Farnell element14 offers tech start-ups in Norway the chance to take their design to the next level

Farnell element14, The Development Distributor, is today launching a competition for tech start-ups based in Norway in partnership with CamdenBoss, Altium and Intel. Two winning organisations will be able to select a product worth up to 20,000kr. to help them take their design to the next level.

Farnell element14 has launched the initiative as it recognises that access to the right products and design support is what helps tech start-ups make their idea a reality. Two winners will be given the opportunity to select a product worth up to 20,000kr. to support their start-up design.

In 2016, Farnell element14 worked with Norwegian tech start-up Futurehome to help it bring its home automation product to market. Based on a Single Board Computer, Futurehome utilises smart technology to allow users to control, automate and monitor hundreds of smart devices remotely through a single Smart Hub gateway. Farnell element14 supplied the Single Board Computer as well as supporting Futurehome in the early stages of their development with compliance, manufacturing and engineering services. Working with one vendor to provide both products and services tailored to their individual needs freed Futurehome up to focus purely on developing the product.

Peter Birks, European Business President, Farnell element14, said: “This competition is designed to give two start-ups in Norway the boost they need to get their idea off the ground. From idea and proof of concept to prototyping and production, we are here to support the small start-ups like Futurehome to the large semiconductor manufacturers. Farnell element14 is the Development Distributor and by providing a joined up service we are able to dramatically reduce time to market, which is fundamental for so many start-ups. I am excited to see the innovative ideas that will come from the businesses that apply for this competition.”

Organisations can submit their entries at  One winner will be announced at EIF Stavanger exhibition on 10th May with a further winner announced in June.



About us

Farnell element14 is part of the Premier Farnell group of businesses, a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

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