Startup Weekend Aarhus 2016

The long awaited Startup Weekend Aarhus 2016 has finally started! People from all over the world have gathered at Navitas to share knowledge and experiences.

During the networking session, participants get the chance to know each other through mix and matching ideas and cross border experiences. Two leading entrepreneurs were invited as speakers to motivate the participants and share insiders’ do’s and don’ts. Nicolaj Bang, the CEO of a startup called Global Coin, is explaining his idea and all the pivot points encountered in order to solve the foreign currency change problem. Adrien Solgaard presents his million-dollar idea that started this year and already has a product on the market.

After a well-deserved tasty dinner, games are used not only to break the ice but also to ignite creativity and cooperation. Ideas are offered a chance for materialization during the pitching session regardless of how crazy they might be. All ideas are welcomed.

Vegard, from Norway, an experienced entrepreneur, psychologist and computer scientist is here to host the event and guide the participants to follow through their ideas.

Armed with the right attitude and all the support needed, ahead we go! #SWAAR #AARsome

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19 nationaliteter var samlet i Aarhus og på 54 timer skabte de 8 innovative sundhedsideer

Parkinson. Psoriasis. Kræft. Stress. Der blev i alt kåret fire vindere til Startup Weekend Health i Aarhus 12-14/2, hvor 50 mennesker fra 19 forskellige lande på 54 timer skabte otte forskellige forretningsideer inden for sundhed.

Den overordnede vinder blev holdet SIMULIFE, der kombinerer spil og leg med virtuel reality briller og måling af bevægelser hos mennesker med Parkinson. Det er med til både at få patienter til at bevæge kroppen mere og samtidig giver det sundhedsvæsnet vigtig data til en mere målrettet behandling.

Innovationsprisen gik til Whyredin, der i en afgrænset periode kan lukke ned for alle forstyrrelser på telefonen som sociale medier, sms og mail. Det vil kunne forebygge stress på en arbejdsplads.

Bedste pitch gik til ideen Kræft Plan, der hjælper kræftramte til at få indblik i behandlingsprocessen for netop deres kræftform.

LEOiLab gav prisen til en ide, der hjælper mennesker med psoriasis til at få bedre behandling og livskvalitet via et nyt online fællesskab.

SIMULIFE – forbedre livet med Parkinson

Teamet bag SimuLife bestod af 8 deltagere og 7 forskellige lande, der i løbet af weekenden fik banket den vindende forretning sammen. Steven fra Australien pitchede idéen fredag aften, og Olena Ignatiuk fra Ukraine og Tomas Nemecek fra Tjekkiet var en del af teamet og valgte idéen af to grunde: Idéen var global fra starten og Steven havde en vindende entusiasme. Til spørgsmålet om, hvad der var bedst ved weekenden lød svaret fra Steven:

– Winning! Ha ha. Lørdag blev vi virkelig sammentømret som team, og vi fik øjnene op for hinandens styrker på kryds og tværs. Derudover fik vi kontakt til en health-professional, som kunne understøtte og validere vores idé. Der gik det også op for os at vores løsning faktisk kunne skabe værdi for både Parkinson-patienter og det lægelige personale med data, siger Steven Wibowo, der lige er flyttet til Aarhus fra Australia for at arbejde som forsker på Aarhus Universitet.

Aarhus Kommune ser potentialet

– Der er sket en positiv udvikling af Startup Weekend Aarhus Health. År for år er niveauet er steget, siger Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, velfærdsteknologichef, Center for Frihedsteknologi, Aarhus Kommune, der har været involveret i frem Startup Weekend Health og dette år igen som dommer.

– Løsningerne er i højere grad rettet hospitaler og på tværs af sektorer, så de er tættere på rent faktisk at kunne implementeres i fx Aarhus Kommune, siger Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, der også gerne vil have endnu mere samarbejde med brugere og borgere. Velfærdschefen vil gerne forsætte med at deltage i Startup Weekend, fordi det giver ham et overblik over, hvad der sker i innovationsmiljøet.

– Vinderne af dette års Startup Weekend kombinerede virtual reality med en potentiel kommunal løsning, og jeg tror, at vi også på sigt vil se flere vitual reality løsninger i den kommunale sektor, siger Ivan Kjær Lauridsen.

VIA: Vigtigt at blande kulturer og faglighed

– Når vi blander folk på tværs af professioner, alder, kultur og nationer, så giver 2+2 pludselig mere end 4. Vi oplever, at når vi tager forskellige folk ud af deres faste rammer og giver dem et fælles mål at gå efter, så sker der noget helt specielt. Man kommer til at arbejde på en helt anden måde end man gør på et kontor, siger Birgitte Woge Nielsen, koordinator af VIA Studentervæksthus Campus Aarhus N og lektor ved VIA University College, og fortsætter:

– Størstedelen af uddannelserne på VIA University College er typisk rettet mod det offentlige. Derfor er det især interessant at få vores studerende og sundhedsansatte til at tænke ud over de gængse rammer. Og det er Startup Weekend en perfekt ramme til, siger Birgitte Woge Nielsen.

Et stærkt lokalt fællesskab

Gennem over 4 år har et stort netværk af mange forskellige aktører skabet et community, der er gået sammen om at styrke entreprenørskab og innovation i Aarhus.

Startup Weekend blev arrangeret af frivillige ildsjæle og sponsoreret af Aarhus Kommune, VIA University College, INCUBA CareWare, Ingeniørforeningen, Google, Microsoft og LEOIlab. Ideerne blev søndag aften testet af et dommerpanel bestående af Aase Lydiksen, direktør for sundhedsuddannelserne os VIA University College, Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, velfærdsteknologichef i Aarhus kommune, Anette Nørgaard fra Microsoft Partners, Trine Winterø, CEO for MedTech og erhvervsmanden Claus Hommelhoff.

Tjek: www.facebook.com/swaarhus/




Pitching from the Valley of Death

Saturday at Startup Weekend Health began very good and bright with the sun shining inside the gymnastic hall at VIA Health Campus where eight teams where developing new innovative ideas to improve the health sector.

They all worked hard getting the business idea ready for the eight mentors that all are very experienced entrepreneurs, innovative managers and successful business people. People that could give professional feed back and maybe even be a future partner.

As the morning turned into afternoon the teams where meeting with the mentors and suddenly the ideas met the first reality check. The mentors tested and challenged the business idea, the liable product, the market, the target grout etc. etc. To the bone. Hard but fair.

Typically, the Saturday afternoon is called the valley of death because people now face a crucial point of no return. A point where the idea must be more concrete and prove its survivability. Actually the mentors weren’t that happy and now many of the participants had to focus and gather all their energy to get ready for the first pitching round.

With courage and a straight back, the teams one after one presented the ideas for a selected panel of mentors and their fellow strugglers – and well – it went good! The crises from the valley of death was overcome and all teams could be proud and continue towards the snow covered mountain range called Sunday presentation!

Mentors are:

Tom Quast, Henrik Ernst, Finn Støy, Thomas Fogt Jensen, Dorthe Stricker, Sussi Bianco Nielsen, Lasse Chor, Gyda Bay, Bjørn Salskov and Kristian Jenssen-Tusch

 




International cool crowd gather in Aarhus to pitch the future of health

Startup Weekend Health begins almost slowly this cold dark winter night in Aarhus in Denmark at the VIA Health College Campus. The dim light inside the big building has attracted adventures and bright minds from places like Chile, Belgium, Peru, China, Ukraine and off course Denmark to participate in this years Startup Weekend in Aarhus.

But as soon at people gather inside in small groups the calm evening quickly changed to curiosity and suddenly the big hall was buzzing with conversations, manly in English with dozens of accents from all over the world.

After a light dinner with a big nice sandwich with a beer or a soda the pitching begins. Facilitator Michel Duchateau from Belgium briefs about the following exciting days, introduces the mentors and then then pitching begins.

3D-printers, engineers, lawyers, medical students, physicists, and all sorts of different people from all over the world pitch their ideas – and people clap and support the ideas – however crazy they are… Because right now anything goes.

– Are you ready? Michel shouts. – Yeaaaaa!, the crowd roars. Let the Startup party begin. 🙂

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Fremtidens velfærdsteknologier udvikles i weekenden

Pressemeddelelse 9/2/16: StartUp Weekend er en global begivenhed, hvor iværksættere mødes på tværs af professioner og uddannelser og forsøger at komme med innovative løsninger på alverdens problemer. I Aarhus skal deltagerne udvikle fremtidens velfærdsteknologier, når de mødes til det 54 timer lange arrangement i weekenden på VIA’s Campus N i Skejby.

Den står ideudvikling, pitches og samskabelse i New York, Paris, Tokyo, Brisbane, Skejby og i alt 117 byer verden over, når Start Up Weekend løber af stablen. Siden 2012 har Aarhus været med på det innovative verdenskort og i år har man været nød til at sætte en begrænsning på antallet af deltagere på grund af den store interesse.

startup weekend 3d print by Roman Voitenkov‎ Denmark

Gode ideer og intensiv tidsplan

Når deltagerne mødes fredag d. 12. februar er det med målet om at kunne præsentere en færdigpakket ide med tilhørende forretningsplan og produkt 54 timer senere. Ikke nogen nem opgave og derfor er der også hjælp at hente hos de 13 mentorer, som deltagerne kan spare med inden de om søndagen skal fremlægge deres ideer for dommerne.

Dommerpanelet består af Aase Lydiksen, direktør for sundhedsuddannelserne hos VIA University College, Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, velfærdsteknologichef i Aarhus kommune, Anette Nørgaard fra Microsoft Partners, Trine Winterø, CEO for MedTech og erhvervsmanden Claus Hommelhoff.

Et udstillingsvindue for nye løsninger

Ivan Kjær Lauridsen har været med hvert år siden 2012 og ser arrangementet som et unikt udstillingsvindue for nye teknologiske løsninger inden for velfærdsområdet:
”Der er to veje at gå, når man skal finde nye løsninger på velfærdsområdet: Den ene er efterspørgselsdrevet og den anden er udbudsdrevet.  Her er Startup Weekend Health med til at præsentere udbuddet, som så efterfølgende kan testes i forhold til borgerne for at se, om der også er en efterspørgsel” Siger han.

Han ser derudover weekenden som en velkommen mulighed til at holde kommunens udfordringer op mod den teknologiske udvikling:
”Arrangementet er jo med til at skabe en opmærksomhed omkring forskellige sundhedsproblemtikker og hvordan teknologiske løsninger, i sidste ende, kan give kommunens borgerne en endnu bedre service på området” forklarer han.

Vigtigt for studiemiljøet i Aarhus

Alle kan tilmelde sig StartUp Weekend Health og de 80 deltagere er derfor en blandet flok med vidt forskellige baggrunde. Det er netop en af styrkerne ved arrangementet, hvis man spørger Aase Lydiksen:

”Det er godt for Aarhus som studieby, fordi de studerende får mulighed for at samarbejde på tværs af uddannelser, institutioner og virksomheder, afprøve deres færdigheder og udveksle ideer med hinanden. Når de studerende engang er færdigeuddannede, har de brug for både faglige kompetencer og færdigheder, men de har i lige så høj grad  brug for  innovative og entreprenørielle kompetencer, som de blandt andet har rig mulighed for at udvikle gennem tiltag som Start up Weekend Health” siger hun.

VIA University College har ligesom Aarhus kommune og Microsoft støttet arrangementet med 10.000 kr. og lægger derudover lokaler til på Campus N. Et engagement som ikke krævede meget betænkning ifølge Aase Lydiksen:
”VIAs vision er netop, at være en entreprenant organisation og et arrangement som dette understøtter vores vision og strategi og skal ses som en del af VIAs aftryk og stærke  samfundsengagement der, forhåbentligt, kan understøtte samarbejdsrelationer og samskabelse for både vores studerende, medarbejdere og samarbejdspartnere i erhvervslivet ” siger hun.

Deltagerne får en fod indenfor

En ting er at få en god ide, noget helt andet er at danne et godt team omkring den og finde de rette samarbejdspartnere. Det er ofte de afgørende faktorer hvis man skal gøre sig forhåbninger om at flytte sin ide fra tegnebrættet og ud i den virkelige verden. Sussi Bianco, som for 4. år er med i styregruppen for Startup Weekend Health og derudover også fungerer som mentor, ser netop opbygningen af relationer mellem deltagerne, top kompetencer i erhvervslivet og de offentlige samarbejdspartnere og indkøbere, som en af arrangementets fremmeste opgaver:

”At komme med til en startup weekend gør at man får et nyt og forskelligartet netværk. Det er et unikt mødested for dem der ved hvad behovet er inden for velfærdsområdet, for designere, It udviklere teknikere, forretningsudviklere og alt derimellem. Samtidig får hvert team gennem dommerne og mentorerne genveje til succes og relationer, som man normalt ikke har adgang til” siger hun og uddyber:

”At deltage er det man kan kalde et fasttrack to succes, eller – som minimum – til enestående erfaringer.  Der er et stort behov for nye ideer inden for velfærdsområdet, og det er her Startup Weekend Health tilbyder en unik indgang” forklarer hun.
En af de personer som deltagerne kan have brug for at kende er Claus Hommelhof, der selv har 30 års erfaring som selvstændig. Han startede sin virksomhed hjemme fra køkkenbordet, hvor han investerede for familie og venner og i dag har virksomheden, formuepleje A/S, over 11.000 investorer og mere end 50 milliarder kroner under forvaltning:

”Jeg bakker op om StartUp Weekend Health, fordi det er vigtigt med arrangementer, der hjælper talenter med iværksættedrømme og samtidig skaber nye løsninger på sundhedsområdet. Jeg håber, at jeg kan være med til at finde de bedste ideer, som kan gøre en forskel i fremtidens sundhedssystem, siger han.

Vinderen af StartUp Weekend Health bliver tilbudt videre eksponering for mentorpanelet i StartupLab og muligheden for at tage deres ide videre gennem en plads på næste Mentor Pitch Event i StartupLab.




Yes! LEO Innovation Lab is New Sponsor

LEO innovation

We are very thrilled that LEO Innovation Lab is our new sponsor for Startup Weekend Health.

LEO Innovation Lab is a new DKK 500 mio. independent unit, established by the industry leading pharmaceutical company LEO Pharma as part of a long-term strategic decision to focus on patient’s needs.

The message from LEOiLab is clear:

“We believe that creative and talented people will participate in Startup Weekend Aarhus Health. If you put together a bunch of crazy people for 54 hours – and provide enough inspiration – magic will happen. We from LEO Innovation Lab want to meet these people and experience this magic. See you on Friday!”

LEOiLab don’t develop medical treatments – instead, we look at all the aspects of everyday life that can affect a person who has psoriasis. LEO Innovation Lab has been established as a separate entity to create a smaller, more agile organization, where innovation can thrive and solutions be brought to market and tested faster.

As LEO Pharma is owned entirely by the LEO Foundation and has no shareholders, its profits are reinvested in developing new solutions to support the overall mission: To help people achieve healthy skin. This unique ownership structure has made it possible to establish LEO Innovation Lab with no profit requirements – just a goal of making a difference to people living with psoriasis.

About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a persistent skin disorders. It’s characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.

Read more

LEO Innovation Lab http://leoinnovationlab.com/

Leo trækker superiværksættere ind i milliardprojekt http://www.business.dk/medico/leo-traekker-superivaerksaettere-ind-i-milliardprojekt




Startup Weekend Health from the eyes of a Biomedical Researcher

Startup Weekend Aarhus Health Paula

Researcher-Entrepreneur-Startup Weekend. These three concepts may seem to belong to different worlds for many people. However, that is very far from being true. PhDs are natural entrepreneurs! Surely you have heard about it before, academia needs to be closer to the industry, it is necessary to find alternative funding sources, we need to increase the transfer of knowledge to the society, etc. And we know is true, the traditional way of doing research is being challenged and changes are necessary and unstoppable. However, the preconceptions we have about the business world tend to stay on our way.

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Enter the future market of Health Industry

Even though the five speakers have different focal points they all agreed on one important advice for the future health entrepreneurs: Build a minimum viable version of your solution and get feedback from the ones who are going to use it. No matter if it is the municipality, private users or someone else entirely – get it tested as soon as possible.

Sussi Bianco hosted the pre-event and explains that the purpose of this kind of set-up is to raise the quality of health innovation on a larger scale. The last three years the Startup Weekend team have focused on creating a ecosystem around health innovation in Aarhus and to grow a pay-it-forward mentality. We have made Startup Weekends with a health theme three times and in the past three years grown a network of entrepreneurs involved with the health care industry who are ready to share their knowledge and experience to current and future health entrepreneurs.

As different as the speakers were, as various were the participants at the event. And diversity is one of the key factors in a successful Startup Weekend.

Join us on 12th February here:  http://aarhus.up.co/events/8326

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And the winner is…

The most exciting moment of the Startup Weekend Aarhus 2015 has come. After endless hours of intensive work, the big moment is finally here.

Are YOU looking forward to know who won this great contest?!

Before I tell you the final results, I would like to point out that all the teams were fantastic!!! Great pitches, awesome ideas and an amazing environment ! It was not easy for the judges to make a decision. I’m sure you can’t wait to see which are the highlight teams of the night, so let’s go straight to the point.

The top three winning teams of the Startup Weekend Aarhus 2015 are (tan tan tan taaaann):

1. Overall Winner: Dently

2. Best Pitch: Who’s hungry

3. Best use of Open Data: Back to Basic

This was definitely one of the best moments of the weekend that everyone has been looking forward to. The feeling of joy, pride, and achievement in everyone’s faces. This simply made the entire event worth it.

We had the chance to interview the Overall Winning Team to get to know what were their feelings after their accomplishment, and to share their thoughts about the weekend in general.

 

winning team

All the members of Dently were overwhelmed and a little surprised by the results. They were not expecting to win which makes their excitement even bigger. They said the Startup Weekend is like a ‘rollercoaster’ experience. There were always ups and downs, and during those 54 hours you can easily switch from excitement to frustration and vise versa. But hey, that’s part of the process! Since the first pitch on friday they changed their initial idea a lot, but there were no regrets as the benefits of this transition were very much needed to develop the idea.

Based on their experience, the winning team gave us some usefull advices/tips for the future participants of Startup Weekend:

1. Focus on your idea

2. Never give up on your idea if you really believe in it

3. Don’t try to catch the trends, create something new

4. Be more realistic and down-to-earth

5. Pitch your idea as clear as possible

I would like to congratulate everyone for their devotion and hard work throughout the weekend, we made this experience more than awesome !!!

 




Working like a boss

The day started with a nice cup of coffee and a Danish styled breakfast. The teams were excited to get started with today’s work but they were also tired from working all night long. Although, there was no time to be tired due to the short announcement about Open Data right after breakfast time. Open Data is a tool available for the teams during the weekend and for that we had two experts to help them using it. After another Danish meal we had the mentor´s briefing and some of them stayed the rest of the day working with the teams. In the meanwhile some of the teams went outside Navitas to validate their ideas by asking people´s opinions in the street.

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The day has been filled with energy and excitement and the teams are continuously working on developing their ideas but tonight a large beer will be needed!

By Teresa Santos and Mette Marie Rathmann Erenskjold




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