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Dutch Companies and Knowledge Institutions form Collaboration to Expand into India

October 4th 2018 - 10:50

On 4 October 2018, a consortium of Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO) signed a collaboration agreement ‘Partners for International Business’ (PIB). The agreement can lead to great opportunities for Dutch businesses in the Indian market.

The consortium consists of eight companies –Fox-IT, Group 2000, Crosspring, Global Business Academy, Enterprise Summit, E2-Labs, Newgen Payments and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies—as well as Innovation Quarter and HSD Foundation. Three education institutions –Delft University of Technology, Leiden University of Applied Sciences and The Hague University of Applied Science—are directly involved as collaboration partners. From the Dutch government, the Dutch Embassy and RvO will be playing an important role in making the consortium a success.

This PIB focuses on specific segments within the overall cyber security market in India: Cyber Security, Training and Education as well as Knowledge Exchange for Internet of Things (IoT) and Protection of Critical Infrastructures (CI) both in Government as the private sector. The focus on IoT and (mostly) government-controlled CI like energy, drinking water, telecommunications, as well as financial services (banking) is important because there are significant opportunities for new business deals in these fields. The PIB will focus initially on the states Telangana (Hyderabad) and Karnataka (Bangalore) extending when feasible to the rest of States in India.

The PIB will be guided by a liaison in India, in close collaboration with the Dutch Embassy. The daily coordination of the programme will be in the hands of HSD Office. HSD Office will be the linking pin towards RVO, the Dutch Embassy in India and the participants of the Cyber Security cluster. Together they will arrange that the consortium will be part of trade missions, matchmaking events, knowledge exchange opportunities and collaborative presentations at conferences.

Municipality of The Hague

Since 2015, contacts with India have been developed via the municipality of The Hague and its many partners, amongst others HSD. The objective of this PIB is to further develop and strengthen the business relations that were build earlier and were made official during the Dutch trade mission to India from 22 -25 May 2018 and which included collaborations with the Hyderabad Security Cluster and the Center of Excellence Karnataka. This PIB is a direct outcome of this.

Partners for International Business (PIB)

Partners for International Business is a programme of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO) commissioned by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Michel Rademaker is the deputy Director of HCSS. He has fifteen years of hands-on experience as an officer in The Royal Netherlands Army, where he held various military operational and staff posts and also served a term in former Yugoslavia. He has a masters degree obtained at the University of Tilburg. After leaving the armed forces, Mr.