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The right team – one of the keys to success

”Surround yourself with people having different competences, and do not think that being a brilliant scientist makes you a successful businessperson. It does not.”

kd325Kirsten Drejer is a Danish high-end entrepreneur with an impressing record of accomplishment. Founder and CEO of the biotech  company Symphogen, she has over the course of 15 years turned it into a business of billions, attracted investors from around the globe and created a truly international company in one of the most difficult areas of modern industry.

It is a fascinating story in itself, but tonight she is pouring experience and advice on an audience of entrepreneurs in the making.

NSE – Network for Science entrepreneurs – has Kirsten Drejer on the Advisory board and she dedicates herself to help new entrepreneurs to fulfil their dreams by showing them a realistic but also idealistic approach to the need of putting together the right team for growing businesses.

“You will come to crossroads and will have to make choices. Make sure you have someone on board your team, either in the management, or on the board of directors, who have seen the crossroad before and know where it leads to.”

She advocates experience, skills in all major disciplines of the company in question and internationalization at a very early stage for any company that wants to grow by attracting investors, developing products and winning the market shares necessary to be profitable.

For the networking audience attending this evenings meeting she is representing all that most entrepreneurs wish for but only the few accomplish. The NSE-network builds on the idea of bridging, what is popular called the Valley of Death.

This is the difficult phase for any company leaving the incubator and going for the market. A phase that means sudden or prolonged death to the many and only success for the smartest who have prepared themselves.

The Advisory Board in NSE is experts chosen on their personal competences in creating successful companies from scratch. They have learned – most of them the hard way – what it takes to cross the Valley of Death.

Capital is a key word to most. The importance of the right team often overlooked. Kirsten Drejer and her fellow advisers in the network get their points across.

Christian Mellentin has a background as an entrepreneur within the industry of sustainables and he sits on a number of boards of both start-ups and established companies.

“You shall make up your mind of where you want to go. What is your destination? Then pick the right people, who can help you, get there. Be ready to share confidence and have trust in the people you bring in. Your idea and your company might be your baby, but for the baby to mature and become a successful grown up, you need to give it more, than you have yourself. You have to build the right team”

NSE is open to entrepreneurs of all kinds but has its focus on science related inventions that have a global potential.

Between the bimonthly working sessions, focus in the network is on one-to-one meetings between single members of the extensive Advisory Board and the entrepreneurs.

As the founder of the network, Christina Yoon puts it: In NSE you are a carrier of an altruistic spirit. The more you help, the stronger you get”.

NSE tilfører værdi til alle deres medlemmer

Lars Seier Christensen deltog i et af NSE’s netværksmøder i efteråret 2015. Her er hans umiddelbare refleksioner.

LarsseierDet var anden gang, jeg deltog som taler ved et NSE arrangement.

Begge gange har været godt besøgt, og det er tydeligt, at netværkets medlemmer er engagerede og entusiastiske. Der er også en åbenlys vilje og interesse for at byde ind med svar og ideer til at hjælpe nystartede virksomheder med at håndtere de mange forskellige udfordringer man møder som startup.

Denne gang afholdt NSE sit arrangement på restauranten SushiLovers i Charlottenlund, og derfor fik vi således også mulighed for at smage deres mange interessante og velsmagende variationer af sushi.

Og da Christina også denne gang bød velkommen med en gin tonic, var rammerne jo ganske som man kunne ønske sig.

Jeg ankom lidt sent, fordi jeg havde et tidligere arrangement også, så jeg nåede kun at høre afslutningen af den sidste af aftenens øvrige to talere, Lars Thrane og Mads Peter Veiby, som havde godt fat i forsamlingens interesse. De viser også, at NSE er i stand til at tiltrække relevante og kompetente personer, der kan give råd baseret på egne erfaringer.

Konceptet var, at en ung virksomhed pitcher sit budskab til en af talerne, der derefter giver noget feedback og så sammen med øvrige gæster byder ind med gode ideer og råd til virksomheden.

I mit tilfælde var det den hastigt voksende virksomhed, PhoneTrader, der sælger billige mobiltelefoner, som fremlagde deres problem. Det var et klassisk et af slagsen – indkøb nogle måneder før videresalg kræver en del likviditet og det er svært for en ung virksomhed at få en bank til at bakke op omkring sig.

De havde kun været i gang med en af landets største banker, der er kendt for at være konservativ, men udover at forsøge sig med mindre, mere dynamiske banker, foreslog forsamlingen også andre ideer som forudbetaling fra kunderne, equity kapital etc.

Faktisk syntes jeg, det lød som en interessant virksomhed, så jeg har arrangeret et møde for dem med Saxo Privatbank, hvor de kan fremlægge deres likviditetsbehov.

I skrivende stund ved jeg ikke, hvordan det er faldet ud, men om ikke andet vil de da få noget yderligere feedback på, hvordan en bank vurderer deres situation.

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