Marketenderiet in Valby was filled to the brim on Thursday, 12 January when, for the third consecutive year, a winner was to be announced from among the six companies that had reached the finals of the Danish Tech Challenge. This year’s field was very broad—from robots designed so that even small children can use them to the winners from Bifrost Communications, who have invented a ground-breaking approach to increasing transmission distance and capacity on fibre optic signals and networks, which can potentially save Internet service providers billions of kroner worldwide.
After presentations from all six finalists, HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark took the stage. The Crown Prince was impressed by all the companies that were participating in Danish Tech Challenge.
“I’m proud and pleased to be here today. It’s a huge source of inspiration for me to be invited to come and meet all the amazing people who are here today.”
Before the Crown Prince, Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen was also in the spotlight. His speech centred on the importance of society embracing and valuing entrepreneurship.
“It’s so important for all of society that industry creates jobs. This award show means a lot to me because Denmark must be the best country in the world in which to be an entrepreneur, and Danish Tech Challenge contributes towards this today.”
“Most of all it feels like having beaten Usain Bolt in a 100 metre sprint at the Olympic Games.”
Thank you to the family
HRH Crown Prince Frederik opened the sealed envelope that he had received from the independent panel of judges, and announced—amid great applause from the audience—that this year’s winner was Bifrost Communications. The entire team behind Bifrost Communications, headed by inventor Jesper Bevensee Jensen, took the stage, and Jesper Bevensee Jensen first and foremost thanked his family for putting up with him when he sometimes got up in the middle of the night because he had had a dream that had given him a solution to one of the problems that life as an entrepreneur has to offer.
When the big cheque for DKK 500,000 and the champagne had been presented, Jesper Bevensee Jensen said:
“I can barely think right now because I’m so happy! The other participants are so strong, so it really is a huge pat on the back that we won. Most of all it feels like having beaten Usain Bolt in a 100 metre sprint at the Olympic Games, I think,” said the clearly moved winner of Danish Tech Challenge 2016.