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Entrepreneurs and small businesses are essential to innovation, productivity and economic growth in society.

We want to make it easier for Nordic start-ups and growth companies to accelerate expansion, achieve their ambitions and make positive societal impact. On this page, you can read more about our various initiatives to help sustainable start-ups to scale.

We also have a specialist department - Danske Bank Growth - for startups and scaleups, offering advisors specialised in the needs of the segment, financing, and a full package of bank products that match the needs of companies as they grow.

Target & status

This target links to Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent work and economic growth.

  • 2023-target: To support 10,000 startups and scaleups with growth and impact tools, services and expertise.
  • 2022 status: 7,231 start-ups and scale-ups supported since 2016.

Selected initiatives

Danske Bank Growth 

Danske Bank Growth is a dedicated team that supports Nordic start-ups in growing their business from establishment to growth and internationalization to exit. They deliver

  • sparring and advice based on deep understanding and experience with the startup segment
  • financial solutions that support business growth and after exit also asset management, etc.

Read more

More initiatives

Angel investor academy
A training course for Private Banking customers in becoming a more qualified business angel/investor in startups.
The Canute program
A three-day intensive market introduction to markets such as USA, UK, Germany and the Nordic region for startups.


The Hub - a cross Nordic community platform
We want to make it as easy as possible for start-ups to tackle some of the challenges associated with recruiting the right people, accessing finance, and finding the tools they need quickly. The Hub therefore connects digital investors, employees and start-ups. The Hub has been developed in a strategic partnership with Rainmaking, and we have teamed up with SingularityU Nordic in Sweden, Nordic impact in Norway, Maria01 in Finland and Catalyst Inc. in Belfast.

Visit The Hub

+impact and + impact accelerator
+impact is a free platform connecting startups with investors propelling positive impact in the Nordics, and +impact Accelerator is a program that helps impact start-ups execute on their business model and find suitable partnerships, for example with large companies.

Visit +impact 

Read about +impact accelerator

Selected publications

  • 02. feb 2023Sustainability Report 2022
  • 02. feb 2023Sustainability Fact Book 2022
  • 12. sep 2022State of Impact Startups 2022
  • 23. sep 2022Nordic Startup Jobs 2022
  • 07. maj 2021State of Nordic Impact Start-ups 2021
  • 27. maj 2020State of Nordic Impact Start-ups 2020
  • 17. sep 2019Impact Report Nordic Investors 2019
  • 13. maj 2019State of Nordic Impact Start-ups 2019
  • 27. sep 2018Insights Report: Impact Startups 2018
  • 01. jan 0001Return on diversity
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