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Professor Kamal Mustafa on stage adressing the audience at Årskonferansen.
Professor Kamal Mustafa receives the award "Idea of the Year 2016" from BTO and Sparebanken Vest.

Win 500.000,- to the development of an innovative idea!

Sparebanken Vest and BTO gives researchers in Bergen a unique opportunity to win 500.000,- in the Idea Competition 2017. This can be the kick-start your idea needs. Fill out a short form to submit an idea today!

Since 2010, BTO and Sparebanken Vest have invited researchers to join the Idea Competition. This year we have increased the prize from 300.000 NOK to 500.000 NOK.

The competition aims to stimulate commercialisation of research results, enhance the environment that contributes to innovation, and to create attention for the importance of research and innovation.

Reconstructing human bones with 3d printing

Professor Kamal Mustafa won the Idea Competition in 2016. Mustafa and his research team aims to help people in need of bone healing, by using 3D printing to recreate damaged bone fragments. The field of reconstructing human bones is rapidly developing and has a huge clinical potential, and the jury said that the winner is a part of an academic environment that is in lead of their research field.

– The award gave attention to the importance of this research, and its innovative potential. It was a great opportunity to speak about the research in front of academic leaders, politicians and possible industrial partners, says Mustafa.

– The prize will be used to develop the idea and the project further. Detailed commercialization strategies have be developed with a strong support by BTO, he continues.

Mustafa received the award at the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual conference in 2016. His project got media attention, and the story was featured in Bergens Tidende (Mustafa har gjort Bergen verdensledende) and Innomag (Vinner av Idékonkurransen 2016 vil 3D-printe bein til skjelettet ditt).


One or several researchers (e.g. a group) can submit an idea. Researchers and staff, incl. phd. students and post.doc, at any of our owner and partner institutions can submit their idea. This includes University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Institute of Marine Research, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Christian Michelsen Research, Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital, Helse Fonna HF, Kunnskapsparken i Sogn & Fjordane, NIFES, Nofima and Uni Research.

What’s in it for me?

You now have the opportunity to win the Idea Competition 2017. But why should you submit your idea today?

  • You can win 500.000 NOK to further development of the idea.
  • All ideas will get professional help from the BTO team to further development.
  • Exciting opportunities that can walk hand-in-hand with your academic plans. You decide how much time and effort you will put into the development of the idea.
  • You can get the opportunity to speak about your research in front of academic leaders, possible partners and investors at Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual conference on 17th of November

Application process

  1. Fill out the short idea description form according to the best of your knowledge.
  2. Send the form to idea@bergento.no

Deadline: 25. October 2017

The jury consists of competent and experienced people from research, public and private sector in Bergen. They will select the winner based on novelty, impact on society, potential use and probability of success.

The winner(s) will be announced in front of prominent politicians, academics and business people at the annual conference of Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 17th of November. The best idea is awarded with 500.000 NOK to further development of the project.

The submitted ideas are treated with uttermost confidentiality, and the winning idea will only be described in general terms and in cooperation with the winner(s).

Please contact Jens Andreas Reigstad or Kjetil Myhren-Berge if you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea.

Previous winners of the “Idea of the year”