Partners at WHINN 2019


City of Odense

Odense is Denmark's third largest city with more than 200,000 inhabitants. Odense is located in the heart of Denmark.

Odense gathers some of Denmark’s most interesting activities within robotics and health tech and that makes Odense a great meeting point. We provide strong public support to new investors and companies that relocate to Odense, and every day more than EUR 1m is invested in infrastructure, growth & construction to transform Odense into an internationally recognised city of knowledge.

Region of Southern Denmark

The Region of Southern Denmark is one of five administrative units in Denmark. The region is responsible for healthcare, social institutions, and regional development in the southern part of Denmark. The primary responsibility of the Region of Southern Denmark is healthcare, which implies responsibility for hospital services, psychiatry, health insurance, general practitioners, and specialists. Furthermore, the region runs a number of social institutions.

The Region of Southern Denmark consists of 22 municipalities and has 1.2m citizens. The administration of the Region of Southern Denmark is located in the city of Vejle.

The Region of Southern Denmark is the largest workplace in the region, employing around 25,000 people – mainly health professionals. The Region of Southern Denmark has an annual budget of DKK 20.3 bn.


The public healthcare sector all over the world faces many challenges. We must provide high-quality healthcare to a population that lives longer and has higher demands than ever.

For that reason, the Region of Southern Denmark has committed itself strongly to health technology and innovation for years. The objective is to create economic growth and jobs, to ensure a highly efficient healthcare sector and to increase the quality in health for our citizens.

Through the years, many delegations visited the region to learn more about results within digital health and technology, patient empowerment, cross-sector collaboration and treatment in the patients’ own home. Furthermore, our experience in public private cooperation developing the regional health care sector often arouse great interest among visitors.

Our partnership in WHINN – Week of Health and INNovation - is a proof of our commitment to a strong healthcare sector.

We are looking forward to meeting international experts and influencers for a great week of knowledge sharing and networking. - Jorgen Bjelskou, COO, Region of Southern Denmark


Welfare Tech

Welfare Tech operates a national cluster in Denmark. It is a hub for innovation and business development in healthcare, home care and social services. Welfare Tech is a membership organisation with members from private industry, public organisations and research and education institutions. Welfare Tech operates as a national entry point and test bed for international companies who want to enter the Danish and European market.

“Welfare Tech is a partner in WHINN because it is a great opportunity for our members to gain new insight and establish new collaboration in Denmark and internationally. It is a great venue for collaborative innovation in health and care." CEO, Christian Graversen, Welfare Tech


Odense University Hospital

Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital (also known as OUH) is one of four main hospital centres in Denmark, and is the largest hospital in the Region of Southern Denmark.
All medical specialities are covered in OUH's 52 clinical departments, and the hospital has over 1000 beds, 11,000 employees and an operating budget of approx. €835 million per year. In spite of covering a wide array of patients, ranging from simple procedures to complex and rare diseases, the average length of stay for patients is only 3.4 days.

OUH is a university hospital with research in all clinical areas – including medical technology. It is highly specialised in a large number of fields; diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, allergies, paediatrics, infectious diseases, rheumatic and connective tissue disorders, to name a few. OUH collaborates with researchers and practitioners worldwide to ensure that the latest knowledge and research is always applied.

In addition to performing high-level clinical research, OUH is recognized as an international frontrunner in clinical innovation and telemedicine, and is part of a number of international networks and EU initiatives, among them the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA), where OUH and the Region of Southern Denmark is a 4-star reference site. In Denmark, OUH is the leading hospital in using apps and digital solutions for both patient communication and staff work-flows. More than 30,000 patients use the app: "My Patient Journey".

OUH has been involved in WHINN since the beginning in 2015 and has contributed by hosting conferences and networking events.


WHINN is a unique event, gathering all of the major players in health and health technology to create synergy and network. For Odense University Hospital, WHINN is a great opportunity to show our work to the world, share experiences with peers and expand our already large international network to find new research partnerships and state-of-the-art solutions.

The WHINN conference is a key event to help us advance the work with innovative health technology at the hospital and throughout the Region of Southern Denmark, so we ensure the use of the best intelligent solutions for the benefit of our patients and staff” says Peder Jest, hospital director at OUH.



Healthcare DENMARK

Healthcare DENMARK is your gateway to Danish healthcare excellence and innovation. Healthcare DENMARK’s goal is not to sell or promote specific products or solutions, but to communicate the efficiency of the Danish healthcare and the innovations that have contributed to and continuously future-proof our healthcare system. Denmark is already an international front runner in the field, and Healthcare DENMARK supports this leading position and promotes Danish visibility internationally.

WHINN has established itself as an internationally recognized annual conference, which provides important insights and updates on current healthcare developments and topics. The opportunity to combine a delegation visit with a visit to the WHINN conference has been appreciated by many of our delegations throughout the years and we look forward to welcoming delegations to the 2019 WHINN conference. - Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO of Healthcare DENMARK.


UCL University College

Lillebaelt Academy and University College Lillebaelt have merged and are now UCL University College Denmark.

A merger with high expectations for the future

With the merger between Lillebaelt Academy and University College Lillebaelt the new institution UCL University College Denmark will stand even stronger in the effort of preparing the students for the challenges in an ever-changing world. This way we will still be able to educate for the future. 

We will shape the future

The institution takes active part in shaping the innovation, growth, development, and welfare of the future for both the students and the private and public job market.

The new institution is a powerful and resourceful regional educational institution with more than 10,000 full-time students, approx. 1,000 employees and with a yearly revenue of about DKK 800m.

Together Lillebaelt Academy and University College Lillebaelt are able to:

  • Strengthen the common DNA: Theory and practice are closely related and so is the relation and cooperation with our surroundings.
  • Prepare the students for the cooperation across professions and to succeed professionally in the businesses of the future.
  • Develop new study programmes by using the newest technology and by combining professions in a new way.

University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark has 30,000 students, more than 15 per cent come from abroad.
At SDU Health technologies we develop tomorrow’s health technology. We conduct world-class research in e.g. robotics, medical tech and medicine, and we always strive to contribute to the innovation and improvement of existing technologies.

The number of tasks in the health care system is increasing, and there is a political focus on developing new technologies to meet these demands. The technologies are multifarious and go under the names of telemedicine, health IT and welfare technology.

University of Southern Denmark is a key player in the successful health innovation ecosystem
centred around the Region of Southern Denmark. WHINN is a great opportunity to share our own results related to health innovation and to interact with and learn from peers around the world, says Professor Uffe Kock Wiil, Head of SDU Health Informatics and Technology.


Campus Odense

Campus Odense is the city of Odense’s new urban area, which as one of Europe’s most ambitious growth- and development areas contains both research, education and businesses focusing on robotics and health- and welfare tech innovation. When the new Odense University Hospital opens in 2022 right next to the University of Southern Denmark, Campus Odense is expected to have 60,000 daily users, who will either live, work, study or in another way enjoy and use the area.

Once completed, Campus Odense will be the first place in Europe where an international university is built directly adjacent to a major world-class hospital. This will create the optimal conditions for healthcare and welfare tech to develop in conjunction with the practical realities of a modern hospital.

COI - Center for Offentlig Innovation

COI is the Danish national centre for public sector innovation. They contributes to the public sector becoming more efficient and delivering services and products of a higher quality through innovation. COI is owned by and works across the Danish public sector.

COI has a down to earth approach to fulfilling our purpose and delivering on our activities by:

  • developing and communicating knowledge and tools, that can be used at the individual workplace/public sector institution and by decision makers and researchers/scientists.
  • having a nationwide presence and participating in meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • establishing partnerships and networks with public sector workplaces, private sector companies, citizens, volunteers, scientists
  • establishing and participating in the debate on the framework for public sector innovation.

Confederation of Danish Industry

The Confederation of Danish Industry – DI – is Denmark’s largest, most representative and most influential business and employers’ organisation, covering manufacturing as well as service industries across sectors such as transport, energy, IT, health, trade, and professional services.

We believe a strong society needs strong companies – just as strong companies benefit from a strong society. Companies are crucial to maintaining the prosperity of all Danes, and to achieving societal goals such as a clean and carbon neutral society. Therefore, DI is committed to achieving a Danish society in growth and balance.

DI’s mission is to help Danish companies win, both at home and abroad.

  • We negotiate collective agreements with the labour unions – a crucial function in the strong Danish labour market model – and we advise our members on labour and employment law.
  • We work to improve business regulation at local, national, European and international level in daily dialogue with national and international stakeholders.
  • We provide our members with numerous other services and a variety of relevant networks.

The success of Danish companies in global markets is crucial for Denmark’s economy. Exports account for more than one third of all Danish income.

Every day, DI helps Danish companies turn global opportunities into successful business results – locally, nationally and internationally.

DI has over 500 employees at our main office in Copenhagen, Denmark. Furthermore, we have offices in Brussels, Moscow, Mumbai, München, New York, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Washington.  

DI. Denmark’s leading business organisation – with an international outlook.

Connected Health Cluster - Technopol

Connected Health is a country-wide partnership between health-related stakeholders in Estonia, who are committed to accelerating the adoption of connected health solutions on an international scale and on commercial terms.

The cluster brings together 70+ partners, including 43 companies (start-ups, health IT, medtech, biotech, and pharma), R&D partners (universities and technology competence centres), health and wellness service providers (hospitals, GPs, occupational health, spas, fitness and sports), patient organisations and user communities, and public sectors (ministries responsible for healthcare and entrepreneurship, national health insurance, and the national health development agency).

The cluster is part of the European Connected Health Alliance and ScanBalt network.


The Coral network comprises 38 regions and cities from across Europe. It has built a reputation as a leading network with expertise in innovation for active, healthy and independent living - recognising that effective outcomes require a focus across the life cycle. From the outset, its members have been committed to creating the “triple win” that can improve individuals’ health and well-being, whilst providing efficient health and financial gains for the health and social care sectors, as well as generating more productive and competitive city, regional, national and European economies. Coral, first and foremost, is a learning community and, as such, is continuously seeking to put its learning into practice. Coral is arranging events; workshops and the members engage in European projects to include their ecosystem and to strengthen the depth of network activities.

Danish Healthtech Innovation Network

Danish Healthtech strengthens innovation and business growth within healthcare innovation - one of Denmark’s strongest business positions. As a national network, Danish Healthtech ensures an easy and accessible way for small- and medium-sized companies to collaborate with municipalities, hospitals, research institutions and business clusters within the sector. The aim is to develop and distribute better solutions, create better healthcare and home care for citizens, growth for companies and creating a sustainable society.

Danish Regions

Danish Regions is the interest organisation for the five regions in Denmark

Danish Regions' overall mission is to safeguard the interests of the regions nationally as well as internationally.

The most important tasks of the organisation are:

  • to safeguard regional government interests within health care, hospitals, special education, regional development, environment and finances
  • to act as spokesman on behalf of the regions vis-à-vis national government, the EU, other interest organisations and the media
  • to negotiate the annual financial frames of the regions with national government
  • to negotiate pay and working conditions for regional employees as the regions' central employers and bargaining organisation

Danish Regions is run by a board of elected regional politicians from the five regions. The board is appointed for a four-year period, and reflects the political affinities of the 205 members of the five regional councils.

At the administrative level Danish Regions has a staff of 160 persons. The association is headed by the CEO.

Danish Technological Institute

DTI is a leading research and technology Institute. We currently employ 1000+ specialists and we help in excess of 10.000 customers per year – representing 65 different countries.

We pride ourselves of being a multi-disciplinary institute, which also means that we often look at your challenge in an innovative manner – tapping into different specialties in order to find the best-suited solution for you. Organisationally, we are divided into 7 divisions (Production & Innovation, Materials, Life Science, Energy and Climate, Agro-technology, Building and Construction and Meat research) We are devoted to translating knowledge into real value for our society and we always welcome a challenge.


Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

The network was established in 2008 and has 3,000 experts across 600 partner organisations in more than 60 countries. It helps ambitious SMEs innovate and grow internationally and it provides international business expertise with local knowledge across a range of targeted services such as partnerships, advisory and innovation support.

Gloria Mundi

At Gloria Mundi, we always strive to produce the best fresh herbs and try to pass on information on the subject so that we all become "showered" with the variety of uses the herbs provide.

Gloria Mundi is the sponsor of all the fresh herbs that we are decorating with onsite. 

Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark

The Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark is the innovation division in the Region of Southern Denmark. Our vision is to create innovative solutions to be used in everyday life.

In the fields of health innovation, funding, cross-sectorial and public-private partnerships, the Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark aims to be the preferred partner.

By encouraging work in innovation and cross-sector and public-private partnerships, we want our services to foster positive developments within the fields of somatics, psychiatry, the social area and regional development.

HIMSS Europe + Health 2.0

HIMSS Europe is a trusted coach, advisor and thought leader in health IT.

HIMSS Europe is the European arm of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), the largest health IT membership organisation in the world. We are a one-stop-organisation for all health IT-related information, knowledge and advice, and offer an unrivalled perspective on what’s happening in the world of health and care IT in Europe.

Innovation Centre Denmark

Innovation Centre Denmark helps Danish businesses providing educational institutions with access to international knowledge and innovation environments, general research, as well as creating and developing connections and business cases with an international perspective.

The innovation centre also promotes Denmark as a leading knowledge society in the world. Innovation Centre Denmark is established and managed as a partnership between the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Whether you are a Danish business, researcher, institution of higher education, or public institution, we help you operate and grow globally through our seven locations: Silicon Valley (USA), Shanghai (CHN), Munich (GER), Seoul (KOR), New Delhi (IND), São Paulo (BRA), and Tel Aviv (ISR).

Invest in Denmark

As a part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, Invest in Denmark is a customized one-stop service for foreign companies looking to set up a business in Denmark.

We Speak Business. 

Invest in Denmark provides your company with a tailor-made solution for locating your business in Denmark. We measure our success by how well we contribute to yours. So, if you are considering setting up business or expanding your activities in Denmark, make us your first stop.

Invest in Odense

The City of Odense aims to attract the best companies to locate their business in Odense. Our goal is to be an engine of innovative growth; supporting entrepreneurship and the growth of the companies located in our city.

The City of Odense creates growth through partnerships between businesses, organisations and people. Our strategy towards success includes helping new and existing companies to accelerate growth, offering a physical location that inspires and supports innovation.

The City of Odense focuses on robotics, healthcare technology and drones in collaboration with companies and education institutes.
We give you the opportunity to connect with relevant business partners and investors, in order to create a successful foundation for your company.

If you want to be a part of the future capital of Europe for start-ups and the development of robotic technology, then join the City of Odense. Connect, Collaborate, Create.


MedCom is a non-profit organisation financed and owned by The Ministry of Health, Danish Regions and Local Government Denmark. MedCom facilitates the cooperation between authorities, organizations and private firms linked to the Danish healthcare sector.

MedCom’s role is to contribute to the development, testing, dissemination and quality assurance of electronic communication and information in the healthcare sector in order to support excellent continuity of care.


Event recommendations, insights and analytics in the fast-paced tech eventscape

re:event is a professional services agency, providing personalized event experience and consultancy based on proprietary curated database of tech events and hands-on experience on the ground.


RoboCluster is a national innovation network that brings together Danish expertise in the field of robotics research, development and design.

The participants in the network innovate, develop and apply robotics and automation technologies through the collaboration and knowledge sharing between knowledge institutions and private businesses. This happens through matchmaking, knowledge-sharing activities and development projects.

This cross-disciplinary way of collaborating ensures that technology, knowledge and expertise in the field of robotics and automation is collected and further developed to the benefit of Danish society.

The collaboration among the participants and stakeholders of the network forms the basis for new technology-based and knowledge intensive products that support the development towards a more competitive, productive and green Denmark.

The goal is to bring knowledge and technologies into play in the industry and public sectors, thereby fostering Danish job creation and growth.

Syddanske Forskerparker

Syddanske Forskerparker is a privately-owned fund with the purpose of running innovation and research facilities in the region of Southern Denmark and to support entrepreneurship and high-technology businesses like robotics, welfare technology, design, IT, green energy as well as health & environment.

Syddanske Forskerparker has been running start-up environments for 25 years and has collected extensive knowledge of how best to support new companies and help them build a strong connection to local, regional, national and international collaborators.


Swapfiets started in a very classical way. A group of friends come up with a good idea and just tried it out. For a fixed price a month you get a Swapfiets, and we’ll ensure that it always works.

It turned out to be a great concept. After a period of fixing up bikes ourselves, Swapfiets has now arrived at a point where we have designed our own bicycle and started expanding our service to a growing number of cities.

The iconic blue front tire is placed on every bicycle. This way you can always tell which bicycles belong to Swapfiets and who is part of our family.

Meanwhile, more and more people are finding out just how convenient Swapfiets is. Epic service, made easy.

Danish ICT Industry Association

What we want
The Danish Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry Association (IT-Branchen) works to create a strong and digital community which utilise the full potential of the technologies for the benefit of the economy and the individual.   

Who we are
The Danish ICT Industry Association represents 600 ICT companies and is the largest independent representative for the ICT business community in Denmark. We represent the business executives who understand that their position obliges, and we are a community that acknowledges our responsibility towards society.

What we do
The Danish ICT Industry Association has an impressive political track record. Our results are based on continuous dialogue with the relevant people who take part in creating the framework surrounding the IT-business community in Denmark.

We advance our members’ international competitive position and cost-effectiveness through events and meetings with clients. We are making our members’ businesses stronger by offering member services within legal advice, press and contract writing. We are also the first ICT industry association in Denmark who are offering a strong network where our members can meet, share experience and find new business opportunities.

What we offer
We strive to make business easier for the ICT companies in Denmark, based on the following key offerings:

  • A B2B industry network, second to none, with C-level participation.
  • Industry committees known for both their networking quality and political influence.
  • Hosting more than 40 political and business oriented events every year. We offer plenty of opportunities for you to tap into, as we represent interests in both public and private VIP-settings.
  • Free legal counselling services within HR and B2B as well as free standard contracts designed for the Danish market included in the membership.
  • Also included is a membership of Dansk Erhverv (The Danish Chamber of Commerce), giving you access to an even wider business environment for private sector companies.
  • A membership fee based on the number of employees that a company has in Denmark.

The Trade Council, Denmark

As a part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, The Trade Council is the governmental export and investment promotion organization. The organization comprises of all governmental activities designed to promote Danish export and foreign investment in Denmark under one roof.

Our strategy is “Value, growth and knowledge for Denmark”.

The Trade Council has employees positioned abroad at embassies, consulates and trade commissions in 60 countries around the globe.


TIER Mobility is changing mobility for good. The leading European company in the field of shared micromobility services is setting the agenda for changing the way how people move in city centers. Together with public transport, the company is offering emission free alternatives to car rides, ultimately freeing cities from pollution and congestion. TIER Mobility started operations in October 2018 and today operates in 36 cities in 10 European countries. The company is headquartered in Berlin and employs around 300 people.

TIER’s investors come from Germany (Point Nine, Speedinvest), France (White Star Capital), Scandinavia (Northzone), Spain (Kibo), Poland (Market One Capital) and Portugal (Indico). In addition, there are individual investors such as Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg.


Upgraded is a non-profit association for health & well-being start-ups in Finland. We help start-ups stand out by making their solutions visible and by building bridges between start-ups, corporates, the public sector & universities.
Our goal is to make sure that start-up innovators have an established role in the society as a source of health and well-being solutions.


Vitalis is a meeting point for everyone working strategically or operatively with business development and eHealth issues within healthcare and welfare. Visitors are from municipalities and county councils as well as from authorities and the private sector.

Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology

Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology brings together leading Danish skills in the field of health and welfare technology in a national network; empowering development, commercialization and exports of Danish health and welfare technology.


Sundhedskommunikation specialises in health care communication and aims at providing motivation and inspiration through our solutions.

The company is owned and operated by Line Gade, who has +20 years of experience in communications, PR and change work.

The company was founded in 2014 and began publishing the podcast Sundhedsvisioner/HealthVisions in 2018.

Sundhedskommunikation works for:

  • More individually tailored citizen and patient treatment and less one-size-fits-all
  • Increased sharing of knowledge between sectors and individuals
  • Increased focus on the primary purpose and the difference the client makes (the WHY factor)
  • Improved communication with and between society and citizens/patients

Sundhedskommunikation publishes the Podcast Sundhedsvisioner/HealthVisions, where you meet cool, future-oriented, constructive and passionate people who are leading the way to the future of health and social services.

Listen to new ways of working and organizing, new medicine, life science, technology and use of data. All contributors want to contribute fiercely with their at times hard-bought experiences and to make a difference. Listen and gain new insights and valuable knowledge. Line Gade is the host and founder.

Subscribe and listen via Apple Podcast, Android, Rss or Spotify or visit to learn more about the podcast.