Scale-Up Denmark - Next Step Challenge

Next Step Challenge & Scale-Up Denmark is about accelerating & scaling SME’s & Startups from all over the world!

Next Step Challenge is a 5-month scale & growth competition and business accelerator program with a value of more than €33,000 to accepted SME’s & startups in the fields of next-generation energy & offshore industry and provides them with the opportunity to compete for a spot in the national Scale-Up Denmark finale where one candidate from each of the Scale-Up Denmark elite training centres take the stage – and a winner is announced.

Using one of the world’s most advanced digital infrastructures built on high-speed fibre broadband and smart grid technology, the program furthermore provides you with access to a living lab of more than 260,000 households in the region of Southern Denmark to test your products and employ big data analytics. Further, each company receives 180 hours of intensive business development support from our experienced program managers, business experts & your very own advisory board.

The Challenge lasts five months and takes each company through an intensive business development program worth more than EUR 30,000. The program will be individually designed to help transform and mature your company to unleash its full business potential.

We are supported by various partners – All with deep industrial knowledge – and your company will be connected with a relevant partner via the advisory board.


SE Energi & Klima
Sønderborg Vækstråd
Region Midtjylland
Region Syddanmark
Region Nordjylland
Region Hovedstaden
Region Sjælland