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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Attending Startup Weekend is a good starting point!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a 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 with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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 with 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!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome
  • 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

Saturday

Nov 17
  • 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

Sunday

Nov 18
  • 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
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Meet the startups
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Main Sponsors
Moderator

James Digby

James Digby has over a decade of operational and managerial experience, specializing in early stage funding, marketing expertise and business development. As an entrepreneur, he has built up a successful consulting business helping Nordic companies that seek to expand their reach internationally. He provides expert assistance to board level for rapid growth companies. As an accomplished corporate strategist, James has increased profits in various different business sectors globally. James is also a senior partner of idea 72, a startup advisory based in Copenhagen, Denmark that helps entrepreneurs and young startups develop their idea with access to seed funding, mentorship, business development services and direct links to an Angel investor network.

Main Partners
Judges

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.

Jørgen Lindskov Knudsen

Founder and CEO of Mjølner Informatics A/S, Aarhus

With a background as computer science researcher at Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University until mid-1990’ies, Jørgen together with others founded Mjølner Informatics in 1988, where Jørgen have been CEO since the early 1990’ties, and were later involved in the Hypergenic start-up, and have been involved in M&A activities. Jørgen has extensive experiences in the process of transforming start-ups from the initial ideas, to a viable business, and later the organizational process of energizing the growth potential in the business.

Besides the work with Mjølner, Jørgen is member of board of directors of a number of companies, and chairman of the board for Egaa Gymnasium. Jørgen focus on identifying potentials in great ideas beyond the technical aspects – no idea is truly great, if it cannot justify itself in the commercial setting, and no idea is truly great, if the people surrounding it, does not have the talent, enthusiasm, and willingness to invest blood, sweat and tears in making the idea into a commercial success.

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

Niklas Stephenson

Co-founder, Firmafon

Young and super skilled user experience, design evangelist and serial entrepreneur. Niklas has been a consultant since he was 16, working for some of the largest corporations in Denmark. Drop out from Institute Of Business And Technology, Århus University. He co-founded Firmafon, a virtual phone system, in 2009.

Rune Kilden

Jurist fra Aarhus Universitet, iværksætter og byudvikler,

Rune har opstartet flere virksomheder inden for investering af fast ejendom i Danmark og Sverige. Han driver i dag egen virksomhed med investering i fast ejendom. I Aarhus har projekterne primært været byggeri af nyt hotel til Scandic i Østergade, samt Lighthouse* og Pakhus 2013 på Aarhus’ nye havnefront. Rune er formand for bestyrelsen i Aarhus Fremad Fodbold A/S samt Aarhus nye kulturproduktionscenter Godsbanen. Desuden er Rune Kilden i bestyrelsen for Teatret Gruppe 38 i Mejlgade, Aarhus.

Media Partners
Coaches

Martin Ludvigsen

Maker of Makers, design educator, and creative ideologist   |  

Martin Ludvigsen is newly hired as Senior User Experience Architect at CLC bio, a rising software company from Aarhus. Martin has a background in Interaction design, a master degree and PhD from Aarhus School of Architecture, specializing in interaction and communication design. In the last few years he has taught as an associate professor at both the school of architecture as well as at the IT-product development education at Aarhus University. Furthermore, Martin is a partner of 43D ApS, although no longer involved in daily operations. Design, usability and desirability are at the heart of Martin’s view on startup.

Linda Greve

Business Development Consultant at Aarhus Entrepreneurship Centre   |   LinkedIn

Linda Greve holds a master in Theology, Rhetorics and Journalism. She
is currently employed by Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
teaching entrepreneurship and innovation at Aarhus University. She is
doing a part time PhD on metaphors for knowledge.
Linda wrote books on communication and presentation techniques for
academics and has been teaching presentation techniques to
entrepreneurs at the Student Incubator and on courses.
For two years Linda was self employed running a small consultantcy
firm which is still active alongside the employment at AU.
Linda started selling apples from a red handcart and created a
business at the age of eight.

Anne Therese Frost Hansen

Co-founder and software developer on xiive at Monzoom   |   LinkedIn

CEO of Monzoom, the company behind xiive.com. Quit her job as an
it-consultant working for Netcompany after an inspiring Startup
Weekend and started Monzoom. Soon after that xiive.com launched in
private beta and it went into public beta in 2012.
Her interests include blogging about tech and social media, and
sometimes she does a bit of genealogy research for friends and family.
With a background in computer science from the university of Aarhus
she will be focusing on the technical aspects of the startups at
Startup Weekend.

Jonas Grau

Friendly geek with a technical edge who facilitates new ideas about all things on the web   |   LinkedIn

Jonas is working full time with agile web development at Klean. He is a rubyist and serial entrepreneur. When not in VIM, Jonas might be mountainbiking or in the climbing gym.

Claus Lavdal

CEO at Mobilize Me   |   LinkedIn

Throughout the past 5 years Claus has started 5 different companies, which, in a different and fun way, has taught him various things: how to raise capital, establish a bank line, hire and dismiss, and last but not least how to sell the apple of your eye to a stranger.
Claus has an educational background as an IKT engineer and assures that he is capable of following even the most complicated technical explanations.
Before his career as a serial-entrepreneur Claus worked as a salesman and negotiation-consultant. This has given him valuable insight in all the specific elements concerning establishment of sales channels.
Furthermore Claus functions as the mayor of the entrepreneurial network Startup City in Aarhus, where he takes the role of adviser and sparring partner for companies and on projects on a daily basis.

Josefine Aggeboe

Bachelor in Marketing and Management Communication, Master of Journalism - project worker at AU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - part time entrepreneur.

Josefine is part of the team surrounding the student incubator at Aarhus University – Studentervæksthus Aarhus, her job includes planning and execution of workshops, external communication, external relations and network. Furthermore she is in the early phases of starting her own communications consultancy firm, she works as a freelance teacher, copy writer and journalist. She is author of the book From Knowledge to Value, describing the entrepreneurial process in Studentervæksthus Aarhus, loves A Song Of Ice And Fire and is a huge fan of mint-chocolate.

Jonathan Løw

Social entrepreneur and Head of Marketing at KaosPilots - www.kaospilot.dk

Serial entrepreneur - start-ups include the social economic business engodsag.dk, which was active in 8 markets and raised millions to charity. engodsag.dk was awarded the prestigious "e-commerce award" and "Computerworld's Edison Award". In addition to being an entrepreneur, Løw has been Head of Marketing and PR at Bog & idé, and in 2007 he was nominated as one of Denmark's 100 most promising eaders by Berlingske NewsMagazine.
Currently Jonathan Løw is Head of Marketing and Team-Leader at the entrepreneurship-education KaosPilots in Aarhus and Event Manager of Denmark's largest CSR-event - Who Cares Wins (www.whocareswins.dk). Løw is also the founder of the non-profit YouMe Family (www.youmefamily.dk) together with fellow entrepreneurs Thomas Adamsen (Pilgrim Jewelry) and Ole Jakob Thorsen (Bibob).

Tobias Sonne

A Maker, Designer, and Developer   |   LinkedIn

Tobias Sonne recently won the Venture Cup Startup Competition, in the category "Lifescience and MedTech", and is now co-founder and product developer at Wearable Health Technologies (and at the same time, he is finishing his master in IT Product Development from the Computer Science Department at Aarhus Universty).

During his graduate education he was invited as a visiting scholar to Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, where he workied in a highly creative and anti-diciplinary environment to create state-of-the wearable- and physical installations.

As a mentor at SW Tobias will be able to help with knowledge about prototyping and proof of concept. He will be asking you all the questions you need to think about before presenting the concept before the judges, and will help you cut into the bone of your idea.

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.

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Arne Vesterdal
Hans Møller
Nicolaj Bang
Yana Vlatchkova
Søren Vinther Andersen
David Andersen
Nils Kähler
Jesper Weltz
Tom Quast
Astrid Høegh Tyrsted
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