On request we have postponed the application deadline untill November 1st!

Both for Danish & international candidates!

More than 1.000 applicants since the beginning from 75 different nations!

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We are looking for companies for our amazing program! We specialize in scale & growth for startups & scale-ups!

Energy Cool is 2017 Scale-Up winner in Energy Efficient Technologies

Real Safety is 2017 Scale-Up winner in Offshore Industry

Next Step Challenge is part of Scale-Up Denmark

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Meet all of our Next Step Challenge Alumnis right here

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What we offer

5 months of business development for companies with high growth potential:
– Your own advisory board
– 180+ hours of training, camps etc.
– Access to a vast corporate network

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Acceleration for startups, scale-ups & SME’s working in the following industries:
– Energy Efficient Technologies
– Offshore Industry
– Experience Economy & Tourism

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“A revolutionary process for our company! Being part of the program has challenged our beliefs & ensured that we have our strategy in place. Next Step us reaching the sky!.”
Energy Cool, Next Step Challenge Winner – Energy 2017

“It has been an amazing journey! The program ensured that we head towards a sharp & explosive future when it comes to scale. Real Safety took the most important steps in the right direction thanks to Scale-Up Denmark & Next Step Challenge.”
Real Safety, Next Step Challenge Winner – Offshore 2017

“We are incredibly happy to win the Next Step Challenge 2016 in fierce competition with many highly skilled entrepreneurs and startup companies from around the world. The Next Step Challenge program has been intense and brought our business plan, sales and marketing strategy to the next level. We moved to Denmark to gain access to the European market and brand Instamic with a strong Danish touch.  In only one year from our crowdfunding campaign we went really far and winning the €250,000 prize it is an amazing achievement. We are full of joy and energy and can’t wait to get back to work and find talents in the audio industry in the Silicon Valley of Sound.”
Instamic, Next Step Challenge Winner 2016

“Next Step Challenge has been a great learning experience for us. The program gave us resources and guidance to further fine-tune and develop our sales strategy. And most importantly, everybody at the Next Step Challenge went out of their way to introduce us to their extended network and opened a lot of new doors we didn’t even know existed, resulting in a strong sales pipeline for us.”
TableGrabber, Next Step Challenge Winner 2015

“Next Step Challenge has helped us grow and figure out our business model and the market approach. Moreover – being surrounded by people who are smart, ambitious and resourceful on a daily basis has been really valuable to us.”
Teleskin, Next Step Challenge Winner 2014


Next Step Challenge is the most ambitious entrepreneur prize and accelerator program in Europe. And ambition really is the key word: the Challenge offers ambitious startups the chance to access a one-of-a-kind business development program. The competition has 3 tracks: Energy Efficient Technologies, Experience Economy & Tourism & Offshore Industry and that grants access to the expertise and know-how of SE, one of Denmark’s largest energy and telecom Companies with their World class smart grid and digital infrastructure. And access & insights into the Danish Offshore Industry via a vast Network. Participants in the 3 program tracks in Scale-Up Denmark powered by Next Step Challenge compete for a spot in the Grand finale. Next Step Challenge could open a whole new world of opportunities for startup companies within Energy Efficient Technologies, Experience Economy & Tourism & Offshore Industry. But just being part of the accelerator program is guaranteed to benefit the startups and entrepreneurs that take part. The Challenge lasts 5 months and takes each company through an intensive development program worth more than EUR 33.000. The program will be individually designed to help transform and mature your company, making it possible for you to unleash its full business potential.

Meet the Next Step Challenge alumnis here >

Next Step Challenge wins award as best accelerator 2016>