Smart Green Innovation Platform
Gate 21 has received funding to create an innovation platform where municipalities, entrepreneurs and the education sector come together to develop smart city mobility solutions, IT infrastructure, urban spaces and public buildings, while at the same time creating new jobs and export opportunities. The initiative is called the ‘Smart Green Innovation Platform’.
The cities continue to grow, while rural areas are being depopulated and climate change continues to occur. There is every pressure on municipal resources. At the same time, new information and communication technologies are being developed at lightning speed. This creates opportunities for new solutions to community challenges. But what solutions are the smartest, and how can they help promote exports and job creation?
Gate 21’s experience from other projects shows that this is what the municipalities are still lacking.
The goal is a permanent platform
Gate 21 has sought and received 2.2 million Danish crowns in support from the Environmental Protection Agency’s project ‘Denmark’s Raw Material’ to develop ‘Smart Green Innovation Platform’ so that there will be a permanent, innovative forum for matchmaking, knowledge sharing and Public Private Innovation Cooperation. The project connects to existing projects in Gate 21 including ‘DOLL’ and ‘Copenhagen Smart City Lighthouse.’
Smart Green Innovation Platform will continue to focus on specific development needs and potential OPI projects.
The issues will be explored in cooperation with the participating municipalities in Spring 2016.
Creating jobs for ‘green gold’
A key part of the project is to create a platform or venue where problems meet solutions. The platform will act as a liaison between actors that do not usually share workspaces. In this way, the hope is that Gate 21’s partner group can find new solutions to community challenges in urban development, while being able to create growth and jobs.
The project will lead to people belonging to ‘green gold’, together with representatives from the ‘silver economy’. ‘Green gold’ may be workers who are outside the established labour market, such as entrepreneurs and recent graduates, but who have skills or entrepreneurial dreams within the areas of mobility, noise reduction, resource recycling and climate change adaptation.
The ’silver economy’ may be former executives and experts from academic and research institutions. The idea is that the ‘green gold’, with help from the ’silver economy’ and incubators, will have access to guidance, internships, graduate fellowships or appointments. The project expects to create at least 20 new jobs throughout the life of the project.
Smart Green Innovation Platform
Summary: ‘Smart Green Innovation Platform’ is a permanent, innovative forum for matchmaking, knowledge sharing and Public Private Innovation Cooperation. The aim is to promote green growth in the municipalities.
Partners: Gate 21, as well as interested Gate 21 partners.
Financing: Gate 21 has sought and received 2.2 million DKK in support from the Environmental Protection Agency’s project ‘Denmark’s Raw Material’. The total project budget is 2.6 million DKK.
Timeframe: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017
Contact: For more information contact Project Manager Hans Henrik Agger on email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +45 2615 3501.
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