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TechBBQ 2016

September 20th in Copenhagen

TechBBQ is the quintessential and largest startup and innovation summit in Denmark and Greater Copenhagen gathering 1700 passionate people in the Opera House.

Meet your future customer, investor, co-founder, employer or employee. Explore new technologies and the companies that make them a reality and give yourself the opportunity to get that one special meeting, the one you did not know you needed.

Listen to inspirational speakers from all over the world, get to know the angels and the VCs in the Investor Corner, look for talent or jobs, talk to an old friend or have a beer with someone you just met. Once a year, in Copenhagen, we gather everyone, for one day, with one goal: To explore opportunities together.

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Welcome to TechBBQ 2016!
Hosted by Laila Pawlak, Dare2Mansion:

- Opening by Klaus Nyengaard, entrepreneur & Business Angel & Camilla Ley Valentin, co-founder & CCO of Queue-it
- Troels Lund Poulsen, Minister of Business and Growth will be pitching the government's business policy
10.20 Opening Keynote
David Helgason (DK), co-founder & EVP, Unity
10 billion DKK valuation… and so what?
10.45 Check the off-stage program
11.15 Lightning Talk
Jared Friedmann (US), Partner at Y Combinator and Founder of Scribd
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Panel Discussion
Accelerator/Incubator Panel: So what can an accelator or incubator actually do for you, if anything?

Moderated by Neil Murray, The Nordic Web. Participating:
- Oussama Ammar (FRA), Co-founder & Partner at TheFamily
- Stina Lilander Nysaether (NOR), Program Director at 500 Startups
- Kirsty Nathoo (US), Partner & CFO at Y Combinator
11.45 Live Pitch
Jeppe Rindom (DK), Pleo
Louise Ferslev (DK), MyMonii
12.00 Check the off-stage program
12.45 Lightning Talk
Kasper Hultin (DK), Co-founder of Peakon & Podio
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Panel Discussion
Investor Panel: Is VC money always the answer?

Moderated by David Helgason, Founder & EVP, Unity. Participating:
- Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen (DK), General Partner at Balderton Capital
- Jeppe Zink (DK), General Partner at Northzone
- Bjarke Staun-Olsen (DK), Investment Manager at Creandum
13.15 Live Pitch
Andreas Cleve Lohmann (DK), Corti
Ulrik Branner (DK), GenieBelt
13.30 Check the off-stage program
14.00 Lightning Talk
Morten Primdahl (DK), Co-founder & CTO of Zendesk
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Panel Discussion
The power of the crowd: Is crowd-utilization still a thing or is it a fad?

Moderated by Kristine Pontoppidan (DK), Founder of NinjaConsult. Participating:
- David Cascino (US), Co-founder & CEO of Thunderclap
- James McClure (UK), General Manager, Northern Europe at Airbnb
- Søren Stenderup (DK), Founder & CEO, CrowdInvest
14.30 Lightning Talk
Jacob Jønck (DK), Co-founder of Feast & Endomondo
14.45 Check the off-stage program
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Panel Discussion
The Future of Work

Moderated by Steffen Hedebrandt (DK), Head of Marketing at Airtame. Participating:
- Christian Høeg (DK), Co-founder & Business Developement at Praice
- Ståle Fredlund Husby (NO), Co-founder & CEO at Relink
- James McClure (UK), General Manager, Northern Europe at Airbnb
15.35 Fireside Chat
Joe Griston (AUS), Director of People & Talent at, interviewed by Michael Dyrby
The disruption of the work week
The reveal of the electric vehicle that will change urban transportation as we know it!
The vehicle will be on stage - but if you think that looks cool, just wait until you hear the business model
16.30 Keynote Speaker
Domenic Liechti (US), Executive Director & President of the Board at Khan Lab Schools
How can we use the power of technology to humanize the classroom!
16.50 Keynote Speaker
Matthew Bellows (US), Co-founder & CEO of Yesware
17.10 New initiative from LEO Innovation Lab revealed on stage!
17.15 Big surprise on stage!
17.20 Closing remarks
Thank you for coming - see you at TechBBQ 2017!
17.30 Networking over a cold beer after a long day
Powered by Pre-Seed Innovation & SEED Capital
18.30 Afterparty
Drinks and informal networking at Copenhagen Street Food


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Off-stage Program

Startup Services Corner

Investors Corner

Job & Talent Corner

The Camp Lounge


Life Science & Healthtech Corner

AI Corner

Hardware Showcasing Corner

Build Tech Corner

#nordicmade & SLUSH


Startup Services

If you have any questions or if you need advice about the practicalities of setting your own business, then you should visit our Startup Services corner in the foyer. We have invited experts from relevant fields, who can answer, if not all, most of your questions.

From legal to business advice, this is for sure one of TechBBQ’s corners that you should check out to get more insights about best practices and the dos and don’ts of the startup world.

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Investor Corner

At TechBBQ 2016 you get the chance to meet investors from all over Europe. VCs (more than 25) and Angel Investors will be here, so consider reflecting beforehand on which type of investment would be most beneficial for your idea or business.

You will get the chance to meet the Business Angels & Investors at this corner. So, activate your persuasion skills and prepare a 2 minutes pitch that will knock the investors off their feet.

Sign up for the Investor Matchmaking and we'll send your information to every single investor attending TechBBQ - this could be your big break to get that one important meeting!
The deadline to sign up for Investor Matchmaking has now passed.

Our guest of honour is Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s most prominent seed funder. You can get an one-on-one session with one of Y Combinator’s partners Jared Friedman, Kirsty Nathoo or Carolynn Levy.

Many of our participants will be eager to partake, so remember that you need to Sign up before the 10th of September to make sure that you get an appointment with one of the Y Combinator gurus. Y Combinator reserves the rights to select the startups to sit down and talk with.

Epic Afterparty

After a full day of networking, pitching and participating in all sorts of activities, we will all need to unwind and take it easy for a while. What better way than an after party?

TechBBQ is throwing an epic afterparty at Street Food Copenhagen (Papirøen). The afterparty is powered by #NordicMade. So why not continue those interesting conversations you have been having during the day, in a more relaxed and casual setting?

The afterparty starts at 18:30. The atmosphere will be animated by Djs and the beer will be ice cold. Let the good times roll till the morning dawn.

How often do you get the chance to mingle and network over a beer with some of the most prominent investors, angels and entrepreneurs in Scandinavia and Europe?

Life Science & Healthtech Corner

The future of health belongs to the empowered patients, who leverage artificial intelligence and other exponential technologies to prevent diseases and receive treatment or rehabilitation in their own home.

Technology is finding answers to the large scale issues the health care systems have been fighting for years. Visit the Life Science & Healthtech Corner at TechBBQ to see how.

AI Corner is the first Nordic non-profit festival on AI and Machine Learning. It’s a forward-thinking platform for pioneers and professionals working with AI and Machine Learning to power up sustainable solutions and improve the quality of life for all.

Meet the founders and greatest minds in artificial intelligence at this year’s TechBBQ where they, in collaboration with Accenture, will present to the public and showcase the work of AI pioneers.

Hardware Showcasing Corner

"An intelligent lighting system, modular robots, the world's first and only salt particle inhaler, photospectroscopy cuvettes, saving the planet one shower at a time: these are only a few of the prototypes arising out of Danish Tech Challenge - an entrepreneurship programme created by The Danish Industry Foundation and Scion DTU.

To take a deeper dive into hardware and meet the 20 startups participating in Danish Tech Challenge please visit

You can also touch and see some of the prototypes in the Hardware Showcasing Corner sponsored by IDA, the Danish Society of Engineers. IDA inspire and promote engineering in entrepreneurship as well as support tech entrepreneurs with an ambition to scale – check it out at

Showcasing startups: Shade, Marq Medical, Shape Robotics, LIITA Healthcare, Flow-Loop, Cph:nano, Vacuum Inlet Systems, Sarita CareTech, Global Lightning Standard, OSAA Innovation.

Build Tech Corner

In this corner, you’ll meet startups that focus on the intersection between technology and urban build environment. This entails startups trying to solve problems within construction, architecture, design, and urban development - all using technology at their core. Stop by this corner for a talk about waste management, robot-tech at the construction site, the usage of visual tools in the building industry or maybe healthy work environment.

Showcasing Startups: NordSense, SHUTE, Odico Formwork Robotics, Utopian City Scape, Spiio.

#nordicmade & SLUSH

#nordicmade is a coordinated, community-based movement for branding, marketing, and outreach, to promote both regional and international awareness of Nordic tech, startups, and innovation. The movement consists of community builders from all 5 Nordic countries and include both event makers, startup media, accelerators, incubators, and coworking spaces.

Meet #nordicmade and Slush at TechBBQ and learn more about the community and how you can get involved in upcoming initiatives.


TechBBQ 2016 partners up with Ultrahack. This year Ultrahack expands to Nordic and Central European capitals and sets up the first nordic hackathon tournament at the hottest tech startup events in Reykjavik, Helsinki, Oulu, Prague, Oslo and Copenhagen.

Job & Talent Corner

Powered by TheHub and Danske Bank, TechBBQ is excited to present the Job/Talent Corner. An entire section of the Opera House dedicated to finding great new opportunities for both employers and employees.

Explore new exciting job opportunities in startups (maybe you can even meet your future boss in person?) or find the next highly talented person you need in your startup.

So polish up your resumé and practice your pitch on why this wiz kid should join exactly your startup!

The Camp Lounge

The Camp's lounge area offers a glimpse into the world of our new nordic co-working environment for start-up companies. Relax, recharge and enjoy the settings of Ballerups exciting new co-working space.

The Camp is a new co-working space for 300 entrepreneurs where community is the concept cornerstone.

The Camp is a collaboration between Rainmaking, one of Denmark’s leading facilitators of entrepreneurship, and Tryg, an experienced corporate player with 2,7 million insurance customers in Scandinavia.


Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack

Christian Stadil

Peter Mühlmann

Jimmy Maymann

Morten Primdahl

Jesper Løvendahl

Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack

Ulla is Managing Partner in venture capital fund SEED Capital based in Copenhagen and has 15 years of VC experience.
She has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey prior to joining game developer startup IO Interactive, creator of the Hitman series and founding the web shop Harburi. Having experienced the struggles of a startup founder first hand her entrepreneurial drive runs deep. Ulla looks for driven, ambitious entrepreneurs, who are willing to go the extra mile in return for a successful venture. When Ulla meets entrepreneurs who are willing to do that, she is too. Her portfolio companies include Orderyoyo, Amminex ET and Expanite. She has a wide-reaching network within venture, media and the political sphere.

”It is immensely important that we back valuable initiatives like TechBBQ in order for the rest of the world to discover the potential of the Danish startup scene. Events like these will help brand Denmark and our many successes and help attract foreign capital to promising Danish startups”

Jesper Løvendahl

Founder of Denmark’s largest international business network DABGO with over 11.000 members globally and 500 annual events. Founder & CEO of ExpatRide International, a global provider of car services to expats. Advisory Board member and Goodwill Ambassador at Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador Corps an organization founded to attract talents, investments, jobs and tourism to Copenhagen. Jesper has due to a decade of pro bono work for Denmark been included in "Kraks Blå Bog" because of his achievements.

"It's not who you know, or who knows you. It's all about who and how many you have helped"

Jimmy Maymann

Jimmy is the EVP & President of Content & Consumer Brands at AOL.
As President of Content and Consumer Brands at AOL, Jimmy leads AOL’s portfolio of content brands, as well as AOL's content strategy and OTT operations, which altogether reach a global audience of around ​400 million unique visitors every month.

Prior to joining AOL, Jimmy co-founded GoViral, an early innovator in online video production and distribution, developing video advertising platforms able to track, distribute and host video ads across multiple sites online. With Maymann’s guidance the company evolved from being primarily involved in video production to focusing on platform development, allowing it to rapidly scale its operations. Since joining AOL, Jimmy has served in several roles including Senior Vice President of International and most recently as CEO of the Huffington Post, where he has made international expansion​, ​profitable growth, and improved video operations ​his​ three key priorities.

Jimmy is a graduate of the University of Odense in Denmark with degrees in Economics and International Marketing and has an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Why is it important to you to support a Danish entrepreneurship event such as TechBBQ?
As a fellow Dane and entrepreneur, it's important for me to show my support for the emerging talent coming out of Denmark. As one of the largest startup and innovation summits in Copenhagen, TechBBQ is an exciting forum to explore new technologies and ideas, and meet with today's up-and-coming tech professionals.

What are your best tips for networking for the entrepreneurs who come to TechBBQ for the first time?
My advice for first time TechBBQ entrepreneurs would be to come with an open mind and not hold back from asking questions and engaging with your peers. You never know who you'll be able to meet or have a conversation with, so it's best to use the time there to embrace the opportunity and make meaningful connections. Who might be meeting your future customer, investor, co-founder, employer or employee.

Morten Primdahl

Morten Primdahl co-founded Zendesk and has served as our Chief Technology Officer since August 2007.

He holds a Bachelors in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a Masters, Sci. IT. in computer science and information technology from the IT University of Copenhagen.

Why is it important to you to support a Danish entrepreneurship event such as TechBBQ?
A lot more great product should be coming out of Denmark. There’s talent, education, energy, security, great design and good resources. We need bigger and bolder products. Coming from Denmark it’s understandably hard to think at a global scale and it’s hard to imagine how things are done elsewhere and lastly it’s super hard to break the mold. By supporting TechBBQ there's an opportunity to help broaden peoples minds and to encourage entrepreneurs and investors from abroad to also come by and share their perspectives.

What are you best tip for networking for the entrepreneurs who come to TechBBQ for the first time?
Don’t worry. Just saying “hello” works.

Peter Mühlmann

Peter Mϋhlmann is founder and CEO of Trustpilot, a fast-growing tech startup looking to transform online consumer shopping experiences.

Founded in 2007, Trustpilot now provides more than 130,000 businesses with TrustScores based on 20 million customer reviews. Peter has expanded the company from 1 to 500+ employees with offices in New York, London, Melbourne, Berlin and Copenhagen.

He was named Danish Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2013, and in the same year Trustpilot won ‘Danish start-up of the year’ at Next Web’s European Startup Awards.

Christian Stadil

Christian Nicholas Stadil (born 1971) is a Danish business owner, founder, chairman, director, investor, author and an adjunct professor. Additionally, he is an active lecturer and talks internationally about management, branding, creativity, innovation and self-development. Christian is also an investor in the programme “Løvens Hule,” the Danish version of Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank.

Apart from being the owner and CEO of the conglomerate Thornico, which he founded together with his father Thor Stadil in the end of the 1990’ies, Christian is also the co-founder of and lead investor in a number of especially tech-based upstart companies such as e.g., the worlds biggest Tattoo platform. Moreover he sits on a variety of external boards and think tanks, for example Big Future 2025.

Why is it important to you to support a Danish entrepreneurship event such as TechBBQ?

I'm supporting TechBBQ because it's essentially a summit and platform that calls upon, inspires and motivates existing entrepreneurs to sustain and grow the business they're building today. Besides that, aspiring future entrepreneurs can be inspired to take the next step and build their own startup.

In order to break the zero-growth curve we're in today, it's an important prerequisite that more people start a business. Therefore, to be an entrepreneur must be considered a real, legitimate job and career opportunity equal to dentistry or law.
Moreover, it is necessary to launch and support startups and entrepreneurs who can innovate and think disruptive - and who want to bring new innovative products to market and optimise existing solutions.

In this matter TechBBQ can be an essential cornerstone in promoting entrepreneurship. Besides, TechBBQ is a highly relevant funding platform enabling investment opportunities as entrepreneurs, VC's and Business Angels can meet at the summit. There's no denying that funding is a fundamental challenge to every entrepreneur striving to build their own startup.

What are you best tip for networking for the entrepreneurs who come to TechBBQ for the first time?

1. Remember you have two ears and one month. Listen and ask. Everybody likes to be listened to - even big time hardcore VC’s and CEO’s. This is a good way to make the important emotional hook.

2. Have a professional attitude and an open mind. Smile and be friendly with a natural exterior. There are no good reasons to become insecure and wear an arrogant mask to hide behind. It will only backfire.

3. Be creative and make people remember you.

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In the summer of 2012 a small group of people sat together and decided that something was missing in the Copenhagen/Danish/Greater Copenhagen/Southern Scandinavian startups scene: our own conference. We needed the flagship event, where once a year, we would all meet up to celebrate success, learn from failure and explore relations across companies, functions and borders. All healthy startup eco-systems has their flagship event - also to makes sure that at least once a year the international investors are flying in to meet up and take the temperature on what is going on. That event we wanted to create.

First time we ran the event, we did it with 300 people at a location we could borrow for free, the beer we also got for free, the food was on a very special discount and the technology to run the event had it's issues - but there was a great sensation in the crowd, and it clearly showed the need for TechBBQ (yes, it's not a great name, but that's the best we could come up with ...). Now we can soon welcome almost 2,000 people at the magnificent Opera House in Copenhagen, dozens of VC's are present and everybody else is there as well.

From the beginning we had a few principles, that we believe are an important foundation for our success:

- The event will be owned by a foundation - it should belong to the community, and we should not earn money on it
- We want to protect the stage - it is not possible to pay to get on the program, we want quality
- We want a core part of the program to be related to our region - it's great to see successful American entrepreneurs, but it is often more inspiring to listen to the kid from Køge who made it big in London
- We need to have all stakeholders mixed together - entrepreneurs, leaders, startup employees, politicians, corporates, investors, etc. - but the key stakeholder for us, are those that are,or aspire to be, building and running tech based startups
- It has to be fun - it's great to learn, but we all need a good laugh as well
- We are happy to have helped our region to have a great event, and we hope you all will help to continue to make it better for every year.


Klaus Nyengaard
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David Helgason
Steering Committee

Camilla Ley Valentin
Steering Committee

Pia Ella Elmegård
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