“I will continue to follow this industry closely, but in other capacities. I am a curious person, eager to take on new tasks and looking forward to new challenges,” says Anne-Grete Ellingsen. She left her position as CEO of GCE NODE on August 31.

As preparation for the halfway evaluation of NODE as a global center of expertise, the cluster presents 2019 numbers.

“We are at an all-time high. All numbers are much higher in 2019 than when we achieved our GCE status in 2014. This makes me very confident that NODE will remain a global center of expertise for the next five years,” says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

GCE status has been given to only three Norwegian clusters, which receive MNOK 10 in public funding annually for a ten-year-period.

Ellingsen presented the numbers at GCE NODE’s Annual Meeting in Kristiansand Thursday.

Participating GCE NODE companies:
2013: 62
2019: 102

GCE NODE RD&I projects:
2013: 4
2019: 40

RD&I projects initiated by GCE NODE companies:
2013: 12
2019: 146

Number of organized GCE NODE forums:
2013: 8
2019: 16

Skattefunn project applications from GCE NODE companies:
2013: 15
2019: 200

In-kind hours:
2018: 11,367 hours from GCE NODE companies, plus 9,000 hours from non-participants.

Important milestones during NODE’s period as global center of expertise:
2014: NODE receives GCE status
2015: SFI Offshore Mechatronics is established
2016: Seed Funding Fund is established
2017: Mechatronics Innovation Lab opens
2019: NODE’s Digital Innovation Hub recognized by EU

April 18th 2024

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