For startups developing new physical products

Future Manufacturers is here to empower Danish hardware startups ready to transform their innovative concepts and prototypes into production. We understand the challenges and complexities involved in transitioning from ideas to full-scale manufacturing.

Our mission is to guide you through the steps on this journey – from choice of materials and product refinement to developing sustainable business models, ensuring quality, managing suppliers, and navigating regulatory compliance. Future Manufacturers will cultivate a unique network of experienced advisors, mentors, and knowledge partners dedicated to help Danish startups realise their visions and move from prototype to a successful full-scale production.

Give wings to your innovative ideas with support from Future Manufacturers, and let’s create manufacturing for the future together.



Individual and joint activities

Future Manufacturers consists of three batches, each bringing together 12-15 startups and scaleups. The programs span five to six months, and in each batch, a mix of joint and individual activities are designed to enhance the participating startups’ knowledge of production and all its associated disciplines.

Activities may vary from one batch to another, addressing the specific challenges faced by the startups, both individually and collectively. Below, you will find examples of the activities in Future Manufacturers.

Individual activities (examples)

Based on an assessment meeting we will clarify your current needs and challenges and tailor your individual program from the following:

  • Match with an advisor providing input on the specific needs and challenges identified
  • A ‘Springboard’ where a panel of experienced production experts provide insights on production methods, etc.
  • Connection with a mentor with specific expertise tailored to the startup’s needs
  • Search for relevant test and production facilities
  • Opportunity for assistance from other MADE services, including MADE Demonstration Projects and MADE Kickstart Projects
  • The startup is featured in a case description.

Joint activities (examples)

  • Kickoff Camp – 25-26 April 2024
  • Online sessions on a broad range of subjects: sustainable materials, supply chain, robust design, CE marking, IP, and take-back systems etc.
  • A physical workshop day about quantification of CO2 impact – followed by networking event
  • A  physical workshop about electronics manufacturing – combined with a visit at a Danish electronics manufacturer
  • Company visit at 3D print company
  • Networking event
  • Participation in a joint online community.

Apply now

We ask you to complete our application form by answering all questions to assess if you and your startup are eligible for this program.

Application deadline

Deadline for Batch 1 was 13 March 2024. We will announce deadline for Batch 2 and Batch 3 on this website. If you are interested in participating but missed the deadline for the first batch, please contact us using the information on the bottom of this page.

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. You will be notified whether you are accepted into the program on 27 March 2024.

The program will start on 25-26 April 2024 with a joint 24h Kickoff Camp.

If you have any questions regarding the application form or the program in general, feel free to contact us at or

To apply for participation in Future Manufacturers, download, fill out and upload the application form through the buttons below. Once you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation from the MADE Secretariat.

What we are looking for?

  • Your startup is currently developing or have already developed a functional prototype
  • You are willing to commit to the program with your time and focus
  • You have an ambition to work with sustainability in your business model and/or in the production of your product(s)
  • You are driven by learning and improving your professional and personal skills and competencies and extending your network
  • Your startup has a Danish CVR number.

Application requirements and guidelines

You will find requirements etc. in the application form. You may fill out the form in Danish or English.


The information provided will be kept confidential and not shared with any third party outside the Future Manufacturers recruitment team.


Partners and allies

Project partners

The project is conducted in collaboration between partners with in-depth knowledge of the Danish manufacturing sector and the specific challenges faced by hardware startups and scaleups.

Therefore, the project’s partner consortium consists of MADE Manufacturing Academy of Denmark and DI Produktion in cooperation with Industriens Fond.

Community allies

In addition to the project’s partner consortium, community allies are involved and play a significant role in the Danish production and startup landscape.

The project’s additional actors include GTS institutes, advisory firms, manufacturing companies, business professionals etc. who act as independent advisors and mentors in the program.

Are you interested in joining as either an advisor or mentor in the program? Or would you like to contribute to Future Manufacturers in other ways?

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Reach out

Anders Sparre
Project Manager
+45 2627 2494

Katrine Blaabjerg Sørensen
Project Manager
+45 3377 3837

Søren Jensen
Project Manager
+45 5218 5911

Julie Lykke Nedergaard
Communications Manager
+45 4135 9760

Oliver Wadskjær Andersen
Project Assistant
+45 5189 8751

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