Let’s scale up your tech start-up

What we believe

We believe in riding the front of technology waves. We like to work with startups at the platform or application layer that utilize emergent technology to make new things possible. A favorite question is why wasn’t this possible before?

Following our belief, we see massive opportunities in blockchain, biometrics and augmented reality. They all offer new platforms with characteristics that will allow leapfrogs in solving many of the problems we face today.

We think that many of the applications dominating the internet today will be reinvented upon a decentralized node infrastructure and native currency. Biometrics will be a revolutionary data source feeding applications of all kinds and we consider augmented reality to disrupt many of the current use cases of mobile.

We are also keenly interested in XR, AI, IoT and Smart Wear. We consider them as strong evolutionary steps that will change the way we interact with media, software and things.

What you get

Business training from experienced serial entrepreneurs

Mentoring from the Danish business community and international experts

Learning labs and workshops where you receive intensive training designed to maximize your business potential

Founders Pack with resources and tools worth EUR 50,000+ from Amazon, Microsoft, Hubspot and many more

Introduction to VCs, business angels & corporates

Investment of 67,000 EUR (500,000 DKK) as a convertible note. The investment is optional.

WHAT IT TAKES

The right product
It has to be more than just an idea. Preferably, you already have a product on the market, but as a minimum, you need to have a Minimum Viable Product. Your product must solve a real problem in a market big enough to make your company attractive to investors.
The right team
You must have a minimum of one full-time and equity-owning founders who are able to tackle both commercial and technical issues. Strong industry insights and experience is preferred, and you must be open and willing to be challenged on your basic assumptions about your business.

Team

"Being part of the Accelerace program has helped us doubling down on what is important for us at our current stage of growth. They have also opened their broad network of expertise and knowledge to us which we're extremely grateful for. We're proud to be Accelerace alumni and are looking forward to continuing our partnership in the coming years."

Emil Ottar Riise

Founder and CEO of Golisto

"Diplomasafe’s co-founding team was part of the Accelerace program in 2019 and we got some valuable feedback on every part of our business that we have put straight into practice. We also got feedback and help with fundraising that worked out perfect.   We received mentoring of high-class during the program both from Accelerace mentors and alumni that gave super feedback but also after the program ended, and I’m sure we will keep the contact in the future. Another great thing about Accelerace is that they don’t ask for equity and still work hard to prove its value.   We have been extremely happy working with Accelerace. Their numbers speak for themselves, and we will do ours to make the numbers even better."

Mikkel Egehave

Co-founder and CEO of Diplomasafe

“Accelerace made a huge difference to Trustpilot because they introduced me to people who had the exact experience we needed. Especially in the devising of our business model and the execution of it, it made a crucial difference to us. I’m not sure we would have existed today if it wasn’t for that introduction.”

Peter Mühlmann

Founder and CEO of Trustpilot

"Months after graduating the Accelerace programme, we experienced strong growth, got a seed investment, grew our team and certainly expanded the number of bikes in the streets counting 2000 now in 40+ locations. The key learning from the Accelerace program was the how to focus on your beachhead and kill your darlings that are outside the focus."  

Erdem Ovacik

CEO, DonkeyRepublic

"The program was an effective accelerator and a good introduction to relevant business partners and approaches. In particular, the dedicated mentor and the structured approach to testing commercial hypothesis during the program were key for the breakthrough of Transporteca."

Morten Lærkholm, CEO Transporteca

"Accelerace helped us optimize our business model and scale our sales process. We grew from 10 to 25 employees, and we have tripled our revenues. We could never have done this without the help from Accelerace!”

Jens Reimer, Co-founder, Graduateland

“We have been really pleased with our participation in Accelerace and the strategic counseling which have proven to be crucial in raising capital to make our visions come true and to meet the expectations of our owners.”

Thomas Permin Berger CEO of Sproom

“Above all, being part of the Accelerace program helped us understand how investors think. That’s basically why we were able to refine our business model, nail our pitch and eventually secure substantial venture funding to develop and grow our business."

Christian Lund, CEO, Templafy

"The Accelerace program has helped us with our strategic priorities in reaching product-market-fit. We have saved time and boosted our progress as a direct result of the advice we received from our Accelerace mentors and at their workshops. We are deeply grateful for the personal and professional way that the program has been executed and we do not hesitate to recommend Accelerace to other SaaS startups."

Andreas D. Christiansen, CEO & Co-founder at Praice

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are we going to a pitch session in order to get selected?
No, our selection will be based on personal interviews with your personal Business Accelerator - not a pitch session. In our experience, we get to know you a lot better in this way - and you get to know us a lot better. It's not only us that select you - you should also feel that you want to spend your valuable time with us. This forms the basis for a great relationship going forward!
Is it possible to include IP documents 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.
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.

OUR TECH ALUMNI

Hooves
With the Hooves app, you can plan and log all activities around your horse, and keep your entire team up to date at all times.
MinRecept
MinRecept has developed the first Danish medicine delivery service. You sign up for a subscription, choose whether you want the cheapest alternative of the medicine your doctor has prescribed and then Danish pharmacies handle your medicine and send it to your address.
Trendesk
Trendesk is a SaaS platform for fashion brands and e-commerce businesses. By using advanced image recognition algorithms on social media, they analyze which products, colors, and styles are trending, as well as what influencers are performing best when they post pictures while wearing a brand's products.  
Sidetracked
Sidetracked has created a solution by the name Swiftanimation. Swiftanimaiton provides a faster way to create animations by using virtual reality. With VR the user can capture an animation using their own body and can edit it in the same program. VR makes capturing motion data and editing animations very intuitive and efficient. It also allows beginners to contribute.
Lentii
Lentii has created a unique web crawler that is first of its kind. It is an online platform that provides you with the easiest way of booking sharing economy services when going on a trip. With a link from a website, Lentii will automatically grab the price, description and picture, and save it as one idea-card inside the travel plan. Lentii supplies you with the best search results, gathered from multiple sites at once.
OneLounge
OneLounge offers a software system that automates the management of sponsorships. They give companies an easy, flexible and economically viable access to VIP experiences in sports and culture across the country, all on one platform.
DIGURA
DIGURA helps tenants who have no time, are uncertain about their rights or do not know how to handle their case. DIGURA assesses the case, and - if it has potential - litigates it. The client only pays if DIGURA wins the case on the client's behalf.
ZAFARI Label
ZAFARI Label has invented an adhesive security label which helps retailers in the fashion industry reduce the problem called 'wardrobing'. Wardrobing is when a consumer buys a piece of clothing, wears it in public and then returns it for a full refund. The security label seals the garments, while still allowing the consumers to try the product, but without being able to wear it in public because of the seal tag.
Diplomasafe
Diplomasafe provides a platform that makes issuing of diplomas/transcripts easy for administration whether they are stand-alone or Rest-API. Issuers of diplomas, certificates and transcripts can enhance the education experience with a digital diploma. The digital diplomas are safely distributed in a secure digital manner.