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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.9 Start-up funding for young entrepreneurs

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  1. Access to information
  2. Access to capital

Access to information

Young entrepreneurs have access to information from a large range of actors:

  • Student incubators in connection with education institutions (Studentervæksthuse)
  • Municipal business service: The municipal business service is the main entrance to the promotion of business. The service covers information and counselling of entrepreneurs and enterprises
  • Regional incubators (Væksthus): Offers specialised counselling and feedback
  • The website Begingrowth (startvækst) offers information regarding legal regulations when starting a new business
  • Innovation Fund Denmark has launched an entrepreneurial guideline with information on funding, application process, etc.
  • Innovation Fund Denmark, the Danish Growth Fund, and the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship offer guidance on programmes, funding, and applications


Access to capital

The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship provides microgrants to young/student entrepreneurs and project grants to education institutions (see section 3.8).

The Danish Growth Fund offers capital and competences to young entrepreneurs in the form of:

  • Loans for entrepreneurs
  • Guarantees
  • Venture capital

On behalf of the state, four innovation environments (innovationsmiljø) invest in promising knowledge-based entrepreneurship enterprises. The innovation environments offer capital as well as feedback and coaching in the first difficult years. The innovation environments are organised in

Danish enterprises and entrepreneurs have access to a large number of public funding at national, regional, and European level.

National programmes:

Regional level:

Capital Region of Denmark


Region Zealand


The North Denmark Region


The Central Denmark Region


The Region of Southern Denmark


European level