Denmark’s first food tech accelerator takes trailblazing startups to the next level

Since the launch of Scale-up Denmark’s food tech accelerator in August 2016 the accelerator has attracted applications from all over the world and will soon be graduating the first six high-potential startups. During the 8-month program, startups get a unique opportunity to work with world-leading food companies such as Arla Foods and FOSS. Read on to get the quick rundown of the recent developments, the success stories and a quick look at the trailblazing startups.

By Claus Kristensen, partner and investment director at Accelerace & Gyda Bay, innovation manager at Agro Business Park/Future Food Innovation

Denmark is in the absolute world elite in food innovation, development and safety solutions, and the potential for developing growth in the Danish food tech hub centered in mid-Jutland is at an all-time high.

Startups are building innovations in lots of different industries from green tech, where consumers are requesting organic and local food products they trust, to technological areas where startups are working on IoT, big data, automatizing, health, monitoring and much much more.

Denmark’s first food-tech accelerator

The food tech accelerator is focused on levering this potential for innovation in the food industry by accelerating the business development for Danish and international high-growth startup companies.

The accelerator is the first food tech accelerator in Denmark and takes startups through +200 hours of business training from experienced Accelerace consultants, mentoring, learning labs and workshops, networking activities. The program also provide a unique access to the knowledge and expertise of leading food companies such as the global diary company Arla Foods, the global provider of high-tech, analytical solutions for the agricultural and food industries FOSS, and the business promotion agency Business Lolland-Falster.

The program is developed in close corporation with Agro Business Park/Future Food Innovation and their strong and far-reaching network in the food industry and is also build on partnerships with Sunstone Capital, The Danish Growth Fund, Seed Capital & Enterprise Europe Network.

Corporate innovation: Open doors at Arla, FOSS & Business Lolland-Falster As part of the accelerator, startups get access and insights from some of the leading companies in their field generating valuable contacts, access to expert knowledge and know-how, and a unique opportunity to test products and solutions to leverage the startups’ customer development activities.

This has proven to be very crucial to a startup’s business developments since it is a certain way to help the startup to accelerate their learning curve.

In return, corporate partners get access to startups with disruptive technologies in their industry, inspiration as well as insights into the entrepreneurial culture that has a speedy and highly flexible approach to innovation and business development. This can support innovation, branding, expansion, CSR, cultural and financial goals.

Global interest in the Danish food tech ecosystem The accelerator has to date screened more than 3000 Danish and international food tech startups and attracted 70 food tech applicants who are interested in relocating to Denmark as part of the program.

40 of the startups are non-Danish and from all over the world including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain, Holland, UK and USA.

World-class startups In December 2016 the first six high-potential food tech startups entered the Accelerace food tech accelerator as part of the Scale-up Denmark startup initiative.

Catch the atmosphere from the kick-off event in this video:

Among the six companies where Tellspec who relocated from Canada to Denmark to participate in the program and utilize the growth potential of their high-tech food scanner.

The program also includes the cocktail startup Nohrlund, the farm-to-table startup Landmand, the private dining portal Chefmade, ice-cream startup Kastberg and Sensohive who has developed a wireless real-time temperature sensor for restaurants using IoT-technology.

Among the success stories are the private dining platform Chefmade who recently raised an investment from to expand their customer base and fuel the startup’s growth trajectory. Read the story in Børsen here:

Besides that, the leading Danish startup media TechsavvyMedia has followed Nohrlund’s progress throughout the program. Read the ongoing article series here: &

First graduating startups The first six companies are expected to graduate from their 8-month of business acceleration during May/June 2017 and the accelerator will welcome new world-class startups to the family in mid-June 2017.

Read this short Q&A with Accelerace food tech participant Sensohive here:


Food tech accelerator fast facts

  • The accelerator is managed by Accelerace and Agro Business Park.
  • The accelerator is built around the partnerships with Arla, Foss and Business Lolland-Falster.
  • The program is tailor-made to fit the startups’ need and last 6-8 months.
  • Each startup will work closely with a skilled entrepreneur and business accelerator for +200 hours of consulting.
  • 6 participants will graduate in June 2017.
  • The next startups will begin their acceleration journey in Mid-june 2017.

Meet the six participants in the food tech accelerator

  • Landmad Aims to connect the local farms with urban consumers to say goodbye to industrial production and hello to good quality directly from the field, garden or stable.
  • Chefmade Neatmeal is an online portal for private dining.
  • Kastberg High quality homemade Italian ice cream.
  • Sensohive High-performance wireless temperature sensor for restaurants.
  • TellSpec TellSpec is a data company that offers real time, affordable, reliable, nondestructive, handheld food analysis.
  • Nohrlund Nohrlund offers a wide range of highly praised ecological bottled cocktails.


Foto: Gorm Branderup

Danmarks første fødevareteknologi accelerator tager banebrydende startups til det næste niveau.

Siden lanceringen af Scale-Up Denmark’s food Tech accelerator I august 2016, har acceleratoren tiltrukket ansøgninger fra over hele verden, og vil snart graduere de først høj-potentielle startups. Under det 8-måneder lange program, får startup virksomhederne en unik mulighed for at arbejde med verdens-ledende fødevarer firmaer som Arla Foods og FOSS. Læs videre for at få et hurtigt overblik over nylige udviklinger, succes historier og et hurtigt kig på de banebrydende startups.

Af Claus Kristensen, partner og investeringsdirektør hos Accelerace & Gyda Bay, innovationsmanager hos Agro Business Park/Future Food Innovation

Danmark er blandt den absolutte verdenselite inden for fødevareinnovation, udvikling og sikkerhedsløsninger, og potentialet for at udvikle vækst i det danske Scale-Up Denmark center for fødevareteknologi i Midtjylland, er på sit højeste nogensinde.

Startups bygger innovationer inden for mange forskellige industrier. Fra grøn teknologi, hvor kunder anmoder om organiske og lokale fødevareprodukter de stoler på, til teknologiske områder hvor startups arbejder på IOT, Big Data, automatisering, sundhed, overvågning og meget mere.

Danmarks første fødevareteknologi accelerator

Fødevareteknologi acceleratoren er fokuseret på at løfte dette potentiale for innovation inden for fødevareindustrien, ved at accelerere forretningsudvikling for danske og internationale højvækst startup virksomheder.

Acceleratoren er den første fødevareteknologi accelerator I Danmark, og tager startups gennem 200+ timer af forretningstræning fra erfarne Accelerace konsulenter, mentorer, læringslaboratorier, workshops og netværksaktiviteter. Programmet giver også unik adgang til viden og ekspertise fra ledende fødevarefirmaer som Arla Foods, den globale udbyder af stor teknologi, analytiske løsninger for agrikulturer- og fødevareindustrierne FOSS, og forretningspromoveringsagenturet Business Lolland-Falster

Programmet er udviklet I tæt samarbejde med Agro Business Park/Future Food Innovation og deres stærke og langtrækkende netværk inden for fødevareindustrien, og er også bygget på partnerskaber med Sunstone Capital, Den Danske Vækstfond, Seed Capital & Enterprise Europe Network.

Virksomhedsinnovation: Åbne døre hos Arla, FOSS & Business Lolland-Falster

Som del af programmet, får startups adgang til og indsigt fra nogle af de ledende virksomheder inden for deres område, for at skabe værdifulde kontakter, adgang til ekspertviden og know-how, og en unik mulighed for at teste produkter og løsninger for at anvende startups’ kundeudviklingsaktiviteter.

Det har vist sig at være meget afgørende for en startups’ forretningsudvikling, for det kræver en særlig indsats at hjælpe startup virksomhederne til at accelerere deres læringskurve.

Til gengæld får virksomhedspartnerne adgang til startups med disruptive teknologier i deres industri, inspiration, såvel som indsigt til den iværksætterkultur, der har en høj hastighed og meget fleksibel tilgang til innovation og forretningsudvikling. Det kan understøtte innovation, branding, udvidelse, CSR og kulturelle og finansielle mål.

Global interesse I det danske fødevareteknologi økosystem

Acceleratoren har til dato screenet mere end 3000 danske og internationale fødevareteknologi startups, og tiltrukket 70 fødevareteknologi ansøgere som er interesserede i at flytte til Danmark som del af programmet.

40 af startup virksomhederne er internationale og fra hele verden, heriblandt Argentina, Brasilien, Canada, Kina, Tyskland, Estland, Indien, Indonesien, Israel, Portugal, Sverige, Slovenien, Spanien, Holland, UK og USA.

Verdensklasse startups

I December 2016, indgik de første seks højpotentielle fødevareteknologi startups i Accelerace food tech accelerator, som del af Scale-Up Denmark initiativet.

Fang atmosfæren fra kick-off begivenheden I denne video:

Blandt de seks virksomheder var Tellspec, som flyttede fra Canada til Danmark for at deltage I programmet og udnytte vækstpotentialet af deres højteknologiske fødevare-scanner.

Programmet inkluderer også cocktail startup virksomheden Nohrlund, farm-til-bord startup virksomheden Landmand, den private spiseportal Chefmade, is startup virksomheden Kastberg, og Sensohive, som har udviklet en IOT baseret trådløs live temperatursensor til restaurationsbranchen.

Blandt succeshistorierne er den private takeawayportal Chefmade, som nyligt rejste en investering fra for at udvide deres kundebase og sætte gang i startup virksomhedens’ vækstbane.

Udover dét, har den ledende danske startup-medie TechsavvyMedia fulgt Nohrlund’s udvikling gennem programmet. Læs artikelserien her: &

De første startups afslutter programmet 

De første seks firmaer forventes at afslutte deres 8-måneders accelerator program i løbet af maj/juni 2017, og accelerator programmet vil byde nye verdensklasse startups velkomne i familien i midt-juni 2017.

Læs denne korte Q&A med Accelerace fødevareteknologi-deltager Sensohive her:

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Fødevareteknologi accelerator – hurtige fakta

  • Acceleratoren er administreret af Accelerace og Agro Business Park.
  • Acceleratoren er bygget omkring partnerskaber med Arla, FOSS, og Business Lolland-Falster.
  • Programmet er skræddersyet til at passe med startup virksomhedernes’ behov, og varer 6-8 måneder.
  • Hver startup vil arbejde tæt sammen med en faglært iværksætter og forretningsaccelerator for 200+ timers konsultation.
  • 6 deltagere afslutter programmet i juni 2017.
  • De næste startup virksomheder vil begynde deres accelerationsrejse i midt-juni 2017.

Mød de seks deltagere i fødevareteknologi accelerator

  • Landmand: Sigter efter at forbinde de lokale farme med kunder for at sige farvel til industriel produktion og hallo til god kvalitet direkte fra jorden, haven eller stald.
  • Sensohive: højt præsterende trådløs temperatursensorer for restauranter
  • Tellspec: TellSpec er et data firma, der tilbyder live, overkommelige, pålidelige og non-destruktive håndholdte fødevareanalyser.
  • Nohrlund: Nohrlund tilbyder en stor variation af højrost økologisk cocktails på flasker.