How did you like the event?
“In my career, I have participated or spoken at hundreds of innovation events. Rarely do I see an event that can attract the interest of the Prime Minister but also keep the environment intimate for real connections to occur organically. The fact that an industry event was open to students really showed that DTU is serious about engaging all parts of their ecosystem. This is what is needed to put Copenhagen on the startup map with the Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Berlin. Well done!”
What are your thoughts about the seven pitching startups?
“Fantastic. A great range of innovation that really showcased the technical rigor of DTU. If these companies are a reflection of Danish innovation, this ecosystem has a bright future.”
Why did you choose MeasureLet as a winner?
“I’m drawn to startups that are trying to solve problems in plain sight. As a society, we are overly fixed on sexy technology that we often miss the most impactful innovations. The MeasureLet team identified a key problem in healthcare–how to help patients retain their humanity during their hospital stay while having a positive impact on the quality of care. This is a powerful combination. I’m confident we will see this solution in market soon.”
A general advice to startup founders/future startup founders?
“Startup Founders: remember, your job is to learn by listening. If you’re not talking to new people–customers, mentors, industry, etc–you’re not doing your job.
Future startup founders: MEET PEOPLE. ENGAGE. Take the risk to talk to people about the ideas you want to make real. Eventually, you will find the right people who can help you on your journey. You don’t have to tell them about your secret formula or schematics but share what you want to do/build. They will help you make your idea better and how to launch your business.”
About Ken Singer
Ken Singer is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer and investor/advisor to numerous startups. He has been the Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley since 2012. Ken is the co-creator of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship pedagogy and is the inventor of the game-based Challenge Lab course now taught in several universities around the world. Challenge Lab courses engage local industry leaders and corporations in spinning out student-led startups such as Eko (a medical device for Africa and Asian markets). Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at universities in Latin America and Europe. He works with governments and universities to foster entrepreneurship education and consults with corporations on product and innovation management. Ken is the Academic Chair of the European Innovation Academy and also the co-founder of the Applied Innovation Institute, a nonprofit that sponsors student competitions around the world.
“It’s no use closing your eyes to the changes. We need to constantly keep up and try to influence the process.”
Professor Jan Madsen, DTU Compute