The Nordic Mentor Network of Entrepreneurship (NOME) is an elite mentoring programme for Nordic life science start-ups founded in 2016. The leading start-up accelerator in the Nordics, Accelerace, was chosen to build the network. The vision for NOME was twofold. Firstly, to propel the most promising Nordic start-ups providing health- and industrial biotech solutions into internationally renowned commercial successes by leveraging the knowledge of high-profile mentors with global networks. Secondly, to connect the Nordic ecosystem across the life science sector to facilitate knowledge exchange and create critical mass to attract global capital and partnerships to Nordic life science companies.
Since its inception in 2016, NOME has enrolled 40+ promising companies from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, which together have raised more than 1.4 billion DKK, and onboarded 75+ highly-experienced investors, serial entrepreneurs and high-profile life science executives in the Nordics and the U.S. as mentors. The NOME mentors provide value in the form of introductions to investors and commercial partners, assist with license agreements and transactions, and provide pivotal input to business strategies and product development.
Today, seven Nordic partner organizations run NOME: Denmark-based Accelerace, Norway-based Oslo Cancer Cluster Incubator and Aleap, Sweden-based Karolinska Institutet Innovations AB and Medicon Village, and Finland-based Vertical Accelerator and Turku Science Park Ltd.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a grant of DKK 13.5 million to support NOME.