Terje Uleberg, CTO at On & Offshore Services, was especially pleased to attend the meeting. Uleberg attributes a lot of NODE’s success to a series of breakfast meetings in the early days of the cluster. He has been a strong advocate for having the meetings reintroduced, almost seven years after they were discontinued.
“Breakfast meetings were an important arena for getting-to-know people, to build trust and be informed. They built personal relationships that have been important for GCE NODE over the years,” says Uleberg.
GCE NODE has scheduled a series of 13 Breakfast Meetings in Kristiansand, Arendal, Grimstad, Mandal and Farsund in the fall of 2021.
“We are happy to put Breakfast Meetings back on the calendar, and we believe they will serve an important purpose also for a mature cluster, such as GCE NODE,” says Saltermark.
Building both competence and relationships, Breakfast Meetings include a talk and a discussion in a setting with plenty of time to meet and mingle.
“People should come to learn and to socialize. There will be a competent person to enlighten us all, but also time to drink coffee and enjoy a sandwich. Breakfast Meeting will also serve as an arena for newcomers to present themselves and get to know others,” says Saltermark.
During the meeting in Kristiansand Tuesday, Pioneer Robotics and cDynamics gave short presentations of their businesses before Isabelle-Louise Aabel, EU Advisor at GCE NODE, talked about new EU initiatives and EU funding opportunities.