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Most startups are built on an urge to change something – often by combining new ideas and technologies. In that way, startups are not too different from the seven so-called GTS institutes in Denmark (known as Research and Technology Organizations (RTO) on a European level).

The seven approved institutes are all part of the Danish efforts to create an innovative and competitive business community by accelerating the utilisation of new knowledge and technology.

The GTS institutes provide research and development services to companies, including startups. Especially research-intensive projects and startups can gain a lot by getting their support – including access to specialized knowledge and expertise, as the institutes have a wide range of technical capabilities, knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The GTS institutes are independent, non-profit organizations that are funded by the Danish government and industry partners.

Protect innovation

The GTS institutes mainly collaborate with highly innovative and research-driven companies and startups. This means that startups working with GTS institutes should also have a clear strategy for their intellectual property (IP).

This includes patents, design protection and trademarks. No matter the need, there is a wealth of resources and helpful guidance to be found – e.g. at the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.

IPR is however an incredibly complex arena, and if the application process is too challenging it’s possible to team up with specialised advisors from a full-service IP consultancy firm like Plougmann Vingtoft for the entire process and strategy.

The article is part of the magazine “The Guide – A comprehensive overview of the Danish startup ecosystem”, published by Heyfunding and

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