Being a young entrepreneur in Denmark
In Denmark, there has never been a greater focus on entrepreneurship than at present. They want to create a company with a green image, a socially responsible profile, and high ethical standards. My startup company, Copus, is creating websites for companies that make a difference. We are working to further develop the business with a particular focus on education, which we are passionate about. We work whenever deadlines require it, never looking at the clock, and we love it.
However, the biggest challenges are Danish laws, rules, and bureaucracy. If you worry too much about it, you get nowhere. Fortunately, many young people have a strong belief it is possible to set up a business. In Denmark, many young people see possibilities instead of limitations, but if the young people’s ideas are to create economic growth, the legislators must provide the framework and basis for this.
According to Forbes Magazine, Scandinavia, and Denmark in particular, ranks as the number one country in the world to do business in, when it comes to personal and monetary freedom, low corruption and being the world’s most transparent and efficient business climate. What perhaps differentiates us from our colleagues and competitors abroad might be something different. Perhaps our in-grown belief in the limitations our country provides, due to clichés about our smallness and the hovering shadow of the “Law of Jante”, is an explanation we use as an excuse for trying hard enough to become successful.
It is still more of a hobby or a philanthropic exercise to engage in creating your own business in a country with such a fine-masked social security system. If you don’t make it — don’t sweat it. You can always start studying on a liveable state student grant again. But I am proud to be a part of the new, young Danish business culture and entrepreneur spirit, which has taken hold of our generation.
Copus is a Danish IT company, founded in 2014 by Carl Kronika, a 16-year-old high school student and Andreas Olesen, a 21-year-old computer science student.