The conference “SAVE THE WORLD. MAKE MONEY. REPEAT.” on August 23rd and 24th in Aalborg, Denmark, sets out to initiate new sustainable commercial innovation targeting market opportunities in the emerging markets in Africa and the humanitarian assistance. With participation from private sector, civil society organisations, universities and government institutions the event will set the stage for:

  • High-level discussions on commercial relief driven innovation
  • Parallel sessions presenting new viable business cases within water & sanitation, health, sustainable energy, ICT, aqua culture, housing and agribusiness.
  • Plenary sessions on Danish and international funding opportunities 
Exhibitions of developed solutions meeting the demands from relief aid and emerging markets in developing countries
  • Best practice and lessons learned from established partnerships between private sector, civil society organisations, academia and government institutions
  • Networking and bilateral meetings between civil society organisations, private sector and research institutions to discuss future collaboration

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Participation is free of charge for everyone, but a no-show fee of 300 Dkr will be charged by signed-up participants who fail to show up.

Prior to the conferences, access2innovation will be publishing a series of new business case concept notes that will allow you to get insight into the business opportunities and identify organisations and partners that you would like to link up with during the event.

Confirmed speakers:
Kristian Jensen, Danish minister of Foreign Affairs
Thomas Kastrup Larsen
, mayor of Aalborg
Andreas Kamm, secretary general, Danish Refugee Council
Jakob Kjeldsen, director, Confederation of Danish Industry
Kim Nøhr Skibsted, group vice president, Grundfos
Jakob Harbo,head of international support, Danish Red Cross
Lars Døvling Andersen, associate dean, faculty of science and engineering, Aalborg University
Shaun Hazeldine, innovation lead, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Arne Remmen, professor, institute of planning science and engineering, Aalborg University and chairman of the access2innovation board
Jacob Ravn, PhD, CEO, access2innovation association
Raymond Guthrie, Senior Investment Partner, Global Innovation Fund
Anders Aalbaek, CEO, ABI Trust
Kristian Sloth Petersen, managing director, Bestseller Foundation
Carsten Tilm, Danish Sun Energy
Lars Bendix, Farm Mountain Coffee
Carsten Nico Portefeè Hjortsø, Copenhagen University
Heidi Ann Jørgensen, DanChurchAid
Elijah Muli, Red Cross Kenya
Malene Pontoppidan, Danish Red Cross
Agnete Schønau, WWF Denmark
Flemming Pedersen, DMS Africa
Sara Ballan, Confederation of Danish Industry
Marie Louise Larsen, Confederation of Danish Industry
Niels Henrik Johansen, CEO, EnviClean
Peter Kjær, head of Master of Disaster, Copenhagen University
Katrin Harvey, REEEP
Morten Elkjær, DANIDA
Erik Johnson, head of Humanitarian response, DanChurchAid
Jan Linnet, chief sales and technology officer, DanOffice
Trine Angeline Sig, CEO, Real Relief Health
Henrik Holmskov, Viborg Municipality
Rasmus Stuhr Jakobsen, Danish Refugee Council
Jesper Ranch Nielsen, Danish Red Cross
Anton Villadsen, Griffin People
Morten Högnesen, DanChurchAid
Marie Gad, Confederation of Danish Industry
Jacob Petersen, DanOffice
Kristian Hegner Reinau, Aalborg University
Klaus Nørskov, Danish Red Cross
Rasoul Mikkelsen, director, global partnerships, Grundfos
Kristoffer Gandrup-Marino, chief of innovation, UNICEF

New business cases from:
Red Cross
Danish Refugee Council
Private sector and academia members

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