Live and launch your startup in Denmark

Are you a talented entrepreneur looking to grow a high-impact startup in an entrepreneur-friendly country? This is your chance to get a startup visa. We’ll guide you through the process here.

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Why Denmark?

Startup Denmark opens the door to a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in which you can grow your business


Meet Ritu Jain an American entrepreneur living in Denmark and one of the co-founders of LIfeX. 
In 2017, Ritu Jain was approved for Startup Denmark.

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We help you launch your business

All startups in Denmark have access to free of charge guidance by public business experts

Join a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem

Denmark has a large network of public and private entrepreneur supporters, accelerators and incubators

Tap into public and private funding

Startups based in Denmark can apply for a range of public funding schemes

Number 1 in Europe for ease of doing business

— World Bank 2012-2019

Key industries


Excellent conditions for tech companies to test and develop new IT solutions

Life science

Join our life sciences cluster and turn clinical research into business

Design & innovation

Danish design is well-known all over the world and good design is part of our DNA


Our national goal is to be powered completely by renewable sources by 2050

How to apply

You are only a few steps away from launching your high-impact startup in Denmark. First, your business plan must be approved by the Startup Denmark expert panel. Second, you must apply for a residence and work permit at the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. Then you are you’ll be ready to launch and grow your startup in Denmark!

First step

Get your business plan approved

To get approved you need to provide us with a business plan that our panel of independent experts can evaluate and understand on a detailed level. Remember, the expert panel needs to have a clear idea of your business in order to make the best possible evaluation

Read more about getting your business plan approved

Second step

Apply for work and residence permit

Your approved business plan entitles you to apply for your residence and work permit at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration

Read more about the application for a residence and work permit

Third step

Launch your startup in Denmark

When you receive your residence and work permit, you are ready to launch your startup in Denmark and become part of a booming entrepreneurial ecosystem

Read more about launching your business in Denmark

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