Business leaders and pols network over coffee

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Business leaders and pols network over coffee
Meet over Coffee held its first formal networking event in Hillerød. Photo: Sparsh Sharma
Meet Over Coffee (MoC) organized its first formal event for business to business networking in Hillerød on November 27th. Around 250 people attended – mostly senior level executives.
The speakers at the event were Hillerød Mayor Dorte Meldgaard, Liberal Alliance party leader Anders Samuelsen, MoC founder Henrik Ørum Nissen and Ironman competitor Gert Rune.
Meldgaard spoke about how networking can strengthen local businesses and boost local economies. She emphasized the need to have a network in order to succeed, especially in business.
Rune, who lost one of his legs to bone cancer at the age of 16, shared the story of his inspiring journey of overcoming his handicap and becoming an Ironman.
Samuelsen talked about how his networking skills helped him launch Liberal Alliance, while Nissen spoke about the need to get out of one's comfort zone. 
"You should change your approach to networking. 'What can I do for you' should set the meeting's agenda instead of 'What can I get out of this meeting'. The best way to network is to give more than you ask from others," he said. 
The event employed different ways for people to introduce themselves to most other attendees.
"I learnt more about ways to network and made many new connections by attending this event. That's what I like about the Meet Over Coffee initiative – it's a professional network and helpful for those operating in the B2B space like me," Thomas Svingfors Olesen, who came from Frederikssund, told The Local.
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Danes show entrepreneurs how to ‘startup everywhere’

Looking to launch a startup in Copenhagen or Aarhus? It can seem tricky to navigate the startup scene, especially if you are new to the city or country.

Danes show entrepreneurs how to 'startup everywhere'
(L-R) Thomas Nymark Horsted, Sissel Hansen and Sofi Sitha Natarajah of Startup Everywhere.
This was the issue that Sissel Hansen, a 24-year-old Dane, faced when she moved to Berlin in 2014. So she decided to create a guide to the city’s startup scene. 
“When I moved to Berlin I relied on my Lonely Planet guide for where to sleep, eat, drink coffee and which activities not to miss, and I could see that a similar style of guide for startups would be invaluable to people moving to a new city and wanting to start a business,” she told The Local. 
She said it shouldn’t be “so damn hard to find relevant and in-depth information about your local city and the process of starting a business in it”.
Although she said many people questioned the wisdom in putting out a physical book in today’s digital world, Hansen’s guide to Berlin proved successful enough that she moved on to a second guide focusing on Aarhus’s start-up scene. 
Copenhagen was next and now Hansen and her team at Startup Everywhere have put out guides for nine European cities and sold around 14,000 copies. 
They have also just released an online and mobile app, Startup Guide Maps, as a navigational companion to the print guide featuring spaces, incubators, accelerators and cafes with wifi in cities including Copenhagen and Aarhus.
Thomas Nymark Horsted, who joined the company as COO six months after the release of the first book, said the global startup scene is changing rapidly. 
“Twenty years ago there were only a handful of cities where most of the world’s innovation happened in, such as Silicon Valley, Boston, New York and Tel Aviv. Now it’s a global phenomenon but in spite of this, the challenges that entrepreneurs face are local rather then global. That’s why the platforms that Startup Everywhere create makes perfect sense and it is great that people find value in this,” says Thomas Nymark Horsted, COO of the company. 
Startup Everywhere plans to release guides for 25 new cities in 2017 and over 50 more in 2018.