About this blog

This blog is focussed on connecting new and innovation technologies, that solve global problems, societal challenges and address the UNSDGs, to markets to accelerate tech access and deployment globally.

Global Business Inroads(GBI ) has been facilitating tech access and deployment for energy, environment, climate change, health, agritech/biotech areas for over a decade and we are now keen to scale our actions. One of the ways is to educate tech adopters/markets about technologies and tech innovators about markets/ tech deployment ecosystem. There is no lack of technologies and markets/needs, but the issue lies in between – how do we get the technologies to the markets, adapt and develop the appropriate business models, scale demand to reduce costs, localise and so on and so forth. Through our solidified commitment for since its inception in (2009), GBI has assisted over 200+ firms in various capacities including viability assessments for market access, partnership analysis, technology uptake facilitation and market analysis.

While we have focussed on action, we now plan to add education and capacity building via this blog and online platform Global Technology Interface . Let’s share and learn about what’s out there, what can we use, how can we drive change. Watch out for the technologies and companies we feature, the markets and how they are growing, challenges and opportunities for technology deployment. The upcoming blog of this series will give the readers an insight on the prevailing solid waste management scenario in India and subsequent Indian market opportunities

“There are two areas that are changing - these are information technology and medical technology. Those are the things that indicate that the world will be very different twenty years from how we know it today.”   Bill Gates  
Biological diversity is the infrastructure that supports life on our planet: the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink are only possible as long as we have healthy biodiversity-rich species and ecosystem diversity. The latest data shows that we are on the brink of crossing ecological boundaries and reaching tipping points in climate and ecosystems that might accelerate planetary destabilisation. Even though we repr...
As global sustainability movements gain traction, start-ups can now consider taking advantage of vast prospects in the circular economy, which calls for the reuse, recycling, and refurbishment of natural resources. India's circular economy prospects are estimated to be worth $500 billion in areas such as agriculture, food, drinks, metals, mining, and electronics. The circular economy is based on three principles: waste reduction, pollution reduction, and environmental regeneration. Inventions...
The growing share of variable Renewable Energy Sources (RES), such as solar and wind, demands a more flexible energy system to ensure that the variable RES is integrated in an efficient and reliable manner. One of the potential solutions to increase renewable energy system flexibility is by including energy storage systems (ESS). ESS helps to stabilize fluctuations in demand and supply side by allowing excess electricity to be saved in large quantities over different time periods. Energy stor...
India is looking forward to the year 2022 as the year promises to carry the burden of changing realities, aspirations and challenges flourishing in its milieu amidst the pandemic. As the country stands at the precipice of rapid growth post the pandemic with its green restart strategies, all eyes are set on the manufacturing sector to spearhead this growth and the move towards sustainability. In 2022, India’s investment ou...
Energy plays a vital role in the economic growth of any country. Current energy supplies in the world are unsustainable from environmental, economic, and societal standpoints. All over the world, governments have initiated the use of alternative sources of energy for ensuring energy security, generating employment, and mitigating CO? emissions. Biofuels have emerged as an ideal choice to meet these requirements.
Green hydrogen, an environmentally friendly gas, has recently piqued the interest of some of the world’s top firms and governments as they seek to transition to a more sustainable source of energy. Green hydrogen, as one of the cleanest forms of energy on the planet, is one of the ultimate solutions for achieving net-zero emissions. Electrolysis is used to manufacture the gas, which is powered by electricity supplied from rene...
Tech and Innovation to solve global and local challenges   Bringing innovation into the primary sector of the economy significantly boosts development and ensures technological advancements reach the bottom of the pyramid thereby creating a strong foundation. &nb...
Cryptocurrencies have amassed huge amounts of attention during the last few years. The attracted attention and high volatility in the crypto market might have also been the reason for many investors in cryptocurrency, to accumulate millions and even billions of dollars in a matter of few months. From billionaire's tweets about the coins sending people on social media into a frenzy to central banks weighing down with huge bans, cryptocurrencies have been under the...
In retrospect, the year 2021 shall always be remembered and recalled as a landmark and path breaking year for the Indian startup ecosystem and the whole craze of these new-era businesses to shun their private labels and outlooks and go public. 2021 opened up a whole new avenue for investments not only for the start-ups but also for the public markets and the crores of retail investors.  
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate and grow on an international scale. The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide with over 3000 experts and the Global Business Inroads (GBI) is the business cooperation center of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in India. The network expert groups cover all key economic sectors,...
India has fostered the ambitious plan to create a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2025. To achieve this humungous goal, the country is largely focussing on knowledge economy-led development. Knowledge-based activities add significant value to the economy and accelerate GDP growth. Key knowledge drivers include innovation, R&D, human capital, intellectual property and intensive formation of new specialisations.  
Market Development / Market Access Programs play a critical role in international trade development and bilateral relations. These programs work both ways, inbound and outbound and would typically cover introductions to the local ecosystem and follow a programmed structure that allows you to make valuable connections, which otherwise may take some time to navigate around. Inbound programs help companies in site selection, scouting l...
The Indian automotive industry is the fifth largest in the world and is slated to be the third largest by 2030. Catering to a vast domestic market, reliance on the conventional modes of fuel intensive mobility will not be sustainable. By making the shift towards electric vehicles (EVs), India stands to benefit on many fronts: it has a relative abundance of renewable energy resources and availability of skilled manpower in the techno...
The issue of water scarcity affects every family in India, but its wastage also begins from every house. As per the reports published by the Niti Aayog, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, India faces an ongoing challenge of providing adequate water for residential and industrial consumption and it has been forecasted that the country’s water supply will meet only half of demand by 2030. Most of us think that the water shortage is a “government problem”. It’s h...
Investors and VCs have always been epi-centric in their approach and are focusing on the local industry. Investors as we know in the past have avoided foreign markets to minimalize any risks in terms of political, legal, and administrative means but have also had very little understanding of the economies and benefits of what is capable beyond border collaborations. With few Silicon Valley VCs who have reimagined investments and have taken a leap to invest beyond...
High demographic growth, runaway urbanisation and sustained economic and industrial growth are just some of the many changes India is currently undergoing that have resulted in a sharp rise in the demand for water and the production of waste.  India’s waste management crisis is looming over the country. While there has been a lot of focus on waste segregation and cleanliness, the core problems of India’s waste management continue to remain side-lined. Urban local bodi...
The role and intervention of private sector in municipal solid waste management is growing rapidly in the country. The initial attempts of large-scale private sector participation kicked off sometime during mid-1990s in few progressive metro cities like Chennai, Hyderabad etc., aimed at achieving operational efficiency gains with managerial capability of private sector, however it was limited to specific components of collection, transportation and road sweeping in the entire...
  IoT is fundamentally changing the way we do business. By connecting devices and sensors to the internet, we are entering an age where data analytics, connectivity, and automation are creating innovations and progress previously out of reach. As the Industry 4.0 and home automation movements gain more traction, we will see IoT devices and embedded systems become more and more prevalent in our daily lives. The businesses th...
Artificial Intelligence is one of the most prominent and fast-growing technological trends in the digital domain. It offers the most immediate opportunities for technology firms to generate business. AI has the potential to change the way we live, work and function in our day to day lives. Artificial intelligence refers to programmed algorithms that automatically parse and apply knowledge. AI empowers computers, machines and software to think and learn. AI has penetrated almost every...
Several international tech companies want to come to India as they see or hear about the demand – they also sometimes participate in tenders, enter into discussions with interested partners, but the deal does not go through after 6-12 or months of discussions. India needs more energy efficient products, more safer, environment friendly equipment – but for a variety of reasons orders don’t happen, deals don&rsq...
It was a commendable and proud feat for India when in October 2020, the government declared that close to 99% of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and 100% of rural India have achieved Open Defecation Free status. While we cannot deny the fact that India has made massive developments in its determination to provide improved sanitation to its people, there are still many questions around its sustenance and linkage to a complete sanitation solution. Building toilets is one...
Access to safe and potable drinking water has been a serious problem for India, chiefly in rural areas where lack of usable water has resulted in sanitation and health complications and issues. As per the government records in 1980 only 1% of rural India had access to safe and potable water. By 2013 the statistics showed that accessibility improved to 30%, but till date the majority of rural India still continues to live without proper access to safe drinking water. A recent report by...
India is one of most water-stressed countries in the world and is on the trajectory of becoming water scarce in the coming years. As per the latest Niti Aayog study, the Per capita water availability is expected to reach 1,465 cubic metres by 2025 from 1,544 m3 in 2011. It is forecasted that if appropriate measures and combats are not taken, the country may have to confront a series of associated problems, ranging from health issues due to poor sanitation and conflicts over water ac...
Rapid, and unplanned urbanisation has led to growth of stressed and poor urban infrastructure with lack of basic service delivery in India. Whilst this pattern of urbanisation has brought many challenges, wastewater, or sewage management remained as one of the most critical yet neglected areas. Urban India’s wastewater management systems present a grim picture with severe infrastructure gaps along the value chain with overburdened and financially stressed municipalities and corpora...
Today we are seeing a wave of conversational AI sweeping across several sectors, and every domain is looking to add AI-based solutions to automate routine transactions and processes. This growth in Conversational AI is just the beginning, and the future is going to see the deployment of conversational AI in home automation, automobiles, marketing, advertising, e-learning, as economies globally undergo digital transformation. In similar ways Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its mark on t...
While I start this new year feeling refreshed after celebrations with family and friends, my thoughts naturally flow to how Health, Sustainability and Digital solutions have taken over the global rhetoric. When I say global, I am thinking about the common man where discussions from living rooms to rural community meetings is all around how to take care of ones health, build immunity, live more sustainably, less is more and how we don’t need move around so much and have digital solutions...
As per the latest reports, over 75% of the waste that is generated in India is recyclable but what we recycle is just 30%. It’s actually high time that waste management is taken up seriously and immediately in the country otherwise if this issue is ignored any further then in the coming years we will need a landfill site which will be equivalent to the size of the metro cities of India. As per the latest reports of the Central Pollution Control Board, less than 15% of the municipal soli...
In India, initially, there has been very minuscule awareness about solid waste management and its hierarchy. However, in the last few years, the situation of solid waste management has been changing. Still, we have a long way to implement effective solid waste management practices. Lack of waste segregation is the biggest hindrance to implementing solid waste management. Though, the plastic and paper recycling sector are budding and proliferating due to the huge market demand for these commod...
The waste management scenario in India as discussed in the previous blogs in the waste management series has highlighted the rate at which the waste is generated in India by different stakeholders. The more than 1.3 billion people in India generate the highest amount of waste in the world, surprisingly more that’s more than China which is the most populous country on this globe and it’s expected to increase substantially by 2050 unless urgent measures are not taken by differe...
During the lockdown people have witnessed Cleaner skies, Crisper air – Air Quality Index  (AQI) levels at best over many decades, leading to a higher appreciation for the environment. A segment of environment-conscious people will like to move to Electric vehicles in addition to their Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)...
A faster paced energy transition through a speedier shift to electric vehicles has created a new, substantial demand stream for aluminum and major opportunities for auto supply chain firms flying under investors’ radar. It’s been a long incubation period, but electric vehicles are swinging the pendulum. Aluminum is a higher performing material than steel.”Aluminum weighs about o...
In India, initially, there has been very minuscule awareness about solid waste management and its hierarchy. However, in the last few years, the situation of solid waste management has been changing. Still, we have a long way to implement effective solid waste management practices. Lack of waste segregation is the biggest hindrance to implementing solid waste management. Though, the plastic and paper recycling sector are budding and proliferating due to the huge market demand for these commod...
As per the latest reports, over 75% of the waste that is generated in India is recyclable but what we recycle is just 30%. It’s actually high time that waste management is taken up seriously and immediately in the country otherwise if this issue is ignored any further then in the coming years we will need a landfill site which will be equivalent to the size of the metro cities of India. As per the latest reports of the Central Pollution Control Board, less than 15% of the municipal soli...

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