Won three awards at the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship

Two teams and a lecturer from Business Academy Aarhus were honoured with awards and cash prizes at the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship.

In the category Social Entrepreneurship, the team SiamoStreet won with their street football concept which already has 1200 active players. Behind the concept are two international students, Argentinian Juan Bautista Ruiz Nyborg and the Latvian Maksims Sevastjanov, who are both obsessed with football and studying on our Bachelor's degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Special prize of DKK 10,000 for hemp pot inventors

Three other entrepreneurial students Annika Bøg Madsen, Mark Prahinog Nielsen and Astrid Rothausen won a special DKK 10,000 prize from Tønder Energy and Environment Fund for their company idea RePot.

The three young prize winners have an ambition of making the world greener and have invented a pot made from hemp that reduces plastic waste and CO2 consumption in the horticultural industry.

Now they can afford to start a company

Earlier this month, RePot won the Regional Championships in Entrepreneurship and DKK 10,000 and then they also won a further DKK 20,000 when they came second at the VIA Innovation Awards. With another cash prize from the Tønder Energy and Environment Fund, the team can now set up a limited liability company (ApS).

‘We're super-happy. Now we have the money to start our company,’ says Annika Bøg Madsen by phone from Frankie's Pizza in Aarhus (picture), where the three entrepreneurs celebrated the past month's stream of prizes.

Honourary award to a committed lecturer

In addition to the students, a seasoned old-timer was also honoured when the ‘Entrepreneurial Teacher of the Year’ was awarded.

This award went to Associate Lecturer, MSc Jesper Nørskov from Business Academy Aarhus.

‘I am incredibly honoured and surprised by the many great nominations that the students have submitted,’ says Jesper, who has also previously been honoured for his dazzling teaching talent. In 2013 he was awarded the prize for the best Business Academy lecturer.

Helps his students succeed

Since 1996, 56-year-old Jesper Nørskov has been teaching innovation and entrepreneurship, and he is known for his passionate support of Business Academy Aarhus’ students who run their own companies. At competitions, Jesper’s students have won several Danish and European Championship titles in entrepreneurship.

Online

The Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship for students was held online due to Covid-19, but this didn't bother the aspiring young entrepreneurs.  On the contrary, they all qualified through the regional finals, which were also held online.

Among the judges, there was agreement that a new strong generation of young entrepreneurs is emerging from the various educational institutions.

In total, 19 teams of students from Denmark and one from Greenland had qualified for the Danish Championships.

Seven of the teams came from Business Academy Aarhus.

Three mechanical engineering students from SIMAC in Svendborg won the main prize for their development of a special rubber collar to be used in agriculture, among other things.