The Covid-19 outbreak has caused unprecedented challenges for virtually all businesses, but startups seem to be hit especially hard. According to a recently published survey by Danske Bank, 74% of startups in Denmark (and several other countries) are already experiencing the effects of Covid-19 on their business. In response, the startup ecosystem in Denmark has come together to support its members in this difficult time. The help offered by the tech community has not been limited to its own members. In addition to supporting each other, many startups have come up with initiatives to help teachers, healthcare workers and patients battle the consequences of Covid-19.
We have listed some of the most important initiatives from the Danish startup ecosystem so that more startups can get involved and those in need can benefit from the tech initiatives being offered.
EdTech Denmark have pulled together over 50 EdTech businesses and other supporting firms to support education at edtechdonor.dk On the website you will find a list of Danish providers of learning systems and platforms that, during the lockdown, have decided to provide free access to their services to the educational institutions.The edtechdonor.dk scheme continues to attract high profile attention and support including from Margrethe Vestager of the European Commission.
To help startup founders better understand and navigate the impact of Covid-19, a group of Danish companies including Danske Bank’s startup Hub have created a series of 30-45 minutes virtual events on timely topics. The events aim to give founders inspiration and approaches on how to navigate in the short-term and protect opportunities for long term growth. Upcoming sessions will include topics like ‘how to build a successful company during a crisis’ and ‘how to navigate customers and partnerships in uncertain times’.
Dansk Industri, the confederation of Danish industry, has mobilized its members to provide businesses digital tools to support their operations during the Covid-19 crisis, with many of them being made available for free. All the solutions are available on Dansk Industri’s online platform. The platform includes offerings like free access to communication solutions from the Nordic telecom’s provider Telia and the option to use tools to prove eligibility for business loans and support developed by CrediWire.
HealthTech Hub Copenhagen is working to ensure that healthcare solutions relevant to Covid-19 are made available across institutions, geographies and countries. They have put out a global call to identify all existing health tech solutions which can be easily implemented to enable the sector to 1) send non-critically ill patients home earlier without further deterioration of health status 2) have more people monitor or treat themselves at home or 3) offer remote consultations for hospitals and GPs. They are seeking to work with solution providers (tech companies), change agents (hospital managers and consultants) and healthcare professionals.
WelfareTech, a Danish hub for innovation and business development in healthcare, homecare and social services, is offering its matchmaking platform free of charge until June 30th to match providers offering Covid-19 related solutions with players in the health and social care sector in need of innovative solutions. The platform can be used to identify solutions, needs and knowledge as well as establish contacts and book meetings.