Startup Weekend Aarhus

    Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2015

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

Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2015

Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Inge Lehmanns Gade 10
Aarhus C, 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!

This time a tool everyone can use is Open Data which is provided to us by Aarhus Kommune. Come to our Pre-event on the 7th of October (stay tuned for more info) to hear more about Open Data, what it is and how can it be used. Michelle Bak Lindstrøm and Birgitte Kjærgaard will come and make a presentation about this. 

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 October 30th

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

5:50 pm
Official Welcome

6:00 pm
Ice Breaker

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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 and sleep at the venue only if you have purchased "Sleep Over Ticket"

Saturday October 31st

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
Coach session
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late and sleep at the venue only if you have purchased "Sleep Over Ticket"

Sunday November 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Two tracks of pitching will happen. You can get important feedback to improve your final pitches.

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Tech Check
You should come with your laptop to the auditorium to make sure your laptop is all good. Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Dinner

7:30 pm
Awards & Wrap-Up

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Philip Jensen
Founder of KidUp - lover of people, aesthetics and chocolate.

Founder of KidUp - Educated as a bachelor in arts of architect, I care deeply about products and aesthetics. Creating my own company has been a incredible experience, and showed me how much I and my fantastic team can do.

Event Judges

Mads Voigt Hingelberg

Every business collect data. Usually a lot of data, typically in different systems that makes it hard to get an instant overview and make data driven decisions.

Based on +15 years of hands-on experience I can provide your business with an overview of best practices and help you build a strategy to get you on the path of using data to decide your future in stead of your gut.

Christian Buur

Christian Buur serves as CEO at the high technology company Unisense A/S, including its subsidiaries Unisense Environment A/S and Unisense Diagnostics ApS. Prior to that Christian was CEO and partner at Accelerace Management, which is Denmark’s leading coach and investor in the start-up scene. Christian has previously had positions as CEO of the pharmaceutical company BPS Pharma A/S and as director of the Health Care Division at Aarhuskarlskamn. He started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Christian holds a master degree of International Business from Aarhus University BSS.

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. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Astrid Høegh Tyrsted

Astrid is the pretty face of StartupLab INCUBA, a community builder and an energetic soul with a beating heart for entrepreneurship. She has organised Startup Weekend Aarhus for the last four years because she feels it generates an amazing startup feeling that is unbeatable. 

Kresten Nørgaard Christensen
Certified Board Member and Senior Business Advise

Innovation is my passion. Working 30+ years with product innovation and business development I have a lot of experience, that I would like to share with you. So don't hessitate to contact me, if you need professional advice within ideation, innovation management, conceptualization, innovation consultancy or interim management.

Bo Sejer
CEO at IT-Forum Denmark Central Region

Bo Sejer Frandsen is CEO for it-forum – the largest Danish IT cluster organization and is president for PIN-SME – the European association of ICT small Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
He has been member of the National advisory board for ICT and is one of the ICT professionals being consulted regarding ICT policies.
In addition he has been serial entrepreneur and started 6 different ICT companies together with professional investors and is currently active as Board member / Chairman in 8 ICT companies.

Therese Hansen

Therese Hansen started an IT-company just a few years after graduating. She has a background in computer science and specializes in big data applications. Recently she has been helping software development teams at LEGO in delivering on their commitments and focusing on continuous improvement.

Her very broad experience also includes working on team dynamics, the process of going from idea to (IT-)product and a bit of marketing on social media.

Sussi Bianco Nielsen
CEO at the Consultancy of Sussi Bianco.

CEO at the Consultancy of Sussi Bianco. With a background in computer science Sussi specializes in Health & Care Entrepreneurship, collaborating with municipalities and other public partners. Since 2013 she has run CareWare-Next: a national competition in welfare innovation - forming a Health Startup Community and running an accelerator program.. Sussi is an experienced member of the finalist jury in several national and international competitions in entrepreneurship (Guldægget, University Startup World Cup, SXSW) She is chairman of the board in Nonprofit WeLoveStartups and in commercial companies. “I sharpen the profile of companies, build communities and develop concepts leading to action. It is satisfying to act as a catalyst for creating visions and action in businesses, and value for people and in society. Fortunately my work life enables me to do it all” Her motto: Be ambitious. Work hard. Have fun.

David Andersen

David is a Startup Weekend Veteran. He started organising Startup Weekends back in 2012. Shortly after, he travelled around europe to participate in Startup Weekends and has been a Global Facilitator at the organisation since 2013. David owns a tech & design company called “Bagvendt” together with two friends. They help clients with building prototypes in order to take an idea to the final product. What you will experience this weekend is basically what they do on a daily basis in their company.

Line Dybdahl
Boardmember and Co-Founder of Be My Eyes

I have a passion for creating value for people in new and innovative ways. This is why I have been a part of Be My Eyes as a co-founder from the beginning from StartUp Weekend to the launch 2015. 

My work as a project manager with OpenSource also relates to this area as to figure out where OpenSource can create higher level of value within Aarhus municipality. 

I am also very passionated about marketing and business development/NPD in all of their areas.

I am a passionated entreprenurial type, alwayes trying to looking in new directions.

I get a lot of my drive and innovativeness as a partly sighted as I am forced to think in new ways of doing things in general.

Martin Zdražil
CEO of Digital Brain

Martin is CEO of Digital Brain. Digital Brain is young Czech agency that specialises in branding and digital marketing.
The agency loves to connect creative ideas and smart strategies in order to create wow brands for both startups and bigger companies.
Martin will be happy to share his team's experience with brand development and branding framework used within the company.
Feel free to contact him anytime at

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Greete
  • Astrid
  • Arturs
  • Arne
  • Mads
  • Teresa
  • Todor
  • Mette-Marie
    Rathmann Erenskjold
  • Sussi
    Bianco Nielsen


Andrei Cosmin Munteanu
Community wizard

Tech savvy traveler, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator and running all the place. 
Organizing startup events within the community in the past 5 years, co-ordinating volunteers and making sure the community gets their dose of Startup & Tech events on a regular basis. Co-founder of Cowork Timisoara, Startup Survivor true believer, Community Manager at FintechCamp and always on the lookout for a good espressoh. 

Event Staff

Kristina Jakaviciute

Paula Fernandez

Astrid Høegh Tyrsted

Astrid is the pretty face of StartupLab INCUBA, a community builder and an energetic soul with a beating heart for entrepreneurship. She has organised Startup Weekend Aarhus for the last four years because she feels it generates an amazing startup feeling that is unbeatable. 

Michal Ján Sallem

Katja Meyer
Project Coordinator

Katja has her daily life at Startup Factory - Navitas' entrepreneurial environment for students, where she guides the students and perfects her high fiving competence! 

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