Copenhagen start-ups come together

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Copenhagen start-ups come together
Unity Technologies founder David Helgason addresses #CPHFTW. Photo: Martin von Haller Grønbæk

Copenhagen startups recently gathered for what organizers called "the largest ever tech meet-up in the history of Denmark".


#CPHFTW, a grassroots initiative to unite the startup community in Copenhagen, organized its fourth town hall meeting on November 22nd. Around 1,000 people, most of them connected to the startup community or looking for networking opportunities, got together at the big Den Grå Hall in the freetown of Christiania.
Martin von Haller Grønbæk, one of the key people behind #CPHFTW and a partner at the Bird & Bird law firm, said that the movement is working to "create momentum in the startup ecosystem in Denmark".
"There are more than 80 startups who have contributed more than a 100,000 euro to form the core capital of the #CPHFTW Foundation. We are self-funded and not driven by any agenda or vested interests. Our goal is to bring the entire community together and work out ways to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem centred around Copenhagen. We do everything with the sole aim of sustaining and nurturing this ecosystem and we put a strong focus on building relationships, trust, knowledge and awareness in the Danish startup community by bringing people together," Grønbæk told The Local.
The event started with an eye-opening talk by Thorvald Stigsen, founder of Momondo, who gave several key tips to fledgling startups from his vast experience. A couple of hot startups also introduced themselves and their products, while local startups also announced community initiatives. The last keynote of the evening was delivered by David Helgason, founder of Unity Technologies. He spoke of his initial struggling days and how he, along with the other partners, worked out of a garage for many years before coming up with one of the most popular 3D game engines and helping to democratise development globally.


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