You've got a kick-ass business idea.

We've got what you need.

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.

Interested?

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

"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:

  • An intensive bootcamp on people-centered design.
  • 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. We have a strong focus on people rather than specific technologies or business models. 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. InnoFounder covers all of Denmark.

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

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

Spaces

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.

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.

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.

Founders House, Copenhagen

Founders House is a shared workspace community for selected, ambitious and scalable tech companies.  It’s centered in Startup Village, which houses companies like Vivino, Planday and Churchdesk. Founders House has strong ties to the community.

Team

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

Visuals & Communication

Astrid Stokholm
Programme Manager, The Danish Design Centre

Mentors and Domain Experts

Mentor & Domain Expert

Christian Villum
Programme Director, The Danish Design Centre

Mentor & Domain Expert

Lasse Chor
Angel & entrepreneur

Mentor & Domain Expert

Neil Murray
Founder, The Nordic Web; Investor

Mentor & Domain Expert

Thomas Riisgaard Hansen
PhD; CEO and Co-founder, Cetrea

Domain Expert

Aja Guldhammer Henderson
CEO, Reshopper

Domain Expert

Alexander Horten
Investment Manager, SEED Capital

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

Jesper Theil Thomsen
Co-founder & CEO, SOUNDBOKS

Domain Expert

Jonas Bøgh Larsen
Co-founder & CEO, Pento.dk

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

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

Domain Expert

Michael Bak
Managing Director, #CPHFTW

Domain Expert

Mikkel Marius Winther
CMO, GoMore

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, Nextfood.co

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

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 more information on some of the great InnoFounders below.

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.

Capdesk

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.

Nordsense

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.

LuggageHero

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.

FieldSense

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

Read more about FieldSense.

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.

Apply

Apply for the February 2018 course before October 4th 2017 12am.

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.

Contact

You can find the answer to most questions in the Guidelines on Innovation Fund Denmark's website.

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

Email: hello@innofounder.dk

Phone: +45 33 69 33 69 on weekdays 9-12am

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