Winner Kahoot! is making ?learning awesome , and received its prize from the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway. Upwards of 70 events are scheduled for Oslo Innovation Week, such as a hackathon featuring entrepreneurs solving problems brought about by the growing refugee crisis around the world and Girl Tech Fest which is set to be attended by Norwegian prime minister Ema Solberg. There is also the 100 Pitches Finale, which connects the most promising early-stage startups from the Nordic region with investors, venture capitalists and corporates. As our sister title Business Advice revealed in May when it argued Norway was ?not just Vikings and brooding detectives?, the country is embracing a trend of increasing net immigration. Kjetil Holmefjord, manger of Oslo-based startup incubator Startup Labs, said: “It’s often people who are not in the centre of the community that are the best entrepreneurs. Other people want to keep the status quo. “If you have a comfortable life. with all your friends around you, you’re never going to feel the urge to go out and want to invest something else. But as an immigrant you’re not in the centre of society to begin with. Hopefully you will become so eventually, but you?ll have a different perspective on how things are and that’s vital for driving entrepreneurship. According to data from World Bank Group, Norway ranks ninth in the world when it comes to ease of doing business. It scores particularly highly when it comes to enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Maeland, minister for trade and industry, said: Norway is a small, open economy, vulnerable to global economic trends. It is also clear that we will need to build our future on a variety of different industries, so we would like to see more people start businesses. ?We might not score as high on global innovation scoreboards yet, but we still believe Norway can become one of the most innovative countries in Europe. We have a workforce that embraces new forms of technology. We support entrepreneurship, innovation and science, not just with words but with policy. Launching Oslo Innovation Week, Johansen said: “Imagine what the world could look like if we all put our heads together.
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