[Denmark] A thriving startup scene is in part characterised by its events and meetups where creativity, knowledge and contacts can be exchanged. And that precondition is very much in evidence in Copenhagen this spring.
Here’s a breakdown of upcoming events:
Social Media Club
Chris Heuer is the founder and guest star at Social Media Club in Copenhagen on March 29, throwing some Silicon Valley stardust over the city in his usual empathic style. Social Media Club provides a hub where individuals and organisations can share experience and collaborate on social media projects, facilitated by Henriette Weber, the Danish tech scenes answer to Lady Gaga.
Startupbootcamp is the Nordic equivalent to Y Combinator but is particularly inspired by Techstars. 10 startups have the opportunity to be part of a 3 month program where they are offered micro seed capital in an incubator environment, with skilled mentors and an Investor Day as the grand finale to attract further funding to their business. Startupbootcamp is initiated by Rainmaking, the creators of 12 startups in the past 3 years.
Startupbootcamp is also facilitating First Friday, where startups are pitching – not their company or product, but what they need in terms of help, skills and connections.
NordicMeetup, inspired by Huddle’s Drink Tank in London, is a networking event for startups. The vision is to help strengthen local scenes in the Nordic area and to simultaneously connect the Nordic cities so that startups can benefit from more scale than a small scene can provide. NordicMeetup is arranged by Petra Johansson and yours truly, with the first event taking place in Copenhagen on April, 8.
Copenhagen Startup Weekend
Copenhagen Startup Weekend on April 9th to 11th is part of the global Startup Weekend with more than 80 city events already held in the past 3 years, and with more than 50 events scheduled for this year. Copenhagen Startup Weekend is the first Nordic event in the series, and is being held simultaneously in various cities including Copenhagen, Oslo, Lund, Vilnius and Kaunas followed by Stockholm a week later.
TechCrunch Nordic and Mini Seedcamp
So after a long period of drought, the scene is set in Copenhagen to provide a platform for creativity and development, and hopefully – the rise of many more startups.