Pre-startup Mentoring

Our mentor programme matchmakes pre-startups with experienced industry professionals in collaboration with DTU Science Park. The programme provides valuable insights into running a business and prepares the teams for their start-up journey,

DTU produces a lot of innovative start-ups based on invention from elite research, enthusiastic entrepreneurship student teams and inspiring innovation events.

But for the DTU start-ups that have truly grown and exceeded expectations, the difference have been their willingness to expose themselves, be vulnerable and open to new suggestions, learn from others' hard earned experience and be ready to change when necessary. To support these teams, we have developed the DTU pre-startup mentor programme.

A team of mentors – just for you

Mentor programmes are not new. Our special take on the whole concept is the idea of a mentor team. With a team consisting of different profiles, we can make sure that all aspects of a company’s growth possibilities are nurtured. With a team of mentors, the pre-startups will not be fixated by a single mentor mindset but offered objective mentoring through three independent world views.

Start-up teams enrolled in the mentor program will receive valuable sparring on everything from finding and understanding customers, value proposition and validation, product development, go to market and business models to partnership agreements, patent applications and funding. And not least; some good advice on prioritising time, finances, and resources. 

The mentors

Our mentors are a mix of experienced serial entrepreneurs, C level industry professionals and specialists within law, funding, team building and founding a start-up.



The mentor programme is one of the pieces in the puzzle of creating a link between DTU as a fantastic education institution and industry. It helps new companies get started and find their place in society where they can contribute and create jobs

- Birger Schneider, Director and Founder of Charmaj





Jens Friholm
Senior Innovation Officer, Business Development
DTU Skylab
+45 93 92 82 42