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Denmark opens new innovation centre in Israel today

October 27, 2016
Denmark opens a new innovation centre in Tel Aviv today. The centre will strengthen Danish innovation, research, growth, and employment.

 - I am pleased that today we are opening the seventh Danish innovation centre, says Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen who continues:  

- Israel is among the OECD countries that invest the most in research and development. And it is internationally recognised for its active and vibrant start-up environment. There are many opportunities for Danish companies, and research and educational institutions to enter into partnerships, exchange knowledge and create innovation with some of the very best research and innovation environments in Israel.

In conjunction with the opening of the new innovation centre, the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science is launching an action plan to strengthen knowledge collaboration with Israel. The action plan contains 12 concrete initiatives. The new innovation centre will play a key role in implementing the action plan.  

- Israel offers strong research and innovation environments particularly within the fields of health and green energy. The Danish innovation centre will improve the opportunities for Danish companies and researchers to collaborate even closer with these attractive environments for the benefit of Danish research, innovation and growth, says Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs.

The official opening of the centre will take place on Danish soil – at Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen. Invited guests from research and educational environments, as well as the business community, will get a taste of the innovation potential in Israel. The two ministers, as well as a number of Danish and Israeli speakers will offer their views on how strategic international research-, innovation-, and education partnerships can help  increase growth and development in Denmark.

About the Danish innovation centres - Innovation Centre Denmark

  • Innovation Centre Denmark is a collaboration between the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to the centre in Tel Aviv, Denmark has innovation centres in Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Munich, Sao Paulo, New Delhi and Seoul. The innovation centres are tasked with  providing local assistance  to Danish companies, and research and education institutions looking to access foreign knowledge, networks, technology, capital, and markets.
  • In 2015, an external evaluation of the innovation centres found that 50 percent of users would not have achieved the same results without the assistance of the centres. The innovation centres work closely with Invest in Denmark and help to promote Danish research and innovation environments with the aim of attracting foreign investments to Denmark.

For further information please contact:

Press Secretary Kristina Mie Hansen, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, tel: +45 7231 8012, kmh@ufm.dk
Head of Division Gitte Agerhus, Ministry og Higher Education and Science, tel. +45 7231 8250, gha@fi.dk
Press Advisor Dorte Bryde Mikkelsen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, tel: +45 5077 8698, dortmi@um.dk



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