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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Attending Startup Weekend is a good starting point!

Interested in knowing all about the winner teams from Startup Weekend Aarhus Health 2014 – go to our blog!

What is the Startup Weekend Phenomenon?

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.

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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 attend?

Come join us if you are a nurse, programmer, designer, doctor, developer, marketer, researcher, physiotherapist, student, engineer, work in a company, social care helper, entrepreneurial spirit or a whole third.

You are part of a Startup Weekend dream team if you are curious about health solutions, business, developing, creating, innovating and networking.

Attending Startup Weekend Aarhus Health 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, but have no idea, you can come and join someone’s else team. It’s all about the startup spirit!

Why you should attend a SW event?

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 the Campus)

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

Why Startup Weekend Health?

Our goal is to bring together the healthcare community, designers, business, IT-profiles and entrepreneurs to facilitate the formation of new ideas. We all face challenges such as the aging society in Denmark and hospitals running out of capacity. We wish to bring in new technologies which have potential of improving the Danish healthcare system and draw attention to the new areas of tele-healthcare and general health-empowerment.

We aim to engage public and private companies and organizations which are involved in healthcare system, as well as inventors of technologies, software developers, designers and students with interests in Healthcare and E-health. They participate as mentors, judges, in the organizer team and as participants.

All in all Startup Weekend Aarhus Health 21 – 23 February 2014 is an unique chance to experience and work interdisciplinary with some of the people who by first hand experiences understand real user needs and challenging issues in todays healthcare environments. On top of  that there will be lots of health happenings through out the weekend to make us think new thought on the health issue and greate fun. 

If you are coming from Copenhagen you can travel with Rø direct to Startup Weekend Aarhus Health at VIA in Skejby. Take a ride with the bus leaving at 11.00 am, the 21st of February from Copenhagen Central Station. We invite you to join a networking opportunity across the Danish countryside, to arrive in high spirits for creativity, innovation and 54 hours of “build-your-own-business”. Contact Michael [].



Feb 21
  • Registration Starts
  • Icebreaker!
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Speaker: Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard
  • Welcome by facilitator
  • Pitches
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.
  • Finished for the day – but you can work on.


Feb 22
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Presentation of Coaches to all participants. Mid weekend check-in, status reports, Call for help, needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams
  • Coach progamme ends. You are more than welcome to stay for dinner.
  • Dinner & Step out activity
  • Call for help
  • Finished for the day – but you can work on


Feb 23
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Pitch training
  • Dinner
  • Speaker
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & Networking
  • Go home!
Main Sponsors

Nick Stevens

Entrepreneur and Startup Weekender

As an entrepreneur and Startup Weekender, Nick works with companies and individuals to inspire, educate and support them to step outside of their comfort zone, whilst making new ideas actually come to life.

When he’s not solving problems or mentoring others to success, you can find him brewing and drinking speciality coffee from all over the world. He is a self confessed coffee nerd.

After almost 20 years of working for commercial and corporate companies, Nick can frequently be heard asking "how can I help?" and has worked with thousands of people in more than a dozen countries. Opportunities to travel the world are always welcomed.

Find out more about Nick's adventures and what he could mean for you at

Main Partners

Inger-Margrethe Jensen

Cand. cur. Uddannelseschef & Campuskoordinator, VIA University College

Ivan Kjaer Lauridsen

Head of Health and Assisted Living Technologies, Municipality of Aarhus

Ivan Kjær Lauridsen has years of experience with implemention of the latest welfare technology in Aarhus municipality. He has a sharp eye when seeing economical and wellfare gain when using new solutions and technologies for the elderly and in rehabilitation. Ivan is a proponent of the long term benefits of the municipalities early involment in selected projects.

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.

Trine Winterø

Direktør ved MTIC, MedTech Innovation Center

Trine er uddannet cand.brom og har en ph.d. i molekylær genetik fra Den Kgl. Veterinære Landbohøjskole. Efter en årrække med forskning blev hun innovation manager i Symbion Science Park. I 2000 blev hun direktør i Symbion Management og siden også i venture-kapitalselskabet Symbion Capital I, ligesom hun har været partner i venturekapitalselskabet SEED Capital Management I/S.
Før MTIC var hun leder af Region Hovedstadens enhed for teknologioverførsel, Tectra.

Media Partners

Mette Marie Karlberg

Partner i Karlbak - Arena for entreprenørskab

Mette Marie rådgiver mennesker, der har brug for viden, inspiration, netværk og motivation på vejen mod at skabe et selvstændigt arbejdsliv - som freelancer, fri agent eller selvstændig. Hun er bl.a. projektleder på netværkskontoret Tredjesal og underviser i Iværksætteri. Mette Marie er uddannet cand. mag. fra Æstetik og Kultur, Aarhus Universitet og har efteruddannet sig til hhv. webjournalist og systemisk proceskonsulent. Hun sidder desuden i styregruppen for VIDEA, VIAs studentervæksthus.

Lauge Vagner Rasmussen

Pitch Coach from and

Lauge is partner in Brightloops (, an online innovation community, concentrated on the proces of idea developing, in colloboration with likeminds.
Together with the rest of the Brightloops team, Lauge has also developed Pitcherific ( which is a free tool for creating and training great pitches, with help from templates and time limits. Lauge specialises in innovation education, business model generation, pitchtraining and the proces of concept developing, from idea to practice.

Pia Vedelsparre

Pia Vedelsparre er partner og CEO for Iværksætterriget

Pia har en baggrund inden for ledelse, salg og marketing. Har arbejdet i udlandet en del år inden hun kom hjem og selv blev iværksætter. I dag har hun flere kasketter på, da hun både rådgiver top erhvervsledere, hjælper iværksættere og har indtil flere bestyrelsesposter.
Pia får tingene til at ske, er drivkraften i logomotivet og sørger for, at Iværksætterrigets Iværksættere, samarbejdspartnere og investorer får de aller bedste arbejdsbetingelser. Hun skærer ind til benet, skaber de nødvendige kontakter og forbindelser for, at de projekter vi beskæftiger os med bliver den størst mulige succes. Hendes netværk spænder bredt, og er et stort plus for iværksætterne.

Nikolaj Henningsen

Leder af strategi og innovation i Sundhed & Omsorg, Aarhus Kommune

Bettina Balslev Sørensen

Project Manager at MTIC, MedTech Innovation Center

Bettina er uddannet produktionsingeniør og har i kraft af sin tidligere stilling som Vice President for Global Innovation i Vernal Gruppen - som arbejder med tekstiler til sundhedsindustrien - opbygget en bred operationel erfaring indenfor Innovationsudvikling.

Hun er stærk i R&D projektstyring, evner at sætte sig i virksomhedernes sted og fokusere på at perspektivere kommercialiseringen af projekterne i forhold til sundhedsvæsnet. Derudover har Bettina stor praktisk erfaring med at sikre sammenhæng mellem patenternes udformning, strategisk produktudvikling og vejen til et kommercielt produkt.

Otto Bjerg Hausgaard

Business Analyst

Otto er ansvarlig for screening og analyse af forretningsideer på alle investeringsområder. Han arbejder i denne forbindelse med vurdering af det kommercielle potentiale samt identificering af tekniske og markedsmæssige udfordringer for virksomhederne. Otto har endvidere ansvaret for BAN InVest (Business Angel Netværk), hvor han afholder møder, udvikler netværket og screener cases. Otto har personlig erfaring fra ansættelser i venturekapitalejede iværksættervirksomheder inden for it og life science.

Erik Løvgren Brejner

Project Manager at VIA University College

Lasse Chor

Enthusiast and happiest man alive   |   LinkedIn

Sussi Bianco

Founder of Konsulenthuset Sussi Bianco and Specialkonsultant CareWare Innovation og Entrepreneurship   |   LinkedIn

Konsulenthuset Sussi Bianco specialises in the development of Entreprenerurship related initiatives for various clients. As a serial organizer of Startup Weekends Sussi is one of the key organizeres in both Aarhus, Herning and Copenhagen. At IHA -AU she teaches a course in reality tjek focused businessplans. Aarhus Kommune and Konsulenthuset Sussi Bianco is behind the national initiative CareWare Innovation og Iværksætteri.
Her expertice in a Startup Weekend setting is knowhow on idea crunching, identifying gamechangers, the dynamics of teams, networking to validate the idea and innovative processes in general.

Sussi Bianco
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Arne Vesterdal
Trine Møller
Astrid Høegh Tyrsted
Birgitte Woge Nielsen
Line Folsgaard Petersen
Marie Ernst Christensen
Peter Rasmussen
Jannick Smedegaard Jespersen
Andra Chiriac
Bente Besenbacher
Marie Pi Wulff Nielsen
Karina Andersen
Stine Juul Hansen
Anne Tranberg-Tolboe
Iskra Dinkova
Mads Johansen
Michael Nørkjær
Morten Vedsø Szygenda
Anders Martin Sørensen
Lars Ejsing Christensen
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