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Danish tech community gathers at TechBBQ


The Øksnehallen in Copenhagen is filled with an audience, watching the stage. On stage, four people are sat down, talking. There are two screens hanging above the stage on either side.

writer icon Kay Lagercrantz     ISB   |   Tech     🕐 25. Sep. 2018


Copenhagen’s TechBBQ has grown immensely since its start, six years ago. This year, almost 6000 people have gathered for the tech summit, breaking all previous records once again.  

The first TechBBQ in 2012 was attended by 135 self-professed "techies". Year after year, the number of attendees has increased exponentially. The increasing interest in the tech summit mirrors a growing interest in the Danish tech scene. 

A community with potential

David Helgason, co-founder of Unity Technologies and part of the TechBBQ Steering Committee, is a strong believer in the importance of a tech community. In particular, the community in Denmark, which he feels is still young.

"It's a healthy and growing community, but with the potential to grow more," 
he said.

The two-day tech summit, which started yesterday, sees people from a variety of tech businesses, as well as investors and startups, come together to learn from and inspire one another. The team behind TechBBQ work to link entrepreneurs with the world, providing startup ecosystems with cutting-edge insights and business opportunities.

"We see more people and investors travelling to Denmark to place their investments"
, Helgason observed.

Building networks

There is the chance for startups to network with prominent Business Angels and Venture Capitalists. There are also potential customers from the corporate world, who attend the summit to find out what is new in tech innovation. And for corporations who wish to recruit tech’s top talents, the opportunities are endless.

Søren Lottrup, Partner at Danish accelerator Accelerace, thinks that TechBBQ is "good fuel for creating a stronger ecosystem". He pointed out that there are a lot of people who may not be fully aware of how the startup scene in Denmark and the Nordics works.

Lottrup believes that the event serves as an eye-opener for many, and enables meetings between people who otherwise might never have the chance to network with each other.

Continued growth
As word continues to travel, TechBBQ will carry on growing. "We are not just seeing startups, but we are seeing people who are genuinely interested in the ecosystem and being part of it, and I think this is also why it keeps expanding, keeps getting bigger and bigger each year", Lottrup said.

More recently, TechBBQ has scored some big partners. Some of the largest international and Danish Fortune 100 and C20 companies, including Microsoft, Siemens, Amazon, Tesla, Danske Bank, and Mærsk, are supporting the event this year.

TechBBQ may come from humble beginnings, but it has quickly grown into one of Europe's leading tech summits. Today, it is a forum for local and international tech talents, bringing together innovative entrepreneurs, creative corporates and notable investors.



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