Get the complete overview: Nordic Health Startup Ecosystems

Grilled is the official blog by TechBBQ which delivers views and reflections on tech, innovation and entrepreneurship. By bringing a series of exciting collaborative projects TechBBQ helps the ecosystem. This week Bootstrapping seeks to shed light on the nordic health startup scene. This article from Grilled gives an overview of the key public and private players in the health innovation ecosystem in the Copenhagen region.

The Health Ecosystem Mapping is a digital visualization of the key public and private players in the Nordic health innovation ecosystems that offer concrete opportunities for collaboration and support for startups and scale-ups with a focus on the health and wellness sector. It was created by our Finnish community partner Upgraded, while TechBBQ, added the interactive feature of all the maps.

The mapping aims to highlight the characteristics of health innovation ecosystems in the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland) and contribute to their connectedness by also helping startups find relevant collaborators.

Startups can navigate through different ecosystems and find collaborators based on the services they provide.

It targets the Nordic startups, as well as growing companies, international startups, and investors with an interest in the Nordic region.

Greater Copenhagen is part of the transnational Øresund Region, which also comprises Skåne in Sweden.

When it comes to life-science, the ecosystem of the two countries is well-connected. The life-science cluster Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA), the largest life-science cluster in the Nordics, brings the two countries’ strengths together. It gathers Universities, hospitals, and some of the largest pharmaceutical, medtech and biotech companies in the world. E.g. Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck and Pfizer are members.

Copenhagen is a world-leader in clinical testing and drug development. Related to research and development, some key strengths in the region include easy access to accurate and comprehensive medical data, strong involvement of the Danish population in a clinical trial and medical research participation, the presence of MVA which is number one in Europe for drug pipeline, clinical trials and research and development investment and the country’s quality infrastructure, IT devices, medtech devices and clinical equipment.

Life science is a key sector in Denmark, and Copenhagen has successfully encouraged innovation in diverse sectors such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medtech, cleantech and smart city solutions. Within biotech, the region’s strongholds are cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases, neurological disorders, inflammation, allergy and autoimmune diseases. Within medtech, the strongholds are disposables, diagnostics, hearing devices and assistive technology.

Get an overview of the Copenhagen Region and the rest of the Nordic Health Startup Ecosystem with the interactive feature HERE