Independent University Newspaper
Copenhagen Business School

Popular searches:

Independent University Newspaper

Copenhagen Business School

Entrepreneurship event at CBS is bigger than ever – the Swedes are coming too

From Entrepreneurial Day 2017. (Photo: David Fulop)

For the fourth time, CBS Entrepreneurial Day takes over Solbjerg Plads to inspire students to become entrepreneurs – even within fields they know nothing about. This year’s theme is 'Change the game' and the event continues to attract more guests from other universities, technical colleges, high schools and even students from neighboring countries.

News |   21. Sep 2018

Anne Thora Lykkegaard


On September 27, 25 start-ups and 12 speakers take over Solbjerg Plads to show students their products and, first and foremost, to share their experience about what it’s like to start up and run a business while studying.

Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship is organizing the event for the fourth time. The overall purpose was to create the largest student entrepreneurship event for all students interested in entrepreneurship, and now it attracts students from other Danish universities, technical colleges and high schools on Zealand, as well as students from Sweden, explains Sandra Birch, Project Manager of CBS Entrepreneurial Day.

“We fought to make it an open event so that all kinds of students can get a chance to see what they can do in the field of entrepreneurship,” she says and continues:

“Here they can get the honest truth from student entrepreneurs about how they, for example, juggle studies and business. The visiting students can read books about that, yes, but it’s better to get the story from practitioners and get inspired to innovate markets that have not yet been innovated,” she says.

If you have an innovative mindset, there’s definitely a place for you out there

Sandra Birch

Very experienced CEOs from big companies and start-ups are usually invited as speakers at CBS Entrepreneurial Day, but this year is a little different, Sandra Birch points out.

“We have chosen to primarily focus on student-driven entrepreneurship and present a mix of young and experienced entrepreneurs. So, instead of having only presentations by speakers who have been in the field for ten years or more, we present speakers who are young and experienced in another way,” she says.

Change the game

The theme for this year’s CBS Entrepreneurial Day is Change the game. The idea came about when Sandra Birch visited one of the largest entrepreneurship conferences, Slush, in Helsinki. Here, she saw a great variety of entrepreneurs and start-ups which showed that you can be an entrepreneur in many ways, and be a game changer within your own or preferred industry.

“CBS has a reputation of being highly focused on business among non-CBS students. But with CBS Entrepreneurial Day, we want to target different kinds of students from different educational backgrounds, and that requires that we showcase different start-ups with different people behind them. It’s not only apps and consultancy services,” she says and adds:

“Therefore, we showcase startups that change the game..”

If you are lucky, there will be cakes at this year's Entrepreneurial Day too. (Photo: David Fulop)

Another aspect of the ‘change the game’ concept is to show different ways of creating a start-up or becoming an entrepreneur.

Sandra Birch explains that they have start-ups and speakers who have innovated a market they did not have any expertise in.

“To name one, the CSE start-up Blue Lobster connects fishermen directly with fish consumers. The team behind the app didn’t know much about fishing, but spend months researching the market. They just saw an opportunity there,” says Sandra Birch and gives another example:

“Mattis Curth is the founder of the platform Artland, which connects artists with art buyers. He didn’t work within the art industry when he came up with the idea. He just saw a gap in the market while writing his thesis,” she says about the speaker.

Another speaker coming to CBS Entrepreneurial Day is CBS alum Nicolai H. Thorsell, Global Innovation Director of ISS, who is participating for quite a different reason. He has not started a business himself, but he has used his innovative mindset to help other businesses to innovate themselves, while working as an “intrapreneur”.

“Intrapreneurs can have the same mindset as entrepreneurs, but they are not willing to take the financial risk of starting a business. Nicolai did what he was hired to do by ISS and came up with new products, and now he is the Global Innovation Director,” she says and adds:

“We have seen that companies have started to scout for students with innovative mindsets who want to join a company. We just want to show students that if you have an innovative mindset, there’s definitely a place for you out there.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Entrepreneurship event at CBS is bigger than ever – the Swedes are coming tooby

  • News

    Staff layoffs: What happens if you’re fired

    The clock is ticking. On Thursday morning (5 October), CBS employees will know if they are up for dismissal or not. But what will happen on the day? What emotional stages are you likely to encounter? And who will be there to pick you up when you are feeling the blow of being laid off? CBS WIRE has talked to HR and the consulting agency Actief Hartmanns to provide you with answers.

  • News

    Network, network, network – CBS graduates advise on getting your first job

    There are many approaches to finding your first job. Three recent CBS graduates talk about how they landed theirs. Their approaches were quite different, yet they all highlight networking as a key element.

  • News

    A-Z of the dismissals

    In these final days of September, the fate of a number of CBS employees is being decided. The final amount of money saved on salaries via voluntary severance agreements (aka redundancy packages, Ed.) and senior agreements will be known.  After this, the actual number of employees up for dismissal will be decided by management – and then the individuals will be selected.

  • News

    Layoffs break the crucial trust between organisation and employee

    CBS is laying off a number of employees soon, which will affect our university in different ways. When employees are fired without having done anything wrong, it shatters the trust between the organisation and employees, while also taking a toll on productivity, according to a CBS expert. Layoffs also affect the ‘survivors’, who are forced to adapt to a changed workload and the loss of cherished colleagues.

  • News

    Here to help – at the touch of a button and at Campus Desk

    Exam anxiety? Lost student card? I’ve wedged my car between a Fiat 500 and a lamp post, can you help? You never know what you’ll be asked next. But that’s just how the Campus Desk team like it. And if they can’t fix your problem, they’ll know someone who can. CBS WIRE asked the team about the whole range of topics they advice on every day.

  • Gif of the week
  • News

    CBS Quiz Time: Unraveling the success story

    A successful university environment such as CBS is often associated with academic pursuits, but campus life extends far beyond the classroom. At CBS Quiz Time, a student society motivated by creative thinking and social engagement, students join in a refreshing range of creativity, excitement, and social interaction. CBS WIRE talked to Celine Møller-Andersen to find out about the society’s vision, strategies and the factors that are driving its rapid expansion.

  • News

    Why so sudden? The CBS financial crisis explained

    Employees and union representatives have posed many questions in the wake of the 17 August announcement of a firing round. In this interview, University Director Arnold Boon explains how Senior Management has been working with the budget and a change of financial strategy since the fall of 2022, and why layoffs are now necessary.

Follow CBS students studying abroad

CBS WIRE collaborates with

Stay connected