Asia House is awarded with the project “Gateway to India’s Smart Cities” by Industriens Fond

India is one of the world’s largest growth economies, with an annual GDP increase of over 7%. Additionally, the country’s population is growing rapidly. India will overtake China as the country with the largest population by 2030.

100 billion kroner opportunity

The country’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi has launched an ambitious urban development program called ‘100 Smart Cities’ to deal with India’s rapid growth and urbanization. With an investment amounting to 100 billion kroner over the next five years, the program will focus on the sustainable development of over-crowded Indian cities, which by 2050 will experience a population growth of up to 400 million people.”India is an interesting export market for Danish companies. With the launch of the Smart Cities program, we are dealing with a market that specifically asks for solutions and products in sectors which Danish corporate business has a strong profile such as urban planning, ICT and more sustainable water and energy solutions. Hence, the potential has become even greater”, says Mads Lebech who is the Administrative Director for the Industry’s Foundation.“Furthermore, the entire Smart City program is an area where Danish companies can assert themselves and is, therefore, something the Industry Foundation wants to focus on, both in this case and many others”.

Concrete tenders and concrete solutions

The Indian authorities will provide tenders, both small and large, related to the Smart City program.“It is difficult for Danish companies to enter this Indian market if they do not already have a strong presence. Moreover, the Indian Smart Cities program is based on a complicated bidding process characterized by fierce international competition, “says Susanne Rumohr Hækkerup, Executive Director for Asia House. She outlines how the project will pave the way for Danish companies:“With support from the Industry Foundation, we can initiate the process in which we involve 45 Danish companies in a capacity building project. As part of the project, the companies would be guided through the intricate procurement process and the many statutory requirements, so that they can become serious contenders for specific tenders in India.”

Good experience can be copied T

he project, called the Gateway to India’s Smart Cities, is supported by the Industry Foundation with over one million kroner and implemented by Asia House in cooperation with the Innovation Centre in New Delhi and the advisory firm, Quercus Group.When the 45 companies have completed the process, the findings from the project will be available so that other companies, who want to be part of India’s valuable work in the future, can learn from these experiences.For further information you can contact, Torben Krab, Asia House, 51624031 or Ole Østrup, Industriens Fond, 23800660

Asia House hosted a Smart Cities SME Business Forum on India

Asia House recently held a very successful SME Business Forum about Danish SME’s business opportunities under the Indian “100 Smart Cities” Scheme. At the Business Forum Tom Sebastian, Deputy Head from Innovation Centre Denmark, New Delhi and Neelabh Singh, Partner in Quercus Group gave very informative presentations on how Danish SME’s can engage in the tender-driven process upon which India’s “100 Smart Cities” Scheme is based. Asia House looks forward to continue its focus on the important smart cities program in 2017. We will soon announce the details of how we will do this in a partnership with Innovation Centre Denmark in New Delhi and Quercus group.


Asia House hosted our annual entrepreneurship day – “Asia Next Stop”

Asia House hosted our annual entrepreneurship day – “Asia Next Stop” in collaboration with Danish-Chinese Business Forum and Innovation House China-Denmark. Peter Ølbye, CEO, Nordic Technologies told about the challenges of selling clean drinking water in the Northern China and the entrepreneur Jacob Juul from Zupersoft informed about his experiences regarding setting up an online-platform in China. Further, advisor from DI Anders Kjøller, General Manager Karin Vith Ankerstjerne from Innovation House China-Denmark, and Lars Andersen from Andersen Consult informed about the possibilities and downsides as an entrepreneur in Asia. The discussion continued with a network session and a Chinese buffet.


Roundtable discussion in Asia House on the new EU-Vietnam FTA

29 September 2016 Asia House hosted a Member and Partner roundtable discussion on the coming EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. The Danish Ambassador to Hanoi gave a presentation of the FTA and Henrik N. Andersen, CEO at Erria, gave his candid perspective of doing business in Vietnam and the future prospects in the country. The conclusion was clear, Danish companies have a strong foundation for becoming successful in Vietnam, and the FTA will add to that. There was a one hour long discussion after the presentation, in which also the Vietnamese Ambassador to Denmark participated.


Press release: New Danish Media for Asian Business News

“The Asian Perspective – Your Danish Platform for Asian Business News!”

Asia House will establish the Danish media platform for Asian business news with a Danish perspective named “The Asian Perspective”.

The Asia House News Platform will target those Danish companies and business organizations with a focus on Asia.

The purpose of “The Asian Perspective” is to strengthen Danish companies’ access to news from Asia. Asia is a vibrant, complex and fast developing region. Today Danish companies’ don´t have sufficient access in Danish media for updated and relevant news from Asia. “The Asian Perspective” sets out to provide this.

4 articles will be selected from Asian news media each week. For each article a short intro text will be written in order to highlight the Danish relevance and perspective of the article.

A “Breaking News” format will be established, in case of sudden and dramatic events in Asia that highly influence Danish Companies operating in Asia with a continuous update regarding the event.

Asia House will enter into a partnership with the Danish freelance and acclaimed journalist Anya Palm, who is based in Bangkok. Anya will have the editorial responsibility for the news platform.

The Asia House News Platform is scheduled to go on air on 22 August 2016

The platform exists on Asia House’s website ( and Asia House’s LinkedIn profile (Asia House Denmark)

For further information please contact Susanne Rumohr Hækkerup, Executive Director, Asia House on

The Annual Ambassador Dinner in Asia House – a great success

The Annual Ambassador Dinner in Asia House was held with great success. With a few exceptions all the Danish Ambassadors to Asia joined the dinner together with representatives from Asia House Partners.

During the dinner Professor Vincent F. Hendricks gave a keynote speech on information bubbles – a speech that led to further discussions around the dinner tables.

A wonderful evening in Asia House.



Myanmar Business Forum sparked an interesting debate

22 August 2016 Asia House hosted a business seminar on Myanmar. A political status report was given by the Danish Ambassador in Yangon, Peter Lysholt Hansen. FLSmidth and Andersen Consult gave their hands-on experience and perspective on Myanmar. It was clear from the seminar that there is a huge interest in Myanmar from the Danish business community, and more Danish companies will in the coming years go into Myanmar.


“Smart Liveable Cities in India” report available here – from the Smart Cities Seminar in Asia House on June 8th

The launching on June 8th in Asia House of the Indian Smart Cities Report “Smart Liveable Cities in India” by the Danish Embassy in New Delhi attracted a huge and interesting group of more than 90 participants.

The seminar was very fruitful and was centered around an informal dialogue, where The Indian Ambassador, The Danish Ambassador and the presenters had a frank and constructive discussion with the participants on how Danish businesses can engage in the exciting business opportunities in the Indian Smart Cities.

You can read the reports on the following links.

Smart liveable cities in India Final

Erode_FFM Final Report

Kakinada_FFM Final Report

Udaipur Report_FFM Final Report

Nagpur Report_FFM Final Report