From University to Unicorn – 2021

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Danish universities already deliver world-class research in everything from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to cryptography and robots. But how do we link this knowledge to the business world in order to create real change at scale?

With the magazine “From University to Unicorn”, we highlight the unique innovation opportunity that comes from the universities.

We take a closer look at the students and researchers who translate their knowledge into companies that have the potential to become the next unicorn. How it affects the established business community as well as Denmark’s competitiveness at large. And how the efforts within digital entrepreneurship across universities contribute to shaping the talent pool of the future.

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By Jes Broeng, Programme Director for Open Entrepreneurship and Director for DTU Entrepreneurship (DTU – Technical University of Denmark) A Nobel laureate is a brilliant, absent-minded, solitary researcher – according to the traditional image of the academic dream anyway. Fortunately, this is not an accurate reflection of...
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Odd as it might sound, strobing lights at particular frequencies can be good for the brain. Researchers at the American elite university MIT discovered this four years ago, after studying the effect of the flashing light in mice with Alzheimer’s. The neurodegenerative disease simply affected the...
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Whether your digital voice assistant is called Siri, Google or Alexa, you have probably come across some funny suggestions as to what the assistant thinks you've told it. Speech recognition is complicated, which means it hasn’t been super lucrative to invest in developing models for a small...
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With just a little pedalling on a stationary exercise bike, a bleak day at the hospital can become an exploration around Amalienborg Castle or along Møns Klint. Hospital patients who are otherwise unable to go out are able to experience the world, thanks to a VR...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Stibo Accelerator' and 'Fonden for Entreprenørskab' - some of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. Everybody wants more successful, fast-growing startups to be built on top of...
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Over the last few decades, entrepreneurship and innovation have become more and more important. This has also been felt in the education system where an increased focus on these topics is expected in order to ensure that society – across the private and the public sector...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Fonden for Entreprenørskab' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. 2020 saw the opening of ‘The Kitchen’, a dedicated entrepreneurial space for students and researchers...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Stibo Accelerator' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. It’s the smallest supermarket in the city, but it’s also the most technologically advanced. When you...
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The world is constantly turning and rapidly changing, and enterprises will have to change direction or completely redefine themselves if they want to be able to attract the most talented candidates for job openings. Conventional benefits like high wages or an impressive job title will no...
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80 hours a week. At least. No family parties, that goes without saying. And then you must just kick ass and hustle your way to hypergrowth. You may suffer from stress or a stomach ulcer along the way, but then, once the startup has become a...
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Unlike most university startups, Tor Emanuelsen, Mathis Rosenberg Sørensen, and Morten Kirkegaard did not really know each other. But after Morten as a student had helped publish some groundbreaking research results in a research group, AAU immediately began searching for enterprising students and alumni to match...
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It’s not going too badly for Pleo. In just six years, the fintech company has gained over 17,000 business customers and earned itself a place among the unicorns, a.k.a. It is a startup with a valuation of over 1 billion dollars. Pleo has international employees to thank...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Innovation Centre Denmark' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. Boosting life science startups: For the second time, the innovation centre in Munich is helping...
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With an always optimistic approach and infectious energy, Martin Vesterby exudes a confident aura of 'selfmade man' – like most other successful serial entrepreneurs. The Danish distillery 'Stauning Whisky' may be the best-known company he has co-founded, but his CV also includes the co-founding of a number...
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It is said that you learn more from failure than from success. But perhaps it is the other way around in the university world, where, by virtue of Silicon Valley, the American frontrunners Stanford, Berkeley and MIT have become world famous for the interplay between research...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Cyber Hub' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. In recent years, words like ‘phishing’ and ‘ransomware’ have found their way into the Danish language,...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Digital Tech Summit' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. “When I was a kid, something in me wanted to beat Microsoft, and I’ve thought...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Digital Tech Summit' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. Aishah, Camilla and Mathias were actually searching for an internship in a company as part...
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In 2019, Draupnir Bio received an investment of 225 million DKK. AgroIntelli followed suit with 108 million DKK in 2020. And only this year, Muna Therapeutics managed to raise an impressive 450 million DKK. Although their product differs—from drugs to prevent blood clots in the heart, self-propelled...
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This article is made in collaboration with 'Plougmann Vingtoft' - one of the amazing partners making the magazine 'From University to Unicorn 2021' possible. You can read the full magazine here. Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a central role in the fourth industrial revolution currently rolling over us...
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In 1996, Sergey Brin was asked to give a tour around Stanford University for aspiring graduate students. One of the visitors was Larry Page, whose chemistry with the elder student was instant. A friendship was born and only two years later, the service we today know...