Denmark

Western Denmark

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The robotics ecosystem in Denmark is one of the strongest in the world with unparalleled access to robotics knowledge, business accelerators and smart money. There is no better place to start a robotics company than right here.

Esben Østergaard
co-founder at Universal Robots and REInvest Robotics
Top 30 European Ecosystem: Talent & Experience

Highlights

With its three university cities — Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg — and abundance of young, educated talent, Western Denmark is home to a buzzy startup scene. Aarhus boasts the highest startup survival rate in Denmark, while Aalborg welcomes around 1,000 new companies a year, either new startups or transplants from elsewhere. A host of organizations and events are attempting to harness this energy and further grow the region’s ecosystem. The government’s ‘plug’n’play’ registration system makes it possible to start a business in just a few hours. Danish Startup Group runs regular events to support first-time entrepreneurs and students interested in entrepreneurship, while a quick scan of directories like Meetup or TechStars Startup Digest reveals plenty of local developer meetups as well niche groups catering to product managers, those working in AI, or women in tech. Innovators are increasingly active in the ecosystem, but so are investors, particularly business angels. In Aarhus, #AARSOME, an interactive platform to connect founders and investors, aims to create more high-growth startups and boost the region’s ecosystem. Western Denmark is also home to several notable startup events, including Techstars Startup Weekend Online Denmark, a 54-hour event at which entrepreneurs pitch ideas, flesh out business plans, and prototype solutions over the course of a weekend. The event culminates with demos on Sunday night. Venture Cup Denmark showcases entrepreneurship among university students and aims to help close the gap between the academic and business worlds.

Ecosystem by the numbers

TOTAL EARLY STAGE FUNDING
$209 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$431 m
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$1.2 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$10.5 bn
MEDIAN SEED ROUND
$546 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$494 k
MEDIAN SERIES A ROUND
$2.7 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$2.7 m
SOFT. ENGINEER SALARY
$79 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$42.1 k

Sub-sector Strengths

Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics

Odense has become a European hot spot for robotics and automation. 175 startups and scaleups, 40 higher education programs, and 10 research institutes call the city home. The robotic cluster, Odense Robotics, has achieved the EU-certified Gold Label for Cluster Management Excellence. DTU Skylab is the Technical University of Denmark’s living lab for innovation and entrepreneurship where students, researchers, and corporate partners can collaborate on innovative solutions for real-world challenges.

Gaming

As of 2018, over 150 Danish game developers and publishers generated revenues of over DKK 1 billion, compared to DKK 400 million only 10 years prior, and employed nearly 1,000 people. Students pursuing entrepreneurship receive advisory support at the Aalborg University Game Hub, proceeding to the Hub’s facilities in the GrowAAL house for entrepreneurs as they scale. Bright Star Studios raised a total of $2.7M in funding over two rounds, most recently a Seed round of $2 million in May 2021.

Reasons to move your startup to Western Denmark

Openness to International Entrepreneurs

Start-up Denmark offers a single point-of-entry for talented entrepreneurs who wish to relocate and grow high-impact startups in Denmark. The programme is targeted at early-stage businesses and can accept up to 2 founders per company. Those accepted to the program receive a 2-year residence and work permit with the possibility of extension for an additional 3 years.

Local Talent

With more than 33,000 students and around 1,600 Ph.D. students, Aarhus University is the second-largest university in Denmark, and the Aarhus University Hospital has been voted the best hospital in Denmark ten years in a row. Large universities are also located in Odense and Aalborg. This provides a great recruitment base for companies looking to hire skilled local talent.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Members

Startup Genome
Partners

AAU Incubator (SEA), Aalborg University
Agro Food Park Inkubator/Agro Business Park
AI Innovation House
Arsenalet
BrainsBusiness
Business Factory
AalborgSyndikatet
Center for Industrial Production
Danske Commodities (DC) Business Accelerator
Ecopark
Filmby Aarhus incl. Ideas Lab
Food ehub
Green Tech Center
Growing Investors
Ideas Lab
Incuba Science Parks incl. Incuba Startup Lab
IT Forum
LYNfabrikken
Novi
Odense Robotics
Odense Robotics Startup Hub
Office Lab
Robo Cluster
Startup Factory - Navitas
StartupWorks
TechBBQ
The city of Aarhus, Business Development
The Danish Growth Fund
UAS Denmark
VIA studentervæksthus Aarhus C
WeLoveStartups

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