According to reports, European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and CleanTuesday, the third largest cleantech network worldwide with chapters in 10 major cleantech countries, have now taken initiatives to bring in European cleantech to Indian market and vice versa.
As starter, EBTC, Clean Tuesday and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) are creating a digital platform to connect companies and organisations working in sectors like renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, water and rural development in India and EU, live.
“EBTC, which supports EU cleantech companies and researchers on their market entry to India by offering hands-on support in the early stages of expansion through a wide range of services, focusing on four key sectors – biotech, energy, environment and transport, has already successfully pushed through as many as 14 collaborations in these areas between Indian and EU companies. And this reflects that Kolkata is emerging as an attractive location for cleantech companies,” said Suman Lahiri, regional manager, EBTC.
“Digital platforms are the way forward for bringing more EU business and research in order to tap Indian opportunities, especially in the eastern and north-eastern regions, which offer substantial opportunities to grow in a low carbon development trajectory. Activities on innovative digital platforms are increasingly opening avenues for EU-India collaborations, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, which face a time and cost constrain. This is a cost-effective and efficient way for SMEs to internationalise, and can help SMEs to bypass barriers and inefficiencies prevailing in the international markets,” said Lahiri.
EBTC and its partners are already in the process of developing this innovative platform for connecting businesses and researchers and opening avenues for internationalisation, like the recently launched European Technology Experience Centre (ETEC), a physical and virtual platform for connecting European technologies and Indian opportunities.
David Dornbusch, president, CleanTuesday, said that clean technology needs to be promoted as a globalised business, as issues and solutions are everywhere and actors on the cleantech scene must connect on a global scale. CleanTuesday increasingly connects communities through organising live events, which join startups, large companies, investors and local authorities globally – from India, to France, as well as Ireland, Sweden, and more, he said.