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. They’ve been around for centuries. 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.

Ready to meet your team?

Sounds great? Lets meet and discuss your needs before we tailor your team of mentors. A mentor programme usually consists of 90 minute-meetings every 4-6 weeks, and will require you to prepare your company’s most urgent challenges. It also requires your motivation and ability to work actively on your challenges between meetings.


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.



A good mentor for the DTU programme is an external industry professional with a strong communication ability, who wishes to pass on hard-earned knowledge and wants to contribute

- Project manager Jens Friholm, DTU Tech Transfer




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