Join the establishment course in the Kongsvinger region starting on 7 March.

The course takes you through an establishment journey that leads to a completed business plan. The last evening of the course is a presentation/pitch where a panel (2-3 people) gets to hear about your idea and how to succeed with it. All participants who complete the course receive a course certificate.

Course dates:

Tuesday, March 7

Tuesday, March 14

Tuesday, March 21

Tuesday, March 28

Tuesday, April 11: pitch

All course evenings at 18-21, and the courses are held at Klosser Innovation in Markensvegen 1 (2nd floor) on Kongsvinger. Registration deadline: pending

We will offer all course participants an extra teaching evening with a focus on accounting and finance. We will agree this date with the course participants during the course.

The price for the course is NOK 1100, which will be invoiced after the first evening of the course.

Registration via the link here.

A powerhouse for innovation

Press release 27 January 2022

Major investment in innovation in Kongsvinger

Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark merges with Høgskolesenteret i Kongsvinger and Høgskolen Eiendom
to build Innlandet Science Park in Kongsvinger.

Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark, Høgskolen Eiendom and Høgskolesenteret i Kongsvinger (HIK) are pooling their resources to build Innlandet Science Park in Kongsvinger. Together, they will erect a building of around 5.000 square meters in the college area where research and innovation will contribute to the development of new companies, as well as to develop established companies.

- We are now in the process of realizing Innlandet Science Park with the investment in Kongsvinger. Together, we will develop a nationally leading Science Park, with the goal of an international position within selected research and business areas. Kongsvinger is first on the trail followed by Hamar and eventually Elverum, says Tore Anstein Dobloug, director of the Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark.

A Science Park is an "ecosystem" where higher education and research are the hub of an integrated collaboration with entrepreneurs, knowledge companies, investors and public actors.

Dobloug points out that the concept is well-proven. The idea is that knowledgeable people from a variety of disciplines and industries come together, strengthen professional environments and create new links and ideas. In sum - and done right - experience from other countries shows that a Science Park strengthens the region's attractiveness and value creation.

Research boost

Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark has since 2017 supported the University College initiative in Kongsvinger with NOK 34 million. Kristin Vitsø Bjørnstad, head of gifts and society at Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark, is impressed with what the Kongsvinger region has achieved in recent years, with the University College Center at the forefront.

- There has been very good work in the environment around the University College Center and there is simply impressive work behind the investment in sustainability and digitalisation where the research center is secured solid funding in the future, says Vitsø Bjørnstad.

Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark also plans to channel tens of millions of kroner annually, from its educational and research funds, to activities that take place in Innlandet Science Park - to strengthen the investment. In Innlandet Science Park, an interaction is planned between Kongsvinger, Hamar and Elverum. 

- A solid foundation has been laid in Kongsvinger, which is very important for realizing the vision of Innlandet Science Park. Through close collaboration between the research centers, our region will be lifted up and able to compete with good environments both nationally and internationally, says Kristin Vitsø Bjørnstad.     

To create this ecosystem, good meeting places and activities are arranged that enable people to meet and develop collaborations and ideas.

The new building is planned to be completed in the autumn of 2023. 

Big ambitions

- This will undoubtedly help to raise the level of activity around the college. We are incredibly proud and grateful that the Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark sees the potential and contributes so heavily to the investment in Kongsvinger. This contributes to the further development of Kongsvinger as a college town, which in turn will lift the region and the business community to new heights, says Vegard Herlyng, general manager of HIK.

The innovation actor Klosser has already signed an agreement with the parties to move into the new building. Their role will be important in the work of making Innlandet Science Park a leading arena for innovation and entrepreneurship.


- For Klosser, it is important to co-locate with the university college and the new research center. With this, we want to be able to be an even stronger link between the business community and the competence of the future, says Lars Gillund, general manager of Klosser Innovation Kongsvinger.

Gillund says that the region is well on its way to building a nationally led ecosystem in Kongsvinger within sustainability and digitalisation, with research, education, innovation companies and more.

- This is a very important investment for the region. Good premises and facilities for innovation and knowledge sharing are very important for the business community and will contribute to increased value creation, Gillund adds.

Herlyng and Gillund are pleased that Science Park in Kongsvinger will also include Telenor's department with 100 employees.

- For companies, co-location in Innlandet Science Park could have many positive effects. For example, collaboration on recruitment, joint events and activities related to the study offers in, for example, digital management, business development and sustainability economics, says Herlyng.

Further expansions are also being arranged for the establishment of knowledge-based activities in future construction stages.

Revision of business strategy for the Kongsvinger region 2016-2028

Revision of business strategy for the Kongsvinger region 2016-2028

Business strategy for the Kongsvinger region 2016-2028 is under revision. Project manager at the City Region Program Lars Gillund leads the work in close collaboration with the Kongsvinger region's mayors, business advisers, regional councils and business.

Consultation deadline 12.11
We now invite you to provide input on specific focus areas associated with the main strategies.

Consultation statements are sent to or to Klosser Innovation, Markensvegen 1B, 2212 Kongsvinger by 12.11 and marked «Consultation statement business strategy».

The business strategy shall be considered by the regional council on 19.11 November and thereafter in each of the municipalities.

Workshop 2, Circle Scan. Material flow analysis and circular possibilities

On Wednesday 4 March, we were finally to see the results of phase 2 of the Circle Scan project. Based on feedback along the way, the consultants have from Circle Economy spent a lot of time collecting data from, among others, Eurostat, Statistics Norway and its own databases. There were several of us who were excited to see the material flow analysis in the form of so-called. Sankey diagram.

A project with many stakeholders

The final commentator for the workshop was, as last, Jordi Pascual. He brought with him Noah Baars and Sofie Pindsle Circular Norway. It was otherwise especially nice to have the mayors Lise Selnes and Knut Hvithammer. Political commitment is very important in transforming the results of the analysis into political tools - simply making the circular economy an important green engine of transformation in our region.

We were also this time also lucky to have external guests; Kia Klavenes from Pure (which is now part of KPMG) and Marianne Haugland from KS Bedrift are important for inspiration and knowledge sharing, and can share experiences further in their own organizations and circles. Otherwise, we were gathered from the administration in six municipalities, GIR (renovation), Klosser Innovation and Høgskolen Innlandet, as well as Topos Arkitektur from the prototype project.

Mayor of Nord-Odal, Lise Selnes with assistant.


Marianne Haugland, KS Bedrift, Kia Klavenes, Pure, Alexander Christiansen, Circular Norway, Jon Guttormsen, Topos Architecture.


Lars Helge Aasvestad, Kongsvinger municipality, Lars Gillund Klosser Innovation, Steinar Grønnerud, Eidskog municipality.


Material flow analysis - private homes generate the most waste and emissions

A large part of the work since the previous workshop had been used to collect data and visualize material flow. The figures are based on basic data from regional companies, public literature and studies, national statistics (SSB) and EXIObase (Circle Economy's own database) and Eurostat registers classified by NACE sectors (industry).

The materials are divided into the following categories:

  • Biomass: Includes different types of wood used in the form of construction such as timber, lumber, etc.
  • Minerals and chemicals: Includes solid materials that are present in nature, such as clay, sand, stone, aggregate, limestone, granules etc. used for building construction.
  • Metal: Includes raw and processed metals and iron and steel products used in the construction of buildings in the region.
  • Water: Includes the amount consumed in a given year for the different construction phases (construction, use, demolition).
  • Energy: Includes energy in various forms, from fuel to heat energy and electricity. Emission flows include greenhouse gas emissions, the majority of which consist of CO2.

The material flows are again divided into private homes, purpose-built buildings and infrastructure. The figures are based on figures from 2018, which was a quiet year in the construction and construction industry in the region, with 128 buildings.

Private housing is mostly in the form of waste and emissions.

Figure 1, Material flow in different types of building segments.

Clear change in building stock in a 100-year perspective

Furthermore, an analysis was made of the distribution and concentration of different types of building mass according to the typology of our homes and purpose-built buildings. This was combined with population projections and the need for new housing in the coming years.

There are clearly both challenges and opportunities associated with the composition. Circle Economy pointed out, among other things, that minerals from the 50s onwards are difficult to reuse / recycle.

Figure 2, Typology in building mass by year.


To look at the picture of possibilities, we were presented with different projection scenarios and different demolition scenarios. Based on the building's typology, there will potentially be access to different types of released secondary material.

A challenge, but also an opportunity, is to match access to secondary raw materials with the need for materials for new buildings.

Figure 3, Released, secondary material in buildings from 1920-1960 based on needs in the period 2020 -2040


7 possible strategic directions identified

After lunch we continued working on strategic directions. Circle Economy had identified seven different strategic choices, which we were to prioritize down to three specific strategies. Although this was a difficult process, we believe we have concluded. Project returns with specific recommendations.

Prioritization avregional. secular strategies. Sofie Pindsle, CN and Noah Baars, CE.


Now the business community must join

In phases 3 and 4, there is a close dialogue with the players in the construction industry in the region.

We will return in detail about how we think this will take place, and already on March 17 in the meeting of the Sustainability Network at Maarud, there will be an opportunity to hear a little more about how business actors can be involved in the project.

Circular housing prototype along the way

As some people know, the Regional Council in the Kongsvinger region is in the process of building one prototype of a circular dwelling, targeted youth.

The construction project is a collaboration with Skarnes Videregående, building and construction technology, Topos Arkitektur and GIR (our inter-municipal waste company). A prerequisite for the building is that at least 50% of all building materials are based on recycled or recycled materials.

Feel free to contact us if you want to contribute to realizing the prototype, or want to hear more about how the business community can connect to further work in Circle Scan - Kongsvinger Region.

Contact: Eva Snare, eva.snare@nord-odal.kommune.no904 00 643.

Competence and network

In the Kongsvinger region, you will find a large selection of professional networks and social arenas where you can make new contacts and share experiences across industries and municipalities. Here is a selection of the arenas where you can meet the business community.

Industrial cluster 7 strong

7sterke is an industrial cluster consisting of 67 small and large companies that interact and innovate in the Kongsvinger region. The cluster will influence regional business development and policy, create regional attraction, stimulate innovation and competence development and market the region as an attractive industrial region. Industriklyngen has four professional networks within production, HR, marketing and sustainability. In the subject networks, members can meet others from their own subject area and share experiences and expertise across municipal boundaries and companies to contribute to learning and development.

Want to know more about7strong? Read about the industrial cluster at

The destination company Visit Kongsvingerregionen

Visit Kongsvingerregionen is the destination company for the municipalities of Åsnes, Grue, Kongsvinger, Eidskog, Nord-Odal and Sør-Odal.

The project aims to increase earnings for the tourism industry, create more adventure holiday concepts adapted for international tourism and create cooperation between local business partners. This project helps to create new tourism experiences, both with existing and newly started tourism companies, through solid and collaborative networks. The project runs over several years.

Read more on Visit the Kongsvinger region's website


Social networks and meeting places

A Thursday lunch is arranged for the business community in the region on the first Thursday of each month. Here, lunch begins with a current speaker. The event is free and is open to everyone. If you want to meet colleagues outside working hours or to make new acquaintances in the business world, AfterWork at Bastine can also be a good arena for meeting the business community in an informal way.

Follow the Kongsvinger region on Facebook to attend breakfast meetings, courses and conferences held in the Kongsvingerr region.