A new wind blowing – the top 5 Danish startups to watch

Anna Hede Hagelskjaer 2012-10-19 7

There’s a new wind blowing in Denmark… Guest contributor and Dane Anna Hede Hagelskjær talks us through some of the hottest new startups the country has to offer.

So, what is going on in Denmark? A couple of weeks ago CNN Money wrote an article on seven cities they thought would be thriving as startup hubs in the future. On this list was the capital of Denmark – Copenhagen.

And there is a lot of promising potential within the Danish startup scene, especially in Copenhagen. Besides some groundbreaking technical developments such as Ruby on Rails, which was made by Dane David Heinemeier Hansson, C++ made by Bjarne Stroustrup, PHP by Rasmus Lerdorf and partially Danish Skype, co-working spaces such as Founders’ House are starting to appear.

Naveen Selvadurai at Founders' HouseFoursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai at Founders’ House, Copenhagen

That the first cycle of Startupbootcamp was in Copenhagen in 2010 also shows that someone thinks there is potential in the ecosystem in Denmark. Applications are now open for the third round of the accelerator, which is located in Nokia’s local headquarters.

And innovation isn’t dead outside of Copenhagen. Many of the universities have student incubators, with different free offers for the innovative student ranging from courses to actual co-working spaces with mentors, coaches and coffee ad libitum.

Here comes a list of five specific Denmark-based startups worth watching:

Everplaces

Everplaces

Everplaces is often called the ‘Pinterest for the real world’. The app allows you to save places that you like, want to revisit or share with people you know. There is a great focus on design and user-experience. The app is only available for iOS at the moment and is used in 90 countries.

The latest development from the company is their win of the Qualcomm Venture’s Seed investment prize, a cool €100k. Almost all previous winners of this prize later secured Series A funding.

AppHarbor

AppHarbor

Was part of the winter 2011 cycle of Y Combinator. AppHarbor is like Hekoru for .NET, supporting applications running there. This means that developers don’t have to spend time patching servers.

According to TechCrunch, AppHarbor is Azure without the limitations.

IconFinder

Iconfinder

Offers an online marketplace for icons to use in any application. This June the Danish investment fund VF Venture invested $1.5 million in the company, enabling it to continue its quest to gain users from, amongst others, Google. Last month IconFinder had 2.2. million users, partly due to their SEO. Many image searches on Google will direct you to IconFinder.

Ge.tt

Ge.tt

Offers realtime filesharing in your browser. There is no waiting time with Ge.tt. As soon as you shared the file you get a URL, you can share with whomever you would want to – they don’t need an account. There is a free version and a premium version, which includes more space. Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström’s venture capital firm, Atomico, are investors in Ge.tt.

Around 9 million files are shared by nearly 1 million users even though you don’t even have to sign up to use the service. The latest feature is an add-on button for Twitter – so you can share files directly when you tweet.

Click a Taxi

Click a Taxi

A  very ambitious company, Click a Taxi has an app to let you easily order cabs. Presently in use in Scandinavia, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland and Ukraine – Click a Taxi‘s goal is West Europe and the USA by the end of 2012. The idea is that it should be easy to find a taxi no matter what city or country you are currently in. This makes business travelling just that bit easier.

Image credit: Flickr user nosha

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