ACCEL Crossover is part of the project Oil and Gas meets Aquaculture, a joint project between GCE Subsea and NCE Seafood Innovation with Deloitte as project manager and funded by Hordaland county.
The programme is led by Caspar M. Lund from BTO and gives an introduction to lean business acceleration techniques with focus on how to introduce an existing or new product or service to a new market; in this case to the fish farming industry. During the course the participants are mentored individually and they also receive the opportunity to speed-date a selection of fish farming companies. The output from the course should be a new business idea to introduce to management in the participants’ respective companies.
Good Way to Boost Introduction to a New Market
One of the participating companies was METAS AS, and Managing Director Kenneth Olsvik found ACCEL Crossover to be very useful. – It gave us a toolbox for how we could enter this new market in a smart and cost effective way, and we were introduced to several important potential clients, he said after the course.
Bergen Group Services also took part, and Asbjørn Grini, Head of Energy and Industry, summed up his experience like this: – The programme boosted our knowledge about agile business acceleration and sales strategies in a condensed and well proven format with professional facilitators. The speed-dating at the end of the programme provided us with some real opportunities for entering this new market. The programme exceeded our expectations and can absolutely be recommended to others.
Furthermore, we spoke with Richard Nilsen, Managing Director of Mekatronikk AS about their experiences with the programme. – This was a very useful introduction to lean business acceleration methods and gave us a valuable insight in new business opportunities within aquaculture. It has already materialised in terms of cooperation agreements with leading actors in the fish farming industry. We can really recommend this unique and well-led programme to other companies, said Richard Nilsen.
The following companies participated in ACCEL Crossover this time:
Aanderaa Data Instruments
Bergen Group Services
Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Observer)
ACCEL Crossover is a programme that assists companies in developing a viable business plan for entering a new market with help from highly qualified resources. Participants will work with their own project and receive practical training in innovation methods and tools.
The programme will take place in Bergen.
Future programmes will be announced via GCE Ocean Technology newsletters and event calendar.
A Unique Opportunity
The programme will help you develop new products and services in a fast and cost-efficient way. ACCEL Crossover is presented by leading experts with extensive experience when it comes to business and technology development in the subsea industry. They have wide-reaching networks and knowledge in the fields of:
- Technology and design
- Economy and financing
- Markets and internationalisation
- Customers and investors
Who Should Apply
ACCEL Crossover is designed for companies that have a turnover at present and are interested in developing further through new products, services, business areas or spin-offs targeting new markets. You have a good idea that you need help to structure, clarify and make a separate business plan for.
Some of the challenges we can help you solve include: market/internationalisation, choosing a business model, differentiation, IPR/technology and budgets/financing, including potential government grants.
GCE Ocean Technology partners and members: free
Non-partners and non-members: 15,000 NOK + VAT
Participants cover their own expenses for travel, work hours and accommodation, if needed. Lunch is included.
Companies who wish to participate should prepare a brief application that must be approved before admission. At least two people from each company should take part in the first two sessions (maximum five persons).
All parties involved must sign a declaration of confidentiality. Directly competing solutions cannot participate in the same programme. If there are particular challenges or subjects you wish to receive input on, you should mention this in your application. We will, as far as possible, adapt the content and the experts chosen to each company.
For more Information
- Kai Stoltz, GCE Ocean Technology; email@example.com or phone 930 16 772
The programme was originally developed by GCE Ocean Technology, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and Bergen Teknologioverføring (BTO), previously known as Subsea Next Step, and it was carried out for the first time in 2012.
Sponsors and Industry Partners
The programme is normally sponsored by Innovation Norway or Hordaland County Council, collaborating banks and industry partners.
The contributors will vary from year to year.