On Thursday morning, Local Government and Modernization Minister Nikolai Astrup made the trip to Horten and the Research Park to get to know Kobben and our founders better.

The minister was received by Henrik Bruvik Sæther, incubator manager in Kobben, who showed off the premises on the 4th floor. The minister brought your political adviser Bettina Flatland and party colleague Niklas Cederby with him.

After a tour and a short introduction to Kobben and our environment, the journey continued to the auditorium on the second floor where a handful of selected companies were given a four-minute presentation. Astrup listened enthusiastically.

Photo by Tidypay and Karoline Idås.
Photo: Helene Vego

Tidypay opened the ball by talking about its checkout system, which makes it easy for small and medium-sized businesses to run a business. They have several integrations that provide SMBs with payment and accounting in one. They have a large market, and Chief Marketing Officer for TidyPay Karoline Idås could tell that they are doing well in Europe with, among other things, a large customer base in Great Britain and Germany.

Gen2 Energy was the next man out. They have a heart for green energy and produce green hydrogen as an energy source. Managing director Jonas Meyer could inform that earlier this year they entered into an agreement with the Scottish Port of Cromarty Firth to deliver green hydrogen to Scotland.

Tobias Lagarhus from Lagarhus Products AS has created a docking station that you connect your portable PC to. BlackBeast Pro gives the laptop as good performance as a desktop PC.

Photo of the general manager of GEn2 Energy.
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Isak Hasselvold made the trip from Arneberg to talk about his company FeltGIS . They work against wood use and offer forest workers an easier everyday life. They have developed a technology where forestry can more easily obtain and store the data from their harvesting machines using a "green box".

WAI Environmental Solutions processes sewage sludge, bioresidues and organic waste using pyrolysis. They have developed belt dryers and pyrolysis plants, and have a patent for Synolys, a technology where biomethane is broken down into biogas. WAI uses organic waste, such as food waste, plant residues, manure and sewage sludge to make biochar. In recent years, they have done a lot of research into how organic waste is used as an energy source.

The last man out was Marthin Evensen from Helse Privat . In recent years, he has developed Helse Privat, a digital health service with approx. 30 doctors attached. They offer health services, such as online doctor consultation and referral to a specialist. They are now working on a pilot project together with Selvaag Bolig called Hjemmeliv.

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After the presentations, the minister had a chat with Gjengangeren. There he had the following to say:

- I have visited many entrepreneurs in Norway recently and there is a lot of exciting stuff going on in many places in the country. This will lead to a lot of positive things for Norway in the years to come. This type of arena is important. Here, the founders both inspire and guide each other. It helps that good ideas come to life and helps put Horten on the map, Astrup told Gjengangeren.

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Photo of five men talking. Gen2 and WAI had a chat after the ministerial visit in August 2021.
Photo: Helene Vego
Photo of three men talking together. Taken at the Research Park.
Photo: Helene Vego