We witness it growing every day, but it has been noticed by Forbes now – Norway’s startup scene.
Thanks to large oil deposits, Norway is one of the richest countries in the world. This led to a dynamic growth of the oil and gas industry over the last decades. First Engineers played its a part in this industry since we helped many of these companies find their employees – engineers, executives, managers, and other staff.
But when oil prices went down, a new movement has emerged. It brought us many fresh technology startups that are willing to make an impact. As Alison Coleman admits, this scene faces its own challenge. It’s a talent shortage. There might be simply not enough skilled people in Norway to power emerging technology companies.
Many Norwegians work in the energy industry while tech startups require a different type of talent and skills – developers, software engineers, UX/UI designers and so on. It becomes an even bigger issue, considering that there are only 5 million people living in Norway. Compare it with the 8 million people that live in London – that’s a gigantic disproportion.
Fortunately, we have already found the solution. To make a global impact – which is what startups ideally would like to achieve – you have to think global. This is why startups – and us – are turning to the talent that resides in other countries.
What do Norway has to offer? First, as Forbes admits, Oslo is the startup hub to watch now. There are more and more innovative and exciting projects to work on. For example, Kahoot, a global leader in game-based ed tech. These projects are often backed by government financing initiatives, such as Innovation Norway and Investinor.
But what might be equally attractive is the city itself. Did you know that it’s one of the top 10 happiest places in the world? Just come and see.
If you’d like to join Norway’s startup scene, just head to our job openings page. There’s plenty of them.