14 May NEW FACE: Famous Entrepreneur Joins The Kitchen as Startup Adviser
NEW FACE: Famous Entrepreneur
Joins The Kitchen as Startup Adviser
Anders Søndergaard, co-founder of the digital health app Resilio, has an inevitable drive. He has travelled the world as an entrepreneur, has been a part of the world-famous accellerator Alchemist in Silicon Valley and he has raised funding for millions of DKK. From June 1, he will start using his experience to help student startups as The Kitchen’s new startup adviser.
Until a few months ago, it was not in the cards for Anders Søndergaard to be working full time as a startup adviser at Aarhus University. Because Resilio is living and breathing with subscribers all over the world, Resilio is in the black and it is going to continue that way.
However, covid-19 has – like for so many other – slowed down the growth of the company, which made Anders Søndergaard start looking around for other job opportunities.
He stumbled upon an open position in The Kitchen, and immediately, he was lit.
“I am looking so much forward to start getting an insight into all these student businesses and to use my experience to help them reach their goals,” Anders Søndergaard says.
More than ever, he is eager to give back to the startup community.
From Silicon Valley to Aarhus C
All over Aarhus University, the exitement for Anders Søndergaard’s hiring big. Head of Enterprise and Innovation Lone Ryg Olsen says:
”Anders Søndergaard is a huge asset for our business efforts at Aarhus University and for our hub, The Kitchen. His experience and qualifications not only make him a very competent adviser, he is also a great inspiration for our many student startups.”
Anders Søndergaard looks especially forward to put his experience from the accelerator Alchemist in Silicon Valley into use in his consulting.
”In Alcehmist, we worked very structured and methologically with asking critical questions to our own business and product market fit. That ability is super important, especially when working with early business strategies. I have learned these methods and best practices from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and I want to give that back to the startup community at Aarhus University,” says Anders Søndergaard.
An inspirational adviser
Also the student startups are eager to get Anders Søndergaard aboard the adviser team in The Kitchen. Henrikke Pedersen is one of the co-founders of the student startup Manigrip that produces tools for people with reduced functional capacities in their hands.
She attended a talk that Anders Søndergaard did at Aarhus University in fall 2019.
”Anders Søndergaard inspired us to take a critical look at our own product market fit. That actually lead to us loosing clients but it made us much more deliberate on our own business strategy. And that has been very beneficial for us in the longer run,” Henrikke Pedersen says.
• Resilio is an app that uses the smartphone camera to measure your heart rate as you learn science-based breathing meditation
• Resilio was founded in 2016 and launched the app in May 2018
• In 2018, Anders Søndergaard started a collaboration with the higly acknowledged tech-based accelerator Alchemist in Silicon Valley
• Prior to Resilio, Anders Søndergaard has worked with business development in Interactive Denmark, as a producer in Funday Factory and as manager and producer in festivals such as SPOT and Aarhus Festuge
• Anders Søndergaard starts his position as startup adviser in The Kitchen on June 1.
Monday 07:30 – 16:00
Tuesday 07:30 – 16:00
Wednesday 07:30 – 16:00
Thursday 07:30 – 16:00
Friday 07:30 – 16:00