Capital Connect: The Kitchen startups bring Copenhagen-based innovation hub to Aarhus
October 27, 2023
BY Camilla Kønig
Copenhagen-based incubator BioInnovation Institute are looking to meet startups from The Kitchen. On the 30th of November, entrepreneurs can meet them one-on-one at investor event Capital Connect in Aarhus.
A lot of interesting research and fascinating ideas are sprouting all over Aarhus University and turning into new business ventures at The Kitchen.
Increasingly, these startups are attracting attention and connections from across Denmark. And for good reason. Julie Cordes, principal in the business development team at BioInnovation Institute (BII), says:
“The Kitchen is an obvious partner in terms of discovering new great startups that could benefit from our financial support or some of the other facilities, we offer at BII.”
Like The Kitchen, BII is an innovation hub that stimulates and facilitates entrepreneurship, for instance through acceleration and venture building programs targeting early-stage startups. While located in the Copenhagen area, they’re looking to promote and facilitate innovation in all of Denmark, focusing on life science. So, they’re coming to Aarhus.
No pain, all gain
The life science incubator is already offering a number of micro-grants via their BII Futures Grants for The Kitchen entrepreneurs, which helps students explore their business ideas. And now, they look forward to meeting more Aarhus-based startups at Capital Connect later this month.
“Startups from The Kitchen are resilient and in a place of maturity that is a good fit for BII, making the connection a win-win situation for everyone involved,” says Julie Cordes.
Terese Hybschmann, business developer at The Kitchen, agrees: “Having BII at Capital Connect will give startups at The Kitchen access to expert feedback and let them build relations with a major player within Danish life science innovation.”
The event takes place on the 30th of November and consists of one-on-one sessions that let entrepreneurs discuss their new businesses with various funding facilities, test their pitches and seek opportunities for investments and collaborations.
This helps the startups gain their footing within the investor ecosystem, and funding facilities such as BII get important insight into upcoming startups in their field.
Fits like a lab glove
BII is an independent foundation financially backed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and they’re looking to connect with the entrepreneurial scene in Aarhus within their primary fields: planetary health and human health.
This makes the meeting especially exciting for startups within the field of life science, e.g., therapeutics, health tech, food tech, women’s health or industrial biotechnologies.
With the addition of BII, life science entrepreneurs at the event will have access to direct advice on the funding options and business development services offered by this hub in Copenhagen, for instance the Venture Lab program.