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SCALEit Alumni Conferize have gone public!

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 12, 2017 2:28:00 PM / by Emilia Flockhart posted in Scaleit, Danish startups, IPO

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Conference platform Conferize have IPO'd on the Danish stock market, meaning a piece of the company can be yours for 8kr.

 

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Congratulations to Unity Technologies

[fa icon='calendar'] May 24, 2017 3:14:17 PM / by Christian Vinther posted in Scaleit, Danish startups

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Congratulations to Unity technologies on their $400M raise today! This (again) proves the power of Silicon Valley, and how Danish tech companies can leverage the Bay Area.

For your perspective:
- The combined VC investments in Denmark accumulated in 2016 €370M (≈$400). Numbers from the Danish Venture Capital Association.

- Half of the investment into Unity was secondary market shares, which means that the early investors AND employees suddenly become very rich - making them potential angel investors (which often happens).

As a side note: Founder and board member of Unity, David Helgason has been a mentor in several of the SCALEit programs.

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A Bright Future for the Danish Drone Research and Industry

[fa icon='calendar'] May 22, 2017 2:15:00 PM / by Clara Siboni Lund posted in R&D, Drones, Drone

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In October 2016, the Danish Government launched the Danish Drone Strategy focusing on the civilian use of drones. Six ambitions to enhance the development and use of drone technology are presented in the strategy and one of the central ambitions is to promote the internationalization of Danish drone research and industry.

For this reason Innovation Center Denmark attended AUVSI XPONENTIAL – the biggest unmanned event in the world with more than 7000 people participating – in Dallas, Texas three days in May. Both representatives from universities and more than 20 industries – from agriculture, energy, and security to broadcasting – attended, which provided the optimal setting for Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley to search for potential international collaborators for the Danish drone research environment.

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AAAS Science and Technology meeting in Washington

[fa icon='calendar'] May 19, 2017 1:02:00 PM / by Jeppe Dørup Olesen posted in R&D

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Hvert år afholder den amerikanske videnskabsforening AAAS en konference om aktuel forskningspolitik i USA.

I marts 2017 var der to centrale emner på dagsordenen: 1) Trump administrationens udspil til store nedskæring af en række af de største forskningsprogrammer i USA og 2) Trump administrationens afvisning af videnskabens indsigter og resultater om klimaforandringer. Det sidste punkt var så afgjort det, der bekymrede deltagerne mest.

Trump administrationen offentliggjorde tidligere på året et udspil til nedskæring af en række af de store føderale forskningsprogrammer som National Institute of health, DARPA, NOAH m.fl. ifølge udspillet skulle nogle programmer reduceres med 10% andre skulle helt lukkes. Selvom det er meget markante nedskæringer, der ville påvirke amerikansk forskning meget betydeligt, var det ikke det deltagerne var mest bekymrede over. Ændringer i de føderale forskningsprogrammer skal godkendes af kongressen. Disse store nationale programmer har normalt bred støtte på tværs af demokrater og republikanere og derfor er forventningen, at forskningsprogrammerne ikke bliver beskåret på de niveauer som det Hvide Hus har foreslået.

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SparNord being incubated in the hot house of FinTech

[fa icon='calendar'] May 8, 2017 3:17:00 PM / by Emilia Flockhart posted in FinTech Academy, Fintech

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ICDK SV is now home to Spar Nord's first office outside of Denmark.

Danish bank Spar Nord have sent their head of innovation, Kim Østergaard to Silicon Valley, to establish relationships and network with other Valley based FinTech innovators. 

Kim from SparNord and Anders from ICDK speaking with Beerud from GupShup at the FinTech Academy Webinar on Bots.  
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COLIBO (MEDIAWORKERS) RECEIVES INVESTMENTS AND EXPANDS

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 28, 2017 10:51:36 PM / by Jakob Soderberg

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CONGRATULATIONS TO SCALEIT ALUMNI, COLIBO!!!

The Danish Finance newspaper Børsen tells the story about Mogens and Max and their company Colibo (formerly known as Mediaworkers)

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THE EYE TRIBE – ACQUIRED BY FACEBOOK

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 28, 2017 10:50:17 PM / by Jakob Soderberg

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THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF FACEBOOK’S ACQUIRES CAN BE FOUND HERE. DANISH EYE TRACKING COMPANY THE EYE TRIBE HAS RECENTLY BEEN ACQUIRED BY FACEBOOK.

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Klar til din næste funding runde?

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 28, 2017 10:47:54 PM / by Jakob Soderberg

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Hører du til en af de mange danske virksomheder der har danske kunder og måske også kunder i et par andre lande i Europa - og nu tænker at tiden er inde til at tage fat i det amerikanske marked, så fortsæt læsningen her: 

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Brian on business in the Bay

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 13, 2017 11:04:18 AM / by Emilia Flockhart posted in ICDK

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The Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, spent the day in Silicon Valley during his recent trip to the US. 

Minister of Economic and Business Affairs Brian Mikkelsen meets with Silicon Valley based Danish Entrepreneurs at Zendesk
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Will you be Denmark's first Tech Ambassador?

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 10, 2017 1:56:30 PM / by Emilia Flockhart posted in ICDK

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With tech companies grossing higher than some countries GDPs, the Danish Foreign ministry has decided that their influence warrants the appointment of an ambassador to work with them.

ICDK Team with UM Anders Samuelsen, on TechPlomacy visit in Silicon Valley
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