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Open Call Announcement: Build Back Circular

October 9, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Green buildings, New York


This week, Danish Cleantech Hub and BLOXHUB have made an open call announcement. Together, they have developed the challenge “Build Back Circular” which aims at connecting American companies or organizations, that have a challenge within the built industry, to be matched up with Nordic companies that have expertise and know-how within circular construction.

By conjoining American companies with Nordic, it will create a Transatlantic platform that connects the Nordic circular solutions with the visions of New York.

Lotte Breengaard, Program Director at BLOXHUB says:
“With this program, we are able to put action behind our intentions and offer a very specific opportunity to match Nordic ideas, brainpower and know-how with a visionary New York player”.


To read more on the challenge, click HERE or visit BLOXHUB’s website for the announcement HERE.

For further questions or information, please feel free to reach out to Tone Søndergaard, Director, Danish Cleantech Hub New York, at tone@di.dk.

Join the Danish Interior Design Network for USA

October 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York

Thrive Through Inspiration

This network have one aim: to further enable Danish design companies to succeed in the US market place. In an informative and precompetitive setting, network members have the chance to discuss specific topics with peers, pick up on useful tools and gain knowledge without sharing company sensitive content. Industry experts and Danish based organizations such as Lifestyle Design Cluster, Creative Denmark and Danish Design Center will actively interact and share knowledge and initiatives that can support Danish companie’s efforts in the US.

Potential Meeting Topics:

  • COVID-19 and sales
  • Circularity and sustainability
  • Commodity vs. exclusivity
  • Partners search and selection
  • E-commerce and contracts
  • A shared Danish narrative
  • Press and media coverage
  • Design collaborations
  • Sales, data and digitalization
  • Human resource management
  • Renting models

Network Meetings

Each network meeting has a new topic. The network meets 4 times a year in New York City, with the option to join virtually.

Meeting dates (TBC):

Next meetings are tentatively scheduled for

  • 27 May 2021
  • 26 August 2021
  • 17 November 2021

Network Participants

Participants are strategic decision makers related to company activities in the US, either located in Denmark or the US. Likely with responsibility for topics such as business development, sales or communication.

Read the introduction to the network her. 

Register to Join the Network


To learn more please feel free to reach out to Tone Søndergaard, Director at Danish Cleantech Hub in New York


+1 (917) 912 7577



Metal powder for 3D printing will help heavy industry recycle metal parts

October 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Germany, New York

With Support from Innovation Fund Denmark

Grand Solutions is the program by Innovation Fund Denmark which has supported Nordisk Staal in creating their new powder solution. This solution has been developed in close collaboration with The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), LEGO and other large international industrial giants as associated partners. The goal has been to develop a new and stronger metal powder for Additive Manufacturing – a manufacturing technology where items are built up layer upon layer, such as 3D printing. Nordisk Staal has previously manufactured steel parts via a spray-forming technique. The new product is produced from excess metal powder formed during this production technique and thus also taps in to notions of circular economy and reuse of waste materials.

Read the full press release here (in Danish).

Internationalizing New Innovations

Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich and New York are now working together with The Nordisk Staal Group to explore international opportunities for their new steel powder solution. The new high quality powder is likely to be very useful for international industrial sectors with 3D prints tools and machine parts. This collaboration has been made possible by the Access Cities project.


To learn more please feel free to reach out to:

Tone Søndergaard, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in New York tone@di.dk

Robert Perz, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich ropp@di.dk


The New York Smart City Roadmap Is Now Available For Download

October 1, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Smart city


For the past 10 years, NYC has been a leader when it comes to smart city technology and with the aim to be an equitable city, it has developed a set of ambitious targets for the city as well as smart city projects in collaboration with residents and companies.

One of the largest developments can be found within smart lighting. Investments such as: 500K street lights to be replaced in NYC by smart LED lights by 2025, $7.5M in funding for Smart Street Lighting NYC and $104.1B NYC citywide investments planned between 2020-2029, create a demand for the best, well-tested and innovative solutions.

The US can sometimes appear very complex for foreign companies to enter, but with the new Smart City roadmap, Access Cities and Danish Cleantech Hub New York aim to provide a transparent and easy-to-read guide and overview to foreign smart city solution providers.

Among many things, the roadmap includes an overview of:

  • Top 3 Smart City Trends
  • Top 5 US Smart Cities to keep an eye on
  • New York City’s Smart City visions
  • An overview of must-know New York City customers
  • Tips and trick to entry New York City faster
  • …. and even more



One way of understanding a market potential for foreign companies, is to identify a local challenge within a city. The idea behind participating in a local challenge is to fast track companies’ market entry by applying specific solutions to solve the challenges in collaboration with private developers, City agencies and so on.

If you are a Danish start-up or SME, you are invited to join Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate 21s new challenge program.


Join the NYC Smart Lighting Challenge! Danish Cleantech Hub in New York and Gate 21 have teamed up with a challenge owner in NYC (International Nighttime Design Initiative, VOREA Group and Long Island City Partnership) and are now looking for participants to join the program, which includes participation in a solution workshop in Copenhagen and a virtual pitch finale, where the participants gets an opportunity to pitch their solution towards a panel of NYC public and private purchasers.

The program is developed for Danish companies that produces smart intelligent outdoor light components and producers of Smart City solutions and participation is FREE.

Seats are limited. Register for the program here


Climate Week NYC: Denmark and New York will Build Back Greener

September 25, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city

Green recovery strategies will create sustainable growth

During Climate Week NYC 2020, high-level speakers from both sides of the Atlantic gathered to discuss green recovery and public-private commitment to the advanced green transition and the speakers were invited to rethink partnerships as a vehicle to accelerate the green transition and growth. With more than 1000 registered participants, moderated by Connie Hedegaard, chairman for CONCITO, speakers discussed topics such as partnerships as a way to support innovation, growth and job creation and as a way to spur investments in sustainability.

Among the speakers were Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen and Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul, and they agreed on the level of ambition towards the green transition by underlining the commitments by Denmark and New York State.

“We continue to continue pursuing our climate policies. We are not wavering. We understand the threat of climate change – and we’re doing something about it, building back greener, investing heavily in renewable energy, etc.” Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul

“We are firmly committed that we will get through the Covid-19 crisis. The climate crisis has a more permanent character, requiring fundamental societal changes”, Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities

Global frontrunners

Denmark and New York are both global frontrunners in the green transition. Denmark has been on a green road since the 70’s and New York established itself as a global beacon in the field with their commitment to the Paris Agreement, when President Trump announced his plan for the United States to exit the agreement in 2017. Many similarities can be found between Denmark and New York and they provide an opportunity to increase collaboration further and increase private sector involvement to accelerate innovation and the green transition.

While Covid-19 has created high instability, both social and economically world-wide, it is time to involve, and rethink structure of society and methods to overcome the impact of Covid-19 while pursuing a green recovery. Ali Zaidi, Deputy Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance states:

“The more we build things together with everybody at the table, the more we will reinforce our collective climate change mitigation efforts”

Public-private partnerships as a vehicle for combatting climate change

Green and sustainable transition is discussed across New York during the Climate Week and companies are an essential part of the solution. Green knowhow is very sought-after and the climate week is a unique platform for Danish companies because sustainable cities start with sustainable solutions. Many Danish companies have cracked the code for how solutions can be adapted and scaled in new markets, with a focus on tailoring solutions to a city’s specific needs.

“By now it’s clear there’s no silver bullet solution to accelerating the green transition. It requires playing on the full keyboard of climate actions.  What role do partnerships play in such circumstances? What are the most important components to mainstream innovative green technologies or in finding new ways of attacking the challenge?”, Jens Birgersson, President and CEO, ROCKWOOL International

Did you miss the event?

It’s not too late! Read more about the event and speakers here.

Or watch the virtual event Build Back Greener: Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships here.

Smart City and Lighting Solution Providers: Interested in the US Market? Help Solve a NYC Smart Lighting Challenge

September 24, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Smart city, Urban planning


New York and its municipalities are on a mission to improve public services through the installation of Intelligent outdoor light as part of the “Smart Street Lighting NY” program. It has created an opportunity for Danish startups and SMEs to demonstrate coherent and solid multifunctional intelligent LED light solutions. Solutions, that are not only energy efficient, but also improves connectivity, public health and safety. So, are you a Danish based Lighting company, or maybe you produce the new smart application that New York’s municipalities need to hear about? Then this challenge program might be something for you!


To solve the challenge – the Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate21 have developed a program for Danish SMEs to encourage participation in solving the challenge. The program is a unique opportunity for you, to explore a new market and gain insights about potential partners, buyers and local market opportunities. Also, it provides you with an opportunity to pitch your solutions directly to the challenge owner, as well as other American public and private purchasers based on NYC.

The program is divided into two parts:
1) A day where we learn more about how to access the American lighting and Smart City-market, followed by a solution workshop to prepare for the pitch finale
2) A day with the opportunity to pitch your solution to a panel consisting of the challenge owners and other American public and private purchasers based on NYC.

Check out the program of the solution workshop day and the pitch finale HERE.


The challenge has been submitted by The VOREA Group, Long Island City Partnership and the International Nighttime Design Initiative and the goal is to turn the Campus at 12th street in Long Island City (NYC) into a viable and vibrant neighborhood hub for the community. With strategic implementation of smart lighting systems, that bring people together, the Campus at 12th Street is primed to be an iconic destination for Long Island City and across the five boroughs. Among others, the challenge owners wish to:

  • Attract customers to retail and hospitality offerings at night
  • Connectivity of campus
  • Safe outdoor space for community during COVID-19
  • Increase activity on sidewalks
  • Better street lighting

The challenge owners ask solution providers to propose two living lab themes within their pitch: 1) a showcase of best practice public lighting – beyond the street pole Lumiere typical and 2) facilitate community-based research such as surveys, interviews, quantitative counts etc., to understand how visitors can be attracted both new and old, how to attract new tenants and much more.

Through out the next week, Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate21 will collaborate with the challenge owners to prepare the challenge for the solution workshop day where it will be presented.


Participation in the program is free and developed for Danish SMEs that produce smart outdoor lighting components and producers of smart city solutions.

Register HERE or reach out to Mille Munksgaard from Danish Cleantech Hub at mimu@di.dk or Maja Yhde from Gate21 at maja.yhde@gate21.dk if you have any questions.



Seeking Smart Lighting Challenge Owners in NYC

September 9, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York, Smart city

What we are looking for:

Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate21 are seeking NYC based actors, who are interested in innovative smart city solutions related to smart lighting. Challenge owners can be public agencies, building owners or developers, architects, engineering business, management companies etc. Essentially anyone involved in designing, suppling, developing or managing smart city technologies across the City.

The challenge itself can take many forms. For instance, you could have a space, a process or a design where smart lighting solutions could be applicable. Do not be afraid to be creative!

Why we do it:

Cities worldwide are increasingly realizing that urban lighting can provide solutions to overcome major challenges facing our societies such as environmental footprint, lacking digital infrastructures, increased costs and public well-being and safety. Many questions remain open for Cities that seek to develop forward-thinking lighting strategies, as they look for solutions to create the best Cities. The arrival of new technologies to the market, as well as the smart potentials lighting can now offer, triggers new questions to which Cities need solid and reliable answers, and well-tested solutions.

The challenge program:

Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate21 have developed a NYC Smart Lighting Challenge Program to connect NYC challenge owners with Danish smart lighting solutions. The program is a pilot, to test how open international challenge calls can be accelerated to inspire actors in the field and to come up with the best and most innovative solutions. The challenge program is divided into three steps:

  1. Launch of challenge and program at the Nordic Edge conference on September 23th 2020.
  2. Solution workshop in Denmark with participating Danish SMEs on November 4th 2020.
  3. Pitch finale on November 23th 2020 (date TBC)

Your commitment:

We expect all participants to be excited about smart lighting solutions. Participation in the call is free to challenge owners and the time consumption is expected to be approximately three hours in total including Q&A session to define challenge in detail with the facilitators (approx. 2 hours) and participation in the virtual pitch finale (one hour).

If you do not have a specific challenge, we welcome panelists in the panel for the pitch finale. Please send an email to Mille Munksgaard at mimu@di.dk to participate as a panelist.

Get involved:

Do you have a challenge or site that can be used for the program or do you want to register as a panelist? Send an email to Mille Munksgaard, mimu@di.dk today! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Deadline for submitting a challenge is September 16th 2020.

Open Innovation Call leads the way to the US market for Danish NOVENCO Building & Industry

September 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York, Smart city

New ways to enter new markets faster

In September 2019, NOVENCO was selected among the finalists to provide the best climate solutions for New York City in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call on air quality. NOVENCO came second in the competition and has since collaborated with the Danish Cleantech Hub in New York to seize the opportunities that arose from the finale pitch.

“Our participation in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call has been a unique opportunity to present our sustainable products and energy-efficient solutions broadly to relevant participants in NYC.” John Boss, Senior Product Manager, NOVENCO Building & Industry.

Helping Cities solve challenges

As a part of the Open Innovation Call in New York, Access Cities partner, Danish Cleantech Hub, collaborated with several of the City agencies. The goal was to find sustainable solutions to the air quality challenges in New York City and the city to reach its ambitious climate targets by 2030.

“The Access Cities Open Innovation Call provided New York City with the opportunity to bring together a panel of experts to discuss the important topics of air quality and urban heat vulnerability. The Access Cities Challenge made it possible to hold essential conversations on these topics across agencies — conversations that provided us with the chance to evaluate new ideas and technologies that could tackle these problems with novel approaches. We look forward to continuing to explore ways to test the many solutions this Challenge brought to light.” Paul Rothman, Director, Smart Cities + IoT Lab.

Green sustainable solutions in high demand

Attracting the New York City agencies attention was especially the technically advanced NOVENCO ZerAx fan. The fan has unmatched efficiencies of up to 92%, low sound levels and is in 98% recyclable after its lifetime of 20+ years, which all in all harmonized with the need for sustainable and low maintenance solutions. It is this kind of technology that can help New York City deliver on one of the world’s most ambitious energy efficiency and greenhouse-gas-emission-reduction regulations.

Join the next Open Innovation Call

Access Cities is an international project across public and private sectors, which aims to strengthen sustainable urban development in five project cities: New York City, Singapore, Munich and the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. Through the project, Danish small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) are invited to participate in upcoming Open Innovation Calls in Munich and Singapore and to engage in a handheld process delivered through up to 70 hours of free consultancy.

Sign up for the Access Cities newsletter to receive the latest news or check out the Access Cities website.

Registration is now open: Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships

August 31, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city

Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships, is a unique transatlantic event, which aims to create a platform for the discussions around a green economic recovery and the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ commitments to the sustainable transition in the shadow of Covid-19. Instead of simply reinventing an outdated economic model, countries, cities, and companies must look towards green recovery strategies to create sustainable growth that is beneficial for the climate, the economy, and our health.

Climate Week New York, is an opportunity for climate experts, political decision-makers and industry leaders to discuss the road to a green and sustainable transition and by joining forces, Danish Cleantech Hub, NYSERDA and State of Green provide a platform, for the participants to share insights across sectors on how to proceed in response to Covid-19, and how to ensure a green, sustainable transition through partnerships.

Register for the event and find more information about the program HERE.

Covid-19 Monitoring the Situation Internationally: Reopening and Improvement of Labor Market

August 17, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York

The Market Situation

The US is seeing improvements in the labor market reflecting the continued resumption of economic activity that was cut due to COVID-19. The US states have started to reopen in different speed and with different effect. Unfortunately, the reopening is not happening as fast as hoped due to a new spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.

In total four relief packages have been adopted, totaling the collective relief to $3,000 billion. In addition, the US Federal Reserve has set up loan programs to provide $2,300 billion in economic support to companies. The relief and support plans are important steps in attempt to stabilize the situation and rescuing a distressed business community. A new relief package was expected over the summer, but fell to the ground in August. Instead President Trump signed an executive order to partially extend the USD 600 per week federal unemployment benefit that expired 31 July.

Doing business in the US?

For further information about the situation in the US please see the latest report from the Confederation of Danish Industry. This report provides a selection of information on essential developments related to the Corona crisis in the US. As for now, reports are also available on the situation in China, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Sweden.

For comments or questions please feel free to contact Louis Funder, US General Manager, at lfk@di.dk