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When your CVR-number is registered, your business account ready and you have started selling, the broad startup-advice might not be enough anymore. But fear not: the industry specific clusters are thriving and most of them have a lot to offer for startups and scaleups.

Danish clusters, such as Odense Robotics, Hub for Innovation in Tourism, and Danish.Care are networks of companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders within a particular industry or sector. These clusters are designed to provide a supportive environment for startups to grow and succeed within their specific niche.

Denmark has 13 national cluster networks. These are part of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Danish Business Promotion Agency’s cluster program, and have thus been designated as the 13 official clusters within Denmark’s strongest and most promising business and technology areas.

In addition, there are a number of other similar clusters in other promising business, technology and geographical areas.


The network effect

The clusters know the ins and outs of their industry and are therefore able to provide a unique network, support, insight and resources for startups within their field. This can include access to funding opportunities, mentorship and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs, and collaboration opportunities with other companies and startups within the cluster.

Industry clusters provide a platform for startups to connect with potential customers, partners, and investors. These clusters often host events and networking opportunities, such as conferences, meetups, and demo days, which can be a valuable way for startups to showcase their products and ideas to potential investors and partners.

Another benefit of business clusters is that they provide access to specialized knowledge and expertise within a particular industry or sector. For example, Odense Robotics is focused on the robotics industry, and provides startups with access to industry experts and mentors who have deep knowledge and experience with this industry.

Finally, clusters can help to create a more vibrant and innovative ecosystem within a particular region. By bringing together companies and entrepreneurs within a particular industry, clusters can create a network effect that leads to more innovation, collaboration, and growth. A network effect that tends to get stronger over time.

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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