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About us


Supporting student entrepreneurship

Why student entrepreneurship?

We help student startups develop products & services that create value for people & society.

The Startup Programme is a student startup incubator at the IT University of Copenhagen. The incubator is managed by ITU Business Development A/S, an private limited company owned entirely by the IT University of Copenhagen. Bringing the entrepreneurial community together with more focus & university support has enabled us to launch this programme for students.

Mission

The Mission of the Startup Programme is to provide guidance and knowledge to students which leads to teams creating new technology startups with innovative concepts. We are a launchpad for students into the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem, helping teams prepare for the next stages of startup growth.

The Crew

behind the scenes

Our geek crew

Vlad Gidea

Vlad Gidea

Incubator Manager

Vlad is an ITU alumni and one of the creators of the Startup Programme. Currently as incubator manager of the Startup Programme, Vlad is in charge of running the programmes operations and providing business development couching to our startups. Previously he has supported student entrepreneurship as the chairman of ITU Innovators, where he restarted the grass-roots entrepreneurial community and helped students come together and work on common goals. Also, Vlad has worked with many startups and combines real-life startup lessons with the university student perspective.

Kristine Helen Falgren

Kristine Helen Falgren

CEO of ITU Business Development

Kristine comes from a position at Reykjavik University where she worked with the development of technology transfer activities and university-industry collaboration. She has studied art, political science and psychology and holds an MBA. Besides the experience with commercialisation opportunities from academic research, she has a special interest in how to attract and support more women to the STEM subjects and in female entrepreneurship.

Søren Brunsgaard

Søren Brunsgaard

Legal Advisor

Søren comes from a previous position as a Legal Consultant at the ITU, but has switched to ITU Business Development to work more directly with commercialization of inventions and advising student startups. Coming from the entertainment and media industry he has great experience within these areas, but can help with all types of legal matters. Søren also worked with a good couple of start-ups so in the early phases of building a company he can be a huge help.

Not convinced?

Students say:

Samy Tessier
The Startup Programme was instrumental in getting our company from an idea to an early business: very useful legal counsel, capital injections and overall advice. ITU-BD is a great advantage for students’ startups as it brings experience which is critical to creating a profitable company.

— Samy Tessier

CEO and Founder at Clockwork Trading ApS

Anders Nygaard
ITU Business Development's Startup Programme was vital in the very early stages of our startup journey. They helped consider important elements in relation to our business model and gave us tools to guide us through bumps and challenges along the way. In the later stages, they made our further development possible by investing 25.000 DKK in the company. Being part of the shared office facilities provided by ITU BD enabled a valuable network of other entrepreneurs.

— Anders Nygaard

CEO & Founding Partner at Limelight Music ApS

Nikolaj Hass
ITU Business Development helped us get a qualified validation of our concept and has played an important role in establishing connections to key players in our industry.

— Nikolaj Hass

CTO and Founder at Fluency ApS