Meet the board

The advisory board for Odense Robotics StartUp Hub consists of eight members. The task of the advisory board is to choose and nominate the candidates for the StartUp Hub – based on a pitch and thorough pre-screening of the nominees. It is the Municipality of Odense which approves and has the final say in that matter as it is responsible for the juridicial contract with the chosen candidates.

 Esben Østergaard cirkel Esben Østergaard – Chief Technology Officer at Universal Robots. He is one of the inventors behind the UR robots – UR10, UR5 and UR3. During his years from 2001 – 2005 as researcher and assistant professor in robotics and user interfaces at University of Southern Denmark, he created the foundation for a reinvention of the industrial robot. Therefore, in 2005, he founded Universal Robots together with two of his research colleagues. Universal Robots was sold in May 2015 to US based Teradyne for USD 350 mio.


 lars hansen cirkel Lars Hansen, Managing director and entrepreneur. Founder of several companies – of which the two companies Egatec and Inwatec is part of the ecosystem in Odense Robotics.  Egatec specializes in standard solutions for the purposes of palletizing, packaging and dispensing. Inwatec is an engineering and machinery firm that serves businesses in the laundry industry worldwide.


 henrik holst elstrøm cirkel Henrik Holst Elstrøm, Head of Corporate Clients, The Danish Growth Fund. Specializes is high risk investments – e.g. startups


 kurt nielsen cirkel Kurt Nielsen, Director of Robot Technology at Danish Technological Institute. DTI develops, applies and transfers robotic technology to industry and society. The focus is to apply new research, knowledge and technology to create robot technology solutions. DTI work with industrial robots, collaborative robots as well as service robots and robots for health care.


 thomas juhl cirkel Thomas Juhl,  Project manager & consultant at Væksthus Syddanmark. Specializing in startups, and venture funding


 johnny killerup cirkel Johnny Killerup Pedersen, CEO i Converzion, Arizona. Johnny has established several companies on three continents, Europe, N. America, and Asia. Won Most Promising Export Company, Denmark’s Export Council’s VITUS prize in 2011. He served as chief strategist for more than 50 companies to identify and translate untapped, high growth business opportunities. Provides strategic and tactical guidance for clients, specializing in trade relations and international projects, from raising high level of startup capital and leading market research to new market entry.
 Contact Mikkel Christoffersen - Odense Robotics Mikkel Christoffersen, Business Manager at Odense Robotics (a part of Developing Fyn)