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Danish Minister brings University Chancellors to the Valley

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 13, 2011 9:40:21 AM / by Research

In late June, Innovation Center Denmark will host the Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Charlotte Sahl-Madsen, when she brings chancellors of the Danish universities on a study trip to Silicon Valley. The objective of this trip is to gather inspiration for how to advance the conditions for entrepreneurship at Danish universities.

Unique constellation
As a part of the Minister’s efforts to enhance the entrepreneurial mindset among the younger generations, she has invited the chancellors of the Danish universities to go with her on a study trip to Silicon Valley to see how some of the world’s best universities facilitate entrepreneurship. The trip entails visits to both University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, currently ranking #2 and #3 in the world. By gathering the chancellors and bringing them to the innovation hotspot of  Silicon Valley, the minister wishes to provide them with new insights to how we can make Danish students more entrepreneurial and thereby ensure continued growth and welfare in Denmark.

Learning from the best
Stanford University is in the absolute elite when it comes to fostering an entrepreneurial university culture where entrepreneurship is an integrated part of most programs and courses, and the results speak for themselves; the university is world-leading in commercializing knowledge through the tech-trans office and their student entrepreneurship organizations are wildly popular. As a result a long list of successful start-ups have grown out of Stanford – Google being the obvious example. It is this kind of entrepreneurial spirit the minister wishes to advance at the Danish universities.

Tailor-made program
At Innovation Center Denmark, we are putting together a tailor-made program that will give the group the best opportunities to understanding the Silicon Valley ecosystem, how it works and what makes it successful. In addition to the visits at Stanford and Berkeley, the four-day program will include visits to Google and IDEO; two successful, innovative companies grown out of Stanford, but also visits to venture capital firms and successful start-ups such as YouNoodle based in San Francisco.

You can meet the Minister and the Danish chancellors!
Monday June 27th at 6 PM we are hosting a reception at the center and you are all invited!

For questions please contact Lars Beer Nielsen, Research and Development Attaché at Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley.

Topics: Entrepreneurship, ICDK, Research, Minister of Science, Silicon Valley, UC Berkeley, university entrepreneurship, policy, Stanford University


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