On the Norwegian side, participants from the north of Norway were present at the conference representing higher education institutions, the Saami parliament, local municipalities and companies helping young entrepreneurs. In Russia, representatives from the North East Federal University, young entrepreneurs from the republic of Yakutia (Siberia), from the region of Kortkuros (Komi Republic) and from the Arkhangelsk area came to share their experiences and wished in matter of entrepreneurship.
Nadezda Ponomarova from the region of Arkhangelsk explained how she and two friends successfully managed to create a company producing souvenirs and Christmas decorations. Selling several thousands of products each month in many regions of Russia, they wish to start to export their production abroad.
Olga Zakharova shared her experience of creating and running a café in a rural area of the region of Yakutia. She explained her plans to develop to a small guest house. About 30 people participated to the conference.
The Gargia conference 2012: Youth, Entrepreneurship and Rural Development
Tue, Oct 30, 2012
The institutions member of the UArctic’s Thematic Network on Local and Regional Development in the North held their 9th annual conference in Gargia, Finnmark, Norway on 17th and 18th October 2012. Under the leadership of Tor Gjertsen, assistant professor at Finnmark University College, representatives from higher education institutions and entrepreneurs from Russia and Norway met to discuss entrepreneurial issues .