What we believe

We believe that technology from uncovering potential agricultural solutions with an eye on sustainability and food security – to the technology disrupting the ways we eat and drink, can be a true game-changer.

We also strongly believe that consumer trends towards health awareness, convenience and quality products combined with the growing influence of technology will pave the way for a new personalized nutrition revolution and startups innovating in this space. Wearable technology to provide insights into healthy living and personalized nutrition based on genetic testing will as a result be on our radar. Likewise, we’re interested in the emergence of functional food with the goal of providing natural, sustainable and scientifically proven health solutions based on bioinformatics.

What you get

Free 6-8 months of intensive one-on-one business training from experienced consultants with industry expertise. We take no equity.

Unique access to corporate partners such as Arla Foods and Coop

Tailored learning labs and workshops where you will get intensive training designed to maximize your business potential

Mentoring from experts in Danish food ecosystem such as Henrik Overgaard or Mikkel Grene

Potential follow-up investment from Accelerace Invest or our partners

A Founders pack with resources and tools worth EUR 50,000+ from Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace and many more

Access to leading corporates

Coop is the largest retailer of consumer goods in Denmark. It's a cooperative, owned by more than 1.4 million members.
Arla Foods
Arla Foods
Arla Foods has a vision of creating foods of the future and is already working with innovation on several levels. However, discovering new relevant and potentially disruptive food technologies can be a difficult task when you don't have an overview or access to the ecosystem. Accelerace has, therefore, helped Arla scout, attract and select high-potential food tech startups from all over the world and identify trends that are driving innovation within the food space.
Arla Foods
FOSS is working every day to increase the global food safety, but would like to increase their innovation speed and scope even more. They have decided to reach out to the startup community in the hope that together with innovative new startups they can improve the food safety situation globally.Filip Poulsen, Business Development Manager, FOSS, says: “We are reaching out to the startup community in the hope that FOSS together with innovative new startups can improve the food safety situation globally. FOSS have scalability power of a multinational company with access to the food industry worldwide, and we hope that working together with startups will improve the existing solutions with a factor of 10 at least!”
Business Lolland-Falster
Business Lolland-Falster
Business Lolland-Falster is the business promotion agency of the southern part of Greater Copenhagen, Lolland-Falster. We provide a swift, professional and straightforward service in order to create the best possible operating conditions for startups and companies doing business and companies seeking to do business on Lolland-Falster. It is our goal for 2020 to make Lolland-Falster the best place to do business within Greater Copenhagen.
Business Lolland-Falster

... And amazing mentors!

Chairman of the Board, Co-founder, Aarstiderne A/S

Thomas Harttung

Co-founder, Greenilicious & Cook book author

Sif Orellana

CEO & Co-owner, Søstrene Grenes Import A/S

Mikkel Grene


Henrik Overgaard

Founder, Zest

Didier Laurent


The right product
It has to be more than just an idea. Think of it as a qualified pitch presentation to get investors interested in your startup. You must have a proof-of-concept or a MVP (minimum viable product), but we strongly prefer if you already have a product on the market.
The right team
Participating startups must have min. two full-time founders that are 100% focused on the core idea. They must be able to receive coaching and mentoring in English and stay committed to realizing their business goals. We are looking for visionary entrepreneurs with ambitions to change the future.

The team

Partner & Investment Manager
M: +45 25458430

Claus Kristensen

Business Accelerator & Investment Manager
M: +45 30897869

Jes Nordentoft

Business Accelerator & Investment Manager
M: +45 21592535

Oliver Repenning

Business Accelerator & Investment Manager
M: +45 22114859

Anders Handlos Grauslund

Business Accelerator & Investment Manager
Phone 22 10 97 84

Martin Holmboe


"The Accelerace team has in the one month already proven to be a massive source of support, belief and education. It has increased our knowledge and keeps sharpening our focus while opening up doors to new corporate partners. We already have heavyweight director’s joining as mentors providing invaluable insight how to grow our business further.”

“So far we have been taught in about Investment key metrics, the economics of investing in startups, Beach Head Strategy relating to marketing to your target audience, how to incentivize employees in a small team through legal schemes in the camps. During our weekly meetings our mentor, Oliver Repenning, is guiding and supporting us with the social media marketing tools to ensure a successful strategy and implementation. He provides great insights to tips and tricks that can fine tune our go-to-market strategy, which is very valued by our team.” Read more about StopMyCraving on the Accelerace blog

Sofie Annikki Dralle, CEO StopMyCraving

Ted Zoller

"Accelerace is one of the most significant and influential accelerator-programmes in Europe. It is without a doubt a game changer in the Danish entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Ted Zoller, Vice President for Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation & Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School


"We have gained valuable experience by working with our own company during the 8 camps in the program. Working on your own company with lectures and mentoring from some of the best is a unique opportunity." Read more on the Accelerace blog here

Casper Harlev, CEO hos Sensohive

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it possible to include patent fees in the application?
Yes, you can attach documents to your application. If you scroll down the application page (For startups/Apply) you will be able to attach files. All your documents and other details will be kept confidential.
What stage should the participating startups be at?
It depends a little on technology and market, but from the level of MVP, prototype or more. Our focus is market development.
What is the outline of the contents of the program?
Our program is 100% flexible, individualized and efficient and designed around the challenges that companies at your stage experience. The content is centered around learning labs, workshops, mentoring and coaching that are tailored to your needs. We're a specialized scaling platform rather than a traditional acceleration program.
Do I need to relocate my company to Denmark to participate?
No. You don't necessarily need to relocate, since we can do the mentoring remotely. However, you do need to register your company in Denmark (CVR number) and have some activity here e.g. participating in camps and client or investor meetings.
Do you help with the relocation?
If you do wish to relocate to Copenhagen, we will help you with administrative tasks, logistics, discounts and help you get in touch with the right people.
I’ve already participated in other programs – why should I join yours?
Well, it's up to you - however here are the most obvious 5 reasons:1) We focus on late stage startups that are already on the market and we help them scale. Most other programs are incubators or early stage accelerators. 2) We match you directly with our leading corporate partners that are interested in your technology and which in return will offer your know-how, insights and expertise. 3) You'll get an extra ressource on your team and not just a mentor giving you ad hoc advices.  Our business accelerators & investors spend 180 hours with your startup. Now that's really something. 4) Think of it as a shortcut to the Northern European markets. Not only is our startup tech scene vibrant and booming, but we also offer a  hotbed for clean tech, food and life science and a gateway to the Nordic countries. Denmark is home to 22% of the scaleups in the Nordics – and together the Nordic countries have almost 6 times as many scaleups as the average country in continental Europe, and 9 times more than in Southern Europe. 5) Denmark is one of the most digitalized and innovative countries in Europe. Our bustling, creative startup scene has fostered some of the world’s most successful tech companies and disruptive startups within AI, big data, block chain, healthtech and IoT.
Do you take equity?
We don't take equity in your startup. What we ask for however, is your full commitment to the program throughout the 6-8 months period. Easy peasy.
How are you funded?
Our program is partly funded by the Danish Government and leading Danish and International corporates with the goal to attract startup talents and create growth.
How much time should I expect to spend on the program?
Our program is designed around challenges that companies at your stage experiences. Consider spending about 4-8 hours per week in average, plus time do business development related efforts with the corporate partners. This factor varies from company to company.


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