Partners at WHINN 2019


City of Odense

Odense is Denmark's third largest city with more than 200,000 inhabitants and has the advantage of being 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 1 million Euro is invested in infrastructure, growth & construction to transform Odense into an internationally renowned city of knowledge.

Region of Southern Denmark

The Region of Southern Denmark is one of five administrative units in Denmark. The Region is, among others, responsible for healthcare, social institutions, and regional development. 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, 2 million citizens. The administrationof 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 billion.

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

For that reason the Region of Southern Denmark for years has committed itself strongly to health technology and innovation. The objective is to create economic growth and jobs, to ensure a highly efficient healthcare sector and to increase the quality in health for 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. Also experiences in public private cooperation developing the regional health care sector arouse interest.

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 to 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 €/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 - is highly specialised in a large number of fields; diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, allergy, 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 have contributed with conferences, hosting conferences and networking events.


“WHINN is a unique event where Odense gathers 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 the world our work, share experiences with peers and expand our already large international network to find new innovation and 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 convey and communicate strongholds and the efficiency of Danish healthcare solutions and innovations that have contributed to and continuously future-proof Danish healthcare. 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, to learn more about Danish healthcare strongholds, 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 2018 WHINN conference”. Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO of Healthcare DENMARK.

UCL University College

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University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark has 30,000 students, more than 15 percent of whom come from abroad. Several international reports testify that we conduct world-class research.

At SDU Health technologies we develop tomorrows health technology. The number of tasks in the health care system is increasing. To meet these challenges there is a political focus on developing new technologies. The technologies are multifarious and goes under the names of telemedicine, health IT and welfare technology.

'University of Southern Denmark is a key player in the successful health innovation ecosystem centered 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.

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

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 sector (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 and 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 strengthening the depth of network activities.

Danish Healthtech Innovation Network,

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

Danish Technological Institute

The Danish Technological Institute is devoted to translating knowledge into real value for our society. When we share our stories with the media and our business partners, we ensure an even higher level of knowledge-sharing.

We are open to sharing with both the general public and with the very small audience. What is important is that the knowledge that is generated is shared.


Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest support network for 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:


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.

Innovation Centre Denmark

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

The innovation centres also promote Denmark as a leading knowledge society in the world. Innovation Centre Denmark is established and managed as a partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark 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, Shanghai, Munich, Seoul, New Delhi, São Paulo, and Tel Aviv.

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.


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 insures 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 network takes its starting-point in experiences from robotics and automation technologies and products from the industry that, traditionally, has been a driver for the development of robotics and automation technology in recent decades.

The goal is to bring this knowledge and these technologies into play in industries and sectors, thereby fostering not least 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 Sothern Denmark and to support entrepreneurship and high technology businesses like robotics, welfare technology, design, IT, green energy as well as health & environment.

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

Danish ICT Industry Association

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

Who we are
The Danish ICT Industry Association represent 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 takes responsibility in relation to the Danish 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 business stronger by offering member services within legal advice, press and contract writing. And then we are 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 eventsa year. We offer plenty of opportunity for you to tap in, representing 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, Confederation of Danish Enterprisegiving you access to an even wider business environment for private sector companies.
  • membership feebased on the number of employees in Denmark.

The Danish ICT Industry Association provides an informal platform where members meet

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.


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