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Supporting sustainable business growth

We believe that collaboration and sharing of knowledge amongst entrepreneurs, SME’s and larger corporate enterprises result in better solutions and facilitate further growth for all  parties in the ecosystem. Partnerships are essential to solve the global challenges.

Next Step Challenge facilitates 3 accelerator programs for scaleups and SME’s within the industries Energy Efficient Technologies, Offshore Industry and Experience Economy & Tourism.

Since 2013, we have attracted a large number of national and international companies with high-growth potential. With a special focus on the UN Sustainability Goal #17 on Partnerships for Sustainable Development, we aim to develop competences and innovation in the eco-system around progressive entrepreneurs and the surrounding corporate businesses, scientific institutions, cluster organizations etc.

We support sustainable growth and innovation – for a better future.


Scale up, Innovate & Grow

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Scale-Up Denmark is funded by the European Regional Development Fund

Scale-Up Denmark

Next Step Challenge is part of Scale-Up Denmark, which consist of 12 elite centers for business development within 12 different industries. Next Step Challenge operate 3 elite centres – Energy Efficient Technologies, Offshore Industry and Experience Economy & Tourism.

The initiative was founded by the 5 Danish Regions & the Danish Business Authority and is supported by EU’s Fund for Regional development and private Funding.

The aim is to establish an elite of high growth companies in Denmark.

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Boost Esbjerg er en del af Next Step Challenge

Boost Esbjerg in Next Step Challenge

We support local innovation and offer start-ups from the Esbjerg area a 6-month Boost program.

As a start-up you will have a business mentor and a facilitator to guide you through the issues you might have in scaling your new business. In the Boost program you also benefit from the Next Step Challenge network and you can join Next Step Challenge workshops.


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