Build your company with Antler in Denmark

Apply to Antler in Denmark to start your next company! As Europe's most active early-stage investor, we invest in the most driven founders working on groundbreaking ideas. No founder is too early for Antler. With a global platform and thriving community of 1,000+ portfolio companies, we support exceptional founders from day zero to greatness.

Antler in Denmark is part of Antler in the Nordics, where we run integrated offline/online residences with Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Who is Antler in Denmark for?

We’re looking for experienced business operators, technologists, or serial entrepreneurs who can motivate themselves and others to join their mission to build a game-changing business. Whether you’re an individual or a team at the early stages of their journey, we are here to help as a partner obsessed with your success.

Individuals

Looking for a co-founder?

Are you an individual ready to start something new, and looking for the right co-founder?

Antler brings together an exclusive group of ambitious people to explore ideas together. Meet, learn, and co-create with exceptional builders. Join us to turn your vision into reality.

Teams

Already have the dream team?

Do you already have a team and are ready to start building? Joining Antler gives you the opportunity to build alongside like-minded, ambitious founders.

Build long-lasting relationships, gain access to coaching, network resources, investor introductions, and valuable support—regardless of your idea’s stage.

Supporting founders from day zero

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Team and idea formation

The 12 first weeks of the program are designed for you to team up with your new co-founder(s), build your idea, and validate your business model. Our platform team organizes lectures and workshops with industry experts, team challenges, idea sprints, and coaching sessions.

Build your company

Start talking to customers, develop your MVP, refine your business model, and develop your go-to-market strategy alongside our expert coaches.

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Pitch to Antler’s Investment Committee

Teams deemed ready will pitch to our Investment Committee comprising partners from the Antler in Denmark team, external local investors, and partners from Antler's global team. The Investment Committee votes on which teams receive an investment.

Platform to accelerate growth and fundraising

Antler invests through series C and beyond. When joining the portfolio, you are matched with a dedicated partner coach and portfolio team that will support you with fundraising strategy, investor intros, business development, hiring and access to talent, and connecting you to a network of hundreds of experts advisors to help you scale.

Examples of Antler in Denmark portfolio companies

Antler is the most active investor in Denmark. We are dedicated to helping our portfolio companies scale.

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Antler in the Nordics invested in 167 portfolio companies across Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland

$500M+

Total portfolio value

Delighted to have Supertrends as an Antler insights partner in the Nordics.

Application process

The full application process takes about two weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Drive or pitch interview

This is an introductory talk where we get to know you or your idea better to determine whether our program would be an ideal fit for you.

Drive interview

Be ready to speak about yourself, your background, skills, and motivations to join our next Antler residency in Denmark.

Pitch interview

If you are applying with an existing idea that you want to bring into the residency, be prepared to present it to us. Present your pitch deck or show us a demo of your MVP, if you already have one. We will use the remaining time to ask you questions about your idea and team, but also to answer your burning questions about what a collaboration with—and ultimately an investment from—Antler could look like.

Partner interview

This is the second and final interview stage to join the Antler in Denmark program. Meet with one of our partners in Denmark to go into more detail about your background, idea, and motivation to join an Antler residency. This stage will take place whether you applied as an individual with or without an idea, or as an existing team in its early stages.

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Application process

The full application process takes about two weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Drive or pitch interview

This is an introductory talk where we get to know you or your idea better to determine whether our program would be an ideal fit for you.

Drive interview

Be ready to speak about yourself, your background, skills, and motivations to join our next Antler residency in Denmark.

Pitch interview

If you are applying with an existing idea that you want to bring into the residency, be prepared to present it to us. Present your pitch deck or show us a demo of your MVP, if you already have one. We will use the remaining time to ask you questions about your idea and team, but also to answer your burning questions about what a collaboration with—and ultimately an investment from—Antler could look like.

Partner interview

This is the second and final interview stage to join the Antler in Denmark program. Meet with one of our partners in Denmark to go into more detail about your background, idea, and motivation to join an Antler residency. This stage will take place whether you applied as an individual with or without an idea, or as an existing team in its early stages.

Decision meeting

After the two interview stages, we hold a final meeting to decide whether to extend you an offer to join the upcoming Antler in Denmark program.

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Application process

The full application process takes about two weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Drive or pitch interview

This is an introductory talk where we get to know you or your idea better to determine whether our program would be an ideal fit for you.

Drive interview

Be ready to speak about yourself, your background, skills, and motivations to join our next Antler residency in Denmark.

Pitch interview

If you are applying with an existing idea that you want to bring into the residency, be prepared to present it to us. Present your pitch deck or show us a demo of your MVP, if you already have one. We will use the remaining time to ask you questions about your idea and team, but also to answer your burning questions about what a collaboration with—and ultimately an investment from—Antler could look like.

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Antler-funded founders have gone on to raise investments from other leading VCs and accelerators.

Founder testimonials

Jose Tavares

Zupply

As a startup founder in a new country like Denmark, Antler was the perfect door opener. They helped me find a co-founder team and gave us the investment to kickstart our startup, Zupply. Since joining them, we have received great support to build and grow our sustainability company.

Stephanie Darvill

Aline

Going into Antler, I said to myself, there is nothing to lose, worst case scenario I will learn a huge amount and expand my network, best-case scenario I will meet my co-founders, find the business idea I'm passionate about and found a company. The best case happened but it really is a win-win scenario.

Øyvind Sørøy

Sloyd

With Antler, I feel like I'm finally able to make a real difference. Working with experimental technology is a tough sell as not many grasp its true value, but with this network of people who really understands it, it's so much easier to get somewhere

It's the best time in history to build a business.

There has never been a better time to start a business. The barriers to entry are lower than ever, and the dynamic economy provides endless opportunities for spirited entrepreneurs. Join Antler and get started.

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Our team

Meet the Antler team in Denmark and the Nordics, dedicated to your success.

Michael J. Wiatr
Partner

Michael started his career with The Boston Consulting Group. Since then, he has worked with building, scaling, and investing in startups. Michael has helped build and scale numerous companies as a co-founder, advisor, or angel-investor including two companies which have experienced exit events.

Maiken Paaske
Associate Partner

Maiken has been operating, founding and advising technology startups for the past 8 years. Her experience spans across early stage technology startups and on to later stage billion dollar venture backed scaleups - operating across Europe and the US. She was an early employee in the FinTech unicorn Lunar, where she played a pivotal role and since then she’s been a founder herself as well as an award winning marketing executive, advisor and investor in multiple other tech companies.

Oscar Westergård
Partner

Oscar, heading up Antler Stockholm, is an entrepreneur, expansion specialist and leader with 10 years' experience in building ventures across Africa, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. He previously co-founded BIMA, a global leader in mobile insurance, with 26M customers and has worked at Spotify, Kinnevik and Universal Avenue. He loves the outdoors and his favorite meal is freshly caught trout grilled over an open fire.

Kristian Jul Røsjø
Partner

Kristian co-leads the Norwegian operations at Antler alongside Anne, where he leads both our fundraising and partnership efforts. Kristian is also responsible for building the ecosystem around Antler in Europe focusing on partnerships with commercial companies that want to contribute through their services and idea generation towards founders in the programs. He is also working on raising the European funds that invest in Antler's portfolio companies.

Antti Tormanen
Partner

Antti started his career at OliverWyman and then McKinsey&Company with a brief stint to public sector in the middle. Since then, he has founded two start ups, exited one and worked for the last years in wealth management in leadership roles. During his career, Antti has worked across the Middle East, Europe, US and South America. Antti is also a passionate cyclist and outdoor enthusiast.

Jussi Kallasvuo
Partner

Jussi started his career in finance, but has since turned entrepreneur and investor. During the past 20 years he has worked or studied in Europe, USA and Asia and loves Antler’s international spirit. Jussi has founded and exited two companies and, in addition to doing a variety of sports and being outdoors, gets his kicks from seeing entrepreneurs thrive.

Livia Moore
Associate Partner

Livia is a full-stack marketing and communications expert obsessed with building brands. With 10 years' experience from startups in Stockholm and NYC, Livia previously ran fintech Tink’s marketing department and headed up community and content marketing at ecommerce platform Tictail. Livia is a lover of the Russian language, undercover interior designer and will help you set your marketing strategy, grow and attract customers.

Kristine Holst Frisk
Manager, ESG & Impact

Kristine is the Manager for ESG and Impact in the Nordics. In this role, she supports Antler's ambition to increase the percentage of successful impact startups that take steps towards a better tomorrow. She holds a Master's degree in Management of Creative Business Processes from Copenhagen Business School and has previously worked in an EdTech startup and a student innovation initiative. Unfortunately for this Dane, she enjoys all sports that involve mountains, and therefore she often crosses the borders to visit the beautiful nature of Sweden and Norway.

Matze Breil
Manager, Head of Nordic Scouting

Matze leads our Scouting team across the Nordics. Originally from Germany, he started his career in the banking industry where he worked on trading floors and in M&A. Before joining Antler, he interned for a leading Private Equity firm in Zambia. Matze holds an MSc. in Business Finance from BI Norwegian Business School and is based in Oslo.

Nils Lange
Senior Associate, Scouting

Nils works as a Senior Associate at Antler in the Scouting team, where he plays a role in identifying and evaluating promising early-stage startups and entrepreneurs for the Antler platform in the Nordics. With a keen eye for industry trends, Nils collaborates closely with other Antler team members, attending networking events, meeting entrepreneurs, and reviewing pitch decks to spot potential investment opportunities.Throughout his journey in the startup world, Nils Lange has witnessed how technology has been a game-changer in various industries. The potential to revolutionize processes, enhance decision-making, and create smarter, more efficient solutions excites him to no end. Nils is always eager to explore the latest advancements and how they can be leveraged to drive positive change.

Olivia Lyng
Associate, Scouting

Olivia holds a master’s degree in communication and business administration from Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining Antler, she worked in the global sustainability consultancy as a Business Developer. While studying at CBS, she led Millennial Consulting, a student consultancy connecting innovative startups with talented students.At Antler, she’s dedicated to growing Antler’s presence in the ecosystem and finding excellent founders that can solve the major challenges of tomorrow.

Ege Akinci
Associate, Scouting

Ege is a part of the scouting team, aiming to find great founders who are passionate about making an impact. Ege is born and raised in Turkey, and studied in the United States and Norway. He holds a B.A in Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Human Geography. He is passionate about green innovations and enjoys the occasional workout.

Hedvig Henrekson
Manager, Head of Nordic Program

Hedvig has a background in project management, communication, and stakeholder management. She moved to Copenhagen three years ago to pursue a MSc. in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School. In her spare time, Hedvig enjoys traveling to new destinations and cooking and eating together with her friends.

Leo Philippsthal
Associate, Program

Leo is a passionate program associate based in Stockholm, with a background within sales and business development. With a strong interest in the entrepreneurial scene, Leo actively supports founders in building the businesses of tomorrow, leveraging his expertise to drive growth and success.

Tage Ringstad
Senior Associate, Program

Tage is a civil engineer with a MSc in Industrial Economics from NTNU, with a techincal specialization in AI, and a major in entrepreneurship and finance. Before joining Antler, he was part of a global unit providing M&A, investment banking and management consulting services. Tage is truly passionate about innovation and business development and convey his passion into Antler's Nordic program. He loves to push his boundaries both personally and professionally and as a fun fact, spent summer 2021 as a dad to a litter of puppies before embarking on a solo cycling journey 3000km across Norway.

Clara Zackrisson
Associate, Program

Clara is originally from Sweden but has international experience in Australia, Norway, Denmark, Spain, UAE, and Austria. She has a background in Politics & Economics and Human Rights from Lunds University. Prior to joining Antler, she worked at a talent-tech company with community building, career coaching, and project management. Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, yoga, podcasts, and engaging in different networks. At Antler, she strives to connect you with the right people, develop you as a founder and be your go-to person when building your start-up.

Julia Nilsson
Senior Manager, Portfolio

Julia supports Antler’s Nordic portfolio of 120+ companies across fundraising, hiring, growth and more. She previously headed up Antler’s Nordic programs as well as the marketing department. She also helped launch Antler in Korea and in Denmark, where she is currently based. She has a background in business and marketing, holds a degree from Stockholm School of Economics, is passionate about diversity in tech and is a bit of a bookworm.

Markus Lukk
Associate, Portfolio

Markus is an Associate at Antler, working across portfolio and investment topics. He is passionate about assessing new investment opportunities and helping courageous founders tackle the most pressing challenges of our time. He has lived in 7 countries, holds an MSc in Strategic Management from Rotterdam School of Management, and has worked at Uber.

Jose Luis Almanza
Senior Associate, Portfolio

Jose is an Investment & Portfolio Associate, assessing new investments and working together with Antler portfolio companies to help them accelerate their growth. He has worked in different areas within Antler and has an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has lived in Mexico (born), Prague, Shanghai, and now Oslo.

Fabian Kerj
Associate, Portfolio

Fabian is an Associate, working together with portfolio companies to achieve growth and fundraising. Fabian has experience in a variety of areas including foreign services, digital analytics, and private equity. He holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London with a thesis on physics and has lived in Stockholm, New York, London, and now Copenhagen. Fabian is passionate about new technologies and enjoys playing piano and chess.


Joel Martinsson
Senior Manager, Finance

Joel is the Finance lead at Antler’s Nordic, where he oversees all matters linked to the funds and finance function. Prior to Antler, he was the CFO for the lighting company Ledvance in Sweden & Norway.

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FAQs

Who should apply?

We’re looking for experienced business operators, technologists, or serial entrepreneurs with or without an idea who can motivate themselves and others to join their mission to build a game-changing business. Whether you’re an individual or team at the early stages of their journey, we are here to help as a partner obsessed with your success.

How does Antler differ from an incubator or accelerator?

Incubators and accelerators typically start working with preformed teams who have identified a product-market fit. Getting to that stage can be incredibly challenging. You need a team, a network of advisors, and access to capital. Antler removes these barriers to entrepreneurship for people who are interested in starting a company from day one. We identify and invest in exceptional individuals and early-stage teams with the potential to build global companies. We are a people-led VC located in 27 locations with 1,000+ portfolio companies representing 40 industries. We don’t just invest, we create an ecosystem for great companies to be built.

Do I have to be there in person?

Founders offered a spot in the cohort are required to participate in person for the 12-week duration of the program.

Where does this take place?

The Nordics operate across Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen. We will give you access to our offices at a central location in the city where you will join the 12-week program.

Where are your offices?

The Antler office in Stockholm is based at Convendum on Birger Jarlsgatan 57. The Copenhagen office is based at Bloxhub on Bryghusgade 8. The Oslo office is based at Universitetsgata 2.

Is this a full-time commitment?

Yes, you are building a company and it therefore is a full-time job. Please take into account your current notice period. You might have family and / or personal obligations during these 12 weeks which we fully support.

Are participants remunerated?

No, there is no general compensation for founders joining the Antler cohort in the Nordics. However, founders relocating to join the Antler cohort from a distance that is more than 2 hours away from the respective Antler office will receive a relocation grant of €2.5k. Needless to say that you will need to have some personal runway to take on this journey. If you receive an investment at our Investment Committee, you will be able to pay yourself a small salary, which will increase as you continue to fundraise.

Can I be part of the cohort if my startup has already received investment?

Our cohorts are solely focused on supporting founders and teams at the ideation and pre-investment stage. We do consider investing in more advanced companies on an ad hoc basis.

Can I negotiate terms and conditions?

Our key commercial terms are non-negotiable. While they may change occasionally it is not on a case-by-case scenario. Any further investment would be distinct from Antler’s investment and therefore subject to new terms.

What are the Antler Nordics investment terms?

EUR 100.000 in return for 10%.

What companies do you back?

We are industry agnostic. We invest in scalable companies and exceptional people. However, we do not invest in the following areas: drugs, narcotics, adult entertainment, and gambling.

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