Terror Defense wins the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship
Four students from SIMAC in Svendborg are behind the idea Nice Defense, which on June 1, won the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship for students. SIMAC dominated the winning field and also won several other prizes, but there were also prizes for students from Holstebro, Aarhus, Aalborg and Roskilde.
20 teams of students had qualified for the final in DM in Entrepreneurship, which was held in the Danish Stock Exchange on Wednesday June, 1. But four students from the maritime education SIMAC impressed the judges so much that they won both the Danish championship and a category price.
Christian Hvam Madsen, Bonnik Hvid, Mathias Smedegaard Ulmer and Mads Woetmann are the four students behind the idea Nice Defense, a new form of protection against vehicles used as weapons in a terrorist act. Nice Defense is a system that detects the type of vehicle that drives over and then pushes spikes into the wheels and spans a network about the wheels so that the vehicle stops. The goal is to secure public areas from terrorism, but in the long term the system will also be used for other purposes.
"It's completely insane! We have worked hard in recent weeks to reach our goals. It has been nice to take part in this, receive feedback and to hear that others believe in our idea. Now we are looking forward to the European Championships, and we must work a lot and it will be hard, but we are really happy and we are looking forward to the new challenge," said the winners when they came down from the stage.
Nice Defense first won their category Social Entrepreneurship and DKK 25,000 sponsored by Trygfonden. In addition, they won another DKK 25,000 when they became the overall winner and claimed the title of Danish champions in entrepreneurship. The students will also represent Denmark when there is an EM in Entrepreneurship in Helsinki at the end of June.
SIMAC managed a significant impression in the Danish Championships in Entrepreneurship with their students and claimes at five awards. In addition to the first place and category youth in the Social Entrepreneurship for Nice Defense, the team won the FirstMower category Greentech and overall 2nd place. It gave them DKK 25,000 sponsored by the Tønder Energy and Environmental Fund and a ticket to the European Championships in Entrepreneurship.
"The money is nice and all, but the real fun is winning and moving on with the idea and developing the idea. We get a lot of inputs when we come to a new competition and it helps us to make our product even better. The money must of course be used to further develop our idea," said FirstMower, as they won an award for their machine, which makes cutting grass in the middle of the highway safer, faster and less noticeable to motorists.
As an educational institution, SIMAC was also honored with the award for the Entrepreneur Education Institute of the Year.
The other winners of the day were:
Urban Roots from the Aarhus Academy of Business Aarhus: Winner of Tønder Energy and Environment Fund's special prize and the GoRed Prize (DKK 25,000 + sparring with 3 experienced entrepreneurs)
StopBlood, VIA University College: Category Lives Lifetech (DKK 25,000 sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb)
Betfray, University College North Jutland: Winner of Service Innovation (DKK 25,000 sponsored by Bloomberg)
Sundemåltider.dk from the Business Academy Zealand: The Audience award
Source: Fonden for Entreprenørskab / Maritime Denmark