Energy Efficient Technologies

  • Scale-Up Denmark
  • Scale-Up Denmark and The European Regional Development fund
Next Step Challenge is part of Scale-Up Denmark
Vandvagt fra THisted vinder Next Step Challenge 2018 Energieffektive Teknologier

Do you have ambitions?

If your business is operating within industries in sustainable production, smart cities, sustainable energy or smart living, you can join our center for Energy Efficient Technologies.

6 months of camps and advisory board meetings will give your company a 360° review and a ready growth plan for the next 5 years.

The camps will be customized workshops and trainings within business developments and the advisory board meeting is YOUR team of industry experts from your industry.

Are you willing invest the effort to create change?

Be part of this program

Key areas

Jens Hørup
Benjamin Bergner


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.
Sunbe Kohl Bomholt Rasmussen er Project Manager i Scale-Up Denmark center for Energieffektive Teknologier, powered by Next Step Challenge

Your Project Manager

Sune Rasmussen is the Project Manager in the center for Energy Efficient Technologies.

Each Next Step Challenge program has its own Program Manager who matches your business asks with the right industry experts and guides you and your business through 5 months of training and through the building of your professional 5-year roadmap to growth – ensuring a 360° view of your business and market.

Your Program Manager links industry data and business development knowledge in your specific industry, to provide the optimal progress for your business, from both the personal advisory board, the business developer and the facilitated camps, during the program.

Contact Sune for more information on how to develop your business for Energy Efficient Technologies.

Contact Sune Rasmussen

Scaleup, Innovate and Grow!

Corporate Partners in Energy Efficient Technologies

Grundfos logo


Visit Grundfos
kamstrup logo


Visit Kamstrup
Danfoss is a partner to Next Step Challenge


Visit Danfoss
dis_innovative_engineering logo

DIS Innovative Engineering

Visit DIS Innovative Engineering
din_forsyning logo

Din Forsyning

Visit Din Forsyning
VP_industries logo

VP Industries

Visit VP Industries


Visit Linak
Solar is partner to Next Step Challenge


Visit Solar
KMD Business as partner to Next Step Challenge

KMD Business

Visit KMD Business
Olesen & Jensen logo

OJ Energy

Visit OJ Energy
Bangs Gaard in Esbjerg is corporate partner

Bangs Gård Ejendomsselskab

Jyske Bank is partner

Jyske Bank

Visit Jyske Bank
Lauritzen shipping is partner


Visit Lauritzen
Aalborg Energie Technik er partner i Next Step Challenge

Aalborg Energie Technik

Visit Aalborg Energie Technik

Aarhus University Dep. for Environmental Science

Visit Aarhus University
Aalborg Universitet Esbjerg er partner til Next Step Challenge

Aalborg Universitet Esbjerg

Visit Aalborg University
Scale-Up Denmark powered by Next Step Challenge finale 2018

Win your market!

In order to win a larger market share, a strong and professional business network is crucial. The same goes for investor relations.

However when busy with the daily work we realize it can be difficult to see your company from a helicopter perspective and with ‘investor eyes’. Apply for assistance!

Join our 6-month accelerator program with more than 180 hours of customized business development training – it will open a completely new world of opportunities for your enterprise.

Alumnis from the previous years are in no doubt; a 360° review to your business will boost both bottom line, market share and future market opportunities.

Be a winner. Sign up to be considered for the program