The Norwegian Minister of Trade & Industry visits the Globus AI Headquarters
December 22, 2020
Iselin Nybø, the Minister of Trade and Industry in Norway visited Globus AI’s office today on her way home for Christmas. Along with deep industry insights, she brought an exciting holiday present for the Globus team. In collaboration with Innovation Norway, the Norwegian government had granted Globus AI new national funding to support further developments and enable continued growth.
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By showing the minister a live demo of the product, the team portrayed how they use AI to contribute to their vision of improving quality of life. She was intrigued by the different possibilities of the product and highlighted the impact Globus AI can have within the healthcare industry.
The group had interesting conversations ranging from benefits of artificial intelligence, the importance of creating local jobs during pandemic to sustainability and ethics in the staffing industry going forward. One of Globus AI’s mandates is to help hospitals and healthcare organizations around the world.
“Letting the world know that we have something that can help is crucial for us right now,” said Jan Kristiansen, CCO & Co-founder
“Our virtual staffing assistant helps companies improve candidate diversity for each incoming job. We are excited and committed to promote fair working conditions and more equality in the workplace,” says Andreas Kverneland, project manager at Globus AI.
The minister talked enthusiastically about how impressed she was that the team had managed to succeed with their commitments despite the challenging times.
Set for growth and international expansion
The timing of the grant could hardly be better. Last week Miramar Digital Venture, a Silicon Valley VC, came on board as new investors after an issue of NOK 10 million in first round that was officially closed on 14 December 2020. The investment, together with equity from Globus AI, will be used to match the size of the grant, which is a requirement to receive funding from Innovation Norway.
“Miramar Digital Venture sees an enormous potential in the US staffing market and were looking for companies that solved this problem. This is the first investment they have ever made outside the United States. They contacted us after reading the article about Globus AI in Fortune Magazine. They are very excited to bring Scandinavian AI to the USA,” says Helge Bjorland, CEO and Co-founder of Globus AI.
For those who are curious to join Globus AI’s journey, there is an opening to invest in a second close with the same conditions until 31 January 2021.