COVID-19 briefings for Nordic startups and scaleups

Join a series of virtual events on relevant and timely topics to mitigate the short-term situation and protect the opportunities for long term growth.

The Coronavirus is affecting societies, families and businesses all over the world. Many businesses are struggling to grasp the situation and finding ways to mitigate sales that disappear overnight and cost that continue to exist if nothing is done. 

Nordic startups and scaleups are impacted just as any other business. Many are facing difficult times, but luckily, others are finding new opportunities for massive scale. 

We have created a series of 30-45 minutes virtual events on timely topics helping founders grasp the situation. More importantly, we want to give them inspiration and approaches on how to navigate in the short-term and protect the opportunities for long term growth.

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 SESSION:
Hvordan hjælper Vækstfonden danske startups under COVID-19? (in Danish)

Tuesday, March 31st 08:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Er din virksomhed ramt på indtjeningen som følge af COVID-19, kan Vækstfonden stille garanti for nye lån eller driftskreditter, som ydes af dit finansieringsinstitut. Garantien giver dig dermed lettere adgang til den nødvendige finansiering.

Hør mere om ordningen og få afklaring på de spørgsmål du må have omkring ordningen og hvem der kvalificerer sig til den.

Anders Christian Andersen
Erhvervskundedirektør, Vækstfonden

Søren Kofoed-Sørensen
Direktør, Danske Bank Erhverv

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Kent Due-Frederiksen
Head of Danske Bank Growth

SESSION: 
Sådan hjælper Danske Bank startups i relation til COVID-19 (in Danish)

Wednesday, April 1st 08:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Vi befinder os i en helt ekstraordinær situation, der har store økonomiske konsekvenser. Mange virksomheder er hårdt ramt på deres salg og har svært ved at reducere deres omkostninger og frigøre likviditet. Danske Bank vil strække sig langt for at hjælpe kunder gennem udfordringerne og afbøde konsekvenserne af COVID-19. 

Hør mere om hvad Danske Bank gør for at hjælpe deres berørte erhvervskunder/startups.

Søren Kofoed-Sørensen
Direktør, Danske Bank Erhverv

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SESSION
How does a Nordic-based VC think and act these days?

Thursday, April 2nd 08:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Most startups and scaleups are dependent on risk capital to fund their growth and are anxious about access to capital due to COVID-19. Some are just about to raise their next round, some are in the midst of doing so and others are in doubt on what will happen with the valuation of their company and how the investors will behave in troubled water. 

Listen in on how a Nordic-based founder-friendly VC fund thinks and acts these days. Focusing on existing portfolio or looking for new deals?

Tommy Andersen
Managing Partner, byFounders

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Kasper Granhof Lyskjær
Cash Manager, Danske Bank

SESSION
How do you get an overview of your cash flow and optimize your liquidity?

Thursday, April 2nd 10:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Many companies are facing challenges with both keeping up sales while being forced to reduce costs. In addition, many startups are looking for external funding but find it even harder these days to raise money. Thus, it’s more important than ever to optimise cash flow so you don’t run dry in 30, 52, 100 weeks. 

Listen in on how you can get an overview of your liquidity for the future and how you can manage and optimise your cash flow.

Morten Borg Broustbro
Cash Manager, Danske Bank

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How does a Danish Business Angel think and act these days?

Monday, April 6th 08:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Most startups and scaleups are dependent on risk capital to fund their growth and are anxious about access to capital due to COVID-19. Some are just about to raise their next round, some are in the midst of doing so and others are in doubt on what will happen with the valuation of their company and how the investors will behave in troubled water. 

Listen in on how a Danish Business Angel thinks and acts these days. Are they passive or operational? Focusing on the existing portfolio or open for new deals?

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SESSION
How to cope with the stress as a founder and keep the motivation in the team?

Tuesday, April 7th 10:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Many founders have not experienced a crisis like COVID-19 before and are yet expected to be the ones making the necessary decisions to ensure that the company survives and comes out strong on the other side of the crisis. 

Listen in on how you can build and manage your mental health as a founder in a time of crisis and what you can do to keep the engagement of your team.

Cecilie Willer
Business Psychologist, Executive Coach & Founder of Today

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SESSION
How to optimize your SaaS business in a crisis?

Wednesday, April 8th 08:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, many startups are successfully running their business as a Software-as-a-service and may only have experienced a positive trend in their metrics. These days it’s hard to keep growing in numbers. 

Listen in on what you can do as a SaaS to adjust for a business environment that is in recession. How should your measures look like? What is a hand break scenario? How to activate it? And how to ensure that you are ready to grow again once the crisis is over?

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Ken Samuelsen
Senior Dealer, Danske Bank

SESSION
What happens at the FX/currency market these days and how to manage your risk?

Wednesday, April 8th 10:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

The global economy is facing turbulent times and the currencies are fluctuating. Many startups are global in their operations and face cost in one currency and sales in another. 

Listen in on how the prognoses are for the economy and for the Dollar, Euro and other important global currencies. And learn what you can do as a founder to mitigate the associated financial risks.

Christin Tuxen
Head of FX Research, Danske Bank

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Jesper Munkholm
CEO, SaaSters

Kim Lundberg
Senior Portfolio Manager, Vækstfonden

Jesper Jarlbæk
Chairman, DanBAN

Mette Fløe Nielsen
Angel Investor and Business Advisor with focus on impact

SESSION
How to navigate customers and partnerships under uncertain times – and still grow?

Tuesday, April 21st 10:00 AM CET

 

 

 

 

 



Many companies are now forced to shift their focus from getting customers to pay faster, to simply getting paid. Listen in on a dialogue with a Norwegian growth startup, Axeptia, on how they have adjusted and navigated to the current situation using their product to help companies reduce outstanding invoices and reduce credit risk. 

Join us and listen in on Axeptia talk about new learnings on how they have navigated customers, partnerships and other stakeholders during the current situation – and by doing so have been able to grow sales.

Per Nestor Warp
CEO, Axeptia

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SESSION
How do you build a successful company during a crisis?

Thursday, April 16th 10:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven-time founder Hjalmar Winbladh is the seasoned serial entrepreneur who has been pioneering the European tech ecosystem since the beginning of the Internet. He has built the first mobile internet company (which was sold to Microsoft in 1999) during the dot-com crisis, had a number of successful exits and founded the VC-fund he would have wanted to work with when he was a founder: EQT Ventures. 

Listen to the live stream to hear Hjalmar’s view on how investors act during the crisis and his experience on how to build a successful company during a crisis. Ask questions beforehand and get answers to those questions during the live stream.

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Hjalmar Winbladh
Founding Partner, EQT Ventures

SESSION
SU Nordic Virtual Roundtable: Future Skills and Employability

Wednesday, April 22nd 16:00 CET

 

 

 

 

 



The COVID-19 crisis has led to quite uncertain times about the future of business. While some people are losing their jobs others are concerned whether their skills match the future. Many questions from an employability perspective arise in times like this: What are the required skills of the future? How do I stay employable and relevant? How do I upskill myself? And from a startup perspective; how do I make sure I support my employees the best possible way into the future?

Join by signing up to SingularityU Nordic's event below.

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Laila Pawlak
CEO, SingularityU Nordic

Tahero Nori
Founder & CEO, TechBuddy

SESSION
No question is too dumb: Ask Industrifonden all your questions related to raising capital!

Tuesday, May 12th 10:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Most startups and scale-ups are dependent on venture capital to fund their growth and are anxious about the access to capital due to COVID-19. We all have questions about raising capital, but if you are anything like us, you also have questions that you just feel too stupid asking anyone. That is why we have invited Rebecka Löthman-Rydå, Investment Manager at one of Sweden’s most influential VC-firms: Industrifonden. 

Rebecka will give you concrete tips and tricks in the fundraising process and answer all your anonymous questions.

Ask your questions here already now and receive answers from Rebecka during the event.

Rebecka Löthman-Rydå
Investment Manager, Industrifonden

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 SESSION:
Opdateret: Hvordan hjælper Vækstfonden danske startups under COVID-19? (in Danish)

Monday, May 18th 08:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

Er din virksomhed ramt på indtjeningen eller er det blevet svære at rejse funding som ifølge af COVID-19, så kan vækstfondens nye låne muligheder for startups og scaleups måske være en hjælpende mulighed for dig. Låne mulighederne er tilpasset startups og scaleups som har haft svært ved at kvalificere sig til statens garantiordning. 

4 nye låne typer er blevet etableret: COVID-19 Startlån, COVID-19 Investerlån, COVID-19 Business Angel lån, COVID-19 Syndikeringslån 

Kan de nye finansielle muligheder hjælpe dig og hvordan kvalificere man sig hertil? Hør mere omkring de nye ordninger og få afklaring på dine spørgsmål.

Anders Christian Andersen
Erhvervskundedirektør, Vækstfonden

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Kent Due-Frederiksen
Head of Danske Bank Growth

 SESSION:
How have social entrepreneurs globally adapted to a changed playing field?

Tuesday, June 9th 10:00 AM CET


 

 

 

 

 

 

When the playing field all of a sudden changed with the COVID-19 outbreak, some startups benefited from it and others found themselves in a difficult situation. Among those, many have adapted by rethinking their business. Zooming in on social entrepreneurs, we see creative solutions to build companies with an idea contributing to positive societal impact. 

How have social entrepreneurs globally adapted to this changed playing field? Have they adapted more or faster? What are the main differences between social entrepreneurs in the Nordics and globally? 

To answer these questions and all your other questions, we have invited Sofia Breitholtz, CEO at Reach for Change, and Ayatam Simeneh, Founder of Beautiful Minds from Ethiopia.

Sofia Breitholtz
CEO, Reach for Change

Ayatam Simeneh
Founder, Beautiful Minds

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 SESSION:
Valuation and terms 
- before, under and after COVID-19 lockdown

Thursday, July 9th 10:00 AM CET

 

 

 

 

 



Most startups and scaleups are dependent on risk capital to fund their growth and are anxious about access to capital due to COVID-19. Some are just about to raise their next round, some are in the midst of doing so and others are in doubt on what will happen with the valuation of their company and how the investors will behave in troubled water.

Listen in on how things have developed in relation to “Valuation and terms, before, under, and after COVID-19 lockdown” and what to expect as a startup raising funding.

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Julie Høi-Nielsen
Attorney-at-law, 
Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen

Frederik Hasling
Attorney-at-law, Partner at
Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen

Kent Due-Frederiksen
Head of Danske Bank Growth