Crown Prince Haakon is visiting the U.S. West Coast to help promote Norwegian trade and business, as well as opening "Innovation House" in Palo Alto, a Norwegian centre for innovation and science.
The Norwegian Crown Prince was accompanied by Tora Aasland, Minister of Education, and Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry. The trio will visit Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Berkeley before they return to Oslo on October 26th.
On Monday, the Crown Prince opened "Innovation House" in Palo Alto, an project by Innovation Norway. The building will offer office space to Norwegian businesses that are trying to establish themselves in Silicon Valley. They will also assist with finding mentors, consultants and other quality services that might be beneficial in the start-up phase.
"If Norwegian companies are to keep track with the "changing times" and understand the technological trends that will influence the world in the years to come, a permanent presence here in Silicon Valley is vital," said the Crown Prince at the opening.
Later in the afternoon he met with several representatives of Norwegian companies in the area and their American partners, at a reception held by the Norwegian Consulate.
Also on the agenda is the opening of the 10th annual Transatlantic Science Week at University of California, a central meeting place for politicians, researchers and other people working with higher education, science and innovation in the U.S., Canada and Norway. After the meeting the Crowne Prince will have an opportunity to meet with Norwegian students, and visit the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in San Francisco.