Outside the office building in Kristiansand that will house smart people with good ideas. From left: Sven Eidjord (Lumber AS), Kamilla Sharma (Innoventus Sør), Fabian Aaberg (Innoventus Sør), Aud Skeie (Skeie Group), Christian Strat (Innoventus Sør), Dag Nordbø (National Oilwell Varco Norway), Anne-Grete Ellingsen (GCE NODE), Bjarne Skeie (Skeie Group), Tore Askildsen (Vest-Agder County), Kenneth Andresen (Vest-Agder County), Carl Dversnes (Sparebanken Sør), Tom Fidjeland (Cameron), Andreas Eriksen (DNB) and Per Ivar Moen (Skeie Property). Photo: Kjell Inge Søreide

The Greenhouse in Kristiansand, a place for smart people with great ideas, has seen the establishment of 15 new businesses.

“Since January, the restructuring project Omstilling Agder has provided office space and useful advice to dedicated entrepreneurial talent. We have had 58 inquiries about the project. 25 companies have made use of office space at the Greenhouse in Kristiansand, and 15 new businesses have been established with the help of EVA-senteret”, say Anne-Grete Ellingsen at GCE NODE and Kamilla Sharma at Innoventus Sør.

Six projects have been or are in the pre-incubation phase. One project has progressed to the incubation program at Innoventus Sør.

“The interest for the Greenhouse is considerable and we still receive inquiries. Out of the 10 companies that are currently filling our office space, three are in a pre-incubation phase”, explains Sharma.

15 companies have completed their three-month period at the Greenhouse and have moved on. One company has moved to Coworx, one has moved to Maker Space and one has moved to the second floor of the Greenhouse. Other entrepreneurs are operating from its their own premises and some are already employed by other companies.

The initiative for the Greenhouse came from oil entrepreneur Bjarne Skeie and technology cluster GCE NODE. The house is backed by the largest industrial companies and banks in southern Norway, in addition to Vest-Agder County and Kristiansand Municipality.