Successful businesses will be able to take part in market briefings, visit other cities and pitch to potential customers, partners and investors
Innovate UK has made a call for leading edge SMEs to apply to take part in a major UK-India smart cities initiative.
The Connected Cities Mission (6-12 November 2016) aims to give UK entrepreneurs a chance to gain a foothold into the multi-billion pound smart cities market in India.
The mission is a joint initiative between Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade (DIT), Enterprise Europe Network, and the Future Cities Catapult and will form part of a series of UK-India missions organised by DIT to tie in with the India-UK Tech Summit.
Successful businesses will be able to participate in the India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi, to take part in market briefings, visit other cities including Pune and Kochi, and to pitch to potential customers, partners and investors. And opportunities are likely to be offered in the areas of: waste management; the circular economy; water and waste water management; hygiene; greater access to open public spaces and pedestrian friendly infrastructure; and intelligent transport.
“India is currently approximately 30 per cent urbanised,” said Niraj Saraf, mission lead at Innovate UK. “What that’s likely to mean is that between now and 2050, some 600 million people will move into cities so the challenges, and the opportunities, are massive. A smart cities programme is under way which will see India develop 100 smart cities.
“UK companies are at the forefront of innovation in smart cities technologies,” Saraf continued. “The opportunities for UK entrepreneurs and SMEs are therefore very significant and I’d urge those interested in developing ties to the Indian smart cities market to apply for this mission.”
This latest mission follows a successful Connected Cities Mission to South East Asia in March 2016 where 10 businesses were able to showcase their expertise and make connections which are already generating value, said Innovate UK.
For more information go to: www.events.ukti.gov.uk/connected-cities-trade-delegation/
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