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New activities to brand Nordic solutions for sustainable cities

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  • Published 09/01/2018
  • Last updated 10/01/2018
Three Nordic events and activities received grants under the second round of funding in Nordic Sustainable Cities.

In October last year, Nordic Innovation opened a second round of applications for grants for activities promoting Nordic solutions for sustainable, smart and liveable cities to relevant stakeholders from outside the Nordic region.


Now, three promising projects have been selected for funding after a thorough selection process. The total budget for the funding opportunity was NOK 1.5 million. We received 14 applications, applying for a total of approximately NOK 5.2 million.


As with the first round of grant given earlier in 2017, the overall quality of the applications we received was high, which made the selection process challenging.


“The projects that were granted funding all had a strong Nordic consortium where all the partners played a true role. They had also carefully considered their stakeholders and assessed their expected impact in terms of export and building networks and the Nordic brand", says Senior Innovation Adviser at Nordic Innovation, Hans Fridberg.



The three funded projects


The funding opportunity is part of the Nordic Sustainable Cities project, which aims to promote Nordic solutions for sustainable, liveable and smart cities. The project is part of the Nordic prime ministers' initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges.


The three funded projects, adding to the six previously funded projects, are:


The Nordics at Smart City World Expo in Barcelona 2018

A joint Nordic pavilion will be set up at the Smart City World Expo in Barcelona to strengthen the Nordic brand and serve as cost effective entrance to the expo for Nordic companies. Furthermore, the pavilion will be used for hosting international visitors, networking activities, workshops and matchmaking.


Organisers: Innovation Norway, Cleantech Scandinavia, CLEAN, Business Finland


Contact person: Grethe Bergsland (Innovation Norway)



Nordic Waste to Energy Solutions - an offer to India and China

The project will result in establishing an information and branding platform for Nordic waste to energy solutions, followed by matchmaking events and a pre-study. There will be presentations and a seminar in Copenhagen and Stockholm, in addition to matchmaking sessions and pre-studies in Mumbai and Pune (India) and in Beijing, Harbin, and Wuhan (China).


Organisers: IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Scania AB, Valmet, Vølund Varmeteknik A/S, Shri Ram Institute of Industrial Research


Contact person: Östen Ekengren (IVL)



The Future of Hamilton: Nordic Inspiration & Innovation for Affordable & Sustainable Housing

A workshop (Urban Lab) will be held in May 2018 in Hamilton, Canada, with participants from a Nordic delegation, officials from the City of Hamilton, relevant Canadian public organisations and private companies. Open innovation challenges on affordable and sustainable housing will also be set up.


Organisers: Climate KIC / Nordic, Quercus Group, Solved – The Clean Tech Company Ltd, Global Utmaning & IFHP, Royal Consulate Generals of Sweden and Denmark, City of Hamilton.


Contact person: Peter Normann Vangsbo (Climate KIC/ Nordic)



New funding opportunities and previously funded projects


A third round of grants for activities promoting Nordic solutions for sustainable, smart and liveable cities to relevant stakeholders from outside the Nordic region will open 1 February 2018.


Read more about the third round of grants.

You can also read more about the previously funded projects for branding Nordic sustainable cities.

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Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges

Nordic Sustainable Cities is one of six flagship projects under the Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges initiative, which is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges is an initiative by the prime ministers of the most integrated region in the world. The Nordic region promotes sustainability and progress toward the UN Sustainability Goals, sharing knowledge of three themes: Nordic Green, Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food & Welfare.