How Norway’s National Innovation Agency Developed System-Level Change in Scale-Up Capabilities 

The Client

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s innovation agency. Employing 750+ people in offices worldwide, the national innovation agency has a key role in transforming
Norway post-oil & gas.

Building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, increasing exports, supporting new growth industries, developing innovation superclusters, building strong sustainability and clean energy industries are all parts of Innovation Norway’s mission.

The Challenge

How can Innovation Norway better support scale ups, notably with a focus on developing the overall investor landscape?

Today, Norway and Norwegian scaleups are raising significantly less funding than their international peers. Overall, the Nordic funding ecosystem is far behind hot spots like Berlin and London.

How can Innovation Norway develop large-scale system-level change in overall scale up capabilities and investor funding for scale ups?


The Solution

Working closely with the team at Strategy Tools, Innovation Norway has trained and certified a number of facilitators in the Strategy Tools methodology.

This includes custom development, translations, advanced-level training programs, software implementation and more.

In December 2019, Innovation Norway ordered five customized Scale Up! simulation kits to be deployed across the organization, with local trainers certified to use them in action.


New toolkits to drive national innovation and economic development

Customized Scale Up kits to build scale up capabilities for Norway

In-house Strategy Simulation to build shared language around scale up and investor funding

“In my 8 years with Innovation Norway, this was the most learning I have ever had in a single day.”

Carsten Valland
Project Manager, Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. The national innovation agency of Norway contributes to sustainable growth and exports for Norwegian businesses through capital and expertise.

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