Your growth team

Get assistance from some of Denmark's top business developers

Access to valuable mentoring

DTU Science Park’s growth team consists of a range of experts who assist you on your growth journey. Through 1:1 mentoring, our team can help you where it’s needed.

When you participate in one of our programs, you will receive free coaching from the subject matter experts of the growth team that you need.

You can also be assigned three impartial mentors for six months in our mentor program, DeepTech Mentoring.

With access to professionals who have extensive industry experience, you will receive valuable coaching and be challenged to develop your business exactly where it is most needed. You will gain a strategic direction for your company, a validated business plan, and knowledge of how to grow.

This contributes to your ability to overcome challenges faster and make yourself attractive to investors.

Experts in a wide array of fields

Our team offers great versatility and experience for your benefit and that of your company. Our growth team includes, among others:

  • Business developers
  • Investor manager
  • Experts in product development
  • Organizational psychologists
  • Communication experts
  • Serial entrepreneurs

Meet our team

As a participant in our growth programs, you receive qualified mentoring and assistance from our skilled business developers as well as external Supporting Partners.

Thomas Hebo Sparring

Program Manager, GreenUP Accelerator

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

With a background in business development, Thomas has been active in the startup community for five years, helping startups navigate the process of finding their product-market fit.

Additionally, he has been involved in reviewing thousands of startup pitch decks and pitches and knows how to communicate your business case in the most appealing way.

You will meet me:

You will meet me in the “Getting to product market fit”-discipline, where I will help you make sure that you address the right problem, in the right way, for the right customer(s), in the right order. Getting to product-market fit is critical for any startup and breaking down your customers and markets into segments and navigating the nuances between them is key to achieve that.

This is what I will be working with you on as well as being able to communicate it in a convincing way to investors.

Furthermore, you will meet me in your biweekly check-in meetings in GreenUP.

Education

  • M.Sc. International Business, Language and Culture – Business and Development Studies

Selected sector experience

  • Renewable energy
  • Technology transfer
  • Energy access
  • Soft funding

Selected industry experience

  • UNEP DTU Partnership
  • Innovation Fund Denmark

Susanne Rydahl

Program Manager, GreenUP, ScaleUP

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Susanne has over 20 years of experience in business development, strategy and marketing. She has held positions as Strategy Director, Creative Director, CMO, and CSO at prominent international commercial and digital agencies, as well as within the cultural sector. Additionally, she has conducted research in innovation and creative management. Over the past three years, she has assisted startups with business development through programs such as Danish Tech Challenge and GreenUp Accelerator, in addition to serving as a mentor. 

You will meet me:

I am the Program Manager for the GreenUp, ScaleUp phase and can assist you in developing your startup. I specialize in strategy, and business development, focusing on areas such as product-market-fit, go-to-market strategy, customer segmentation, value proposition, business model, and marketing. 

Education

  • Master in Management and Innovation of Complex Systems
  • Master of Laws with a specialization in International Negotiation
  • Narrative Coach

Selected sector experience

  • Consulting
  • FMCG
  • Fintech
  • Communication (B2C & B2B)
  • Digitale services

Selected industry experience

  • Isobar Magnetix
  • National Gallery of Denmark
  • TV2
  • Innovation Lab
  • Ogilvy & Mather

Kristine Sylvest Brinks

Program Manager, MedTech Growth

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Kristine has a background in the field of Supply Chain and experience in a wide range of industries. The main focus has primarily been on strategy development, structuring, and optimizing production setup domestically and internally. Kristine has been part of the acceleration programs for the past two years.

You will meet me:

I will help you develop your startup and make sure that you get the best and most out of the program you are part of.

Education

  • Cand. Merc.: Supply Chain
  • HD(IB), International Business

Selected sector experience

  • Medtech industry
  • Food/FMCG/Retail
  • B2B services

Selected industry experience

  • Carlsberg
  • Toms Group
  • Coloplast
  • Lagkagehuset
Investment Manager

Danny Malkowski

Investment manager

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Danny knows the business angels in Denmark really well. He has been with Danish Business Angels – DanBAN for five years, where he was in charge of sourcing, identifying and reviewing investment opportunities on behalf of the 300+ angel members. He has arranged +300 events together with his colleagues, been in dialogue with +2500 startups, and helped hundreds of business angels and startups find each other. Combined with his passion and background within science and engineering he has the ideal combination of skills and know-how to help DeepTech startups to become funding ready and find the right investors for their specific business.

You will meet me:

I will mentor you while you analyse and identify relevant funding opportunities for your startup with the goal of obtaining a clear and solid funding strategy.

I can introduce you to relevant national and international business angels and VCs and will be your wingman and sparring partner during investor dialogues and negotiations.

Education

  • M.Sc. E. in Nanotechnology: Engineering background with specialization in Drug & Tissue Technology

Selected sector experience

  • Energy
  • Materials & Chemicals
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Governmental
  • NGO

Selected industry experience

  • Danish Business Angels
  • CPHFTW
  • Haldor Topsøe A/S
  • One startup
Christian-Bygballe-Haarh

Christian Bygballe Haarh

Business Developer

Background:

Christian has a background as co-founder and director of the MedTech startup ZenzeTech. At ZenzeTech, they developed digital biomarkers targeting neurological diseases, where Christian has interfaced with many functions and was responsible for commercialization, strategy, board, investor relations, and financing. Additionally, he conducted market research and +200 interviews with stakeholders in the healthcare sector to understand the problem, value creation, and how to navigate the complexity of the system, as well as securing soft funding and investment from industry leaders.

Here you will meet me

I am a discipline owner and sparringpartner in the Growth programs. I assist startups in precisely the situation they are in. It can be anything from small questions in an entrepreneur’s everyday life to strategic considerations and decisions. An example could be how to create a coherent financing strategy and pitch your company to investors.

As an entrepreneur, there are thousands of tasks and opportunities that can distract focus. I can help set goals and develop strategies to ensure focus is maintained and executed.

Education

  • Technical University of Denmark, Process and Innovation

Industry Experience

  • MedTech
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Volunteer Work

Selected Professional Experience

  • ZenzeTech – Co-founder and Director
  • NNE – Project Excellence via Smarter Global Collaboration 
  • Global Collaboration
  • DTU – Teaching Assistant 
Mads Rømer Svendsen

Mads Rømer Svendsen

Program manager, Danish Tech Challenge

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Mads has extensive practical experience with startups and has worked as a co-founder of several startup companies. He has been involved in domains ranging from fundraising and product development to management, economics, and strategy. As a result, Mads possesses significant technical expertise and experience supporting the scaling of deep-tech startups and understanding the importance of dynamic development in the founder’s role.

You will meet me:

I am the program manager for Danish Tech Challenge, so if you become part of this program, we will have much to do with each other. I am also part of the European program, EIT Urban Mobility Sustainable Cities & Clean Mobility, where I, together with five other European partners, help European mobility startups.

I help you develop your startup and am always ready to answer your questions and guide you on your journey as an entrepreneur.

Education

  • Cand. Polyt. Design & Innovation.

Selected sector experience

  • Technology Transfer
  • Hardware
  • IoT
  • Crowdfunding

Selected industry experience

  • Co-founder and CTO i Sentar
  • Co-founder and CEO i TenderBar
  • PhD on scaling deep-tech startups.

Nicholas Hawtin

Program manager, Dual-Use Growth

Background:

Nicholas has an internationally diverse background and has been active within the startup ecosystem in the North across sectors and verticals for fifteen years. He has assisted startups and corporate innovation in defining their value creation and raising capital.

You will meet me:

Meet me in the disciplines of “Business Model” and “Ownership and Financing”. Here, I will assist you in defining your value creation, identifying your target audience, and strategizing how you will generate revenue from the value you create. I will ensure that you can articulate to investors the returns they can expect from investing in your venture.

Additonally, you will meet me for weekly check-in meetings. 

Education

  • M.Sc. in E-Business.

Selected sector experience

  • Business Model
  • Ownership and Financing
  • Product-Market-Fit

Selected industry experience

  • Startup Specialist
  • Corporate Innovation Consultant
  • Former Defense Officer

Supporting Partners

In addition to our internal growth team, we also have Supporting Partners associated with our disciplines. Our Supporting Partners are external companies that assist participants in our startup programs in selected disciplines where they have specialized knowledge.

Leon Birdi

Sales expert, Birdi Copenhagen

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Leon is one of Denmarks leading B2B sales trainers. He has worked with sales and sales development since 1988 and has consultant background since 1996. He is self employed with his sales training company since 2000. Leon has written several books and has written hundreds of articles about sales. He publishes Denmark’s most listened-to podcast about sales.

You will meet me:

Leon helps your startup plan, execute, and improve sales by working together with you on how to improve sales planning, cold calling, sales meetings, proposal and negotiation, retention, and added sales. Training is based on face-to-face meetings and online sales tools.

Education

  • Cultivator Sales and Management Education
  • DTU
  • Henley Business School

Selected sector experience

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • B2B services
  • Sales

Selected industry experience

  • Avis Rent-A-Car
  • ATEA
  • Cultivator
  • Birdi Copenhagen since 2000

Mikkel Trym

Co-founder, Impact Business Modeling System™

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Mikkel is the co-founder of Impact Business Modeling System™ supporting start-up founders, investment managers and business advisors in making sustainable impact measurable, operational and profitable. Mikkel is a serial entrepreneur and coach working with breakthrough innovation, scalable impact, regenerative leadership and impact investments.

Mikkel has an environmental and commercial background from the development and trade of certified agriculture commodities (banana, cacao and pineapple) in Central and South America. As an impact pioneer he has supported sustainable entrepreneurship in Denmark, the Nordics and Europe for the past 15 years, including portfolio development of +200 impact start-ups raising more than 100 MEUR investment capital.

You will meet me:

I will help you develop a clear impact vision including impact indicators and metrics connected to your product or service. A clear impact proposition will make your business more competitive and it will help your company to stand out and stay relevant. It will enhance your communication, attract employees, investors and customers. 

Education

  • Executive: Enhance Growth Entrepreneurship
  • M.Sc. Communication and Facilitation
  • Cand. Agro. Tropical Agriculture

Selected sector experience

  • Agriculture, Food, Bio and Energy
  • Social and Environmental certification
  • Impact forecast and validation
  • Organizational development
  • Sustainable Leadership
  • Training and coaching

Selected industry experience

  • World Bank
  • UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Lab (CIEL)
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Impact Business Modeling System (IBMS)

Jørgen Ole Kjær

CSO, Move Innovation

Our team has helped a number of startups:

Background:

Jørgen Ole is an experienced product developer working as an interim manager/consultant.

Jørgen Ole has been involved in projects related to software, hardware, mechanics, and innovation and held positions as Project Manager, Consultant, Advisor, Founder, Owner, Business Development Director, Sales Director, Key Account Manager, CEO, Board member and Chairman.

You will meet me:

I will help you define, among other things, development risk, certifications needed, product requirements and development path to your Minimum Viable Product. We will also look at the organizational requirements for your development organisation.

Education

  • M.Sc. Engineering
  • Courses: Board, Management, Sales, Systems Analyst, Project Management etc.

Selected sector experience

  • Consulting and interim management
  • Strategy and Business development
  • Medico development
  • Electronics and device development
  • Public Transport systems development
  • Software development
  • Sales and sales development

Selected industry experience

  • IBM
  • DHI
  • Locus
  • Trapeze
  • Move Innovation
  • Tech Startups

Henrik Storm Jørgensen

Management consultant

I have helped a number of startups:

So far, I have helped +50 start-ups in the DTU Science Park growth programs.

Background:

Henrik has a strong commercial background having worked +40 years with companies ranging from start-ups to global C25 companies mostly in global management roles.

He has been part of a management buy-out that within 2 years created a Scandinavian market leader in the bakery industry.

His main focus has always been developing, structuring, optimizing and running both domestic and global supply chains in a range of business segments. In the past couple of years his main focus has been assisting primarily SMV’s and Start-up’s  either as an advisor/Management consultant or as a mentor and hold a number of Advisory Board positions.

You will meet me:

I will help you build, structure and get an overview of your supply chain and by sharing my experience hopefully enable you to avoid some of the pitfalls I’ve previously met.

Education

  • HD (SCM)

Selected sector experience

  • Management Consultant
  • Life Science (Medical Devices)
  • Food/FMCG/Retail
  • Energy Sector (construction of power plants)
  • Shipping/Logistics

Selected industry experience

  • Zillion Consulting Group
  • Ambu A/S
  • Kelsen Group
  • Bisca A/S
  • United Biscuits
  • BWSC A/S
  • EAC Ltd.

Thea Bramming

Organizational advisor

I have coached 80+ founder teams and worked with a number of successful scaleups, among others:

Background:

Thea has extensive experience developing teams and organizations from more than 18 years in HR and Leadership roles.

She has worked for companies like Microsoft and Too Good To Go. She has extensive international experience and understanding of working in cross-cultural settings from previous jobs including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Today, she runs her consultancy focusing on helping startups and scaleups build future-proof organizations and cultures that will grow sustainably.

You will meet me:

I will help you build and develop a strong team and plan for how to successfully grow your organization.

We will work with your cultural foundation and ensure you are able to attract talent and build people processes that support your growth. I will also inspire you to lead and build your team in new ways to be prepared for a complex world with new demands from customers and employees alike.

Education

  • MA in sociology
  • Diploma in organizational psychology

Selected sector experience

  • SaaS
  • FoodTech
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Consulting
  • NGO
  • Central Government

Selected industry experience

  • Too Good To Go 
  • Microsoft 
  • Save the Children 
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • Rambøll Management
EY

Jacob Thøgersen

Senior Manager, EY

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Jacob has an audit and accounting background and experience from audit of startup and midsize companies.

He has been auditing and assisting companies with accounting for 8 years. He has turned his energy more and more towards startup companies in recent years to assist building the companies accounting to further growth.

You will meet me:

I will help you overcome your accounting challenges, e.g., managing liquidity, building budgets, input to choose accounting systems.

I can help you deep dive into your budgets to prepare for questions which could arise from investors and VC’s during your funding rounds.

Education

  • State Authorised Public Accountant, Denmark
  • M.Sc. Business Administration and Auditing

Selected sector experience

  • Consulting
  • Food/FMCG/Retail
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Sales companies

Selected industry experience

  • EY
Holst Mouritzen

Anna-Cathrine Grønkjær

Strategy consultant, Holst Mouritzen

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Anna-Cathrine (called AC) has a background and experience from marketing and strategy from Denmark and UK. She has experience working on a local, nordic, european and global level and across various sectors.

Her focus is on commercial marketing, brand and business strategy.

You will meet me:

I will help you identify your key messages your brand should communicate to your target audience(s), when and where and help you create the foundations for your brand long term.

Education

  • Masters of Arts: Advertising and The Creative Economy
  • Bachelor: Media Science, marketing branding and organisational communication

Selected sector experience

  • Business strategy
  • Marketing and brand strategy
  • Membership organisations
  • Luxury and lifestyle brands
  • B2B
  • Retail
  • Army and defence
  • Auto brands
  • Telecommunication

Selected industry experience

  • SAP, IBM, DSM
  • L’Oreal corporation
  • Tower of London
  • Ugg Australia, Mikimoto
  • Skateistan
  • Volkswagen group
  • IDA, Lederne
  • Forsvaret
  • CBB mobile
  • Son of a Tailor (scale-up)

Anders Heebøll-Nielsen

EPA, M. Sc. (Chem. Eng.), Ph.D., AWA Denmark

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Anders is a chemical engineer and has a background in research in process biotechnology ranging from microfluidic devices to industrial-scale protein purification technology.

Since 2006 he worked as a patent attorney at AWA Denmark A/S.

You will meet me

Anders is a partner in the intellectual property (IP) discipline at the Danish Tech Challenge and GreenUP where he helps the participants with identifying relevant IP and planning for its protection.

Education

  • M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (1998)
  • Ph.D. in process biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark (2002)
  • Certified Danish Patent Agent, CDPA (2009)
    European Qualifying Examination, EQE (2011)

Selected sector experience

  • Chemistry
  • Food & beverages
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing & process technology
  • Materials technology & nanotech
  • Polymer engineering

Selected industry experience

  • AWA Denmark A/S

Ricki Boye

BACH Law

I have helped a number of startups:

Background:

Ricki has experience working with startups both in- and outside DTU Science Park. He loves entrepreneurship, and all crazy ideas that come from being curious, openminded and interested in the world around us.

BACH Law is driven by experienced, highly specialized attorneys, and professionalism, insight and availability are guaranteed. In recent years, BACH Law has been a legal partner in DTU Science Park’s growth programs.

You will meet me:

I can assist you with your legal documents and challenges, such as shareholder agreements, employment contracts, investment documents, company structure, etc. I take pride in not making legal matters more complicated than they need to be, and no question is too small or too large – we will always do our best to help you.

Selected industry experience

  • Nordea Private Banking, Wealth advisor
  • Master of Laws, Copenhagen University
  • Lett Law Firm (Corporate/M&A)
  • Attorney, Partner – BACH Law