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Next Step Challenge finale i Musikhuset Esbjerg 2019

Ready to take your business to the Next Step?

Do you have ambitions to scale? Are you willing to invest what it takes to create change?

Gain new knowledge, transform your company and become a scale-up.
Explore the opportunity to see your company from a helicopter perspective in collaboration with industry experts
from some the largest companies in your industry.

Fill in the application form to be considered as participant – we will contact you with more information on how to reach your goals – together.

What the 2019 finalists gained from the program

Next Step Challenge in numbers




Screened companies


Nationality of applicants


During six months your Project Manager will guide you through five workshops, five 1:1 meetings with your dedicated business developer, five meetings with your customized advisory board that consists of relevant top managers – highly skilled within your focus areas. All in all that gives you a 360° review of your business and relevant tools to handle the further success.

You will work towards a final five-year strategy plan, validated by the top advisers from your customized board.

Next Step Challenge and its sponsors do not take any equity or shares in your business at any point during the program.


For your company to realize your growth potential, and becoming more successful, we focus on 5 essential elements;

  • Value Creation
  • Go to Market
  • Operating Model
  • Business Model & Growth
  • A Great Presentation

These are the essential elements and will combine workshops and advisory boards to create a systematic validation and a customized roadmap for future growth.

Contact us or fill in the form under ‘Sign Up’, with some basic information on your company. Afterwards we will contact you with more information, before we analyze, interview and select all applicating companies, according to growth potentials.

Besides high ambitions, your company must have at least 2 full-time employees and max. 250 employees. Your annual turnover must not exceed 50 million EUR or a yearly balance that doesn’t exceed 43 million EUR. Applicants should have a vast growth potential and proof-of-business in the market.

You must operate within Energy Efficient Technologies, Offshore Industry or Experience Economy & Tourism to apply. If your company operates in other industries, please contact us for more information on your possibilities.

We give you more than 180 hours of support throughout 6 months and we expect you to be on location at our camps and meetings. In between you can work with your new learning in your company. Meetings will be mainly in Esbjerg and partly in Århus and Odense. However we will also visit your company location.


We welcome companies from all countries if the requirements to participate are met.

International companies must relocate min. 2 key persons to Denmark for 6 months. Office space will be provided, though travel expenses and housing are not included.

Participants from outside the EU must be able to obtain all necessary permits and travel documents.

Participating companies are selected by a panel of experienced serial entrepreneurs, industry experts and program organizers based on the product, the team, and the potentials to scale.

We recommend that 1-3 persons from management level and/or business development departments participate throughout the program. It will be intense for a period, however it will pay off afterwards, as structure and focus will free time for new opportunities.

Next Step Challenge

  • 100 participating companies
  • 6 years of experience
  • 3254 screened high-growth companies
  • 80+ experts in the eco-system!


Scale-Up Denmark realised after the first two years 

  • 25% additional turnover pr. participating company.
  • 32% additional export pr. participating company.
  • 16% extra jobs pr. participating company.

An advisory board consists of a combination of business experts, your dedicated business developer and program manager along with your corporate partners, represented by key persons from leading Danish enterprises within your industry.

The advisory board assists your company during the program in a wide variety of fields, with a focus on making your company succeed both in sales, strategy, communications, leadership and team development – or any topic relevant for your company.

We do our best to create an advisory board, customized for the specific focus and challenges in your company and industry. It can be understanding new markets, scaling production sites, marketing of new products etc. A network that benefits your company for years to come.

In the advisory board meeting we focus 100% on your company and the feedback will be straight from the shoulder. This is an opportunity to discuss the difficult topics with skilled people that are not directly involved in your company.

As a corporate business you know the importance of sharing in order to receive and reach the full growth potential. That is what we give the participating scaleups.

  • Be part of our advisory boards, gain access to new knowledge & expand your own network.
  • Get in the helicopter & put a new perspective on the journey towards growth & success for our participants.
  • Ensure that you are in sync with the innovative solutions for your industry.
  • The opportunity to create new partnerships & collaborations for the future.
  • Give your key employees the opportunity to develop & share their experience.
  • Put your signature on the growth we aim to create.

The basic elements in the program (in Danish)