1 The purpose of Business Norway (formerly known as The Explorer)
1.1 Business Norway is a digital marketplace for green technology and certain other types of sustainable solutions from Norway. The purpose is to present Norwegian green and sustainable solutions to an international audience and to facilitate matches between Norwegian solution providers and potential buyers, investors or other companies searching for green and sustainable solutions. In short, Business Norway is both a showroom and a matchmaking facilitator.
1.2 Business Norway is designed for enterprises doing business in Norway, and enterprises interested in doing business in Norway. Any enterprise that would like to register in Business Norway must accept these terms and conditions set by Innovation Norway (“IN”).
2 Which enterprises can register in Business Norway?
2.1 Both enterprises presenting green and sustainable solutions and enterprises searching for solutions may register, but there are some registration requirements. These have been set by IN, and it is the sole decision of IN to accept or deny an enterprise to register in Business Norway.
3 Responsibility and disclaimers
3.1 If an enterprise is granted access to Business Norway by IN, the enterprise will have its own account there. The enterprise is responsible for the content in its account, including the publicly available information in the account.
3.2 IN supervises the accounts to some extent, and may solely choose to shut down an account, temporarily or eternally.
3.3 Business Norway is simply a platform for facilitating presentation of solutions and matchmaking. IN is not liable for any loss or damage (economic or non-economic damage) that may arise from use of Business Norway, inter alia any cooperation initiated or developed as a result of this use.
3.4 IN is not liable for any loss or damage that may arise because accounts are shut down, or for any other reason are inaccessible.
4 Updates of content
4.1 The enterprise is responsible for keeping the account content updated at all times. This includes the information about the enterprise and the contact information for the account holder(s).
4.2 If an account is not updated at least once a year, IN will remind the enterprise of the update obligation, and can eventually choose to shut down the account and delete the content.
5 Copyright and IPR
5.1 The enterprise is responsible for having copyrights and other intellectual property rights to photos, images, sounds, texts, patterns etc. that the enterprise presents in Business Norway.
5.2 The enterprise is responsible for crediting the originator when applicable.
5.3 The enterprise agrees that its photos and other intellectual work listed in section 5.1 may be used in marketing in line with the purpose described in section 1.
5.4 The enterprise shall indemnify and hold IN harmless against any claims, actions, demands and procedures, including those issued by third parties, against any damages, losses, costs, expenses, fees, penalties and responsibilities (including but not limited to attorneys’ and solicitors’ costs and fees) that occur as a result of any of the enterprise’s breach of clause 5.1.
6 Payments and costs
6.1 This service is free of charge as per now. If this changes in the future, IN will inform the enterprises registered in Business Norway with reasonable notice, cf. section 9.
6.2 The enterprise is responsible for any costs relating to the management of its account.
7 Privacy and personal data
7.1 When creating an account on behalf of an enterprise, personal data such as name, contact information and photo will be submitted. The enterprise is obliged to have legal ground for submitting and displaying the personal data of the person in question. For example, if a company’s employee enters the personal data of the Sales Manager, the Sales Manager must consent to this.
7.2 Business Norway focuses on enterprises, and therefore the amount of personal data is limited. However, for the personal data IN processes on this platform, IN’s general privacy declaration applies.
8 Transfers and mergers
8.1 IN may transfer/merge its right to the platform, including the accounts content, to a third party.
9.1 IN will give the enterprises registered in Business Norway reasonable notice of any amendments in the terms and conditions.
10 Norwegian legislation and venue
10.1 The terms and conditions are governed by Norwegian law.
10.2 Venue is the courts of Oslo.
Published 31 May 2018, updated 1 February 2019 (primarily pertaining to eligible Norwegian enterprises and copyrights), updated 6 May 2019 (to encompass the international matchmaking service), and updated 1 March 2021 (to expand the scope of The Explorer).