High North Young Entrepreneur

At High North Dialogue 2018 we are presenting a new concept: High North Young Entrepreneur contest. Three start-ups will have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the conference participants and compete for the main prize; a check for 50 000 NOK.

The idea of the contest came after the High North Dialogue conference 2017 when the prominent investor Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners received the High North Hero Award, in recognition of his efforts to highlight the economic potential of the Arctic by promoting long-term investment in the region. Scott Minerd accepted the award with honor and gratitude, and, generously donated the award money to a fund/ incubator to support young Arctic entrepreneurs and their business ideas. Accordingly, Nord University Business School encourages start-ups from all over the world to apply to the contest, and to travel to High North Dialogue to compete for the High North Young Entrepreneur contest.

This year we have received 16 applications from Norway, Russia and Canada. The decision was based on the criteria covering the relevance to High North, business model elements/how realistic the project looks from the description, and the originality of the idea. The jury consisted of six experts in innovations and start-up development in academia and on praxis level from Norway, Finland and Russia.

The High North Entrepreneur 2018 Juri members

-Tom Steffensen, Bodø Science Park

-Erik Eriksen,StartUp Week Norway

-Roman Teplov, Lappeenranta University of Technology

-Elena Zhurova, adviser, High North Center

-Lisbeth Bjerva, Engage centre, Nord University

The finalists:

Kystens Sjel – Coastal Soul, Norway

NatureUp, Norway

The Growcer, Canada

The finalists will present and pitch at the High North Dialogue conference in Bodø on 18th April and the participants of the conference will vote for the best Project.

There will be arranged a company exhibition at the conference venue at Nord University on 19th of April for the entrepreneurs to present their ideas and products to the audience during breaks.

For applicants from Barents areas of Norway and Russia there is an opportunity to participate in the workshop and field trip “Young Entrepreneurs of the Barents Region” on April, 17 and High North Dialogue conference April 18-19, 2018. Travel and stay costs will be covered from the workshop means. You need to contact elena.zhurova@nord.no in order to attend the workshop.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us!