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Nordic Innovation House in New York was inaugurated on 20 September, with the purpose of to support Nordic innovators in the city. The goal is to establish a Nordic start-up environment in New York similar to that which has grown around Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley on the west coast. The new incubator is the result of a unique alliance between all the five Nordic countries, which was highlighted by the launch event featured high-level representation from all five Nordic countries. In attendance were Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström ,Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, and Iceland’s Secretary of State Stefan Haukur Jóhannesson.
Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, officially opened the Innovation House in Now York: “Global league tables show how all the Nordic countries excel as innovative economies. For me it’s vital that we use this position of strength to create sustainable growth and address global challenges,” he said in his opening speech.
Nordic Innovation House is funded by all five Nordic countries, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and Nordic Innovation and will run as a pilot project in its first three years.