INNOVATION SPOTTERS

The NUKIGA innovation spotters put a spotlight on exciting new innovations in the Arctic

At NUKIGA we want to communicate and put a focus on exciting innovations from different parts of the Arctic. Shining a light on innovative companies will inspire others and emphasise the region as an investment opportunity.

Our team of innovation spotters are dedicated to find and communicate innovations in the region. If you want to become an innovation spotter or if you want to share any new Arctic innovations with our community, please send an email to sho@nukiga.dk 

NUKIGA Innovation Spotters

Keld Aaes

My name is Keld Aaes and I work as a Business Manager at Arctic Circle Business. Our head office is in Sisimiut, but I am physically based in Maniitsoq and my area of ​​responsibility is Maniitsoq and the three settlements of Kangaamiut, Napasoq and Atammik.

My main task is to create business development in the entire area, that is, to help and advise the existing business community and ENTREPRENEURS in getting the best possible business. A good business is a prerequisite for a good life, both for the business and the rest of society.

So I meet many people who have a good idea and many of the ideas also have the potential to become reality. The ideas that last the longest and are usually successful are those that combine equal parts ingenuity and vision. You must be able to zoom in and “geek” on your product, but you must also be able to zoom out and see your product in a global context!

I have become an Innovation Spotter at NUKIGA because I think the good stories deserve to be told, but at the same time the stories where challenges or frustrations are the theme should also be told. We can learn from both kinds of stories. Furthermore, I hope that the stories can inspire cooperation between entrepreneurs and between entrepreneurs and the established companies.

About Arctic Circle Business
Arctic Circle Business is a politically independent independent organisation, created by the business community in the region, with the aim of creating business development and acting as a mouthpiece for the business community. We have a huge network, and meet with everything from people with dreams of becoming self-employed, to large companies, from local politicians to ministers.

Destination Arctic Circle aims to strengthen the region’s tourism brand, where we are today Greenland’s largest adventure destination, with year-round tourism.
We are the neutral gateway for entrepreneurs and companies in the region, covering the entire Qeqqata Commune. Arctic Circle Business has its head office in Sisimiut, as well as a branch in Maniitsoq.

Andrés Laverde

My name is Andrés Laverde, and I am originally from Colombia but now living in Iceland. I am a geoscientist and recently graduated as an MSc Sustainable Energy Scientist from Reykjavík University.

Currently, I am working for Arctic Green Energy Iceland as an Energy Engineer, analysing, and developing geothermal projects worldwide. I was an UNLEASH talent during the Greenland Innovation Lab.

I have knowledge of innovative start-ups, services, and products in Iceland and the Arctic region.

Carina Burroughs

My name is Carina Burroughs. I am currently a Masters student studying Coastal and Marine Resource Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords.

My background is in marine biology and environmental science and policy. I currently study and live in Ísafjörður, Iceland, the capital of the rural Westfjords region. We are a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, with many people working to develop creative solutions to the challenges and opportunities of our remote region.

I am passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship as tools to promote sustainable development and the SDGs and strongly believe in NUKIGA’s goals of promoting both cultural life and business development.

I was a talent at the UNLEASH Greenland Regional Innovation Lab this past August. In addition to working on innovation with UNLEASH, I have been involved with a Business Incubator through my university and was a recipient of the Rannís Student Innovation Fund this summer for a socially innovative project focusing on local youth.

Tórður Ravnsfjall

My name is Tórður Ravnsfjall, and I’m from The Faroe Islands. I have a passion and a heart for entrepreneurship and innovation. I started as an entrepreneur in 2017, designing and running guided walking and bike tours in Copenhagen. I loved showing travellers the Danish capital, as have always had a keen interest in history and culture.

I have helped educational companies launch marketing campaign using authentic and honest marketing and have also assisted companies develop successful sales team. Additionally, I have worked with the Blue Lobster App exporting sustainably caught fish from small fishermen in the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen’s finest fish restaurants. Currently, I focus on innovation in green energy.

Felippe Constancio

My name is Felippe Constancio. I am a media educator with 15 years of experience in journalism and six years in education. I join studies and work experience from these related areas when engaging in projects aiming at human flourishing. My best contributions are mostly related to better approaches to teaching and learning, humanitarian dynamics between media and society, and improved psychosocial well-being.

 Currently, I am advancing my doctoral studies at the University of Lapland (Finland) by researching the digital skills that East African journalists need. Since the UNLEASH Innovation Lab event in Greenland last month, I have been working on research proposals to provide research-based findings to one of the winners’ ideas and my group’s idea, which was selected as the best for quality education. I also plan to work with my group peers to apply the proposed solution.

 I believe in offering meaningful contributions as an innovation spotter by using some of my competencies and beliefs. As a journalist, I find joy when reporting about innovative solutions for sustainable development goals; thus, I believe in being able to approach subjects insightfully, increasing the awareness and diffusion of relevant positive human achievements. As a media educator, I trust my didactical skills and familiarity with media texts may assure the due and deserved quality of successful attempts for a better society and environment.