Opened Innovation House
Innovation House, a signature building in the centre of Palo Alto, offers Norwegian companies the opportunity to rent fully equipped office space or a virtual office in their start-up phase of operations. They share the building with other companies and the local Innovation Norway staff. In addition, Innovation Norway provides a network of mentors, advisers and quality-assured service providers – valuable contacts that help the companies to succeed with their business endeavours in the US.
With this tweet, I hereby declare
Todays official opening was a far cry from the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. Instead the new building was opened by tweet:
In high-tech Silicon Valley, traditional ribbon-cutting seems rather obsolete. Without further ado, I will therefore declare Innovation House open on Twitter, said Crown Prince Haakon before sending a message out on @InnovasjonNorge.
Among those present was Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, who followed up the message with a re-tweet.
Directly after the opening, a reception was hosted by Innovation Norway and the Norwegian consulate. Some 100 guests were in attendance, including many representatives of Norwegian companies in the area and their US partners. Nine Norwegian firms, either in the field of or based on information technology, were given an opportunity to present their activities.
In his speech, Crown Prince Haakon emphasised the importance of a facility such as Innovation House:
If Norwegian companies are to keep track with the changing times and understand the technological trends that will influence the world in the years to come, a permanent presence here in Silicon Valley is vital. The opening of Innovation House reflects Norways desire to take an active part in exploring new research and technology frontiers.
As a tiny community that has had disproportionate impact in relation to its size, Silicon Valley has become a buzzword for technological innovation. A presence here will enable Norwegian start-ups and small companies to innovate, network, and explore new business opportunities with technology experts, investors and other entrepreneurs.