Ålesund Knowledge Park AS - a key knowledge and innovation hub (ÅKP)
The innovation company Ålesund Knowledge Park AS (ÅKP) was established in 2000 and is owned jointly by private businesses and local authorities. ÅKP has a turnover of NOK 20 million, and contributes to the economical development in the region thanks to a series of ground-breaking initiatives established in a close cooperation with new and existing companies, local governments, and national authorities.
ÅKP works to develop the business potential in knowledge-driven and innovative businesses, both in newly established companies and large corporations working in the region’s key industries. The company has 10 dedicated employees with broad network and in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian economy. Ålesund Knowledge Park is located in Norwegian Maritime Competence Center, right next to Ålesund University College, with which it has a close cooperation.
ÅKP works together with regional, national, and international knowledge and research centres, and is up-to date with all available development packages and support programmes for innovation and economical development.
ÅKP participates in a range of national and international projects and programmes, and has been awarded the management of three important initiatives, which, together with some other projects, constitute today the main part of ÅKP’s activities: Incubator ÅKP, Omegaland and Norwegian Centre of Expertise – Maritime.
NORWEGIAN CENTRE OF EXPERTISE MARITIME (NCE)
Regardless of its small size, the region of Møre on the West coast of Norway boasts an impressive constellation of maritime companies and training, research and finance institutions. 15 ship design companies, 14 shipyards, 165 equipment suppliers, and 19 shipping companies design, build, equip, and operate the lion’s share of the largest and most advanced offshore vessels in the world. These companies employ over 22.000 people in the region and in 2011 had a combined turnover of NOK 50 billion(6,5 billion Euro).
In order to promote the future development of the maritime cluster in Møre, the Norwegian government has awarded it with the status Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE). NCE is a label of excellence given only to the most internationally competitive regional clusters in Norway.
A not-for-profit organisation, NCE Maritime, has been set up in the town of Ålesund, and has been appointed the role of facilitator for the maritime cluster in the region. NCE Maritime’s main goal is to strengthen further the cluster’s position in its core activities – Advanced marine operations.
Per Erik Dalen Common Operating Environment Ålesund Knowledge Park AS Larsgårdsvegen 2 6009 Ålesund, Norway Tel: +47 (0) 92 0603 70 Email:
Frank Støyva Emblem Communications Manager Ålesund Knowledge Park Larsgårdsvegen 2 6009 Ålesund, Norway Tel: +47 (0) 98 8559 52 Email: