Startup Denmark


Denmark is one of the world’s best countries for business and was ranked no. 6 in the world and no. 2 in Europe on the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Index. The Global Entrepreneurship Index scored 137 countries on 14 pillars of a healthy entrepreneurship ecosystem, with Denmark’s strongest areas being opportunity perception, opportunity start-up, technology absorption, human capital, product innovation and risk capital.

The Danish government initiative, Start-up Denmark, is now looking for startups who wants to be a part of one of the strongest ecosystems in the world.

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An overview of the Danish Life Science Ecosystem

Denmark, and particularly its capital, Copenhagen, offer a strong ecosystem within life science, where Copenhagen and the surrounding area account for more than 50% of all the life science industry’s Nordic positions. As a life science startup in Denmark, there is plenty of help and support available, as major regional players such as Novo Nordisk, Leo Pharma and Lundbeck, as well as recognized universities like the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark all financially support several initiatives intended to help startups in biotechnology and bioscience.

The Danish life science ecosystem offers good opportunities for life science startups to grow as there is easy access to the healthcare system and to recognized universities, as well as good opportunities of making experiments and seeking expertise from leading Danish companies and industry experts. Conditions for raising capital for life science companies are also very good.

In short, the Danish life science ecosystem is thriving, and it scores high on important dimensions such as opportunities for funding, access to knowledge, access talent pools, good infrastructure and entrepreneur-friendly politics. As a life science startup in Denmark, you will find yourself in an industry with a position of strength as it leaves a large economic footprint and has by far made the largest increase in revenue from 2008 to 2018.