Norway Challenge

PRIZE 2017

The Norwegian regional prizes are offered by the Norwegian Space Centre and Oslotech. The regional ESNC winner can choose between one of the three prizes listed below. The first runner up can choose between the two remaining prizes. The second runner up will be offered the remaining alternative.

Norwegian Space Centre main prize:

  • A stay at a freely chosen incubation centre, limited upwards to a cost of NOK 100,000 (approx. EUR 10,900). The winner is responsible for applying to and being accepted by the incubator

 Oslotech StartupLab prize:

  • Three months stay for two people at StartupLab incubation centre, including
    • Support for commercial development of the idea
    • Free access to business consulting and business development coaches
    • IPR consulting
    • Legal advice
    • Use of software development tools
  • Costs covering expenses related to the stay limited upwards to NOK 30 000 (approx. EUR 3,250) offered by the Norwegian Space Centre

Norwegian Space Centre additional prize:

  • Costs covering participation at freely chosen conference or workshop limited upwards to a cost of NOK 20,000 (approx. EUR 2,150)

One representative from all three prize winners will in addition be offered free travel and accommodation to the ESNC Awards Ceremony 2017. All prizes are limited to Norwegian citizens or startups that are registered in Norway at the time of entering the competition.


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  • Region

    From Leiv Eriksson to the Andøya Space Center - Navigation has always been essential to Norwegians. Now YOU can help shape our future…

    Norway is one of the world’s largest oil exporters and a global leader in a wide range of sectors, such as aquaculture, maritime industries, hydropower and other forms of energy, the environment, technology, and telecommunications. It is also Europe’s most diversified maritime nation and commands worldwide respect for its shipping expertise, equipment, and ability to exploit new market niches – including satellite communication and navigation. While Norway’s use of space is born out of the challenges posed by its natural surroundings, the country also has a veritable sea of opportunities at its disposal.

  • Regional Organiser
    Norwegian Space Centre

    The Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) is a government agency under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Its mission is to ensure that Norway benefits as much as possible from its space activities.

    NSC’s areas of focus include activities in which Norway can compete in the global market for space-related goods and services, and which to a great degree are based on national qualifications and needs. In addition to promoting the development, coordination, and evaluation of the country’s space activities, NSC supports Norwegian interests through the European Space Agency (ESA). Norway’s participation in the EGNOS and Galileo programmes is also actively managed by NSC.

  • Regional Partner

    Oslotech is an independent company whose mission is to stimulate business growth in Norway's most knowledge-intensive region - Oslo.

    We want to contribute to the creation of more companies and more value for society through Oslo’s research and technology communities. Since 1986, we have built and operated Oslo Science Park, which is located only 10 minutes from Oslo’s city centre between the campuses of the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. Today, more than 160 companies and research organisations rent offices and labs there. Oslotech is also the organisation behind StartupLab, a business incubator and co-working space inspired by the best incubators in the USA. StartupLab has room for up to 140 entrepreneurs and invests in selected startup companies. Through our programme Build2Grow, we offer courses in entrepreneurship for both the entrepreneurs themselves and their coaches. Meanwhile, the company has helped to initiate and support various cluster development networks and projects, such as Oslo Medtech, Marelife (aquaculture), and BioVerdi (“BioValue”, a project working to increase growth in Norway’s biotech-intensive industries). Oslotech has also established the seed fund Springfondet in cooperation with Kistefos, a well-known Norwegian investment company. Every year, we organise and host many different events at our large in-house conference centre in an effort to bring together students, researchers, entrepreneurs, people from industry, and investors.

  • E-GNSS Accelerator Partner
    European Commission

    The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.

    The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.


Norwegian Space Centre
Mr Erik Uribarri
+47 (0) 22 51 18 04