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Here are some links to resources that can be useful for you as you grow your business in the US


 

Governmental

  • American Embassy in Copenhagen
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  • Trade Council of Denmark (Eksportrådet): The Trade Council is the governmental export and investment promotion organisation under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Udenrigsministeriet). The organisation covers all governmental activities designed to promote Danish export and foreign investment in Denmark under one roof
    • The Trade Council has several advisors located in the US, who specialize in key areas for Danish companies:
      • Defense Industry
      • Energy and Environment
      • Food, Agriculture and Agroindustry
      • Furniture, Fashion and Design
      • Life Sciences
      • IT, Communications and Electronics
      • Machinery, Oil and Gas Industry
  • Vitus Program: Vitus is the Trade Council’s elite program for small and medium Danish companies who want to expand globally in the most effective way
  • eVitus: eVitus is a program specially targetted to companies who want to start or optimize their online sales to a chosen export market.  See video from a company who has used the program here
  • Erhvervstyrelsen: Also called the Danish Business Authority. Erhvervsstyrelsen is a Board under Erhvervs- og Vækstministeriet. Within it there are several organizations that support companies starting up and expanding internationally.  Some of the resources for funding and creating growth plans are hereAlso responsible for Vaeksthusene
  • Væksthusene: Copenhagen as well as other regions.  Part of Erhvervstyrelsen, the funds are founded by each Kommune and independently run. The target group for Vaeksthus Copenhagen is startups and businesses, who wish to enter new international markets, develop new products and increase profit. For example, Vaeksthus Copenhagen identifies the business’ need for development and offers targeted counseling on the next steps of development. Vaeksthus Copenhagen’s services are free of charge.
  • Vaekstfonden: The Danish Growth Fund is a state investment fund that contributes to the creation of new companies by providing capital and expertise
  • Virk Startvaekst: At Startvækst.dk you’ll find shortcuts to guidance on starting up, maintaining, growing and exiting your company, be it a startup or established company. The portal is run by Erhvervsstyrelsen in cooperation with Væksthusene.
  • Accelerace:  Helps startups achieve success through training, funding and business development. Accelerace runs 5 international accelerator programs – as a part of Scale-Up Denmark – in collaboration with leading corporate partners. Each program has a specific industry focus and is open for applications all year round.
  • Scale-Up Denmark: Scale-up Denmark is an ambitious training concept for entrepreneurs and small enterprises. The aim is to establish an elite of high growth companies in Denmark. It is founded and funded by the five Danish Regions in partnership with the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth.  Hubs of expertise include:
    • BIOECONOMY, CLEANTECH, FOOD, ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES, HEALTH AND WELFARE TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY LIFE SCIENCE – BIOTECHNOLOGY, MARITIME INDUSTRY, OFFSHORE INDUSTRY, SMART INDUSTRY
  • EKF: EKF is Denmark’s Export Credit Agency. “We help Danish companies make it possible and attractive for customers abroad to purchase Danish products. We do so by helping raise financing and by insuring companies and banks against the potential financial and political risks of trading with other countries”

Other organizations

  • AmCham in Denmark: The American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark is a non-profit, non-governmental business association representing more than 250 companies actively investing in Denmark and the United States. As the voice for international business in Denmark, AmCham is committed to building a competitive business environment in Denmark, and to doing its part to minimize barriers to international trade
  • Dansk Erhverv / Confederation of Danish Enterprise: Dansk Erhverv is one of Denmark’s larges business organizations and represents over 17,000 member companies and 100 branch organizations. It is Dansk Erhverv’s mission to create competitiveness for its member companies in a global economy.  It speaks for company’s political interests with all relevant authorities and offers hands-on advice to help members solve challenges. They go deep into individual cases and follow them if necessary all the way through the justice system.
  • Eksportforening / Danish Export Association  : This association of over 550 companies creates a framework for helping Danish companies increase their international sales. The association operates by planning and executing export campaigns, often linked to international trade fairs and exhibitions, and by providing a forum for Danish exporters and foreign buyers. They are Denmark’s largest arranger of export networks, which include: Bioenergy; Food, Health, Fish, Water, Mining, Oil and Gas Tech; Wind Energy, and more.
  • DI – Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri): Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) is the strong voice of corporate Denmark. On the behalf of 10,000 member companies, DI works to provide the best conditions for Danish businesses in order to improve the opportunities for growth and overall competitiveness. DI’s International team can help you set up and develop your business abroad
  • DenmarkBridge: DenmarkBridge is a relatively new (early 2016) member-driven public-private non-profit initiative, started by A.P. Møller–Mærsk, Danske Bank, Dansk Industri, LEGO, Vækstfonden and Erhvervs- og Vækstministeriet, Udenrigsministeriet and Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet.  Its purpose is to give Danish companies and startups better access to knowledge, networks and capital in Silicon Valley. DenmarkBridge aims at bringing disruptive startups, investors and large corporations together across the Atlantic through strategic, high-level networking and knowledge sharing.
  • Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA):  a Danish-Swedish networking organization for the entire life science community in Greater Copenhagen/Southern Sweden. 245 member companies, who together employ approximately 140.000 people, representing the region’s triple helix and including universities, hospitals, human life science business, regional governments and service providers. Creates value for members by co-hosting, launching and driving meetings, working groups, seminars, conferences and projects that strengthen the collaboration, networking and knowledge-sharing in the region’s life science community, create critical mass and help realize the full potential of Medicon Valley
  • TrendsOnline: Trendsonline.dk er Danmarks førende netmedie om det danske startupmiljø, iværksætteri og digitale trends.
  • MalmoStartupsMalmö Startups is a grassroots organisation uniting and enriching the startup community in southern Sweden. It is a non-profit organization supported by Invest in Skåne and Lunds University.
  • OresundStartups: The aims is to enable a better community for startups and entrepreneurs in the Øresund region – to get a more integrated region that can grow towards it’s full potential. Focus mainly on startups in the bigger cities on both the Danish side (Copenhagen) and Sweden (Malmö, Lund and Helsingborg).
  • Internations: Wherever in the world life takes you, InterNations Communities wants to help you feel at home.  Now in 390 cities worldwide, including Copenhagen. A network and events to help expatriates connect with fellow expats and receive tips & advice
  • International Women’s club: The International Women’s Club of Copenhagen is a non-political, non-profit organisation founded in 1977, to welcome and assist newcomers and their families to Denmark, enhance the members’ knowledge of Denmark through tours to historical and cultural sights, lectures on topical issues and other activities, and to foster goodwill and friendship amongst members of all countries
  • American Women’s clubThe AWC is a non-profit, voluntary organization that provides fun, friendship and social support to its members living permanently or temporarily in Denmark and promotes mutual understanding between the US and Denmark, particularly through philanthropic work
  • Danes Worldwide: Makes it easier for Danes and their families to live and work abroad, and to come home to Denmark again

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