After its unofficial launch in September 2018, Nordic Innovation House (NIH-SG) celebrated its official opening in Singapore on 22 February 2019.
NIH-SG is a joint effort between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and four Nordic organizations consisting of the Embassies of Swedish and Finish, Innovation Norway and Business Sweden.
Last year, NIH-SG chose Singapore to serve as a soft-landing, community, resource and networking hub for Nordic tech entrepreneurs in Southeast Asian.
At the celebration, Ms. Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova – the Swedish Innovation Agency delivered the opening speech followed by a panel discussion about the number of Nordic start-ups in Singapore and experiences of working in Singapore from members of the NIH-SG.
Attending the inauguration, there were Niclas Kvarnström, Ambassador of Sweden, Anita Nergård, Ambassador of Norway,Paula Parvianinen, Ambassador of Finland, Sigríður Ásdís Snævarr, Ambassador of Iceland as well as Svein Berg, Managing Director of NIH, Sami Jääskeläinen, Community Director at NIH-SG and Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of GovTech.
The closing remark was given by the guest of honor, Dr. Janil Puthucheary. Dr.Janil mentioned that having the open mind for new innovation and reinvention are very important for supporting what the future needs.
Moreover, he added that the collaboration between Singapore and the Nordic countries can help each other to overcome the challenges that they have to face together in the future.