The Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner, was a guest this week at  Inkubator Ås, NMBU and Kjeller Innovation. Three entrepreneurs got the opportunity to present their projects to the Minister at the shared office complex for incubator companies at Sagaveien 3.

From the left: Simen Hesleskaug, General Manager at Inkubator Ås, Anders Tørud, Senior Adviser at Inkubator Ås, Marit Sundli Tveit, Rector at NMBU, Mariann Ødegård, CEO at Kjeller Innovation, Jan Tore Sanner, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, and Cornelis Arnoldussen, founder and General Manager at IndCon AS. Photo: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

 

Unique projects linked to the Ås centre

  • N2Applied AS is developing a ground-breaking technology that will enable farmers to produce their own nitrogen-based fertilisers.
  • MWT analytics AS is developing a unique system for the continuous monitoring of microbiological contamination linked to food production.
  • IndCon AS is developing advanced software systems for robots, combined with control and machine learning systems for industrial applications.

The Minister was clearly impressed and took a keen interest in the many challenges that the start-up companies are facing.
All three entrepreneurs emphasised the important role that the innovation centre and incubator have played in assisting their companies during the commercialisation and growth phases. The centre offers expertise, networks and access to industry and investors.
The Minister and his advisers also heard how the key to innovation success lies in long-term and close collaboration between research centres, innovation organisations and the business community. Innovations that will benefit society and contribute towards increased value creation.