Creating Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster

In 2010, Quercus Group Founder and CEO, Nicolai Rottbøll, established and ran the CCC - Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (today CLEAN, one of Denmark's major green industry organisations), which received the RegioStars Award 2016 for best European project.

The CCC was created in recognition of the need to establish a coordinating body for the next big industrial trend in Denmark - the cleantech revolution. International focus on Copenhagen and political support, combined with a lack of coordination between initiatives and industry players, helped drive motivation for setting up the CCC. At the time, this was Denmark's largest cluster project and ranked among the top 5 cleantech clusters globally. The cluster thus represented 29 public authorities, 46 knowledge institutions, 748 companies and some 120,000 employees.

The 'Triple Helix' organisational approach (of public organisations, private companies and knowledge institutions) of the CCC was to be technology neutral, demand driven, politically neutral and 'born global'. The cluster's key activities was, among others, to support innovation and entrepreneurship among startups and facilitate international outreach and collaboration and test and demonstration projects.

During the first five years of Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster’s existence, the CCC managed to create 1096 jobs, attract 12 foreign companies to Denmark, support 126 start-up companies to new growth, facilitate 64 new research collaborations and 38 new company-to-company collaborations.

Since 2012 Quercus Group has advised and trained cluster organisations from more than 25 countries and our expertise spans from developing new cluster initiatives from scratch, revitalising existing cluster initiatives e.g. through a strategy process and scoping cluster-to-cluster collaborations. Services include support to ensure clarity and momentum in different phases, including; developing the scope, vision, strategy, organisational setup, financial models and business models, communication and evaluation.


Quercus Group has assisted cluster development in the areas of cleantech, food, transport- and logistics, agribusiness, ICT and creative industries.

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