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Agenda Vestlandet to Assign 9 mill. NOK in Support to Norwegian Cognitive Center

– Artificial Intelligence is hitting the businesses with the strength of a gale-force wind from the Atlantic. We support Norwegian Cognitive Center so that corporations can hoist their sails and stay in the digitalization race, says Siren Sundland, Chair of Agenda Vestlandet and Executive Vice President at Sparebanken Vest.

Agenda Vestlandet is a foundation established by Sparebanken Vest as a driving force in the green shift.

– We see that artificial intelligence is quickly disrupting established business models in all industries, Sundland says.

Norwegian Cognitive Center assists companies in applying AI to their operations and build competence and capability for the industry.

Sundland points out that it can be expensive to develop competitive technology in this field for different organizations. Therefore, the need for a competence center that can work across both individual companies and industries to raise capability is substantial.

– It is a tough international competition, and we need to be at the top of our game, Sundland says.

Joint Initiative

Norwegian Cognitive Center (NCC) is a joint initiative and effort at the intersection of academia, the private and public sectors. The ambition is to ensure access to relevant expertise, accelerate applied AI, and give businesses and cooperations in Norway a distinct and robust competitive advantage.

NCC started as a project in NCE Media but was soon established as a joint effort between several Norwegian industry clusters;

NCE Finance Innovation, NCE Seafood Innovation, Proptech Innovation, NCE Media and GCE Ocean Technology, all working at the forefront of AI development and innovation for their respective companies and members.

IBM was chosen as the technology partner. A broader consortium is also part of the initiative, with the City of Bergen, Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the University of Bergen, NORCE, Western Norway University College, Helse Bergen, NORA (the national network of universities working with AI), NHH as key players. NCE Maritime Cleantech, Norwegian Smart Care Cluster and VIS Innovation are also part of the consortium.

Up and Running

– There is no limit to the potential applications for AI or deep learning in the ocean industries which has the potential to reshape the whole energy industry, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Ocean Technology. He praises the considerable support from Agenda Vestlandet which will also raise more awareness about NCC and how companies can collaborate around how they can solve major challenges and explore possibilities within AI.

NCC is located in Media City Bergen, and activities are up and running.

- A number of projects, all aiming to accelerate digitalization and competitiveness, are now initiated, along with webinars, workshops, and seminars, says Odd Gurvin, Project Manager at NCC.

- The center is fully operating, open to everyone. If you need assistance and aid in starting your AI journey, just get in touch. With the support from Agenda Vestland, our activity will increase substantially in the future, and our capacity will more than double, Gurvin concludes.

Contact and further information:

Anne Jacobsen; anne(at)
Odd Gurvin; odd(at)

Read more at Norwegian Cognitive Center.

Contact Information

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer

Owe Hagesæther