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The financing environments are characterised by high expertise and a strong desire to contribute to growth in the Kristiansand region. As in the innovation environments, financing and the centres of expertise are diverse in order to be able to help everyone from entrepreneurs in the start up phase to large multinational businesses with larger research and development and innovation projects.

The Norwegian Research Council

The Norwegian Research Council

Norway’s research council is the most important research policy adviser for the government and the departments, and annually distributes about nine billion NOK to research and innovation.

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Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway Agder offers financing, advice and a number of services that make it possible to build a better company, or invest in new markets with your goods and services.  

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Southern Norway European Office

Southern Norway European Office

Southern Norway European Office (Sørlandets Europakontor AS) is a knowledge and development centre based in Kristiansand and Brussels. They work towards greater regional participation in EU programmes and international networks, and are getting participants in Agder ready so that they can expand their limits.

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Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation

Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation

The Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation (SKF) is a financier of R&D and knowledge- building projects in Vest Agder county. Grants are given to the University of Agder and other educational institutions as well as to public and private enterprises.

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Aust-Agder Utviklins- og kompetansefond (Aust-Agder development and knowledge foundation)

Aust-Agder Utviklins- og kompetansefond (Aust-Agder development and knowledge foundation)

The foundation Aust-Agder Utviklins- og kompetansefond’s purpose is to contribute to increasing expertise and creative ability in Aust-Agder, as well as safeguarding and establishing workplaces and living conditions in the region.

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Skagerrak Maturo

Skagerrak Maturo

Skagerrak Maturo is a seed fund which invests in technological startup companies. With headquarters in Kristiansand, Skagerak Maturo is positioned close to the world-leading technnology environments.

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Skattefunn

Skattefunn

Through SkatteFUNN small and medium sized companies (SMB) can receive 20 percent of the project costs as a tax allowance through the income tax return. Large companies can receive an 18 percent reduction on the project costs. All Norwegian companies that work on research and development, can apply to the Research Council of Norway for approval.

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Business Region Kristiansand

Business Region Kristiansand

Business Region Kristiansand supports entrepreneurship and business development by allocating funds for various business purposes. The funds are mainly allocated to collaborative projects that support the goals of the Strategic Business Plan for the Kristiansand Region and the municipal plan "Kristiansand mot 2030".

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Regional Research Funds (RFF)

Regional Research Funds (RFF)

Regional research funds will strengthen research for regional innovation and development by supporting the region’s prioritised focus areas and mobilising them to increase the research and development effort.

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