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Bjarte Horn is the new general manager of the Ocean Innovation Catapult Centre

Coming from a position in VIS, he brings extensive experience from working with innovation also within the ocean industries.

Moreover, Bjarte has experience from reputed organisations like Equinor, Capgemini and the Norwegian Armed Forces and has for the past two years been wholly or partially leased out from VIS to the Ocean Innovation Catapult Centre in Bergen.

– We are very pleased to have Bjarte on board as general manager of the Ocean Innovation Catapult Center. This strengthens both the catapult center and Norway's capacity for prototyping and testing technological solutions for the ocean industries, says chairman of the catapult centre and CEO of GCE Ocean Technology Owe Hagesæther.

The catapult centre offers access to important and future-oriented technological infrastructure and expertise - as well as facilitating innovative companies to develop prototypes, test, simulate and visualize their ideas so that they develop faster, better and with less risk.

– I am looking forward to embark on the exciting job of leading the Ocean Innovation Catapult Centre and contribute to providing small and medium-sized companies with faster, cheaper and better abilities to develop ideas from the concept stage to market introduction, says Bjarte.

Start Creating!

If you are interested in accessing the facilities, and using the infrastructure in your company’s internal development, the Ocean Innovation Catapult offer discounted prices for companies connected to GCE Ocean Technology, NCE Seafood Innovation and VIS.

–We are open for all, so do not hesitate to contact us, says Bjarte.

Contact Information

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer

Owe Hagesæther


The Norwegian Catapult Programme is a governmental scheme designed to assist the establishment and development of catapult centres, with the purpose of accelerating the process from concept to market launch of the product.

The purpose of the Catapult programme is to support innovative capability of small and medium sized enterprises in specific industry areas in Norway.

The Catapult centres assist companies in developing prototypes, offer expertise and equipment for testing, visualisation and simulation to turn innovative ideas into new products and services in an effective manner at a lower risk.

The Catapult centres provide expertise, contacts and facilities in various technological areas, and can assist companies to access new markets and captivate interest from other potential business partners.