Interns wanted for Fall 2016!

SCALEitbridge

Would you like to help Danish companies and organizations prosper in the intersection between science, technology, and innovation? Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley, is looking for four talented and energetic interns from August 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017. Are you up for the challenge?

We are looking for interns in the areas of Innovation, Research & Development, and Investment & Innovation that are eager to learn and develop professionally as well as personally in one of the most interesting and fast paced business eco systems in the world. The knowledge, skills, and interests that you bring with you, will impact the projects you are going to work with throughout your time at Innovation Center Denmark, in which you will receive ongoing evaluation and feedback.

Click here for more details on the positions

Who may apply? Interns at Innovation Center Denmark must be enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university.

How to apply? In your application, please indicate which internship you are applying for (Innovation, R&D, or I&I), why you think you will be a good fit for the team, and how this internship fits into your overall personal and professional goals. Also, indicate if you would like to be considered for one of the other teams. Finally, please enclose CV, references, and transcripts in your application.

The application deadline is March 6th, 2016.

 

Danish Ideas: Be My Eyes – a visionary startup

The Danish startup Be My Eyes has a lot of traction in Silicon Valley. We had a chance to talk with Christian Erfurt, CEO, about the story of Be My Eyes and what lies ahead.   

Be_My_Eyes_Logo

In January this year, a team of talented Danish entrepreneurs launched the app “Be My Eyes” for iOS devices. The app connects blind and visually impaired users with sighted people, who want to make a real difference in their everyday lives. At any moment, a blind or visually impaired person can request help through the app and is then connected to a helper in the same time zone, who can provide assistance via live video chat on an internet enabled device.

When asked how it all started, Christian Erfurt, CEO of Be My Eyes, puts it this way:

“The beginning of our story is actually quite straightforward. Hans Jörgen Wiberg, our inventor, participated in Startup Weekend Aarhus in late 2011, where I met him. After that weekend, development took off. It took twice as long and costed twice as much as planned, but timing-wise we were actually quite lucky since 3G and 4G networks, along with improved live video quality, gained momentum while we were in the development phase.”

Since launch, Be My Eyes has rocketed forward, and the company participated in Innovation Center Denmark’s 10th SCALEit program in March this year. First week after launch, the app was already featured on the world’s five biggest television stations. The interest has just kept growing since then and the company hasn’t had to spend anything on marketing with the app going viral.

Be My Eyes is now a network of eyes with more than 305,000 helpers and 23,000 blind or visually impaired, who have participated in over 107,000 sessions. This scale and impact has exceeded Christian Erfurt’s wildest imaginations:

“To get a grasp of the scale, I sometimes try to visualize how many people are on board by imagining soccer fields with our users on them. I am just really proud and grateful for the positive reactions to Be My Eyes. It has gone so fast and it’s crazy that we’re already in 140 countries.”

Lend Your Eyes to the Blind

Often blind people find themselves in situations, where they could really use a pair of helping eyes. Smart phones and their existing features sort part of this problem and have helped a lot of people with visual impairments, but the problem with the existing video peer to peer systems is that you have to call somebody. Be My Eyes solves this problem by bringing together a community of those who need help with those who are more than willing to provide it.

With Be My Eyes it doesn’t cost anything to help someone distinguish between a can of tomatoes and a can of coconut milk; something that can make a huge difference, if spaghetti Bolognese is on the menu.

Be My Eyes has also proven that the limits of the app are constantly being pushed by its users.

In one example, a blind woman went to her son’s first soccer match and if it hadn’t been for Be My Eyes and its eager community of helpers, she wouldn’t have experienced much of it. But the app put her in contact with a helper, who could see and comment the match.

Another example illustrates the value of Be My Eyes in helping visually impaired people orientate in complex situations. A blind man and his wife were driving in their car, when suddenly the car stops, and the wife exclaims “Accident!”. While she runs out of their car to lend assistance, her husband is left disoriented. Fortunately he was able to get a live overview of the situation by filming the events through the car’s sunroof with his smart phone and receiving updates through Be My Eyes.

These examples illustrate how a platform and its users can solve important problems in seemingly simple ways.

What’s Next?

Be My Eyes already has a lot of traction with it being the largest community of blind in the world. To leverage this position, the company has relocated to Silicon Valley and it speaks to the potential of Be My Eyes that the dedicated and skilled team behind it have been chosen for the prestigious Singularity University Accelerator.

“We have had our first weeks at the Singularity University Accelerator. It’s a great opportunity and we’re being pushed to go forward with full speed. The Accelerator had 400 applicants, but only seven were chosen, so we consider ourselves really privileged. It’s such an amazing program and the six other projects are great – we can learn a lot from them.” says Christian Erfurt.

The next step for Be My Eyes is scaling and doing some analysis:
“Our focus right now is to reach more users and make a difference for more people globally. We also have to try to understand the users we have and how they use the technology before we press the marketing button and start hitting the PR-drums.”

Word of advice

Christian Erfurt and his team have experienced a lot along the way and are full of great advice to Danish entrepreneurs considering taking the leap to Silicon Valley:

“The best piece of advice I can give to other startups is that they should pack their suitcases and participate in ICDK’s SCALEit program, which is a great way to network and get vouched into the system. SCALEit has been invaluable for us and made it a lot easier to get into places and establish contacts that would otherwise be out of reach. It is also highly recommendable to stay for a month afterwards to discern whether Silicon Valley is really the right thing for you and your business. But be warned, Silicon Valley is a really exciting place, and once you’ve been here, it’s quite probable that you’ll want to come back!”

Obviously, a lot has still to come for Be My Eyes and ICDK looks forward to following them on their exciting journey.

Meet Martin Broch Pedersen – our new Innovation Consultant

Martin B. Pedersen, new Consultant at ICDK
Martin B. Pedersen, new Consultant at ICDK

Martin Broch Pedersen has over the last 20 years worked extensively with technology and healthcare, both locally and globally. He has participated in two successful startups as well as worked as a CEO for another Danish start-up, Configit. Passion for focusing on a company’s core competences and making teams excel, as well as the ability to try out new ways, have been some of the reasons for success.

Martin also joined two larger organizations, first Tieto from Finland, which bought his first start-up, and until recently, CGI. In both organizations, Martin had the overall responsibility for delivering Healthcare-it solutions to the Danish market. Focus has been on solutions for laboratories and for electronic medical records, and next generation “citizen centric” healthcare solutions.

At Innovation Center Denmark, Martin works as a consultant focusing on Healthcare/Life Science and Tech. Martin will work with large Danish corporations and startups, and help them grow, innovate and build new business relationships using the many resources available in Silicon Valley.

Which trends and developments excite you most in Silicon Valley right now?

“From a healthcare perspective, I think the convergence of so many technologies means that we’ll see real and drastic improvements over the next 5-10 years. Both when it comes to increased quality and reduced cost.  Wearables, improved battery technology, personalized medicine, community software, internet of things are all relevant themes for the healthcare sector. Seeing companies exploiting all of these, in collaboration with healthcare providers, will lead to drastic changes – hopefully disruptions!”

Everyone in Silicon Valley has an idea of what makes the ecosystem so innovative. Of all the elements the ecosystem is made of, which ones do you think are the most important for Danish businesses to learn from?

“One thing that stands out in the successful companies is the power of the nerd! The change agents in Silicon Valley are the innovative engineer, computer scientist or the creative team. They have room to reflect and create; organizations allow great ideas to grow and get attention. They get strong support from management and they get funding and resources to take ideas to the market. Fast! Combined with a willingness to take risk – and learn from failure.

Recruiting the best possible people is another key to success – companies compete for the talent, and talents want to work with other talents. It’s simple, but for me the recruitment process is the most important process in any company, and I think companies in Silicon Valley are extremely aware of this.”

Martin holds a Master of Computer Science degree from University of Aarhus and University of Oregon, combined with a minor in economy. Martin is also an alumni from IMD business school.

Get in touch with Martin Pedersen on LinkedIn

Interns Wanted for Spring 2016!

100456512-silicon-valley-streetsign-gettyp1_1910x1000
Would you like to help Danish companies and organizations prosper in the intersection between science, technology, and innovation? Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley, is looking for three talented and energetic interns from February 1st 2016 to July 31st 2016. Are you up for the challenge?

We are looking for interns in the areas of Innovation, Research & Development, and Investment & Innovation that are eager to learn and develop professionally as well as personally in one of the most interesting and fast paced business eco systems in the world. It is a requirement that you are currently enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university. The knowledge, skills, and interests that you bring with you, will impact the projects you are going to work with throughout your time at Innovation Center Denmark, in which you will receive ongoing evaluation and feedback.

Click here for more details on the positions

Who may apply?
Interns at Innovation Center Denmark must be enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university.

How to apply?
In your application, please indicate which internship you are applying for (Innovation, R&D, or I&I), why you think you will be a good fit for the team, and how this internship fits into your overall personal and professional goals. Also, indicate if you would like to be considered for one of the other teams. Finally, please enclose CV, references, and transcripts in your application.

The application deadline is September 27th 2015.

 

If you want to read more about the current interns and their backgrounds, click here!

New Infusion of Intern Energy at the Innovation Centre

From the left: Simon, Kasper, Mathias
From the left: Simon, Kasper, Mathias

Mathias Rigbolt, Research & Development

My name is Mathias and I look very much forward to the next five months as R&D intern at the Innovation Centre. The internship is part of my Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, where my focus is on the intersection between politics, technology and science; a combination which is sometimes paraphrased as a triple-helix structure. Here in Silicon Valley I’m going to be right in the middle of that intersection, gaining invaluable experience with public-private collaboration. For Denmark to be a world leading knowledge economy, I believe that it is imperative that Danish organizations, research communities and businesses are present in the epicenter of innovation. While at ICDK, I will do my best to facilitate this presence and build bridges between Danish and US research while also generating valuable knowledge from the center of the storm.

I have always been deeply fascinated with the innovative and fast-paced culture of Silicon Valley. It is a dream come true to be here and try to maneuver and keep up the pace in the electrifying winds of disruptive technologies and groundbreaking research. Please feel free to contact me at matrig@um.dk.

Simon Lehnskov Lange, Innovation

My name is Simon and I am the new Innovation Intern here at the Innovation Centre. I see entrepreneurship, whether it is based on discovery or innovation, as one of the most efficient ways of making the world a better place. Having founded and run a small temp agency for a couple of years, I know how early startups bring both great engagement and challenges to their founders. Besides having taken my first chances with a business, I am currently finishing a M.Sc. in Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. This builds on a B.Sc. in Physics and Nanotechnology from the same institution.

My motivation for joining the Innovation Centre is rooted in personal experiences: I have used 2.5 out the last 7 years traveling around the world to explore and understand some of our global, cultural diversity as well as life in the developing world. Over hunger and domestic violence in Africa, political indoctrination in South East Asia to corruption, drugs and armed street wars in Latin America, I have built up a profound wish that we will all find new ways to organize ourselves. Innovation clusters like Silicon Valley are key players in finding technologies that can enable this change, so I am super excited to get to work here. Please feel free to contact me at simlan@um.dk.

Kasper Clemmesen Hansen, Investment & Innovation

My name is Kasper and I am one third of the incoming team of interns at the Innovation Centre Denmark, Silicon Valley. Specifically, I’m the new Investment and Innovation Associate, which means that I am going to be active on both sides of the “building bridges” analogy. Thus, I will be helping Danish companies innovate and grow in Silicon Valley as well as promoting Denmark as a tremendous investment destination for American companies. The fundamental motivation for joining the Innovation Centre is to improve my grasp of how the theoretical realm that I have been taught in my current studies of M.Sc. in Finance and Strategic Management at Copenhagen Business School is connected to finance, investment, and strategy in practice. The internship is an ideal case study of this exact relationship.

Having spent a few weeks in Silicon Valley already, my impression is that, here, everyone is an entrepreneur. No matter whether you are a janitor or a financial accountant by day, we are all entrepreneurs by night. This willingness to risk everything is truly inspiring and I hope to bring this desire and optimism with me back to Denmark when the six months are over. In the meantime, always feel free to contact me at kachan@um.dk

.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...