November 19th 2009 I participated at the event Danish Export day supported by “Dansk Erhvervsfremme” and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was hosted by LEGO in Billund, and was opened by the Danish Secretary of State, Per Stig Moeller.
During the day there were a series of lectures concerning foreign trade and globalization. Joergen Vig Knudstorp welcomed us at LEGO and introduced us to the new reality of LEGO, “Back to Basic”.
One lecture that I especially took notice of was Peder Oestbjerg from Green Team Group telling about how they exported their impressive production of Christmas trees all across Europe.
Another interesting Lecture came from Nuance, which had totally quitted all effort at their local market, Denmark, and had instead focused 100% at foreign export markets. Today Denmark only counted for a few percentage of their total turnover.
At the event I attended a workshop about how to choose markets, presented by Carsten Krogh Hansen and Jens Peder Jensen. The workshop was really interesting and I advanced in my knowledge and general understanding about export markets in particular.
Read the documentation of the program here (in Danish)
I volunteered for First Lego League 2009 as Coach and I were to guide a team of 7th graders from Hammerum Elementary School in Denmark. The day started out really early in the morning of competition day, with preparation of the participants’ arrival later in the morning.
During the day I was function as a Team-leader/Body/Big-Brother for the team, and was challenged with different social and educational issues/aspects that I had never before been challenged with. It was a really learning-full experience and I got a sense of what it takes to work with youngster.
The day ended late in the afternoon, and I could proudly see my team get awarded the grant price for winning the tournament and the price of qualification for the Nordic championship.
Read the documentation for First Lego League
I participated in Ivaerk & Vaekst 2009.
“Ivaerk and Vaekst” is a trade fair show targeting Danish entrepreneurs. During the fair there were a lot of lectures and workshops. For the first time I meet the famous Danish Entrepreneur Martin Thorborg who were speaking about how giving away for free can make you rich. I also attend a workshop with David Madié from Growth Company about How to start a business in Denmark right now.
Read more about Ivaerk & Vaekst (in danish)