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Danske Bank supports start-ups and growth companies

Entrepreneurs and small businesses are essential to innovation, productivity and economic growth in society. We want to make it easier for Nordic startups and growth companies to accelerate their expansion and achieve their ambitions.

Our ambition is to help Nordic growth companies by being the best at understanding their needs, evaluating their potential, and serving them. Together with leading players within entrepreneurship, we develop solutions that make it easier for startups and growth companies to deal with scalability challenges, such as recruiting the right people, gaining access to capital and quickly finding the tools they need.

“We know that running a startup is different from running a conventional company, and especially access to finance can be of critical importance. We help the startups get an overview of the various sources of venture capital in the Nordics and their investment focus.”

- Lars Mørch, Head of Business Banking, Danske Bank

Supporting female entrepreneurship
Female founders are still few and far between, so we want to support and encourage women to develop and realise their business ideas. In 2017, we arranged the first Startup Weekend FemTech in Sweden in a joint venture with SUP46, where the participants received coaching by experienced mentors from the FinTech industry.

Dedicated adviser network for growth companies
In 2017, we established Danske Bank Growth, a network of dedicated advisers across the Nordics with a passion for startups. The advisers understand the startups and their business models and are able to guide the young growth companies on their journey by giving them access to financial services and experts.

More growth and startup initiatives

  • Partnering with nHack, the Norwegian accelerator programme, to help Nordic startups enter the Chinese market.

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  • The Hub, our online platform for Nordic startups makes it easier to recruit skilled employees, raise capital and access best practice tools.

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  • Our Partnership with SingularityU Nordic makes Singularity University’s knowledge on exponential technologies more accessible to Nordic companies.  

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Working with startups and growth companies is part of our initiatives to create long-term value for all our stakeholders. Read more about it in our Corporate Responsibility Report 2017.

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