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Open Procedure: Innovation competition for young entrepreneurs across the Arctic region - Kingdom of Denmark

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark announces this tender in order to attract tenders for services in connection with the development, organization and execution of the project:

"Innovation competition for young entrepreneurs across the Arctic region"

The key to future cooperation in the Arctic lies in the hands of the youth. The younger generations of the Arctic will be responsible for the future sustainable development of the region. They will understand how to benefit the most from an improved digital infrastructure, and their skills in innovation and entrepreneurship are a precondition for future economic growth and social development. In consultation with Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Denmark has chosen to acknowledge youth as a key political priority in the Danish Foreign and Security Policy Strategy 2019-2020 and to “strengthen its efforts for young people in the Arctic, including an initiative in collaboration with relevant forums to conduct an innovation competition that will bring together young entrepreneurs from across the Arctic region”.

The youth-initiative follows a recently published report commissioned by the MFA on business financing in the Arctic. The report suggests that start-up- and entrepreneurship-events for young people can be a useful catalyst for economic development across the region in the Arctic. 

Youth was a priority area for the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including a focus on empowerment and capacity building among indigenous peoples. In addition, “People in the Arctic”, including youth, will equally be a priority for the current Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2019-2021 and is a top priority during the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2019.

On this background, and with youth being a key political priority in the Foreign and Security Policy Strategy, the Danish MFA has decided to initiate a project with relevant partners to develop, organize and execute an innovation competition, including follow-up activities, for young male and female entrepreneurs across the Arctic region.

The aim of the project is to strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation among the Arctic youth, and to promote and create awareness of the Arctic as a region with entrepreneurial business and investment potential. A follow-up process should help participants develop their ideas and capacities, thereby inspiring Arctic youth to spearhead sustainable economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship.

The project will be carried out by the Danish MFA as the lead project owner in close cooperation with the Government of Iceland, the Government of Greenland and the Government of the Faroe Islands as project partners. The proposed competition should address a number of SDG’s, including SDG #4 (quality education), SDG #8 (decent work and economic growth); SDG #9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG #17 (partnership).

Deadline for proposals: 23 August 2019, at 01:00 pm, Danish time

Proposals received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Contact point: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Department for Arctic and North America
Name of Programme Officer: Jacob Bay Lindkvist and Sebastian Boel Byth
E-mail address of Programme Officer: jacojo@um.dk, sebbyt@um.dk, anateamarktisdl@um.dk.

Criteria for award of Contract: As stated in the Advertising conditions

The Advertising Material:
The advertising material consists of the following:
Appendix 1 - Terms of Reference
Appendix 2 – Draft Consultancy Contract
Appendix 3 - CSR Requirements and Labour Clause
Appendix 4 - Solemn Declaration
Appendix 5 - Letter of Commitment
     Advertising conditions
     Questions and answers regarding the prequalification