“The world is facing increasing economic, social and environmental challenges,” says Helene Friis, Head of Norway’s The Explorer. “But, at the same time, the world is full of companies with more advanced technology than ever before.”
“What we need, is a tool to match the challenges with the companies that can solve them. That is why we created The Explorer,” says Friis.
How The Explorer works
The Explorer is an initiative of the Norwegian government and owes much of its structure to the Global Opportunity Explorer.
“Norway is a pioneer in sustainability. The country is taking an active role in helping the world to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” says Friis.
“The Explorer will give the entire world access to vetted, high-quality technology from Norway.”
All solutions on The Explorer are linked to specific Sustainable Development Goals and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or other negative impact on the environment.
“The Explorer employs a matchmaking function to connect buyers and investors from around the world with relevant Norwegian companies,” says Friis.
“The platform delivers solutions across a spectrum of industries, from green shipping to food production and smart cities.”
Helene Friis, Head of The Explorer
Who can use The Explorer?
Any international company or investor can use The Explorer for free to find trusted companies with vetted solutions.
A matchmaking function locates the most relevant provider for your needs and connects you directly to the right person.
All Norwegian companies can register for free on The Explorer. Solutions that fulfil the criteria will be published on TheExplorer.no and included in the matchmaking. They will also be profiled in social media and when Norway is promoted internationally.
The criteria are: 1. The solution must be green. 2. The solution must contribute to achieving at least one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 3. The company must be ready for international growth.
The company must also confirm that it takes a responsible approach to the principles of good business practice.
The solutions can be small, large, simple, advanced, cheap or expensive. Both established companies and young startups can be part of The Explorer.