10 of the hottest startups in Copenhagen

2 min read
06 Dec 2018

nearly 1.3 million people living in the Copenhagen urban area, the capital of Denmark is small compared to other cities across the globe. But it’s evolved over the last ten years into an excellent place to live, work and set up a business.

1- Donkey Republic

Donkey Republic says it is the world’s first and only global bike rental platform, allowing you to find and unlock a bike using your phone. If you rent out your bike through the app, the company states it can quadruple your profitability by equipping your bike with a smart lock.

2- Neurescue

Neurescue is developing a new device for the improved treatment of the number one killer on the planet – cardiac arrest – and for the treatment of critical bleeding. It was born out of the idea that there was a need to develop an alternative to the defibrillator, which today effectively saves the lives of just one in ten patients.

3- Zetland

Zetland is a Danish-language digital newspaper for modern, curious people who want to understand the world around them. They mainly focus on important events and trends, and they strive to always add context and perspective.


Labster aims to radically change science education by developing fully interactive, advanced laboratory simulations. Using gamification elements such as an immersive 3D environments and storytelling, they allow students to learn science in a more engaging and fun way.

5- Coinify

Coinify’s vision is to spread the use of digital currencies, as they are safer and less expensive than traditional card payments. The startup makes blockchain payments of digital currencies easily accessible for merchants and payment service providers, as well as individual consumers.

6- CanopyLAB

CanopyLAB strives to make learning online fun and exciting through individually-tailored mass learning, which allows each person to learn at the tempo, and in the fashion, that they prefer.

7- Planday

Planday offers companies online employee scheduling software that’s simple to use and fast. By making it easy to schedule shifts and manage employee processes, it drastically reduces the time cost, resulting in less administration and significant salary savings.

8- Pleo

Pleo is a company spending solution. It offers three value propositions: the most efficient tool to apply delegated spending in a business, the automation of processes, and help so that you can drive an efficient and responsible expense culture.

9- Deemly

Deemly’s mission is to create more trust for users and platforms in the sharing economy. They strive to do this by enabling users to take their personal reputation across platforms through aggregating their reviews and the ratings that they give each other.

10- CPH Containers

CPH Containers aims to solve the lack of affordable student housing in Denmark by using empty plots of land and mobile housing made from recycled shipping containers.

Just so you’re aware of how we selected these startups in Copenhagen, we sorted through hundreds of nominations from the community before a local advisory board helped us curate the final list.

All the photos: Startup Guide

*This article was originally published on October 17th, 2018 and updated on December 4th, 2018