Since 2014, the Hempel Foundation has been one of the main sponsors of Venture Cup Denmark’s projects.
The Hempel Foundation is a commercial foundation dedicated to making a difference. One of the core values of the foundation is to support initiatives that promote talents within entrepreneurship.
Because of this focus and the ambition to realize initiatives that bring about positive change, the Hempel Foundation has funded the Venture Cup Experts program as well as other programs since 2014.
The Experts program is a pillar within Venture Cup Denmark’s ambition of supporting university entrepreneurship and founders of impact startups. The Experts network is a cross-university and versatile business network that benefits both mentors and mentees. Startups are matched with an expert within their field who can guide and assist them on their entrepreneurial journey. Experts gain both a unique point of access to the Danish university startup ecosystem as well as a network of business professionals.
Besides the one-on-one mentor sessions, the experts also play a crucial role in both the National Startup Competition and the University Startup World Cup in which industry specific experts are judging the competitions and provide the startups that apply with feedback.
“The Hempel Foundation has been a proud supporter of Venture Cup since its early pioneering days and continues to support their mission to provide support and empower students working on innovative solutions to foster a positive change in the world – whether big or small,” says Christina Fleuron, Project Manager, National Grants & Donations, and continues:
“It’s vital to provide a space that allows students to gain skills from qualified mentors who have actual first-hand experiences in the field. And, perhaps more importantly, a space to experiment and test new ideas geared by curiosity. To make mistakes. Who knows if the next business idea can inspire a future solution to better our planet?”
Last year Mac Krol, who studies Integrated Food Studies at University of Copenhagen and is associated with Science Innovation Hub, engaged with the network of Venture Cup Experts:
”I had a chance to contact some of the finest specialists in the food industry and seek their advice in regard to the first steps of my company and strategies worth applying in my speciality sector. After analyzing an explicit list of professionals, I reached out to Thomas Møller Jensen from CPH Hospitality and initiated the first meeting.”
After one year of mentoring and development of his startup Mac.Ferments, Thomas and Mac are still in regular contact.
”Thomas, my business mentor, is constantly keeping the spirit up, introducing me to new clients and helping me to understand the progress my company experiences from his own perspective,” Mac explains.
”I’m happy that I participated in Venture Cup activities thanks to which soon I will have a valuable member of the Board of Advisors in my startup”. Mac Krol from Mac.Ferments
A big thanks to the Hempel Foundation for helping us help others!