Danish Tech Challenge – for the most ambitious startups
Danish Tech Challenge - aka DTC - is the most intensive accelerator programme for ambitious hardware startups in Denmark.
Each year we handpick 20 startups to participate in a four months’ acceleration period. So far, 80 startups have been accelerated. And they are doing great. They survive, they scale faster and they attract significant funding.
Joining Danish Tech Challenge is no longer just joining Danish Tech Challenge. It’s also becoming part of one of the strongest hardware networks in the Nordics.
The program runs in collaboration with the Danish Industry Foundation, and we’ve just received 10.5 mio. DKK to continue the good work of developing Danish startups.
- Q: When is DTC?
A: Officially from August to December, but we like to get to know you before we begin. In that way, we are much better equipped to help.
- Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone with a hardware product. We don’t discriminate by age, gender, university (or degree), background. In fact, the more diversity, the better.
- Q: How do you handle confidentiality?
A: This is a safe space and we never share your information without consent. However, Futurebox is an open space and there are a lot of people walking in and out of the building. So, if you have very sensitive information, consider when and where you share that information.
- Q: Do I pay or give up equity to be in the programme?
A: No, it is all free.
- Q: Do I get any funding during the programme?
A: We’re happy to connect you to investors, but we don’t do funding ourselves.
- Q: Will I get my own office?
A: No, but you will get your own desk. Futurebox is an open space, because we believe collaboration calls for close proximity.
- Q: Is attendance required?
A: Yes, attendance is mandatory for the meetings and common gatherings.
- Q: Do I have to move in?
A: No, you don’t have to move in. But we recommend you to do so. You’ll benefit much more from the programme, the team and the other startups if you’re here on a daily basis.
- Q: What does it take to win Danish Tech Challenge?
A: We do not want you to see it as a competition, but as an accelerator programme. It takes a huge amount of dedication throughout the programme. You need to build a relevant team, a working prototype and a solid business model.
- Q: Who decides who win?
A: We have an external jury, mostly made up of tech experts and investors. The DTC team have no say in who the winner is.
From hobby to professional business in four months
In January 2018, Rosenby Engineering was named winner of Danish Tech Challenge, and received DKK 500,000 for development of their startup.
Den perfekte DTC-deltager – en mytologisk størrelse eller bare sund fornuft?
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