What is the Oslo Innovation Week?

With the aim of providing more exposure to Sri Lankan startups, SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies) has tied up with ICT Norway (aka IKT-Norge) to give startups across the country the opportunity to take part in the Oslo Innovation week. In case you’re wondering, the Oslo Innovation Week is a five-day series of events held in Oslo, Norway each October. The events include seminars, talks, pitching contest, hackathons, workshops and anything else related to startups. The Oslo Innovation Week is organized by around 90 different organizers, the likes of corporates, startups, accelerators and organizations.

Oslo Innovation Week
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The Oslo Innovation Week has also made a name for itself by being a one stop hub for providing business solutions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They have achieved this by combining entrepreneurship, technology and innovation which are three key areas. These areas will act as criteria for the winning teams to take part in the Oslo Innovation Week.

What are the Eligible Startups?

Eight local startups have been selected. They are ShoutOUT Labs, Populo Ltd., Right Posture, Generation Epsilon Ltd., Veta Ltd., BotFactory, Nurone Labs and ConscientAI. In order to take part in the Oslo Innovation Week, these startups will take part in the pitching event scheduled to be held on the 30th of August. The event is organized by both Sri Lankan and Norwegian parties. Startups that catch the attention of the judiciary panel will be shortlisted and the top three companies that win the competition will be sponsored by ICT Norway to attend the Oslo Innovation Week from the 25th to the 29th of September 2017.

What’s this partnership with Norway about?

The partnership between ICT Norway and SLASSCOM is part of a three-year support program that kicked off in June last year. In case you were wondering, there are around 10 Sri Lankan IT and software companies whose operations are managed by Norwegians or they are part of a joint venture. These companies include Creative Search Technologies Ltd. (better known as Creative Solutions), 99X Technology Ltd, 99x Services Ltd, Embla Software Innovation Ltd, TIQRI Ltd, Zone24x7 Ltd, Informatics International Ltd, and Proaccount.

Oslo Innovation Week
The signing of the MoU between ICT Norway and SLASSCOM that took place last June
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The partnership aims to developing startups and entrepreneurships within the ICT sector whilst also giving startups access to capital, competence, market access and business development. Developing the ICT landscape in Sri Lanka would also result in the transformation of other sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and fisheries.

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