It's time to star giving you some information about good practices that were presented during the meeting in Vratsa, Let's start with our Leader's country - Norway.


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Our Lead Partner presented Innovation Norway as their good practice in the subject of startups mentoring in their region.

This service offers strategic mentors to general managers of start-up enterprises.  The objective of the service is to contribute to increased survival and growth among start-up enterprises.


The mentoring itself takes place as one-on-one conversations between the entrepreneur and the mentor. The period may extend over a period of two to eighteen months. If unforeseen incidents or conflicts arise, the liaison officer must follow up the mentor, and the customer manager in Innovation Norway follow up the entrepreneur. In the cases where Innovation Norway connects itself, the customer manager has follow-up responsibility for both.

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Topics along the way in mentoring will vary but must meet the need identified in connection with the grant of the mentor grant. Mentor should not assist in day-to-day operations but contribute to the development / implementation of idea / business model at a strategic level. When the mentoring period is over, the report, together with a copy of the invoice from the mentor and any documentation on travel expenses, shall form the basis for payment of grants.

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