Smart City

US city stakeholders open to collaborate with EU tech companies

US city

As well as in Europe, US cities are struggling with the challenges of urbanization and sustainability. A preparatory mission to the east coast of the US learned us that US city stakeholders are open to collaborate with EU tech companies to solve city challenges.

by DSP  Valley

For the moment, DSP Valley is preparing a mission to the east coast of the USA. This mission is taking place from September 15 to September 20, 2019. The exploratory talks DSP Valley, together with partners from SmartCityTech, had in New York and Boston last October are part of this preparation. Key conclusion of these talks is that US city stakeholders are open to collaborate with EU tech companies to build and implement solutions to city challenges. However, as in Europe, selling technology solutions requires time to build a trust relationship with potential customers. Therefore overseas business takes time, needs preparation and a structured approach. As cluster organization, DSP Valley sees it as its duty to support its members in these overseas activities.

Screening collaboration opportunities

The preparatory mission of October was setup to gather information on smart city opportunities on the US East Coast and lead to some specific first results which will flavor the September 2019 mission at which you are able to participate. In both New York city and Boston key US stakeholders will be involved to prepare for matchmaking activities, workshops and visits. The New York City Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology officer is screening collaboration opportunities in NYc. Besides that NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is prepared to connect EU companies with stakeholders from New York, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester. The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) will host the EU delegation during the Horizon 19 conference in Boston, a global solutions platform for the clean economy. EU representations in New York city such as Flanders Investment & Trade, Belcham and the Swedish Chambre of Commerce will also be involved. Together with native service providers they will support the EU stakeholders who will further elaborate on business opportunities.

For technology companies with urbanization and sustainability solutions, our September 2019 mission is a unique opportunity.

Are you a technology company involved in solutions for renewable energy and smart grid, water treatment, cleantech, manufacturing, mobility and buildings? Then joining our September mission to the US might be a unique opportunity.

Are you interested or would you like to know more? Contact Mark De Colvenaer.