Succeeding with Ukrainian-Norwegian cooperation in ICT07 Nov 2017

On the 28th of September the “Digitalization: How to succeed with cross-border cooperation in ICT” event was held as a part of Oslo Innovation Week, organised by the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (NUCC) and Oslo International Hub (OIH) in partnership with Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA).

Norway needs IT-competence to succeed with the digital transformation of the Norwegian economy. International cooperation, in particular with Ukraine, is a part of the solution.

Ukraine has one of Europe’s fastest growing IT-industries and has become an attractive IT and outsourcing destination. Global Sourcing Association (GSA) UK recently nominated Ukraine as the offshoring destination of the year. A large pool of highly skilled IT-professionals is an important reason why many European companies are now looking at Ukraine. Ukraine is also both geographically and culturally close to Europe.

Norwegian businesses and organisations need IT-capacity of other countries to meet the demand. The questions is how to get it right.

Norway is the world leader in infrastructure and there is a strong will among the population to make use of new technology. In order to succeed with digitalization, Norway needs more IT-competence

Heidi Austlid
CEO of ICT Norway

The question of how to succeed with international IT co-operation was raised at one of the panel discussions. To answer this question we had Jeanette Louise Rønne - Sales Manager at Evry, Sondre Malde Pedersen - Business Developer and Entrepreneur, Olga Afanasyeva - Executive Director at UVCA, and Pål Wien Espen - Special Counsel at Wikborg Rein.

The main advice from the second panel was to be aware of cultural differences, and get to know your partners and colleagues from other countries. The social aspect is also important. Jeanette has shared that at Evry they have virtual coffee breaks with their colleagues from Infopulse, Ukraine.

Sondre noted that he sees good opportunities for Norwegian startups to find IT-partners in Ukraine. He has already connected some Norwegian startups with Ukrainian IT-companies.

Ukraine has a fast growing and vibrant startup scene, IT and tech in particular. International cooperation is important for the development of the country

Olga Afanasyeva
Executive Director at UVCA

After the panel debates were over, it was time for business meetings and networking. Oleh Hrabovetskyi, First Secretary at Ukrainian Embassy to Norway, opened the Ukrainian part of the program. The participants could discuss and receive proposals from eight excellent Ukrainian and Norwegian companies, with offices in Ukraine.

NUCC and UVCA believe there is a great potential for business cooperation between Norwegian and Ukrainian companies in IT. Norway lacks IT-specialists to meet the demand. This is the main constraint to growth according to Norwegian IT-companies in ICT Norway’s members survey.