The purpose of «Perspektivmeldingen 2017» is to identify important challenges for the Norwegian economy, the public finances and for the continuation of the Norwegian welfare system.
Anders Haugland, CEO of Bergen Teknologioverføring, introduced the latest application numbers from our incubator Nyskapingsparken. We received 57 applications for the incubator program, and 20 of these were related to oil and gas. We have never experienced such a great interest, and there is an apparent trend that more people want to explore the possibility to innovate within this sector.
Mr. Haugland also highlighted what expertise and capacity BTO can offer to meet the rising demand and interest from the oil and gas industry.
Wisub, a former incubator company from Nyskapingsparken, also attended the meeting. The award winning subsea company produces innovative subsea communication products. CEO Mark Bokenfohr explained how Wisub have benefitted from being part of our incubator and environment. He could also show the minister how they have further developed their products to fit into other markets than the subsea industry.
GCE Subsea did also participate in the meeting, highlighting how the industry is working to handle the restructuring of the oil and gas industry.