Twice annually, Innovation Centre Denmark offers students enrolled in a Danish masters program the opportunity to join our team in Palo Alto for a six-month internship.
There are four positions available in the fields of Investment, Corporations, Marketing, and R&D. We’ve previously welcomed candidates from a wide range of studies ranging from business, to political science, and beyond.
Applications for our fall program are accepted until March 15th, and the deadline for spring applications is September 15th.
Nanna Dalgaard is doing her internship with ICDK as a part of her Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. She has a background in the financial industry and prior to her internship, she was with the Confederation of Danish Industries. Here she worked to make Denmark a digital frontrunner, by guiding Danish enterprises to implement digital business models and pushing to make Danish regulatory framework more agile, to fit the new ways of doing business.
Through her studies and prior work experiences, Nanna developed an interest for how enterprises, corporates as well as SME’s, relate and adapt to the digitization and disruption of almost all industries. Working for ICDK, Nanna will be enrolled in both the SCALEit team and the Invest in Denmark team, thereby working within the intersection of both small and large companies, as well as collaborations between the private and the public sector. Nanna is looking forward to experiencing the unique ecosystem in Silicon Valley, getting a more international outlook, and gathering innovative inspiration and ideas to bring home to the Danish Business Community.
Along with the three other interns, Silje joined Innovation Center Denmark February 1st. Silje comes from a corporate background in the pharmaceutical industry, and in line with both her past experience and her interests, she will join the Innovation Centre’s corporate platform, XploreIT.
Through her studies in Communication and IT at Copenhagen University, Silje has developed an interest in how corporate organizations utilize the powers of technology and how they can harvest innovating initiatives to benefit their business. The fast paced environment of Silicon Valley area motivates Silje to explore how start-ups and corporate organizations can learn from each other while also challenging Silje herself to experience new technologies and business models. Silje is especially interested in how the, at times rigid and well-tested, processes of corporate firms can co-exist with the agile and innovating process of start-ups and technology development; a challenge she is ready to explore together with Innovation Centre Denmark Silicon Valley and the XploreIT team.
After almost a decade working with content strategy, marketing, and communications in both Scandinavia and the UK, Emilia has joined the Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley as part of her masters degree at Copenhagen Business School where she is studying International Business Communication, with a focus on Intercultural Marketing.
She is particularly interested in how companies can incorporate CSR and more importantly CSV (Creating Shared Value), into their core business model, and how this can be used as marketing narrative.
A self-proclaimed tech enthusiast, Emilia has found her spiritual home in the Bay Area. She is excited to be on the ground reporting about the newest innovations coming out of the Valley, and following the collaborative journeys between Danish startups and researchers and those already in the Valley.
Clara Siboni Lund: Research & Development Associate
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Clara Siboni Lund is doing her internship in the Research & Development team as part of her Master’s degree in political science at Aarhus University. She has a background within consultancy services as an analysis assistant at the Danish Technological Institute, working within social innovation and the intersection between the fields of innovation, education, and the labour market.
Clara is very curious and excited about the months to come – especially looking forward to gaining knowledge about how cutting-edge research is conducted in Silicon Valley and how the field of research interacts and collaborates with the industry.
As Research & Development Associate Clara will be working closely with the research attaché on establishing networks between Danish and Californian research communities and promoting Danish research and innovation.
Twice annually, Innovation Centre Denmark offers students enrolled in a Danish masters program the opportunity to join our team in Palo Alto for a six-month internship. Applications for our fall program are accepted until March 15th, and the deadline for spring applications is September 15th.
Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley is looking for a Junior Science and Education Advisor to join our team as soon as possible.
In your position as Junior Science and Education Advisor you will work to promote Danish science and educational collaborations across the entire spectrum of science and education, ranging from all scientific fields to any level of higher education to advanced science. You will refer to the Scientific Attaché of innovation Centre Denmark.
Some of your primary tasks will include engaging with Danish stakeholders, assistance in conducting workshops and fact-finding trips for Danish parties and groups in the US, predominantly in California. You will continually help to fine-tune and explore the opportunities for Danish-US collaborations in science and education.
Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000, is a generation of more than 80 million people, and it is the biggest generation in American history. One of the implications of this generation is their view on banking, and especially how the banking industry is next up for disruption due to unmet needs and dissatisfaction. For example are all four of the leading banks in the US among the ten least loved brands by Millennials, and one in three is open to switching banks in the next 90 days.
The disruption of banking is already happening, and at Innovation Center Denmark we have recently written a white paper focused on the development of new financial solutions within the FinTech space. FinTech is the condensed term for financial technology, and it describes the new business area spanning the intersection of financial and technological services and products.
The purpose of our white paper is to provide the reader with a general knowledge of the trends, technologies and companies within the Fintech space in North America. Specifically, the paper is zooming in on trends within Lending, Wealth management, Payments and Transfers. Furthermore, we do also touch upon the fundamental systemic changes enabled by Blockchain and Regulation. If you have not read it already, you can find our previous blog post about Blockchain here.
The white paper was conducted by Søren Gyde, Innovation and Investment Associate, Line Rodil, Innovation Advisor and Anders B. Christjansen, Senior Innovation Advisor.
At Innovation Center Denmark we provide various corporate innovation services within FinTech through our XPLOREit platform. If you wish to learn more, please reach out to Anders at email@example.com.
One of the things you quickly notice upon arriving in the Bay area is the sizeable number of homeless people – not just limited to one area but virtually all over. Concealed by homemade, wind-swept tents, sleeping in alleys, hiding underneath highway bridges, yelling or talking to themselves on the streets, it’s impossible not to experience, not to mention to be saddened by the magnitude of the problem.
Tine Christensen, who moved to the Bay area with her husband in 2013, founded the Blossom Foundation this August, destined to make a difference.
San Francisco has more than 7,000 homeless, roughly 2,400 of whom are women between 20 and 50 years of age. Under the hashtag “#TheHomelessPeriod”, Tine has embarked a journey to make their lives a little more bearable by providing the homeless women with aids to manage their monthly menstruation cycle.
Coming from a background as a social worker at several hospitals and for the municipality of Copenhagen, Tine was not timid to approach the homeless whom she passed ways with, and during her encounters she found there is a lack of access to sanitary products in the homeless shelters, and many of the homeless don’t even have access to shelters due to a flood in demand; “Women are largely overlooked in the system despite their vulnerability to life on the streets.”
Small things do make a difference
In the past seven weeks, Tine has been spreading the word, in order to attract donations to make the project possible. Last week the first 300 bags, holding sanitary products, wet wipes and Rethink waters, were passed on to the municipality of San Francisco, and distributed to some of the women living the harsh life of the streets. This first round of bags served as a trial and” our hope is to expand the project and become a non-profit organization” she adds.
Tine is well aware that handing out sanitary products won’t solve all of the problems these women face, but she believes that even the small things do make a difference; “We hope to empower these women to reclaim their lives. Our mission is to give them a voice, dignity and hope.” For her, it is much more than accommodating basic needs and she hopes to make an impact on the way people see the homeless; “they are first and foremost humans, and they deserve to be a part of our society just like you and I.”
At the Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley we are supportive of Tine’s initiative and we encourage you to spread the word and support if you can.