You've got a kick-ass business idea.

We've got your back.

Are you a recent or soon to be graduate with a great business idea? InnoFounder is a design-driven incubator that offers you 12 months of:

 A monthly grant of DKK 15,000
A permanent and experienced mentor who will coach your team
A desk at an awesome co-working space

We do not ask for equity or a refund, just your total dedication.


“InnoFounder helped us build and launch the company without losing momentum. It was a stepping stone to securing the first rounds of investments.”

Christian Gabriel, CEO & Co-founder, Capdesk, InnoFounder alumni 

“We had spent two years developing the robot and it was almost done. By becoming InnoFounders we were able to use our earnings to develop the product instead of paying our private bills.”

Tommy Otzen, CEO & Co-founder, KUBO Robot, InnoFounder alumni 

The course

InnoFounder is a 1-year design driven incubator for recent graduates from Danish accredited educations. Besides a monthly grant of 15,000 DKK and a lump sum of 35,000 DKK for expenses, you and your team are offered:

  • Hands-on and continuous coaching from a permanent mentor.
  • Monthly workshops with other InnoFounders featuring world-class domain experts (check out our team).
  • Access to the InnoFounder community of investors, designers, startup and corporate professionals in Denmark and internationally.

The InnoFounder incubator is based on creative problem-solving. For the first 6 months, we focus on making sure that you design the right thing – understand your users and the value you create for them. For the next 6 months, the focus is on designing the thing right – that your product/service and business model is on point.

InnoFounder targets early-stage startups with a scalable idea and a clear market potential in all fields of business. We help you accelerate your startup to a point at which it is ready to acquire investors and go to market.

All content and communication in the InnoFounder incubator is in English and InnoFounder covers all of Denmark.

Read more about the programme at Innovation Fund Denmark’s website.


INCUBA, Aarhus

INCUBA has strong collaborational ties to the research community and healthcare sector. INCUBA has its own StartupLab which is an accelerator that houses many former Founders.

StartupWorks, Aalborg

StartupWorks is an incubator environment for ambitious startups with global ambitions. To increase their possibilities for succes, the residents share knowledge, experience, ideas, motivation and resources.

Sønderborg Entrepreneur Service is a vibrant, knowledge sharing and dynamic environment for entrepreneurs and startups offering counseling, courses, professional advice, Network- and Pitch Cafe, workshops & workspace.

BLOXHUB Startup Campus, Copenhagen

BLOXHUB Startup Campus is an integrated part of BLOXHUB, providing the startups access to an interdisciplinary innovation environment consisting of startups, SME’s, public organizations as well as large enterprises.

Coworking Plus, Odense

Coworking Plus is a state-of-the-art co-working space integrated in the local startup community, Startup Odense. Here, the Founders will establish strong ties to other startups and tech companies, PR and marketing people, and the surrounding large-scale companies.


Organisations behind InnoFounder

Innovation Fund Denmark is an independent government fund that supports the development of knowledge and technology in order to strengthen research and innovative solutions that will create growth and employment in Denmark.

As Denmark’s national design centre, it is the Danish Design Centre‘s mission to promote the use of design in business and industry and to help professionalise the design industry.

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design is an international hub of creative minds. CIID encompasses world-renowned education, a cutting edge research group, an award-winning consultancy and a startup incubator.

Incubator management team

Head of Incubator & Mentor

Christoffer H. Malling
Programme Director, The Danish Design Centre, former Managing Director, #CPHFTW

Head of Mentoring & Mentor

Jan Krog Henningsen
Ventures Development & Operations Lead, CIID, Manager, CIID Nest

Head of Programme

Hanne Harmsen
VP, Talents & InnoBooster, Innovation Fund Denmark

Programme Officer

Sidsel Hougaard
Programme Officer, Innovation Fund Denmark

Head of Operations & Communications

Astrid Stokholm
Programme Manager, The Danish Design Centre

Mentors and Domain Experts


Blair Johnsrude
Visual Design Lead, CIID


Christian Villum
Programme Director, The Danish Design Centre


Francesca Desmarais
Interaction Design Lead, CIID


Haz Roth
Service Design Lead, CIID


Lasse Chor
Angel & entrepreneur


Leila Byron
Founder, pillar; Interaction designer, CIID


Neil Murray
Founder, The Nordic Web; Investor


Thomas Riisgaard Hansen
PhD; CEO, Kite Invent

Domain Expert

Aja Guldhammer Henderson
CEO, Reshopper

Domain Expert

Alexander Horten
Investment Manager, PreSeed Ventures

Domain Expert

Aurore Belfrage
Angel investor; Co-founder, EQT Ventures

Domain Expert

Camilla Ley Valentin
Co-founder & CCO, Queue-it

Domain Expert

Christian Lund
Co-founder & CPO, Templafy

Domain Expert

Ekaterina Gianelli
Investment Director, Inventure

Domain Expert

Eric Lagier
Managing Partner, byFounders; Co-founder, MemoLane; Mentor, 500 Startups; Advisor, Denmark Bridge

Domain Expert

Jakob Svagin
Startup Advisor, DTU Skylab

Domain Expert

Janne Aagaard
Communicator & founder of, MJ

Domain Expert

Jesper Theil Thomsen
Co-founder & CEO, SOUNDBOKS

Domain Expert

Jonas Bøgh Larsen
Co-founder & CEO,

Domain Expert

Jonas Gyalokay
Co-founder & CEO, Airtame

Domain Expert

Kirsten Drejer
Co-founder & CEO, Symphogen

Domain Expert

Line Rix
CEO, Kit Couture; Partner & Board Member, 1508

Domain Expert

Mattias Vilhelm Warnøe Nielsen
Lawyer, Partner, Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen

Domain Expert

Martin Von Haller
Legal advisor on IT related issues, Partner; Bird & Bird

Domain Expert

Michael Bak
Managing Director, #CPHFTW

Domain Expert

Mikkel Marius Winther
Head of Consumer Strategy & Marketing, Labster

Domain Expert

Morten Krarup Kristensen
Entrepreneur; Partner, Prehype

Domain Expert

Nicolaj Højer Nielsen
Investor, entrepreneur, author of The Startup Funding Book

Domain Expert

Rasmus Bjerngaard
Entrepreneur & investor; Co-founder & CEO,

Domain Expert

Sasja Dalgaard
Investment banker; Partner, Tofte & Company

Domain Expert

Sean Percival
Entrepreneur & investor; Operating Partner, Katapult Accelerator

Domain Expert

Simon Herzog
Maker, designer & consultant, CIID

Domain Expert

Simon Sylvest
Co-founder, Founders

Domain Expert

Steve Bishop
Entrepreneur & advisor; Founder, Posit Design

Domain Expert

Stiven S. Kerestegian
Head of Innovation & Strategy, CIID

Domain Expert

Theis Søndergaard
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Vivino

Domain Expert

Tommy Andersen
Managing Partner, byFounders; Business Angel; Co-founder & former CEO, Libratone, Embedit & TechPeople

Domain Expert

Tommy Otzen
CEO & Co-founder, KUBO Robot


InnoFounders are diverse and come from all types of higher education institutions. Their business ideas and models target all sectors. What they have in common is an innovative product, service or technology.

Find some examples of previous InnoFounders below, and check out our current startups here.

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KUBO Robot

The tiny KUBO Robot uses a series of puzzle pieces to teach kids about programming, help them learn to spell or let them compose music.

Read more about KUBO Robot.
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Capdesk’s mission is to create an easy to use shareholding tool for both companies and investors. Capdesk provides tools for all companies to manage their shareholding from seed to IPO and allow shareholders to join.

Read more about Capdesk.

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Today’s garbage collection is wasteful and inefficient. Nordsense installs smart sensors in waste bins, which means cities can cut garbage collection costs by up to 50%.

Read more about Nordsense.

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What do you do with your luggage when you are in a large city for just a small amount of time with no place to stay overnight? LuggageHero has found a solution to this problem by using local stores for temporary luggage storage.

Read more about LuggageHero.

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FieldSense is an application for web, smartphone and tablet that allows farmers to monitor crop health using satellite images.

Read more about FieldSense.

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Adapto Technologies

Adapto improves employee engagement and results. By using brand new learning technology, Adapto wants to revolutionize the way businesses help their employees develop their skills. 

Read more about Adapto.


When to apply

Applications for the February 2019 batch open in the beginning of October.

Apply before November 15th.

How to apply

1. Carefully read the guidelines.

2. Apply through Innovation Fund Denmark’s website.

Type your email and get set up with all you need to know to apply.

You are qualified to join InnoFounder if:

— You have graduated with a public tertiary degree, a PhD degree or accredited private degree (i.e. a degree carrying entitlement to a Danish student grant) no longer than 12 months ago, counted from the date of graduation to the application deadline.

— You are a student of such a degree, graduating no later than the start date of the InnoFounder course for which you apply.

Apply as single founder or as a team.

If you have read the guidelines and still have questions, please look below for contact information.


You can find the answer to most questions in the guidelines and in our FAQ.

If you can swear to have read these and still have questions regarding your application, please reach out by email or phone:


Phone: +45 33 69 33 69 on weekdays 9 am – 12 noon

Press, partner and other inquiries:
Please contact us using the email or phone number above.