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From left: The Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland (H), the winner Dr. Naureen Akhtar (University of Bergen), Dag Rune Olsen (Rector, University of Bergen) and Ragnhild Janbu Fresvik (EVP Business, Sparebanken Vest). Photo: Bergen Næringsråd

Win 500.000,- to the development of an innovative idea!

Sparebanken Vest and BTO gives researchers in Bergen a unique opportunity to win 500.000,- in the Idea Competition 2018. This can be the kick-start your idea needs. Fill out a short form to submit an idea today!

Since 2010, BTO and Sparebanken Vest have invited researchers to join the Idea Competition. The competition aims to stimulate commercialisation of research results, enhance the environment that contributes to innovation, and to create attention for the importance of research and innovation.

Anti-icing project won in 2017

Dr. Naureen Akhtar from the Department of Physics and Technology at the University of Bergen (UiB) won the Idea Competition in 2017. Together with Professor Bodil Holst in the Nanophysics group at UiB, she has developed a transparent, lightweight and environmentally safe coating that prevents ice formation and fogging. Being graphene based, the coating weighs close to nothing and is extremely thin. If it is successful, the idea has the potential to revolutionize aerospace industry  as it greatly reduce the need for anti-icing and deicing measures of aircrafts.

– It is an honour to win such a distinguished prize. The competition in the Idea Competition is very strong. I have an innovative idea that I believe in, and it is nice to see that the jury have confidence in its potential. To win is very positive for me personally and for the project. The prizemoney will help us towards the implementation of the technology, said Dr. Akhtar when she recieved the prize at the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual conference in 2017.

The project got media attention, and the story was featured in Dagens Næringsliv (Lei av å skrape bort is på bilen?), Bergensavisen (UiB-forskere vekker oppsikt), Innomag (Vinner av Forskningsidé-prisen kan komme til å spare flyindustrien for milliard), På Høyden (Får pris for ide som kan fjerne behov for avising), Nordlys (Kast isskrapa – her er teknologien som vil gjøre bilruta de fri for is) and UiB (Forskingsidé kan endre flyindustrien).


One or several researchers (e.g. a group) can submit an idea. Researchers and staff, incl. phd. students and post.doc, at any of our owner and partner institutions can submit their idea. This includes University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Institute of Marine Research, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Christian Michelsen Research, Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital, Helse Fonna HF, Kunnskapsparken i Sogn & Fjordane, Nofima and Uni Research.

What’s in it for me?

You now have the opportunity to win the Idea Competition 2018. But why should you submit your idea today?

  • You can win 500.000 NOK to further development of the idea.
  • All ideas will get professional help from the BTO team to further development.
  • Exciting opportunities that can walk hand-in-hand with your academic plans. You decide how much time and effort you will put into the development of the idea.
  • You can get the opportunity to speak about your research in front of academic leaders, possible partners and investors at Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual conference on 16th of November

Application process

  1. Fill out the short idea description form according to the best of your knowledge.
  2. Send the form to idea@bergento.no

Deadline: 18th October 2018

The jury consists of competent and experienced people from research, public and private sector in Bergen. They will select the winner based on novelty, impact on society, potential use and probability of success.

The winner(s) will be announced in front of prominent politicians, academics and business people at the annual conference of Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 16th of November. The best idea is awarded with 500.000 NOK to further development of the project.

The submitted ideas are treated with uttermost confidentiality, and the winning idea will only be described in general terms and in cooperation with the winner(s).

Please contact Nils-Eivind Holmedal or Kjetil Myhren-Berge if you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea.

Previous winners of the “Idea of the year”