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Danish entrepreneurship strategy aims for world class

Copenhagen Science City becomes Innovation District Copenhagen

A new entrepreneurship strategy from the Danish Government aims to make Denmark a world class country for start-ups and their founders. Less tax, less red tape, more support for talents, boost for provincial start-ups and more knowledge-based entrepreneurship are all part of the proposal now presented by the government. Included in the ambition for knowledge-based start-ups is a pledge of Government support to accelerate the development of Innovation District Copenhagen.

Strong backing

The new innovation district will be co-developed by the Danish government, the City of Copenhagen, the University of Copenhagen and other local and national partners, building on the geography and content of Copenhagen Science City. Read the entire “iværksætterstrategi (in Danish) here…

Significant investments in innovation-relevant facilities

In recent years the area has attracted several significant investments. These include investments in state-of-the-art facilities for research, testing and teaching such as the Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme and Technical University Hospital of Greater Copenhagen.

An eco-system on the move

The area has also seen the establishment of several new programmes for technology-development and commercialization. These include the life science incubator and -accelerator BioInnovation Institute, the quantum technology accelerator NATO DIANA Quantum Centre and the quantum technology incubator Deep Tech Lab Quantum.

Key partners increase strategic focus on innovation

Meanwhile, the three local academic institutions, University of Copenhagen, university hospital Rigshospitalet and University College Copenhagen (KP), have all increased their strategic focus on innovation and societal impact.

Unique opportunities

Add all this to recent investments in top-of-the-line transport infrastructure, the district presents unique opportunities for making Denmark an international centre for innovation. Especially within quantum technology and life science.

Five ambitious aims

With Innovation District Copenhagen, the City and National governments aim to:

  1. Build an epicentre within life science and quantum technology that can bridge the connections to research and entrepreneurship communities in Denmark and the world.
  2. Develop a vibrant urban environment with attractive opportunities for new construction to ensure that the stock of new and old buildings supports the transition from research to commercialisation and provides space for start-ups, scale-ups and corporates.
  3. Collaborate to attract international talent, companies and investments.
  4. Create attractive urban spaces and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists in order to support the interaction between users in the district.
  5. Organise innovation ecosystem actors who can implement the vision durably and sustainably.

Located in the heart of the Danish capital

The district will be located in the area around the University of Copenhagen’s Northern Campus, Rigshospitalet, University College Copenhagen’s Campus Nørrebro, “De Gamles By” and the Haraldsgade neighbourhood. The partners will now develop a masterplan for the district which will used for future city planning and zoning in the area.

About Innovation District Copenhagen

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