European Venture Programme

Build your international network

Tuesday 14 Mar 17
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by Rikke Pape Thomsen

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Kristoffer Buch
Project Manager

knik@dtu.dk

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European Venture programme is an intensive 12-day programme taking young entrepreneurs on a journey to four different ecosystems at the EuroTech Universities. While travelling they will experience a mix of thematic workshops, company visits and public pitching competitions.

European Venture Programme (EVP) enables start-ups to grow their business beyond borders. Throught 12-days they travel to Technical University of Denmark (DTU), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), and Technische Universität München (TUM). We gave Charles Gayot, MSc. in Engineering Management from DTU and participant at EVP in 2016, a few questions. 

Charles - why did you participate in EVP?
There are many initiatives to help founders to turn their ideas into successful companies, from DTU-based Stardust Startup Programme to national Venture Cup mentoring. Some say that the more programmes you get in, the better; while some are expecting high results before applying. In any case, a very good friend of mine went through the programme and highly recommended me to take part in; as a unique opportunity to travel and network through Europe’s entrepreneurship hubs.

What was the most successful outcome for you by participating in the programme?
My project, StepUp Air, which is a “fitness tracker for athletes” was one of the most early that got accepted. The other entrepreneurs like me all met what every entrepreneur needs: hope and motivation. I am not sure I would have continued working on my project if I hadn’t met all those crazy and amazing people in the EVP.

An afterwards EVP – what has happened with your start-up?
After the EVP, I decided that StepUp Air was worth pursuing and decided to fill the competency gaps. Josephine Robert, an UX designer, joined the team as a co-founder while I learned for a few months some more electronics. Then, the project got accepted in the Iværksætterpilot programme by the Innovationsfonden, which is approximately a 400k investment. Now StepUp Air is a team of 4 people and just got its first office.

Application deadline is 17 March 2017. Further information on European Venture Programme and application can be found at: http://www.skylab.dtu.dk/programmes/evp or project manager Kristoffer Buch knik@dtu.dk

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