9 February 2020

Presenting our Smart Society initiatives to 100+ stakeholders

NHI was invited to present our initiatives and participate in the discussions at the Delhi workshop of the Norwegian Ministry of Higher Education and Research delegation to India 4. February.

Theme for the conference was Quadruple Helix models for joint commitment and efforts focussed at building smart cities in India. More than 100 stakeholders from Industry, Academia and Governance, both Indian and Norwegian, participated to discuss India-Norway partnerships to develop smarter sustainable societies.

With our aim to implement quadruple helix, leveraging best practices and technologies from Nordics, we attended the conference at the India at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Nordic Hub India program manager Arun Sharma presenting how we are matching smart society opportunities in India with great Nordic solutions.


The full-day seminar was opened by Norwegian Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund followed by Director General Anne Line Wold, Ministry of Education and Research. Bureaucrats from Government of India, Academicians from Indian and Norwegian Universities and Industry leaders spoke at the event followed by parallel sessions to discuss interventions and way forward in the areas of:

  • Carbon neutral cities
  • Water access and flood management
  • Designing urban innovation labs
  • Waste and wastewater management

A networking event was hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy promoting exchange of thoughts and opportunities.

Nordic Hub India presented the idea of establishing an Urban Innovation Lab with NTNU and other partners -to build smart cities aimed at providing opportunities to Nordic businesses and innovations and actively participated in the discussions as part of our focus on bridging sustainable opportunities with Nordic business and innovations.

We discussed with various stakeholders possibilities and opportunities for Nordic Innovations to find entry into Indian markets. It was very delightful to discover interest from different stakeholders to embrace Nordics and promote NHI in strengthening our India-Nordic Startup communities.

We’re looking forward to a successful start for SmartUP, which is our India Market Entry Program for Nordic companies with smart society solutions and also to continue working with different stakeholders in setting up an Urban Innovation Lab.

Interested businesses may kindly reach out to our program manager arun@nordichub.in