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Entrepreneur in Agder? Join the Sustainable Business Idea Competition 2024!

This year's Sustainable Business Idea Competition is underway. The competition aims to highlight entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions and contribute to future growth companies and jobs in the region.

The competition is for entrepreneurs in Agder with business ideas in the development/pre-commercial phase, and the application deadline is August 25, 2024 at 23:59. 

Why participate?  

  • All finalists receive pitch training and get to showcase themselves to a relevant audience during the final at the top of the spectacular Kunstsilo.  
  • The organizers of the Sustainable Business Idea Competition provide prizes and follow-up to the winner with the aim of increasing the chances of realization and success. 
  • The winner can have expenses of up to NOK 150,000 covered, which by agreement can be used for: Office space for up to one year, advice and services for further business development and support for relevant conferences.

Criteria for participation

  • Participants must have a business idea that involves a solution (product, process or service) that supports the achievement of one or more sustainability goals.
  • The company must be registered in Brønnøysund before the application is submitted and have a registered business address in Agder. There is no requirement for a company form. 
  • The business idea should be in the development/pre-commercial phase with commercial potential.
  • The company has not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms/achieved significant revenues.


After the application deadline, a jury with representatives from business, academia and the public sector will assess all applications and select at least two applicants for the final. The final event is part of the Techpoint conference in Kristiansand on September 19.

"This is a great opportunity for the finalists to showcase their work to a jury, investors and an audience interested in innovation. We are looking forward to an exciting competition!"
Geir Haugum, Business Manager in Kristiansand municipality

Everyone who advances to the final will receive professional guidance and training in performing their presentation. This training is mandatory. The first guidance is joint and will take place on Wednesday, September 04. Thereafter, individual training is planned on two days, September 10 and September 16, for a total of approximately 4 hours. Please note that changes to the dates may occur. Participants are expected to put in good work on their presentations during this period.

Subject to any changes related to the final event.

Do you have any questions about the competition? Feel free to contact us!

Image of the Sustainable Business Idea of the Year competition is underway

Stone Otto Daatland

Business development, entrepreneurship and innovation
(+47) 997 11 819

Image of the Sustainable Business Idea of the Year competition is underway

Alice Leland Høye

International projects and hydrogen
(+47) 936 36 120