Arctic Expertise – Entrepreneurship Forum
U.S. Embassy Oslo and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), along with Norwegian partners Norinnova AS and BioTech North, hosted an Arctic entrepreneurship-themed TechCamp, “Arctic Expertise – Entrepreneurship Forum” from April 1-3 in Tromsø, the third largest urban area north of the Arctic Circle anywhere in the world. TechCamp Tromsø convened 48 entrepreneurs ages 20-30 from Norway, Sweden, and Finland to tackle challenges unique to Arctic communities. The participants met local, regional, and international experts who engaged, motivated, and empowered them to develop innovative solutions to Arctic issues. The highly collaborative and hands-on acceleration process included brainstorming sessions, small group discussions, and training workshops that helped to identify innovative solutions to real challenges identified by the TechCamp participants. Participants left the TechCamp informed, inspired, connected, and with increased confidence in their abilities.