Innovation Partners

The Innovation Partner Role

The goal of the Innovation Partners is to support the innovative research environments across all DTU departments and centers, which are key to placing DTU among the best technical universities in the world when it comes to a culture of innovation.   

We do this by supporting the research-based innovation in all of DTU’s departments and centers and by fostering an culture of cooperation and knowledge sharing across the different departments and centers.

The purpose is to assist DTU’s researchers in bringing new ideas and inventions from the research laboratories at DTU into the real world, where they can create new jobs and help solve tasks and challenges in society. To further this, we establish contact to external entrepreneurs, business partners and investors with the intention of creating spinouts.

We value a close connection and continuous dialogue with each individual DTU department.

Find the Innovation Partner with connection to your department on this page and get in touch to request assistance. 

Department Overview:

Jørgen Kejlberg: DTU Management, DTU Space, + 1 Group DTU Civil Engineering, +1 Group DTU Electrical Engineering

Michael S. Lauridsen: DTU Fotonik, + 4. Group DTU Electrical Engineering, DTU Wind Energy, + Group 2 DTU Electrical Engineering

Christian D. Nielsen: DTU Compute, DTU Nanolab, DTU Physics, CfE

Jane Pedersen: DTU Energy, DTU Mechanical Engineering, DTU Aqua

Shehnaz A. Westergaard: DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Biosustain, DTU Learn for Life

Peter C. Ottesen: DTU Bioengineering, DTU Food, DTU Environment, + 3. Group DTU Civil Engineering, +1 Group DTU Management

Katrine K.S.Maalev: DTU Health Technology, DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Technical Engineering

How can the Innovation Partners assist you as a DTU researcher?


•By facilitating access to DTU´s eco-system for innovation

•By guiding the team in the process of creating a start-up

•By supporting funding internally from DTU and from public funds

Research applications:

•By supporting the maturation of the commercial aspects of applications

•By supporting research collaboration with industry and across DTU

What: Supporting research-based innovation

Where: DTU departments and centers


·  1:1 coaching: confidential and unbiased

·  Grants: Discovery, PoC funding, Inno Explorer

·  Workshops

·  Access to DTU Skylab Startup Programs, prototyping and lab facilities

·  Awareness and PR

·  External grants

Further details:

·  Each Innovation partner supports 3-4 departments/centers

·  Each DTU department/center has a unique innovation support need

·  The Innovation Responsible at the department/center formulates an action plan with the Innovation partner

·  The Innovation Partner acts as a coach, but also knows where to go next



Jørgen Kejlberg
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 24 65 15 46


Michael Stuer Lauridsen
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 45 25 10 36


Jane Pedersen
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 24 89 39 54


Shehnaz Atchia Westergaard
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 93 51 15 86


Peter Conrad Ottesen
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 93 51 19 47


Katrine Kamph Slott Maarlev
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 60 15 58 73


Christian Dalsgaard Nielsen
Innovation Partner
DTU Skylab
+45 24 86 67 49