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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Attending Startup Weekend is a good starting point!

The event

Startup Weekend is a global concept, running in around 500 places around the world! Watch the official promo video: Startup Weekend Aarhus is a fun 54 hour event of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation, organized to sparkle up the startup spirit in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. It is held twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall period, so don’t forget to check on news when the next event is. For the most recent updates, follow on our Startup Weekend Aarhus fan page: Startup Weekend Aarhus Health is a SW event with the topic of health- and welfare. It aims to bring focus on innovations in the medical industry and to support new disrupting startups from the industry.

Who should you attend?

It’s a great experience for everyone. But if you have a business idea, this is your chance to go ahead with it and form an awesome team! Or if you are simply an entrepreneurial passionate but with still no idea, you can come and join someone’s else team! It’s all about the start-up spirit!

Why should you attend a SW event?

Well, call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend!  Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight: Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor. Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with. Learn a new skill: Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different. Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend. Get face time with thought leaders: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Save money & get stuff: Startup Weekends typically cost between $45 and $80.  Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink. Join a global community: Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.



Apr 12
  • Inspiration session at CareWare
  • Registration starts for the participants directly coming at VIA
  • StartUp bus from CareWare to VIA for the participants at the conference (registration for SWAAR will be completed in the bus)
  • Intro to the event / Icebreaker
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Warm up for pitching
  • Pitches start
  • 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home! Revive powers and reflect upon the awesome experience!
Main Sponsors

Nick Stevens

Entrepreneur and Startup Weekender

British expat living in The Netherlands. Kite flying entrepreneur, business director, Startup Weekender, Mac lover, and part time coffee snob.

Main Partners

Kim Kjølhede

Investment Manager at Østjysk Innovation, 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 Østjysk Innovation the constant challenge is to identify and finance innovative startups and afterwards helping them grow through qualified support at board level.

Anette Nørgaard

NextGen AMM (Bizspark & Dreamspark Champ)   |   LinkedIn

Anette Nørgaard has 20+ years of experience with IT, and is currently a ISV Developer Evangelist & Bizspark Champ at Microsoft Danmark. Anette is a former co-founder at Capernow Projects, president at IAMCP, Denmark and Director of Business Development at Miracle A/S

Hans Halvorsen

Rådmand for Sociale Forhold og Beskæftigelse i Aarhus Kommune

Hans er også medlem af byrådet for Socialdemokraterne siden 2002. Genvalgt ved valget 17. november 2009. Hans er udlært maskinarbejder og har været fagligt aktiv siden 1973. I fritiden entusiastisk ejer og kører af Nimbus (årgang 1954).

Inger-Margrethe Jensen

Cand. cur. Uddannelseschef & Campuskoordinator, VIA University College

Media Partners

Otto Bjerg Hausgaard

Business Analyst at Østjysk Innovation   |   LinkedIn

Otto has a broad experience from various startup companies. Having worked more than 8 years with business development in venture financed companies from both IT and Life Science sectors, Otto now work for the Seed Investor Østjysk Innovation. At Østjysk Innovation the tasks are screening and assessing the business opportunities that are presented in Business Plans and in live presentations. Furthermore Otto is responsible for a local Business Angel Network consisting of 30 investing angles from the East Jutland area. The tasks for the network is to prepare the companies through pitch training and shaping of proposal to match criteria of Business Angels. Otto holds a masters degree in economics and Law from Aarhus School of Business.

Lars Svane Hansen

Project Manager ved MedTech Innovationcenter

Lars er uddannet medicoingeniør og har en HD i Afsætningsøkonomi. Lars' spidskompetencer er indenfor forretningsudvikling og international afsætning af medicoteknisk udstyr. Lars' mangeårige praktiske erfaring fra medtech industrien er suppleret med flere udstationeringer i USA, Singapore og Sydamerika.

Louise Kofoed Koppel

Working at Aarhus Manicipality

Louise is working in the Welfare Technology unit at Aarhus Municipality. She spends her days implementing new technology in everyday life. Louise has a lot of experience from practice.

Jens Raabjerg Olesen

European Patent Attorney and Certified Danish Patent Agent at Høiberg A/S

Jens advises clients about all aspect of the protection of intellectual rights, which includes patentability analyses, drafting of patent applications, patent infringement assessments, as well as freedom-to-operate analyses, due diligence and patent landscape analyses. Jens also advices about trademark and design protection. Jens specializes in the protection of IPR in the fields of life science, in particular molecular biology, biochemistry and medico technology.

Erik Løvgren Brejner

Head of VIA University Colleges, Strategy in Entrepreneurship

Master in Strategy, Organization and Leadership from Aarhus School of Business. Executive course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from University of Southern Denmark and Design thinking form Central St. Martins.

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Line Foldsgaard Petersen
Birgitte Woge Nielsen
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