Asia House Projects

Youth Initiative

Year started
2023
Focus
High Schools, vocational educations, students from Asia in Denmark, young professionals working in or with Asia
Manager
Honar Abdollahi
Asia-focused network for young people in Denmark
Youth play a pivotal role in shaping the future landscape of global collaboration, innovation and cultural exchange. Asia House understands the importance of actively engaging young people in initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding and sustainable development, due to the pressing need for meaningful youth participation and dialogue.

Beyond education, we aim to inspire both Danish youth and youth from Asia to engage in various aspects of collaborative endeavors. Through involvement in cultural exchange programs, community development projects, professional networking opportunities, and entrepreneurial ventures, young people from both regions are empowered to contribute to shaping a sustainable and inclusive future.

By fostering a multifaceted approach to youth engagement, we create an environment where individuals can explore diverse interests, cultivate leadership skills, and forge lasting connections across borders.

The Living Asia Project, initiated by Asia House, is a dynamic hub for students and young professionals in Denmark with an interest in Asia. Launched in September 2023, it aims to increase awareness and understanding of Asia among Danish youth through cultural exchange, networking, and professional development. Living Asia hosts two major networking events each year.

Get Involved We invite foundations from both regions to join us in shaping the future through collaborative philanthropic partnerships. Partner with us to have influence in empowering foster innovation and build bridges between the Nordics and Asia. Contact Honar either on mail, phone +45 42 31 62 86 or LinkedIn to learn more about how you can contribute to this transformative youth network.

Created by Asia House and supported by the EAC Foundation.

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Nordic Asian Venture Alliance

Year started
2022
Focus
Nordic startups and VCs
Region
East Asia
Manager
Peter Johansen
Connecting the Nordics with East Asia!
NAVA is an alliance of Nordic community builders connecting Nordic startups and VCs with East Asian VCs and LPs. We are open source and free of charge.

The Nordic Asian Venture Alliance (NAVA) seeks to increase the flow of East Asian venture capital into the Nordic Baltic region, both as direct investments into startups and new partnerships between Nordic VC’s and East Asian LP’s.

Read more about the Asia House NAVA project here.
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The Danish-Asian SME Network

Year started
2021
Focus
Danish SMEs
Region
ASEAN - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Thailand, Viet Nam
Manager
Tine Walraavens
The network that connects Danish SME's with Southeast Asian markets
The Danish-Asian SME network helps small to medium-sized Danish enterprises get a foothold in Southeast Asia. DASN aims to strengthen access to and success in the Southeast Asian markets for Danish businesses through network building. Supported by the Danish Industry Foundation, DASN is open and free to Danish SMEs and other professionals.

DASN operates on the premise that building a network of Danish business people in Asia is vital to the success of Danish SMEs when entering Southeast Asian markets for the first time. The connections created with Danish companies that are already established in Asia are a strong asset to export-mature Danish SMEs who want to explore business opportunities in the region.

DASN organises knowledge-sharing and business-promoting activities, designed to improve member companies’ insight and best mobilize the network in relation to the goals set out by Danish SMEs.

Read more about the Asia House project Danish Asian SME Network here.
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Previous Asia House projects

Innovation Lab Asia

Started
2019
Completed
2021
Focus
Nordic startup ecosystem
Manager
Peter Johansen
We connect the Nordic startup ecosystem with Asia

Innovation Lab Asia (ILA) was the precursor to the Nordic Asian Venture Alliance (NAVA). ILA was focused on knowledge building and knowledge sharing, and generated a number of insightful reports into the Asian startup markets. Since then, the project has grown and transformed and been upgraded to include:

  • A startup showcasing platform, where 200 Nordic & Baltic startups are presented in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean.
  • A knowledge repository providing a comprehensive overview of East Asian investments into the Nordic Baltic startup ecosystem.
  • Infographics presenting the Nordic startup ecosystem with an East Asian twist, and available in Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.
  • And of course… events, reports, blogs and other insights bridging the knowledge gap between Asia and the Nordics.

The NAVA initiative is basically a continuation of Innovation Lab Asia. We are the same crew and core project partners, with a few welcome additions. And all our activities are building on the insights and network generated during the course of ILA.

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Nordin

Started
2019
Completed
2021
Focus
Danish SMEs to Indian markets
Manager
Peter Johansen
Navigating Danish SMEs toward success in the Indian market

NORDIN, an Asia House project, was designed to help Danish SMEs navigate the complexities of the Indian market. Over a span of 18 months, the Indo-Danish SME Accelerator Platform provided Danish SMEs with a ready platform to gain access to the business ecosystem through guided mentorship, co-creation and development of lasting business relationships. Out of 25 companies from the second cohort to take their companies to India with NORDIN, 20 are now actively engaged in India through successful pilots, established partners and firm commercial deals. 

NORDIN was made possible with funding from the Danish Industry Foundation. The project was carried out in collaboration with GreenTech Challenge, The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and The Danish Industry Foundation, with support from DI India, Innovation Centre Denmark Bangalore and GREEN INNOVATION GROUP A/S.

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