Future challenges and opportuntities, industry challenges and superclusters were some of the themes presented and discussed during this year’s Cluster Annual Partnermeeting.

DSC02140 Successful kick-off for the Cluster’s strategy process

Director of The Board, President of Cargill Aqua Nutrition Einar Wathne, opened the Partnermeeting by looking back at the Cluster’s achievements and major milestones. Wathne highlighted that the goal of the Strategy process is to ensure more value added services to its partners and members, and invitation for Cluster members to engage in that process.

Kick-off for the Strategy Process
State Secretary Roy Angelvik spoke about how Norway increasingly have and shall capitalise from value creation from the oceans, and Professor Torger Reve introduced us to innovate ecosystems and superclusters that could represent a way forward for the ocean industries. Pointing towards Marineholmen as a strong ecosystem for this.

Winners of the Cluster’s AquaHACK, presented their winning show-case “Digital Gut Interface”  Engaging young talents has been an important focus from the Cluster to secure a competent workforce and competitive edge to our partners.

Innovation Norway, with Kristianne Paasche presented “SuperClusters” as the next development level for The Seafood Innovation Cluster. Paasche underlined the good work the Cluster has achieved on Entrepreneurship, together with BTO and HATCH, and an excellent example of Clusters results in building competitive ecosystems for innovation.

Trond Kathenes, from Grieg Seafood gave the members a strategic view on AquaCloud and digitalisation as a competitive advantage for the Cluster, and the importance of owning and sharing data which in most cases adds value and gives synergy, rather than strengthens competition.

The Cluster has engaged Solveig Holm to facilitate the Strategy Process. In the panel debate during the forum themes were challenges and opportunities that lie within the seafood industry at the present, and how The Seafood Innovation Cluster can work as a strategic tool for the industry. We believe that there are two areas there we have potential to advance into a “SuperCluster”; Digital Ecosystem and Global Innovation Business Ecosystem.

Thank you for sharing the day with us. We appreciate your support and trust, and are looking forward to continue our strategy discussions with you all.

Presentations from the meeting here

Annual Report here Bilde collage