Water Tech Innovation Theme Meeting

At this event, we've gathered experts and innovators from the water tech industry to explore the latest developments and opportunities in the field. Whether you're looking for fresh ideas, innovative solutions, or potential collaborations with startups, this meeting is tailor-made for you.



08:00 - 15.30


The Spring, Hasselager Allé 8, 8260 Viby


Price: DKK 295,-

This event is exclusively for Danish Export - Water Tech members

Registration deadline: 10 April 2024

Klaus Lys Grå Baggrund Web 1
Head of Water Tech Klaus Kubstrup Kattenhøj +45 3117 3314
Kristina Strunge Nygaard Member Relations Coordinator danish export / dansk eksport
Project Consultant Kristina Strunge Nygaard +45 3171 0313

Innovation is a cornerstone of business success, providing companies with a competitive advantage and the ability to adapt to an ever-evolving landscape. It enhances efficiency, fosters growth, attracts and retains top talent, and leads to higher customer satisfaction.

Therefore we set spotlight on innovation at this theme meeting.

In the first part of the day, you'll have the chance to meet key figures in ideation and innovation from industry leaders such as Water Valley Denmark, Aarhus University, Clean, and Incuba. Their insights and experiences are sure to provide you with valuable takeaways to kickstart your innovative endeavors in 2024.

The second part of the meeting will feature four tracks, each showcasing innovative water tech startups. You'll have the opportunity to engage with these dynamic companies, ask questions, and even explore potential partnerships. It's a day designed for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration.

This event is tailored to Danish companies within the water tech industry, primarily dealing with B2B solutions. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, gain insights into the latest industry trends, and advance your innovative initiatives.

Save the date, November 21st, and prepare for a day of enriching discussions, interactive sessions, and the chance to shape the future of water tech.

Vandiltning (1)

At the meeting, you will, among other things, receive answers to the following questions:

  • How do some of the most professional networks in Denmark approach ideation and innovation?
  • How can you potentially collaborate with these networks?
  • Are there specific startup companies with which you might benefit from collaborating?


  • 08:00

    Facility tour at The Spring (optional)

  • 09:00

    Registration & Welcome

    By The Spring & Danish Export Association
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    How to Work with Ideation, Innovation & Startups + 4 Tracks

    By Klaus Kattenhøj, Head of Danish Export – Water Tech
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    Innovation District The Spring

    By Søren Mayland, The Spring

    Innovation districts are proven to accelerate business growth and attract more new talents. The Spring is a innovation district for water technology – an epicenter for knowledge, development and demonstration of water solutions.
    At The Spring, we will bring the innovative players of the water sector together, from entrepreneurs to global enterprises, water companies, researchers and students. Water Valley Denmark is on a mission to double Danish exports of water technology products and services by 2030, and The Spring will provide a physical epicenter where the sector can work together to create the solutions of the future.
    Learn more about status, ambitions and plans together with how you can be a part of this innovation center.

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    From Research to Business

    By Steen Buchhave Villadsen, Business Unit Manager, The Kitchen, Aarhus University’s Entrepreneurship Hub

    Many future solutions to today’s problems will be derived from university research. As one of the world’s most well renowned research institution, Aarhus University takes this responsibility very seriously. Through our work with technology transfer and researcher entrepreneurship, we aim to create an effective innovation pathway for the benefit of society.

    In this talk, Jonas Brandt will give an insight into the thoughts behind Aarhus University’s innovation strategy. He will also lift the curtain on AU’s Entrepreneurship Hub, The Kitchen, where hundreds of students and researchers work to create startups based on their academic work.

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    Solving Global Wicked Water Problems with Open Innovation

    Janni Thusgaard, Head of Business Innovation & Acceleration, Water Valley Denmark

    Water Valley Denmark bring the best minds in the water industry together in order to create solutions for the world’s fundamental water challenges and enable an acceleration of Danish watertech export.
    Learn how we work with open innovation within the framework “innovating and demonstrating the world´s most sustainable and efficient water cycle” and learn how you can join our activities and participate in current relevant business innovation projects.
    Behind Water Valley Denmark stands the Confederation of Danish Industry and companies such as Grundfos, Danfoss, Kamstrup, AVK, Systematic, Aarsleff, Rambøll, several SME companies, universities, utilities and companies within the water sector.

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    How Watertech SME’s & Startups Benefit from Innovation Clusters

    By Thomas Mikkelsen, Chief Project Manager & Strategic Water Team Lead, Clean

    CLEAN is Denmark's environmental cluster, which connects companies, utilities, knowledge institutions, and the public sector with market-driven green innovation in Denmark and abroad.
    We focus on the following sectors; water, climate adaptation, circular economy, biodiversity and air, where water is of very high importance and size.
    With more than 280 members, primarily SME’s and startups, we know the landscape and actors to collaborate with regarding innovation.
    Michael will talk about CLEAN, how we collaborate, and especially how startups, SME’s can benefit from CLEAN activities.
    Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to hear about the overview of the Danish water companies, and which 25 water tech startups you should be following.

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    WATEC & Innovation at Aarhus University

    By Uffe Sognstrup Thomsen, Special Consultant - Head of Centre Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus Universitet
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    Innovation, network powerhouse and partners

    By Jacob Mogensen, Director of Acceleration & Investor Relations, INCUBA

    INCUBA is a science park and a professional community for primarily research-driven startups, spinouts, scaleups and corporates within IT, cleantech and life science. In a mutual enriching environment with investors, mentors, researchers, students, and business development specialists, INCUBA offers networking and access to the most relevant collaboration partners. 175 startups and a head count of 1.800 entrepreneurs, investors, specialists, researchers, and employees illustrates INCUBA’s legacy of 30 years of community building, cooperation, and development. INCUBA focuses on the verticals of IT/Tech at Katrinebjerg, Clean tech with Navitas (incl. water tech) at the harbour front and life sciences at Skejby.

    We offer access to startups, spinouts, and scaleups – and are always looking for new professionals to our mentor network to exchange experiences, ideas, and best practices. Startups with a scalable business model are offered access to a 12-month accelerator program within our verticals of IT/tech, cleantech (incl. water tech) and life science, which could be with you as a partner company. INCUBA StartupLab has helped more than 300 companies accelerate and with access to investors.

  • 12:00


  • 12:30

    Market Place with 4 Tracks

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    Coffee Break

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    Moderation & Learnings of the 4 Tracks

  • - 15:30

    Continued Matchmaking and Exchange of ideas

    Networking over a beer or soft drink

  • Jacob Mogensen

    Jacob Mogensen, Director of Acceleration and Investor Relations, Incuba

    +15 years of experience in turning new knowledge into solid businesses. Matching startups, scaleups and SMEs with flexible infrastructure, new knowledge, relevant network and financial support as important tasks. Founder of many initiatives and programs in the ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship. Experienced board member and investor. Educational background in economics as MSc. In International Business.

  • Steen Villadsen

    Steen Villadsen, Business Developer, The Kitchen, Aarhus University’s Entrepreneurship Hub

    With an industrial background in engineering, automation/robotics, international sales and CEO appointments, Steen has a broad knowledge within technical companies. As a former director of a spinout/startup hub in Aarhus he has experience with the startup landscape and advising companies and startups in creating a commercial business. Today Steen is, as a Business Developer, using his expertise helping university startup/spinouts creating their business.

  • Thomas Mikkelsen

    Thomas Mikkelsen, Chief Project Manager & Strategic Water Team Lead, Clean

    Experienced green transition manager with a broad approach to sustainably innovation activities within both public and private stakeholders and NGO’s. Since 2008 Thomas has build extensive experience in driving and navigating transformative programs and projects across complex organizational constellations and developing valuable partnerships covering large scale sectors and eco-systems in Denmark, the Nordics and internationally.

  • Søren Mayland

    Søren Mayland, The Spring

    Søren Mayland serves as the Manager of The Spring Incubator and Den Gode By Co-Working Space. He is a fundraising and strategy specialist with a strong focus on Startups. With over a decade of experience in the Startup community, Søren's journey is fueled by his insatiable curiosity and constant craving for new challenges. Having gained hands-on expertise through his involvement with preseed investment company Capnova and Innovation Fund Denmark, Søren has also contributed significantly as a member of the leadership team at a rapidly ascending Startup. His diverse background uniquely positions him to fortify the WaterTech Startup ecosystem at The Spring.

  • Janni Thusgaard

    Janni Thusgaard, Head of Business Innovation & Acceleration, Water Valley Denmark

    Janni is the Head of Business Innovation and Acceleration at Water Valley Denmark, where she focuses on enhancing innovation in the water sector and supporting watertech startups/scaleups. She oversees Water Valley Denmark's acceleration program and mentor network. With over 15 years of experience, Janni specializes in facilitating innovation and driving change processes within organizations. Her expertise lies in the water sector, with a particular emphasis on business development, utility venture, challenge-based innovation, and cross-sector collaboration.

Meet the Startups
  • Aquardio Oplægsholdere


    Aguardio digitalises any standard bathroom within minutes with easy to place interactive IoT sensors. Aguardio Shower Sensor reduces hot shower water use by up to 30% and Leak Sensor detects leaking toilets to save water, energy & money on utility expenses. Elevate the sustainability of buildings by leveraging the valuable bathroom data, optimizing both operational efficiency and maintenance practices.

  • E CIP Concept

    E-CIP Concept

    E-CIP Concept is founded by experienced forces, with solid knowledge and experience in engineering, commissioning and optimization of hygienic process plants such as dairies, breweries and biotech. We have developed and patented an optimized cleaning process, which can save significant amounts of water and wastewater during CIP-cleaning (Cleaning In Place) of large hygienic process plants. This without compromising on product quality and food safety.

Meet the Startups
  • EWA Sensors Oplægsholdere

    EWA sensors

    The company core capabilities are within advanced sensor technologies, signal analyses and Early Warning Analytics (EWA), creating smart and advanced sensors for predicting failures on rotating machines. Early Warning Analytics is based on combined sensor technologies (e.g. vibration and magnetic field), in several dimensions (x-, y-, z-dimension) and knowledge about fault signatures in time and frequency domains. This creates strong and robust parameters. The sensor analytics creates parameters for machine faults, but also process and operation parameters.

  • Just Measure Billeder Til Card Slider Oplægsholdere


    Our mission is to deliver easily accessible data about water quality as well as reducing climate footprint. Business areas are within environment, groundwater, drinking water and reducing climate gas emission in WWTP. We have developed our own solutions in measuring nutrients in surface water and nitrate/saline in drinking water boreholes. These solutions we want to scale up for the purpose of exporting.