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.
Psst! We’re open for applications.
“InnoFounder helped us build and launch the company without losing momentum. It was a stepping stone to securing the first rounds of investments.”
“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.”
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.
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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.
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
VP, Talents & InnoBooster, Innovation Fund Denmark
Programme Officer, Innovation Fund Denmark
Project Management, Visuals & Communication
Programme Manager, The Danish Design Centre
Mentors and Domain Experts
Visual Design Lead, CIID
Programme Director, The Danish Design Centre
Interaction Design Lead, CIID
Service Design Lead, CIID
Angel & entrepreneur
Founder, pillar; Interaction designer, CIID
Founder, The Nordic Web; Investor
Thomas Riisgaard Hansen
PhD; CEO, Kite Invent
Aja Guldhammer Henderson
Investment Manager, SEED Capital
Angel investor; Co-founder, EQT Ventures
Camilla Ley Valentin
Co-founder & CCO, Queue-it
Co-founder & CPO, Templafy
Investment Director, Inventure
Managing Partner, byFounders; Co-founder, MemoLane; Mentor, 500 Startups; Advisor, Denmark Bridge
Startup Advisor, DTU Skylab
Communicator & founder of mediekursus.dk, MJ
Jesper Theil Thomsen
Co-founder & CEO, SOUNDBOKS
Jonas Bøgh Larsen
Co-founder & CEO, Pento.dk
Co-founder & CEO, Airtame
Co-founder & CEO, Symphogen
CEO, Kit Couture; Partner & Board Member, 1508
Mattias Vilhelm Warnøe Nielsen
Lawyer, Partner, Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen
Martin Von Haller
Legal advisor on IT related issues, Partner; Bird & Bird
Managing Director, #CPHFTW
Mikkel Marius Winther
Head of Consumer Strategy & Marketing, Labster
Morten Krarup Kristensen
Entrepreneur; Partner, Prehype
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen
Investor, entrepreneur, author of The Startup Funding Book
Entrepreneur & investor; Co-founder & CEO, Nextfood.co
Investment banker; Partner, Tofte & Company
Entrepreneur & investor; Operating Partner, Katapult Accelerator
Maker, designer & consultant, CIID
Entrepreneur & advisor; Founder, Posit Design
Stiven S. Kerestegian
Head of Innovation & Strategy, CIID
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Vivino
Managing Partner, byFounders; Business Angel; Co-founder & former CEO, Libratone, Embedit & TechPeople
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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