The Bergen region is a centre for international leading companies within shipping, aquaculture and the oil and gas industry today. By ensuring a continuously closer relationship and cooperation between the industries and research institutions, the number of ideas finding their way to the society is likely to increase.
This is why Ocean Industries Accelerator (OIA) was established as a cooperation between GCE Subsea, NCE Maritim Cleantech, NCE Seafood and Bergen Teknologioverføring. OIA is a community for companies from the ocean industries, providing 18 offices and an open-space office, surrounded by other entrepreneurs.
– The establishment of OIA is a further development of our national accelerator program Accel Seafood and Accel Energy. New and established companies, experienced mentors and competent investors participate, contributing to growth, innovation and resizing. Now, many of these actors will gather under one roof, says Hilde Indresøvde, General Manager of Incubations at Bergen Teknologioverføring.
Start-ups, entrepreneurs and established actors are welcome to apply for a membership. As a member, you will gain access to 15 meeting rooms, kitchen facilities and big cooperation areas. In addition, you will receive invitations to social events for the innovation community in the region, hosted by Bergen Teknologioverføring.
– Our ambition is for OIA to give actors from the ocean industries the opportunity to cooperate closer and in a more efficient way. OiA is not just a physical office area offering wifi and a desk. OIA is primarily a place where one can share knowledge and participate in a network that helps produce better products, to get new projects started and to help new ideas to flourish.
When being a part of the innovation community, members of OIA will gain access to important resources and competence. This includes the possibility to consult our partners Innovation Norway, DNB, Steenstrup Stordrange and ZACCO regarding questions one may have.
The official opening of OIA will be at 21. February. Everyone interested in getting to know OIA and the community at Marineholmen better is welcome to join the opening.