Lions' Den

4-minute pitch, 2-minute tech demo, 5 lions, 250.00 DKK prize, 1 winner

Lions' Den is the culmination of HardTech Entrepreneurhsip, where all the teams pitch their burning ideas in front of 5 lions (investors) to try to rip the 1st prize from their clutches, and we record it so you can watch it online!

Meet the lions from HTE Fall 2018

We found 5 fierce lions for the Fall 2018 edition of Lions' Den, who judged our teams business potential and technologies, and decided who got the big prizes. Meet them:

Niels Korsholm

Lion #1

Niels is a Senior Executive with comprehensive CEO and COO experience from significant Danish and European Professional Services companies on digital leadership. Furthermore, he has successfully started his own company several times and he is now involved in numerous startups as angel investor, mentor or non-executive board member.

Eva M. Holst-Andersen

Lion #2

Having acted as attorney at law, Head of HR and Legal, board member, MD etc. within various industries like the construction, ingredients, machinery etc. Eva has many years of wide operational and strategic experience within the corporate world bringing both small and huge companies and organizations to success. Besides working on her own start-up, board memberships etc. Eva recently bought 49% of a young company focusing on recycling products.

Rolf Garde

Lion #3

In his 20 years as a leader, Rolf repeatedly proved that he can develop a business to be successful. He has sold 2 own companies with good profits and know what is required to increase the value of a business. Rolf helps companies to create growth and / or greater bottom line / value. This is done as either business angel, adviser, investor or as part-time / interim manager.

Anders Kjær

Lion #4

Anders is Investment Manager at PreSeed Ventures. At the same time, Anders is Board Member in a number of startups, mainly in the HealthTech and Digital Health domain. Coming from a corporate background, he masters finances and strategic management within an organization.

Michael Vaag

Lion #5

Michael has worked as management consultant in two different consulting companies with focus on increasing the productivity of the operations and logistics mainly by means of Lean and TPM. He has more than 30 years of extensive competences and experiences within the area of strategic production development.

The Prizes

In Lions' Den we award 4 prizes:
- A 25.000 DKK prize grant (sponsored by Otto Bruuns Fond) to the best technology demonstration / prototype.
- 3 prizes consisting of a 20.000 DKK grant each (to spend on prototyping and/or startup service, sponsored by PreSeed Ventures)
- The 3 best overall teams, will go to a 6 month mentoring program, and after that, they will be pitching to get one 200.000 DKK Discovery Loan (sponsored by PreSeed Ventures) to be unlocked at the end of their studies if the winning team continues maturing the project.

Watch some of the Lions' Den Fall 18 pitches