Last week access2innovation brought 12 Danish companies to East Africa to look at sustainable business opportunities in Kenya and Tanzania.
The aim was to introduce Danish know-how and technology to the booming East African market and create a direct link between Danish suppliers and potential local customers.
The trip was targeting the energy and sector with companies working in various related fields; architecture, energy supply, modular building, construction, cooling, heating, water supply etc.
The synergy from the broad mix of participating sectors with different competences meant that the Danish companies were rapidly able to combine their solutions on-site and adapt rapidly to the concrete requests made by local partners and customers.
"The trip has provided us with valuable insights into what it takes to do business in Africa and the importance of being on the ground," says project manager Lise Bomholt Højgaard from MASH Biotech.
"It has given me many new interesting contacts and possibilities that I look forward to pursue," she says.
Urbanisation in East Africa is increasing rapidly and so is the demand for sustainable housing. In Tanzania alone, there is a housing deficit of 3.5 million units.
The market is enormous and all the participating companies experienced a high level of interest in their products.
One of the participating companies, PP Power, did a blog on the trip that can be read here: https://www.pp-power.com/blog/danida-delegation-tur-til-tanzania-og-kenya/