Hellere lille end stor?

Efter 16 år i Bruxelles og specielt 10 år i USA er det dejligt at konstatere, at Danmark er helt fremme, når det kommer til innovation, teknologi udvikling og nye servicekoncepter

Det vrimler med fantastiske ideer, spændende teknologi anvendelser, robotter, AI og big data.

Vi har en ung generation, som kan og vil, og de mere erfarne erhvervsfolk er dygtige til produktudvikling, internationalisering og nye applikationer til kendt teknologi.

Vi kunne sagtens gøre mere for start up kulturen og iværksættermiljøet i forhold til skat- og socialstrukturer, der fremmer lønmodtagerkultur … og vi burde få langt flere spin offs fra vores universitetsmiljøer .. men iværksætterne skal også kigge indad.

Vi har fantastisk innovation, og vi skaber mange start ups, men de bliver simpelthen ikke store nok, hurtigt nok.

Selvfølgelig er små, innovative virksomheder godt for en økonomi. De er innovative, hurtige i beslutningsgange, agile og fleksible i løsninger – og 100 virksomheder med 10 ansatte har sine fordele i forhold til en virksomhed med 1000 ansatte.

Men større virksomheder med mere pondus er som hovedregel en forudsætning for seriøs kapitalrejsning, store investeringer, langsigtet produktudvikling, effektfuld eksport og konkurrenceevne i forhold til udenlandske konkurrenter.

Det er helt ok at ville udvikle sin start up til 10-15 ansatte, nogle millioner i omsætning og overskud, men jeg savner flere iværksættere med lidt amerikansk væksttempo, store armbevægelser og seriøse ambitioner

99% af alle start ups jeg møder leder efter 1-3 millioner for 10-20% af deres virksomhed, og med en hockeystav, hvor omsætningen eksploderer om 4-6 år.

Man kan sagtens få for store investeringer for tidligt, men hvis man har et unikt produkt, så er 4-5 år alt for lang tid til at få seriøs succes. Stille og roligt, et skridt af gangen og organisk vækst risikerer alt for ofte at resultere i langsom stagnering, fordi andre kopierer produkt, har rejst flere penge, er mere aggressive eller simpelthen opkøber virksomheden

Der er muligvis heller ikke nok amerikansk inspirerede seed funds eller business angels i Danmark, men hvor ville det være dejligt med flere iværksættere, som får international succes, som opkøber konkurrenter og bliver børsnoteret i løbet af nogle få år, som man konstant ser i USA

Jeg drømmer lidt om iværksættere som vil sælge 75% af deres virksomhed, som vil gøre produktet færdig med det samme, som vil have store vækstrater fra år 1, og som har filosofien ”hellere eje lidt og være med på en rejse, som bliver historisk, end at eje det meste af noget, som går godt men langsomt”.

Converzion investerer i RAW

Converzion har købt 10% af Robot at Work (RAW)

Perspektiverne for deres banebrydende robot teknologi til byggebranchen er særdeles lovende.

Kasper Laursen indgår midlertidigt i den daglige ledelse og Torben Frigaard indtræder i bestyrelsen

7 Signs That Tell Investors Your Business Is Worth It

If you’re about to seek an investment, you want to know for sure that you’re going to get it. You want to walk in to meet an investor as prepared as you can possibly be. You need to ascertain that your business is a good investment opportunity before you start pitching yourself, and you can do that by viewing your business as an impartial observer. Here are seven signs that will tell an investor your business worthy of their capital.

Read the signs, and how you can find the money, here.

Converzion henter millioner

Converzion har altid haft mindre fokus på rapporter, snak og rådgivning og til gengæld mere fokus på praktisk hjælp, konkrete resultater og mere kapital.

Via en samarbejdsaftale med det visionære offentlige tiltag Invest in Odense har Converzion over de seneste 9 måneder hjulpet tre vækstende virksomheder med at skaffe grundlag for og adgang til vækstkapital – og resultaterne er i hus!

Et mindre tocifret millionbeløb i ny vækstkapital sikrer ikke kun ny beskæftigelse, adgang til nye markeder og kraftige vækstrater for de tre virksomheder men er med til at understrege, at selv mindre virksomheder kan med det rette set up tiltrække investorer

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On Robot is partnering up with Converzion

In cooperation with Invest in Odense, Converzion has agreed to help prominent companies within robotics. On Robot is one of the companies: They develop robot equipment for automation tasks throughout the industry. Their innovative RG2, Industrial Robot Gripper, is a flexible electric gripper designed to fit robots from Universal Robots. Some of RG2’s features include Plug n’ Play, wide work range and simple programming.

Converzion will assist On Robot in their need for financing through our access to both localized and international financing sources, and additionally with the expansion and growth strategies for their robot equipment by addressing their internal processes with a special focus on scalability.

Market Report on the U.S. Boating Industry

The report on the U.S. investigates the market entry opportunities for the innovative P2P boat rental company, Boatflex, by analysing the market size – and trends, competitors, legislation framework and many more aspects.

Boating is extremely popular in the U.S. – in 2013 more than 36% of the adult population participated in some kind of boating activity, that equals to 88,5 million people. Would you ever have guessed that there are more than 902.000 registered recreational boats only in Florida and the power boat market worth 1.9 billion dollars there in 2012? Since the P2P boat renting is relatively new everywhere, there are still significant untouched markets out there that Boatflex can take over before the competitors.

Converzion is contributing to the rapid growth of TriVision

In cooperation with Invest in Odense, Converzion has agreed to help prominent companies within robotics. TriVision is one of the companies; they specialize in vision technology and is supplier of user-friendly high-end vision systems for the production industry. TriVision offers the customers a variety of quality control & quality assurance products such as the TriVision Packaging Inspector and the TriVision Product Inspector.

Conversions’ job is to contribute their rapid development by addressing their scalability and internal effectiveness combined with the need for external capital to ensure their accelerated growth and to facilitate the increasing demand

Data Is a Part of Everything!

Rapid growth originates from many different aspects of the company and industry, but data is a part everything! Effective data research creates essential knowledge about every part of the business; an example could be a target market in terms of competition, distribution, buying decision processes and many other things.

Our customer Raw Milk is looking to enter the U.S. with Players 1st., their software for the golf industry. We have just completed a market report on the U.S. golf course market.

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Converzion is Now Collaborating with Sensohive

In cooperation with Invest in Odense, Converzion has agreed to assist prominent companies within robotics. One of them is Sensohive, who has developed a cheap, flexible and durable communication system that makes it possible to gather data that was previously very difficult to collect. Their setup provides wireless sensor systems with any number of measuring points as well as a cloud-solution, which can suit multiple markets.

Conversions’ job is to contribute to their rapid development by addressing their growth processes in terms of scalability, but also assist them in their need for financing through our access to both localized and international financing sources.

Fitness Trail At An Old Dump

The Northland Arboretum in Minnesota just completed the first phase of its fitness trail, with four separate stations for stretching, balance and strength training. The fitness trail features stainless steel, all-weather fitness equipment, imported from Denmark. The outdoor equipment is from our customer Norwell Outdoor Fitness and it comes with an interactive feature: an iPhone APP that illustrates the exercises and charts your progress.

Read more about the fitness trail here!