Startup Weekend Aarhus

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Aarhus

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Inge Lehmanns Gade 10
Aarhus, Denmark 8000

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Attending Startup Weekend is a good starting point!

Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs: Since 2010 over 1600 events have taken place in more than 110 countries. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for a weekend long workshops to expand their network, pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All of this plus food and drinks during all of the weekend!

What do we do in the global Startup Weekend community?
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders providing another opportunity for critical feedback.Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Who should join?
Come join us if you are a programmer, designer, developer, marketer, creative mind, researcher, student, engineer, work in a company, entrepreneurial spirit or a whole third.You are part of a Startup Weekend dream team if you are curious about business, developing, creating, innovating and networking. 

Attending Startup Weekend Aarhus is a great opportunity for everyone, and if you have a business idea, this is your chance to go ahead with it and form an awesome team! Alternatively if you are simply passionate about becoming an entrepreneur, , you can come and join someone’s else team. It’s all about the startup spirit!

Why should I attend Startup Weekend Aarhus
There are dozens of reasons – but here is the top 8

1. Expand your network

2. Gain insight into competences different from your own

3. Enjoy good healthy food for a whole weekend  – for next to no money (you can also sleep for free at Navitas)

4. Find out what it takes to get from idea to action to results in 54 hours

5. Get advice from mentors from established businesses

6. Find future partners – and with some luck – the idea you will be partners on.

7. Be seen by potential customers and investors

8. Have great fun!


Friday November 21st

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce the Startup Weekend koncept

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Check-In & Coach Meetings
After-lunch presentation of mentors, status reports. Coaches help teams one-on-one.

3:00 pm
Coach session ends

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you can.

Sunday November 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help
Pitch coach help one-one. Final opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Dinner

8:00 pm
The judges announce the winners

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Henrik Gedde Moos
Founder & Chief Business Development Officer at SwipBox

Henrik Gedde Moos er medstifter og chief business development officer i SwipBox, som har udfordret PostDanmark og GLS i markedet for privatforsendelser primært fra e-handel. 

Henrik også været medstifter af Danfoss IXA, et corporate spinnoff fra Danfoss, som udvikler sensorer til måling af gasser i udstødningen fra skibe. Han har tidligere en flere års ansættelse i Danfoss, har omfattende international erfaring og har bl.a. arbejdet i USA og Frankrig. Henriks baggrund er en Cand.Mag i virksomhedskommunikation og en skibsførereksamen.  

Kim Kjølhede
Investment Manager at, CAPNOVA serving in the board at 10 startup companies

Experienced leader and business developer with exceptional skills in understanding and communicating value propositions of new technology in ICT, industry and clean tech.

With entrepreneurial experience already as a student at University of Aarhus, School of Business, where Kim graduated as M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration, the past 20 years have focused mainly on how companies and people could optimize value from deployment of innovative new technology.This has given Kim the opportunity to work at specialist level, as manager and as CEO in various companies ranging from SMEs to corporates and entrepreneurial startups spun out of corporate organizations. At CAPNOVA the constant challenge is to identify and finance innovative startups and afterwards helping them grow through qualified support at board level.

Finn Støy
Business developer at Aps. Experienced leader, advisor and investor in IT companies.

Finn has core competencies in business models, go-to-market strategies as well as managing sales and marketing activities. Finn was co-founder of bioinformatics company CLC Bio A / S in 2005 and board member and investor until exit in 2013, when  CLC Bios was sold to the international biotech company Qiagen.

Furthermore Finn was chairman of the board and investor in healthcare IT company Cetrea.  Cetrea was started in 2007 and sold to the  Getinge / Maquet group in July 2014.
 Finn has previously had a 20 year career at IBM with a final position as branch manager in Aarhus.  From 2004 to 2012 Finn was CEO for IT Forum – the biggest network of IT-companies in Denmark”

Theresa Blegvad
Owner of Insights Nordic and city councillor for the political parti Venstre

Theresas baggrund er inden for salg/marketing samt Human Ressource Management. Hun har løbende suppleret sin viden med diverse uddannelser og lederkurser. For flere år siden valgte hun at blive selvstændig, og herunder at gå ledelsesvejen som iværksætter. Theresa har nu været selvstændig i 11 år og er i dag direktør i den internationale konsulentvirksomhed Insights Nordic. Medejer af 2 yderligere konsulent firmaer CenterforHR og Human CSR. Derudover har hun bestyrelsesposter i bl.a. DBU Jylland, Studenterhus Aarhus og sidder i Aarhus byråd for Venstre. Hun har bl.a. modtaget prisen som Årets Unge Erhvervsleder i Aarhus i 2007, samt to Gazelle-priser i 2010 og 2011 for økonomisk stabilitet og vækst i forbindelse med Insights.

Coaches and Mentors

Jens Møller
Ass. Professor at Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering and Experienced engineer and entrepreneur and coach

Jens has more than 25 years of experience in industry, of which more than 10  has been spent in in ventures and startups as engineer, inventor, product and business developer, manger and C-level executive. Jens is the inventor, co-founder and former CTO of the spin-out Danfoss IXA A/S, and founder of cormeum Innovation Services. He intermittently also serves as a coach and advisor for entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Jens has previously served with e.g. Danfoss, Underwriters Laboratories, Bang & Olufsen and others. He has a B.Sc. in electrical engineering, a Masters in technology management, a Masters in business administration and holds 10+ patents within electronics, mechanics, sensors, optics, nano-technology, control methods etc.

Christian Erfurt
Business Development Engineer

Christian has been an entrepreneur since college where his first company solved every day problems in healthcare. Christian is a judge in several startup competitions and talks as a public speaker about innovation, overcoming failure and presentation techniques.

Anette Nørgaard
Microsoft Partners, Bizspark and Dreamspark

Anette started her career by developing applications on mainframes, converting these to PC applications. She got into the world of XAL, Axapta and ended up at Oracle before starting a business with Microsoft. Since 2010 she has been working with small and medium companies through Microsoft BizSpark and DreamSpark. With a wide set of expertise from technical areas as cloud computing and SQLserver to business development and startups. 

Henning Kristensen
Operations Specialist at DashSoft Aps

Henning trækker på 20 års praktisk erfaringer om hvordan IT-projekter kommer fra prototype- til en altid-oppe, skalerbar og robust service. Han har tidligere bl.a. haft fingrene i TDC Play og Forlaget Systime's interaktive bøger. Henning brænder for Cloud computing og open source software - og hader når IT-systemer er nede.

Per Jessen Schmidt
Founder - Extroscope CEO & Co-Founder - smilla¨reads

Per worked with several startups and also in big companies. He have done a lot of work with all aspects of product development. He have also done a lot of mentoring and coaching, especially with people and process and is good at helping people making the right choices. Excellent sounding board. Help validation & transformation of ideas to products and solutions plus a very tech savvy (Old hardcore coder).

Simon Skafdrup
CEO 3PART A/S design & Innovationpartners

As founding partner of the design- and innovation consultancy 3PART A/S in 1998, Simon Skafdrup has been responsible for the development of more than +200 product and service offerings across a range of industries, with particular expertise in products and services in the energy, medical, lifestyle, and public sectors. Simon has a background as industrial designer, works primarily with design management and business development today, and has been involved in start-up companies like Concens, Powerlynx, Invisense and Retap as advisor or investor. 

Jørn Sørensen Koch
Serial entrepreneur & founder

Serial entrepreneur and tech-CEO at InterVision, Expoint A/S and InovaTrader Aps.
Experienced advisor and board member in tech-startups
Lead Business Mentor and Personal Coach at Incuba StartupLab.
Jorn has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has been an serial entrepreneur in Tech-startups for more than 20 years. He joined the first board only 18 years old and formed his first company 5 years later, selling personal computers to fellow students.
His other ventures are spanning from developing presentation and marketing solutions for big companies like MD Foods, Grundfos and TDC – to building the first fully automated high-frequenzy trading company and investment fund in Denmark.
He also serves as a personal coach and business mentor for entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Jorn holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Business Administration - and he is a dedicated problem solver and has core competencies in business models, partnerships, company formation and seed/venture capital investments.
He brings fine tuned organizational, managerial and sales skills to guide you to efficiency and profitability – and he is always happy to help other entrepreneurs grow their business and see their dreams come true.

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The Startup Weekend Aarhus team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Aarhus is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Jens
  • Astrid Høegh
  • Rene
  • Delfina
  • Arne
  • Mads
  • Greete
  • Mikkel
  • Michal Ján


Lasse Chor
CEO of Happy 42 - Entrepreneur and Investor

Lasse Chor is a Danish entrepreneur who founded his first company at the age of 13-years-old. Since then he's been heavily involved in the Danish and global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Through his current company, Lasse is currently mentor for a number of startups around the world, and advisor to a handful of large corporations including some Fortune 500 companies. Bonus info is that Lasse’s mom thinks that he’s is the best son in the world.

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