As part of the Go Grow acceleration program of the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship (CSE), twelve young startups had the chance  to push their businesses to the next level of growth. At the capstone event, the Go Grow Demo Day on May 24th  2017, which also represented the graduation from the program, they pitched their ideas in front of Copenhagen’s startup- and investor community and an expert jury (Peter Inselseth Jørgensen, COO at Praice; Kim Wiencken from Northcap and Jakob Heiberg, COO at Kaffekvaernen).

Supporting startups at an early stage to reach international growth

At first, Program Director Dorthea Nielsen went more into detail about CSE as the Copenhagen Business School’s entrepreneurial incubator which started in 2007. Since then, more than 700 teams went through the accelerator program which is designed to make the participating businesses thrive and suit for international growth; in a period of four months of close collaboration with personal mentors, experts, CSE staff and other startups. She pointed out the diversity among the startups in this year’s spring batch, which reflects in their pitches and emphasized the importance of culture within the businesses themselves:

“A successful startup nurtures a culture of excellence that works as a domino effect fostering long-term economic benefits and happiness for the startup”

The following startups made their final pitches:

Arono created an app which provides customized simple diet plans, focusing on nutrition as essential aspect in human well-being.

Augmento uses machine learning and sentiment analysis technology to scrape online communication flows and evaluate which topics matter to specific target groups.

Carcel is a high quality Danish fashion label produced by women in prison and made from 100% natural materials.

Deemly gathers ratings and reviews from across P2P marketplaces and social networks, making business more transparent and trustworthy when sharing, borrowing, selling or renting online.

Green Tech Challenge offers access to network, partnerships, and possibly funding for green companies.

Larsen & Eriksen is a Danish watch brand based in Copenhagen, heart of the vibrant Scandinavian design movement and one of the world pioneers in urban bicyclism.

Legatbogen is the biggest search engine for grants in Denmark, helping applications to find the right grants as well provide managements service to get the right applicants.

Minlæring is an advanced technology for learning online, with more than 100 upper secondary schools in Denmark as customers.

Swipty provides an app where users can buy and sell their unwanted gift cards. All the physical gift cards are digitalized, so they can be exchanged instantly.

Vizgu aims to digitalise art for museums, using an image recognition platform that uses tablet or smartphone cameras to show system generated or user-generated information on objects the user points at.

Yooowe is an online community platform where surfers, skiers, boarders and local businesses can rent or rent out gear, making it easy and fun to find unique local experiences and quality gear all around the world.

What provides fast and affordable opinion polls for market research, making it more motivational and fun.

After the startups’ official graduation ceremony from the program, the judges also awarded What as the best investment case and Carcell for the best pitch. Vizgu was picked as the audience favourite via an online poll during the event.

On September 28th 2017 CSE  organises the Entrepreneurial Day of CBS where you can explore the future of student entrepreneurship in the North.