Entrepreneurial students win Regional Championship in Entrepreneurship for their cardboard crutches

Students from Business Academy Aarhus win eight out of 12 places at the Regional Championship in Entrepreneurship, and will now battle it out at the Danish Championships. Sustainable cardboard crutches awarded first prize.

The four winners, Morten Keil, Mads Reinholdt, Kasper Tindbæk and Mathias Snejstrup, are all students on our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bachelor, and came up with the sustainable cardboard crutch concept for hospitals.

The idea is to give hospitals a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to aluminum crutches. The coated, water-resistant cardboard crutches are made from sustainable recycled cardboard and can be thrown away after use. Hospitals therefore do not need to waste time and money on repairing and disinfecting crutches or chasing up crutches that have not been returned after use.

Global potential

According to the panel of judges, the cardboard crutch company, Cardboard Tech, has global potential. With the prize, the students were awarded 10 000 DKK and entry into the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship, which will be held at the end of May.

‘We are extremely happy and proud. We thought that the other teams were competent and further along in their development, so we were somewhat surprised when we won. It’s excellent’, says 25-year-old Morten Keil.

Tough competition

The Regional Championships were held at the end of April and consisted of more than 80 students in 34 teams from four higher education institutions. The competitors came from Business Academy Aarhus, VIA University College, University College of Northern Denmark and the Academy of Professional Higher Education MidtVest.

Four teams from Business Academy Aarhus won all four category prizes, the overall Regional Championship and qualified for eight out of a total of 12 places for the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship.

Winner every two years

The Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship are for students doing a short or medium-term programme at higher education institutions.

On average, students from Business Academy Aarhus have won the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship every two years for the last ten years, i.e. in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013. In the same period, Business Academy students also won the European Championships in Entrepreneurship three times - in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

This is the first time that a Regional Championship in Entrepreneurship has been held. It provides the students with the opportunity to test their pitch and get constructive feedback so that they can be even better at the Danish Championships on Monday, 30 May, which will be held in Copenhagen. Here they will compete against students from the rest of the country.