Workshops & Grants

Regardless of your business idea, business model or type of industry, we can teach you the tools you need to develop your startup in The Kitchen.

Our workshops and grants

We offer access to grants and a comprehensive list of workshops
aiming at providing you with the tools and knowledge you need
to build a succesful startup – most of it open to all.

Open to all

Participate in workshops regardless of your affiliation with Aarhus University.

3-hour workshops

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP  

Your brand is your business.

It is the sum of all the impressions you leave: it’s you, your product, customer service, communication, appearance etc.  In other words; every startup has a brand. Does yours do you any good?

A good brand connects with the audience and guides strategic decisions.

In this workshop we will focus on what you can do to shape your brand in a way that is believable, relevant, and meaningful to you, your startup and your customers.

YOU WILL GET   

  • Tools to build a strategic brand foundation.
  • Tools for clear and efficient external communication.

PRACTICAL INFO


March edition: 29/3: 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up: here

May edition: 25/5: 09.00-12.00 AM

Sign up: here

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Your team is the most important asset of your startup. “An A-team with a B-idea always beats a B-team with an A-idea”.

Creating a great team starts with you and your co-founder(s).

In this workshop, you will learn basic team dynamics and how to proactively create a great team with a higher chance of success. Startup-teams depend on knowing individual strengths and values in order to create a shared purpose and goal.

The entire founder-team has to participate in this workshop.

YOU WILL GET

  • An introduction to team dynamics
  • Tools to help focus on values, synergies and strengths
  • A focused approach to building a team

PRACTICAL INFO

March edition: 08/3: 09.00-12.00 AM

Sign up: here

May edition: 18/5: 13.00-16.00 PM --> CANCELLED

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

The goal of this workshop is to make you a more successful negotiator. This will help you get better deals and develop your business smoother and more efficiently.

At the workshop, you negotiate the conditions for an angel investment, either from the perspective of the business angel or that of the founder. Building on this, we discuss the principled negotiation approach of the Harvard method, which supports the collaborative realization of win-win potentials and the development of trusting relationships.

YOU WILL GET

  • Practical and useful negotiation guidelines
  • The opportunity to practice and develop your negotiation skills
  • Insights about risk financing negotiations

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

March edition: 02/03: 09.00-12.00 AM
Sign up: here

April edition: 21/04: 13.00-16.00 PM --> NEW DATE: 18/05 9.00-12.00 AM
Sign up: here

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP 

There is a huge number of societal challenges that we urgently need to create sustainable solutions for. Startups can play an essential role in meeting these challenges.

In this workshop you will learn how your startup can contribute and become (more) sustainable. We will look at sustainability from a broad approach including social and cultural dimensions.

The workshop is relevant for any startup seeking to integrate (more) sustainable elements into their business.

YOU WILL GET

  • Inspiration and tools for integrating different aspects of sustainability into your startups
  • An tentative overview of the field of sustainability and strategies to handle the challenges associated with it.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

February edition: 22/2: 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up: here

May edition: 03/5: 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up: here


ABOUT THE WORKSHOP  

The goal of this workshop is to prepare you to confidently take the lead in the investment process so you can attract investors.

You will learn what investors look for and understand how they think and act, both before and after investment.

You will be introduced to terms such as: Cap table, pre-/post money valuation, series A,  etc.

YOU WILL GET

 

  • An introduction to basic investment terminology
  • Exposure to a real life early stage investment case
  • Tools for valuating your startup

PRACTICAL INFO

 

February edition: 07/2: 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up: here

April edition: 20/4: 09.00-12.00 AM
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ABOUT THE WORSHOP

Most people think of patents as the only way to protect an idea.  The truth is that trademark, copyright, design protection and trade secrets can also be used to protect a company’s assets.

The workshop will help you choose the right protection strategy for your startup.

(The workshop does not cover patent – patent is for a separate workshop.)    

This workshop is hosted in collaboration with TTO AU

 YOU WILL GET

  • An overview of the various ways to protect your idea
  • An understanding of how you can protect your idea

PRACTICAL INFO

March 15, from 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up here

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 

Startups that own patents  become more valuable compared to startups that do not own patents.  The goal of this workshop is that you understand what a patent is, it’s value, and how to proceed with the patenting process in order for you to  maximize the value and impact of your research.

The workshop is relevant for everyone who considers patenting an invention. It is particularly relevant for AU employees. with research that they seek to patent.

YOU WILL GET 

  • Practical tools and knowledge necessary to do a preliminary patent search
  • A roadmap for your own patenting process
  • Specific do’s and don’ts in the patenting process

This workshop is hosted in collaboration with TTO AU

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

May 10, from 13.00-16.00
Sign up here 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

På denne workshop får du indblik i, hvorfor du har brug for et CRM, hvad HubSpot CRM* tilbyder, og hvordan du får sat et godt system op fra begyndelsen, så du slipper for at holde styr på alle dine kontakter i dit hoved og gør dine “husk-at-følge-op” post-its overflødige. Du vil også få introduktion til inbound salg og marketing, og hvordan du kan støtte dine kontakter på rejsen fra helt ukendt til loyal kunde, der anbefaler dig til andre.

HubSpot CRM er et brugervenlig og skalerbart værktøj til at sikre at du har styr på alle dine kontakter og kommunikationen med dem. Du får en masse muligheder i den gratis udgave, men som samtidigt har tyngden til at skalere helt op i enterprise-niveau uden at skulle skifte system.

PRAKTISK INFO OG TILMELDING

Marts udgave: 22. marts, kl. 13.00 - 15.00
Tilmeld dig her

April udgave: 26. april, kl. 13.00 - 15.00 --> CANCELLED

Women Startup Weekends

Vil du have en bedre teknologiforståelse og har du lyst til at prøve kræfter med at kode? Så er det nu, du skal sætte kryds i kalenderen. Weekenden giver dig en grundlæggende forståelse for kodning og teknologi, så du er bedre klædt på til at realisere dine iværksætterideer eller andre projekter.

Vi kan love dig en fantastisk hyggelig weekend i rammerne af AUs iværksætter hub The Kitchen. Her holder vi et dejligt digitalt lejrbål, med plads til at hygge sammen med andre, der også gerne vil lege med kode. Ind i mellem øvelser og oplæg trykker vi pause for at give kroppen lidt opmærksomhed. Hvis du har noget afslappet tøj og en yogamåtte må du meget gerne medbringe det, men intet krav

Igennem kurset får du:

  • viden om brug af teknologi og digitalisering i forbindelse med iværksætteri.
  • en basal forståelse for kunstig intelligens, udvikling af hjemmesider og de dertilhørende kodningssprog.
  • udvidet dit ordforråd, så du nemmere kan kommunikere med IT-eksperter og stille relevante spørgsmål i forbindelse med udvikling af digitale løsninger og produkter.

Du kan forvente en introduktion til

  •  begreberne kunstig intelligens (AI), machine learning og webudvikling
  •  programmeringssproget Python samt hands-on øvelser med Python
  •  hvordan du arbejder med data og udvikler algoritmer
  •  webudvikling og den bagvedliggende arkitektur
  •  HTML-kodning som i dag bruges i hjemmeside- og appudvikling

Og et nyt netværk med andre ligesindede, hvor der er plads til vidensdeling og støtte.

Krav for deltagelse

  • Du skal udfylde en kort ansøgning om at være med, da vi gerne vil have en dedikeret gruppe af deltagere. Du får besked om  hvorvidt du er opdaget umiddelbart efter du sender din ansøgning.
  • Det er IKKE et krav, at du har kodet før eller har erfaring med de teknologier vi gennemgår i løbet af weekenden.
  • Weekenden er for kvinder eller personer som identificerer sig som kvinder.
  • Workshoppen er åben for alle uagtet tilknytning til Aarhus Universitet

Praktisk information

HVORNÅR: Lørdag d. 26/2 kl. 9.30-21.00 (cirka) og søndag d. 27/2 kl. 9.30-16.00

HVOR: The Kitchen, Universitetsbyen 14, 8000 Aarhus

FORPLEJNING: Weekenden er inkl. morgenmad lørdag og søndag samt vegetarisk aftensmad lørdag aften. Derudover kaffe og te. Der skal selv medbringes frokost begge dage.

PRIS: Gratis

UDSTYR: Medbring en bærbar computer

PLADSER: Max 25 deltagere. Fordeles efter først til mølle princippet

ANSØGNINGSFRIST: 18/2 kl. 23.59  - men send hellere ansøgning i god tid, så du er sikret en plads.

TILMELDING: Tryk her

KONTAKT: Har du spørgsmål til weekenden bedes du kontakte Adriana M. Hansen på adriana@au.dk

members only

Join The Kitchen’s Founders or Accelerators program to get access.

Workshops and programs

This 3-part workshop series will help you validate your business idea, find out who your customers are, position your startup, strengthen your communication and get you started with basic financials.

Workshop 1/3 - Talk To Your Customers: Learn how to get feedback from your (potential) customers to understand the needs and problems you address.

Workshop 2/3 – Position your startup: Apply your own strengths and motivations to define your unique position in the market.

Workshop 3/3 – Startup Financials: Learn the financial fundamentals behind a viable business and how you can use it to guide your decisions.

PRACTICAL INFO


February/March
Dates: 23/2, 02/03 & 09/03 from 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up: here


March/April
Dates: 24/03, 31/03 & 07/04 from 13.00-16.00 PM
Sign up: here


May
Dates: 17/05, 24/05 & 31/05 from 09.00-12.00 AM
Sign up: here

Read more about the workshops here

NB: This workshops series is mandatory for all Founders in The Kitchen and has to be completed within six Months of attending Founders Gate.


The Boiler is an intensive week-long workzone for startups that need a solid pitch-deck grounded in data. A solid pitch is necessary for any startup that wants to attract funding or other resources from externals.

You will get a pitch template to work on. Throughout the week your team meets with startup advisors from The Kitchen and other startups for mutual feedback. We experience that all pitches improve dramatically over the course of the week. Not only does your pitch improve, but so does your entire business case.

Throughout the week, and in between feedback sessions, you are expected to gather more data that improves your pitch.

Your team will be pitching in front of a panel of investors and experienced entrepreneurs on Friday afternoon

YOU WILL GET

  • An understanding of the strenghts and weaknesses related to your pitch deck
  • Constructive feedback from other teams and Startup advisors throughout the week
  • Feedback from a professional panel.

NB: The Boiler is only open to staff and students affiliated with Aarhus University

Read more about The Boiler and register here


Join our Community Sessions to give and get qualified feedback from other startups in The Kitchen.

WHAT
Our Community Sessions is where you on a monthly basis get together with like-minded startups for sparring and knowledge sharing.

WHY
The Kitchen is home to many different startups with many different challenges – and with valuable experiences worth sharing.

WHO
Our Community Sessions are for all startups and spinouts enrolled in The Kitchen.

Read more about our sessions and sign up here


As a startup in the Kitchen you have access to legal, financial and other types of advisory through our partners.

Read more and find upcoming open desks here


Interning in your own startup is a unique possibility to concentrate on starting or developing your own business, and at the same time use your professional knowledge in practice.

If you intern in your own startup, you will follow The Kitchen’s internship program where you, together with students from the entire university, participate in entrepreneurial workshops, biweekly peer to peer sessions, inspirational talks and networking activities.

Read more about the Internship Program here

Grants

EarlyCash is a grant for students at Aarhus University who want to take their startup idea one step closer towards a commercial product or service. Students can apply for grants of 25,000 DKK. The grant is targeted early stage startups, who have not received any prior funding.

EarlyCash has three annual deadlines:

  • 1 June
  • 1 September
  • 1 November

Read more about the EarlyCash Grant and how to apply here

*Only available for students at Aarhus University