“Equal opportunity for all students to do work they are passionate about”
To reduce the student unemployment rate one year after graduation
to less than 10% in 2025
The story of Excelerate
I’ve always been a tech guy.
All the way back in 2006, when I started as a flash developer I’ve been all consumed by tech. That changed three years ago when I started working for a digital agency in London that focused on neuroscience and all things human. I realized that tech was just the change agent, and it was actually people – real humans that I loved creating solutions for and with. I knew my startup would have people at the center.
I had many ideas for what the startup would be about.
However, none of the ideas were really moving the needle anywhere. Until one day, when I had a conversation with an old friend of mine.
Jonas had graduated four years ago from the University of Copenhagen, with a Candidate degree in Political Science. Unfortunately, like many other passionate students, he did not get a job straight after graduation. His dream was to work in a ministry – he wanted to make a difference, change the world, and all that…
After three months he was still in relatively high spirit, but those three months turned into a year. He had to face the hard reality. He had to put his dream career on pause and look for a job outside of his field.
Then, three years later, we were catching up about how he was doing, how I was doing, and so… Jonas has been working in a digital agency for three years, in the marketing department. He likes his job – he doesn’t love it, but he gets by.
His story really struck something inside me. Seeing someone spend five years on their education, doing well at university, and then not being able to fulfil their ambitions. That hurts.
Jonas is not alone.
And that is why I created Excelerate – to support passionate students.
Read more about my thoughts behind Excelerate and the passion for thesis collaborations between students and companies. I believe that by creating a platform for thesis collaboration matching I can help to make a difference for passionate students.
Vera, our Marketing Manager, is responsible for coordinating our marketing efforts. When she is not working, she is gushing over vegan food (ramen!) or reads fantasy books. She has secretly hidden Lord of the Rings references into marketing strategy and they are yet to be discovered by the rest of the team.
Fausto moved from Argentina looking for new challenges. He is the photographer and visual artist in charge of all the visual content. You can always find him with his camera in one hand and his laptop in the other. If you enjoy travel, fashion and good wine you will definitely be good friends.
Katrine is a content creator at Excelerate, who is responsible for the Excelerate Blog and PR. She is driven by curiosity, learning and… food. Besides, she is super structured and ambitious, and she is always up for a new challenge. Also, she can easily kick your ass, as she has been practicing karate since the age of eight.
Founded Excelerate in the summer of 2020. Kaspar has an ‘always be learning’-mindset and is very passionate about tech, humans, education and football. Kaspar started Excelerate with an aim to help passionate students. When not working he can most likely be found on the battlefields of Verdansk playing Call of Duty or out fishing at Øresund.
Tina has +15 years of experience working with People & Organization in both large corporations and scaleups.
With a “can-do” attitude and a business-savvy mindset, she loves developing new ideas and services, especially when making a real impact!
When she is not working you can find her in the sun reading a book or swimming in the harbour with her family.
Tina joined Excelerate because she believes in helping passionate students to follow their dreams.
Co-founder of a Copenhagen-based management consultancy, and an active strategy consultant, Jacob has a strategic mindset with a creative heart.
He stems from the world of marketing and branding and is an expert in growth strategy.
Furthermore, Jacob is a firm believer in evidence-based marketing and uses these practices to help clients determine the best path to growth.
Adrian has served for 30 years in senior communications, marketing, and board director roles for UK financial services companies including Direct Line, Virgin, esure, and Gocompare.
Adrian has invested in and advised a wide range of technology companies active in the arts, health, and sport. He has also served as Chairman of the London marketing group, LAB for three years.
Adrian is passionate about mentoring and has played guitar in jazz bands for 20 years. He composed and recorded a track to help people sleep that now has 220,000 plays on Spotify.
Bodil helps leaders and tech startups & scaleups unlock their potential through “Simplexity” coaching and consulting. Her passion for creative problem solving led her to a PhD in abstract mathematics and computer science.
She is also a certified Professional Integral Coach™ and in her work, she combines two worlds: the technical, rational, and scientific with the human-oriented, caring, and inclusive.
Bodil likes the synergies in combining different worlds and that’s why she believes in the Excelerate project – creating synergy between passionate students and future potential employers.