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Are you in shape for innovation?

Welcome to Accelerating Innovation at Innoasis, an innovation programme designed by Nordic Edge and the University of Stavanger to enhance your innovation capabilities. Through four sessions, we will explore various aspects of innovation and how to use it to take your organisation to the next level. This is a great place to acquire new innovation skills, share experiences and extend your network.

Session 1: Are you in shape for innovation?

Have you ever wondered if your organisation truly is fit for innovation?

During this event we will dive into the Innovation Fitness Test – a ‘health check’ of your organisation’s readiness for innovation. This tool will help you get a better understanding of your organisations and where you are today when it comes to innovation.

By taking this Innovation Fitness Test, you will get a better understanding of the state of your organisation as it stands now. By identifying the current state of your organisation, you will be better equipped with actionable insights into how to move forward.

Key Questions:
Is your organization ready for the evolving landscape of innovation?
Are there untapped opportunities waiting to be discovered within your current practices?
Do you believe your organization has the resilience required to thrive in an innovation-driven environment?

Key Takeaways:
An honest assessment of your organization’s innovation readiness.
Identification of strengths and weaknesses to inform strategic innovation planning.
A roadmap for cultivating a culture that fosters continuous innovation.


08:30-08:50: Arrival and mingling
08:50-09:00: Welcome and introduction
09:00-09:20: Exploring the Innovation Fitness Test with John Bessant
09:20-09:30: Break
09:30-09:55: Wenn – case presentation: ‘Shaking up an industry’’
09:55-10:50: Health check of your organisation (practical session)
10:50-11:00: Wrap up and mingling


  • Price non-member: 1500 kr
  • Price Nordic Edge cluster member: 800 kr

Speakers and organisers

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John Bessant – Originally a chemical engineer, John Bessant has been active in the field of research and consultancy in technology and innovation management for over 40 years.   He is Emeritus Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter and also has visiting appointments at the universities of Stavanger, Norway and Erlangen-Nuremburg, Germany.  He has acted as advisor to various national governments, to international bodies including the United Nations, The World Bank and the OECD and to a wide range of companies. He is the author of over 40 books and monographs and many articles on the topic; the most recent including Managing innovation (2020) (now in its 7th edition). You can find more and follow his blog at


Bjarne Uldal
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Bjarne Uldal is a brand & business innovator who, over the last 25 years, has been involved in more than 30 start-ups, both as an investor, business developer and brand consultant.  Marrying a deep knowledge of branding with a hands-on approach to entrepreneurship, Bjarne has earned a reputation as a creative, commercially oriented person, who’s always on the lookout for points of differentiation that can be accentuated by compelling storytelling.

Bjarne is one of the co-founders of Nordic Edge, the official Norwegian innovation cluster on smarter cities and communities, and the organizer of the Nordic Edge Expo – the largest annual conference and exhibition in the Nordics on Smart City trends, methodology, new innovation and technology.

In his capacity of being the Chief Innovation Officer at Nordic Edge, Bjarne is responsible for establishing innovation partnerships with companies, organizations and academic institutions around Europe, in China and in the US. Bjarne has also been the main facilitator of the process leading up to the launch of the national Smart Roadmap for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities last year. Furthermore Bjarne acts as a facilitator and advisor to a number of cities and municipalities who are determined to build smarter and more sustainable communities.

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Tatiana Iakovleva is a distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Stavanger, Norway. With a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship, her expertise spans entrepreneurial intentions, innovation management, and business social responsibility. Authoring two pivotal books, she delves into inclusive entrepreneurship practices in digital health and the role of entrepreneurial universities. With over 75 peer-reviewed publications in esteemed journals, she boasts an h-index of 20 on Google Scholar. Recognized with the Top Research Award for Young Female Researchers, Tatiana pioneered an innovation and entrepreneurship Master’s at Stavanger, mentored 30+ student and start up teams, and leads a significant international research project on digital health entrepreneurship.


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