-off for a new, digital webinar series on Smart Water. Arranged by Smart Innovation Norway, this session focuses on how data sharing contributes to innovation beyond monitoring and control of water supply systems. More info here.

Want to share procurement news and tips with Oslo's ecosystem of startups and scale-ups? Reach out to Andrea Nylund (contact below).

We also invite you to join the new Public-Private Innovators Network to stimulate dialogue, reduce barriers, and connect public procurement opportunities with innovative solutions. Sign up here!