With support from Danish Industry Foundation access2innovation hosted two match making workshops in Copenhagen and Aalborg over the last weeks; presenting new concrete business cases within the humanitarian and relief aid sector.
The workshops attracted more than 50 participants from the private sector, civil society organisations, academia and local government.
The workshops are part of the programme “Deciphering the Relief Aid Market”.
So far, a number of concept notes have been developed, describing the potential business cases in collaboration with humanitarian NGOs.
“We have spend a lot of time with our partners from Red Cross, DanChurchAid and Danish Refugee Council to map out potential areas of interest to the private sector. I am very pleased that we have managed to identify relevant opportunities. We are already seing an intensive dialogue between the participants and a strong interest in moving ahead to further understand the opportunities and develop the needed solutions,” says Jacob Ravn from access2innovation.
Deciphering the Relief Market presents new funding opportunities for partnerships between academia, private companies and relief organisations.
UNICEF Supply Division Chief of Innovation Kristoffer Gandrup-Marino describes the challenges in cross-sector innovation for humanitarian organisations and access2innovations role as a broker between the sectors.