Why the new Danish entrepreneurs need to be problem-solving, collaborative ball-breakers.

Denmark is a big supporter of entrepreneurs and new ideas. “It is so easy to start a business here”, people exclaim. So why do so few start-ups succeed? Despite the Danish focus on teaching entrepreneurship in schools and offering guidance to people with new ideas, making a success of a new business idea is still difficult. Other countries, particularly Sweden, seem to do it better. So what is the problem? Where is it going wrong, and what can we do to fix it?

It is easy to draw comparisons with sister countries; the Swedish are known to be very good at growing their businesses, and although there are many more start-ups in Denmark, experts suggest that they are not growing, so the subtle cultural differences between nations might actually be having a huge impact.

An Americanised nation with pride in big, heavy industry, Sweden has a different mentality to Denmark. It

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