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Top Score in Cluster Management

 – Owe Hagesæther (CEO GCE Ocean Technology) and Kjersti Boge Christensen (Communication and Event Manager GCE Ocean Technology)
– Owe Hagesæther (CEO GCE Ocean Technology) and Kjersti Boge Christensen (Communication and Event Manager GCE Ocean Technology) holding the Gold Label.

GCE Ocean Technology achieved top score on the cluster management excellence evaluation, and was awarded with the Gold Label.

The Gold Label certificate is granted by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) to cluster organisations that receive at least 80% on their cluster management excellence score.
In March 2019 we did a re-assessment of all 31 indicators and are happy to announce that the validity was extended for another two years.

– There has been an impressive development in transforming the cluster since the last re-certification in 2015, and we found clear evidence of very good results, said the experts who evaluated the cluster on behalf of ECEI; Eivind Petershagen and Karin Nygård Skalman. The assessment report particularly emphasises our efforts in the new GCE Ocean Technology strategy. 

Our Timeline

It is mandatory to qualify for the Gold Label to be able to remain in the Norwegian Innovation Clusters programme.

GCE Ocean Technology's timeline for the assessment for Gold label is as follows:

  • 2013: Awarded Gold Label with a 100% score
  • 2015: Awarded Gold Label with a 96% score
  • 2019: Awarded Gold Label with a 98% score

– We are very happy with achieving such a high score, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO GCE Ocean Technology. – Receiving the Gold Label is a considerable accomplishment and an international recognition of the work performed by the cluster, he continues. – It shows that GCE Ocean Technology is both committed and able to maintain an efficient and accountable facilitator for our cluster, Hagesæther concludes.

Contact Information

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer

Owe Hagesæther

Gold Label

Two independent cluster experts assessed a total of 31 quality indicators by interviewing the cluster manager and relevant staff members.

The findings from the interviews must be substantiated by relevant documents provided by the cluster organisation.

For each quality indicator a specific quality threshold must be passed.