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About Access2innovation

About our sustainable business developing 

The Access2innovation network was established in 2007 by DanChurchAid, North Denmark EU-Office, South Denmark European Office, Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the departments of Development and Planning and Energy Technology at Aalborg University.

The purpose was to show how Danish businesses in cooperation with NGO’s and knowledge institutions was able to create sustainable kommercielle solutions for the humanitarian sector.

On the basis of a series of succesfull partnerships in Africa, the Access2innovation association was established in 2015 by Danish Industry, Business Hub North Denmark, Danish Water, University of Aalborg, Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen, Danish Red Cross, WWF Denmark and the municipality of Aalborg.

The association was established on the basis of UN Global Compact to meet the demands for an assembling Danish innovation network for businesses, knowledge institutions, NGO’s and public authority.

The goal is to develope sustainable business for developing countries – especially in East Africa.


As a non-profit and member-based organisation, access2innovation aims to strengthen knowledge and development through commercial sustainable solutions targeting developing markets and relief aid.

Creating the innovation ecosystem for scalable SDG Partnerships between Denmark and developing countries.

In partnerships between businesses, investors, knowledge institutions, public and private trade associations og NGO’s Danish solutions and services are developed on site in Africa.

Our area of expertise is sustainable energy, agribusiness, water & sanitation, sustainable housing and ICT – mainly focused on East Africa.

What we do

Access2innovation is the Danish platform for innovative, sustainable, commercielle solustions for the emerging markets in Africa.

We offer danish business access to partnerships with NGO’s, investors and knowledge institutions. Furthermore we offer access to different finance opportunities, business understanding and technical insights on the basis of our many years of experience with African emerging markets.

Since 2007 we have supported over 85 partnerships by offering network, funding and expertise in innovation and business developing in Denmark and in Africa.

Read our last annual report (In Danish): 2022 Årsrapport Foreningen access2innovation

Read our statutes (In Danish): Vedtægter_access2innovation_godkendt 15-08-2023


Meet the secretariat

Access2innovation is organized in a secretariat with highly experienced and specialised employees.

We are seated in Copenhagen, Aalborg and Kampala, and have a representation in East Africa.

We have many years of practical and research based knowledge and experience with innovation, business developing, funding and creating partnerships – in Denmark and in African countries.


Meet the board members

The Access2innovation association board reflect the broad membership group and the associations goal of supporting Danish anchored innovation partnerships , that develops successful sustainable business, which results in growth and positive changes in both Denmark and Africa