|Gjovig elected officer of Norwegian-American Foundation|
Bruce Gjovig has been elected treasurer of the Norwegian-American Foundation based in Seattle, Wash., at their recent board of directors meeting in Minneapolis. Elected to the board of directors in June 2006, he is one of 19 members of the board representing more than 900 Norwegian-American organizations in the United States and Norway. Gjovig now joins the executive committee.
Gjovig was a co-founder of UND Nordic Initiative and has been chair for 10 years, spearheading efforts to forge strong educational, cultural, trade and technology alliances with Norway and other Nordic countries. UND hosts more Norwegian students than any other university in North America, and has since 1999. Gjovig has worked with several incubators and entrepreneur programs in Norway as well as with several Norwegian entrepreneurs interested in international trade and strategic relationships.
Gjovig is entrepreneur coach and director of the Center for Innovation and CEO of the Center for Innovation Foundation. He was the founder of the Center for Innovation in 1984 which now operates two tech incubators on the UND Tech Park, leads the statewide InnovateND entrepreneur program, and works with entrepreneurs and angel investors on venture growth opportunities.
Along with the UND academic entrepreneur program, the Center for Innovation has been ranked among the top 10 best entrepreneur programs in the nation by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine among 900 programs across the United States.
The Norwegian American Foundation was founded in 2001. NAF fosters cooperation among the over 900 Norwegian American organizations, to present modern Norway in the United States, and is building an international endowment to support Norwegian American programs and organizations as well as cultural and educational initiatives. NAF sponsors the Norway.com magazine, sub-titled 'The Gateway to Modern Norway,' which is published three times per year and distributed primarily in North America. Readership of Norway.com Magazine is expected to exceed 500,000 people per issue. This complimentary magazine is supported by advertisers, sponsors, and Innovation Norway.