08 May 2017
The Danish offshore industry gets an innovation lift with Scale-Up Offshore and we cultivate an important underwood of small companies full of talent and inventiveness. Many of them are new in the offshore area.
The first accelerator course of the world for the offshore industry – Scale-Up Offshore – has had a good start in 2017. Large, established Danish companies in the offshore industry back the development, creativity and innovation, which the minor start-ups bring to the offshore sector.
The accelerator has initiated a close partnership between Offshorenergy.dk, Business Development Esbjerg, Business Region Esbjerg and SE.
The strategic partnerships between the established offshore industry and the new scale-ups are crucial to raise our ambitions of Scale-Up Offshore. The ambition is to create the framework for a new culture where the large companies are added innovation power and new technologies, while the small companies get a launching pad and market access. The entire offshore industry is added new growth companies and incorporates the innovation, which is vital to ensure a strong and competitive Danish offshore industry for the next many years to come.
The strategic cooperation between corporate and start-up does not occur spontaneously - yet! The major, established companies deserve full credit and respect for their commitment in Scale-Up Offshore and for showing understanding that active participation and commitment are the precondition for creating the underwood of exciting, innovative business partners who can contribute to the development of the entire industry.
The good news is that we can see that it works! Several heavy business people have been active in the selection committee of the accelerator, which has qualified the screening of companies to the accelerator to ensure that the companies in the programme work with solutions which the industry search for. Companies such as Semco Maritime, Blue Water Shipping, Maersk Oil, Siemens Wind Power and Niels Winther Shipping are mentors and differently associated with the young companies. In this way, we ensure that the strong ideas are developed for the growth companies in the offshore cluster!
Invest in the wild new! Participate in the investor day in June
The good ideas in Scale-Up Offshore can be a really good business. You can get an insight into Denmark’s first Offshore Investor Day on 22 June, where some of the sharpest and most innovative companies test their business model for potential investors. Please join us!
On behalf of Denmark’s offshore cluster and the business community in Esbjerg,
Glenda Napier - CEO, Offshoreenergy.dk & Karsten Rieder - Business Manager, Business Development Esbjerg Business development