Quercus India

Quercus Group set up office in New Delhi in September 2017 to play an active part in making India's ambitious urban development agenda sustainable and inclusive. 

At a Glance

India is the world's largest democracy and on the brink of becoming the most populous country in the world. At the same time, high urban-isation rates are putting immense pressure on cities across the country. In response, the Government of India has put forth ambitious development plans, such as the 100 Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

Since establishing our permanent presence in India in September 2017, we have been striving to become the preferred partner for both public decision makers and private actors in advising them on adopting innovative technologies, building capacities and engaging stakeholders.

Context

Middle income India is strengthening its ties with the global economy and cementing its position as a dominant player for trade and investment. Amongst others, agribusiness, cleantech and urban development will be key sectors helping India realise its growth potential.

To drive the development in these sectors it is essential to have the most relevant technologies aggregated as a solution, to build the right capacities to manage and develop these solutions and finally to align and take on-board all stakeholders.

India represents tremendous opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth. However, a number of challenges must be addressed, including a low adoption rate of new technologies, boosting citizen engagement and including informal settlements (often referred to as 'slums') in urban planning efforts. In addition, India is a huge and very diverse country in numerous ways, which calls for a truly local and tailor-made approach to each project we undertake.   

Our presence on the ground lets us keep tabs of the latest trends within economic development and the ambitious Smart City agendas, as we work closely with local actors and key Danish organisations in India.

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Neelabh Singh

Neelabh is Partner at Quercus Group and heads the India operations from Copenhagen.

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We Offer

Both public and private actors can benefit from Quercus Group's mix of local and international experience when doing business in India.

 

Through our holistic approach to sustainable development, Quercus Group is working strategically with the public and the private sector, academia and civil society to ensure that developmental projects in India integrate a perspective of inclusion and sustainability in order to boost the success rate and social and economic impact created. Our services include:

For local stakeholders:

  • Studies and analysis such as techno-economic feasibility studies, Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) and more

  • Technology aggregation using Nordic solutions

  • Strategies and assistance for entry into the Scandinavian markets

  • Living Lab development - business model and organisational setup

  • Demand Led Innovation Brokerage (DLIB)

  • Fundraising

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation modules

  • Training modules, including: Green Growth training, Triple-Helix Cluster development, Citizen Engagement programmes and Public-Private Partnership models

For international stakeholders:

  • Market insights

  • Network and on-the-ground assistance

  • Go-to-market strategy advisory for the Indian market

  • Partner identification

  • Export promotion 

The Opportunity

Gateway to India's Smart Cities

SME project paves the way for Indo-Danish collaboration within sustainable urban development 

 

Asia House, in cooperation with Innovation Centre New Delhi and Quercus Group, are behind the project “Gateway to India’s Smart Cities”. The project is supported by The Danish Industry Foundation with over one million kroner and implemented by Asia House in cooperation with the Innovation Centre in New Delhi and Quercus Group.


40+ Danish SMEs have completed the process, the findings from the project will be available so that other companies, who want to be part of India’s valuable work in the future, can learn from these experiences.

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