NORA.startup event #31: NORA.startup in Kristiansand

NORA.startup in Kristiansand – Commercialization of AI in the European marked – the European policy and human rights

Curious to know more about commercializing research and opportunities in the European market?

Join us for our event in Kristiansand at CoWorx!

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The road to commercializing research is riddled with opportunities. However, how does one get started? What is the difference between innovation and research, what are the possibilities of creating a successful venture within AI, and what resources are available to you? 

A strong and supportive ecosystem is arguably needed to succeed with commercializing research. We welcome you to CoWorx Kristiansand, where we have invited AI startups and representatives from the local startup ecosystem. We will hear AI startup stories from founders who have launched their ventures within AI. We will meet representatives from public and private actors who support aspiring entrepreneurs as they explore new ideas and innovations leading to AI for good. We will introduce you to local, national, and European support mechanisms that will help you on your way to founding your own AI Startup. 

The University of Agder with CAIR, the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, in collaboration with NORA, the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium, hope to see you all there. We welcome researchers with innovative ideas, commercial companies looking for research collaboration, and students dreaming of making their own AI company. 

The event will take place after the European Conference on Democracy and Human Rights taking place in Kristiansand May 5th.  The event will also include a special keynote from Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe. The title of his keynote is Council of Europe AI Policy Development – Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Democracy and will focus on how the Council of Europe is looking at the development of a legal instrument (treaty/convention) on dealing with AI based on the values of the Organisation and compatible with Human Rights, Rule of Law and Democracy








Morten Goodwin



Council of Europe AI Policy Development – Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Democracy

Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe


Coffee Break



AI Startup Stories 







Commercialising Research

Ranveig Stalsberg, Innoventus Sør

Kristoffer Liland, UiA Nyskapning

Cathrine Stien, Digin

Karianne Ormseth, AI:Hub


How can students make business of AI?


14:00 - 15:00

Mingling with food - sponsored by Norsk Forening for Bildebehandling og Maskinlæring


About the speakers: 

Morten Goodwin - Toastmaster

Morten Goodwin received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Agder, Norway, in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University Department of Computer Science, Denmark, in 2011, on applying machine learning algorithms on eGovernment indicators which are difficult to measure automatically. 

He is a Professor with the Department of ICT, the University of Agder, deputy director for Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, a public speaker, author, and an active researcher. 

His main research interests include machine learning, including swarm intelligence, deep learning, and adaptive learning in medicine, games, and chatbots. He has more than 100 peer reviews of scientific publications. He has supervised more than 110 student projects, including Master and Ph. D. theses within these topics, and more than 90 popular science public speaking events, mostly in Artificial Intelligence, and recently authored the popular science book “AI. Myten om maskinene»


Jeanette Tharaldsen, AIVEO 

Aiveo offers expertise in artificial intelligence and is driven by the purpose of developing our own solutions and value creation through the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Our founders consist of a highly educated and qualified team, having extensive experience in their field. Our main focus is in the welfare technology industry.


Haavard Ostermann, Founder & CEO, 

How can we reduce the time lawyers spend finding relevant legal sources? When we won the Oslo Legal Hackathon in 2019, this was the problem we chose to find a solution to. Our software allows the user to navigate through legal sources based on similarity measurements in themes and opinion content. This equality measurement fits well with what lawyers perceive to have "relevance" according to legal method. This simplifies a job that lawyers today spend hours on every week; to search in legal sources to find relevant arguments for the case in question. Under the hood, the similarities are mapped through a tailor-made selection of customized machine learning algorithms and in-house developed language models. Our solution is intended for all actors who explore legal sources to answer legal questions. This applies in particular to law firms, but also to other law enforcers, such as judges and administrative lawyers.


Alexander Salveson Nossum, Kart:AI 

The main goal of the KartAi project is to make the procedure for construction cases in the municipality more efficient. This will be done by raising the quality of the property register and map databases using artificial intelligence. In addition, automated processes will be developed that enter into a dialogue with residents or landowners.


Karianne Ormseth, AI:hub

AI:hub aims at giving local industry a boost, developing competency, assisting innovation, creating jobs, and ultimately sustaining the local economy.

Central to achieving this are networking activities, including national and international collaboration, attracting AI-talents, and strengthening our capacity to attract funding.


Kristoffer Liland, UiA Nyskapning

We help students and employees to realise the full potential of their ideas by tailor-making an innovation process.

UiA Nyskaping is University of Agder’s response to further encourage greater innovation by both our students and staff, where we can provide professional support for transforming great ideas into commercial viable projects.

Our goal is to strengthen and create an innovative environment, as well as to showcase our ongoing and successful projects at the University.

We aim at accelerating the design process that meets the specific needs of each project. We work to accommodate and support all faculties upon request.


Ranveig Stalsberg, Innoventus Sør 

Innoventus Sør is a regional innovation company,  Siva incubator and  Forny player that represents Sørlandet.

Our vision is to be an engine for tomorrow's value creation, by helping to establish, develop and preserve jobs in the region. The company works actively with entrepreneurs, business, government agencies, academic and research environments, to create sustainable solutions for the future. Our business idea is to contribute to the commercialization of innovative ideas that provide growth and employment.

We are a non-profit player that makes a difference for idea holders by challenging and supporting when new ideas are to be commercialized.

Our values ​​describe how we should exercise our role in encounters with others and in our communication in general. We must be committed, opportunity-oriented, inclusive and reliable.


Cathrine Stien, Digin

Digin is a leading ICT cluster in Sørlandet with over 90 member companies. The vision is to make Sørlandet the best in digital solutions. Members are of companies engaged in ICT development, companies that are concerned with ICT in their own company, the public sector and academia.

Through collaboration and sharing, Digin will enable its members to create value. 

Read more about NORA.startup at, and don't forget to apply for membership if you meet the criteria.

Published Apr. 8, 2022 2:07 PM - Last modified May 5, 2022 9:28 PM