For Danish Startups

In Partnership with

For Danish Climate Tech Startups Looking to Create Global Impact

In partnership with the Danish Industry Foundation

Our Kaplak Climate Tech Catalyzer, powered by Industriens Fond, is THE opportunity for Danish climate tech startups and scaleups to enter the US market.

Over the course of this two-month program, we take up to 10 Danish companies on a deep dive into the ‘Dreams & Details’ framework, our proprietary leadership and strategy method developed and used by senior executives to accelerate decarbonization at several major organizations – including Maersk. This framework, paired with our advisory services, will help you make the jump from founder to CEO, and provide a blueprint for your ‘stakeholder story’ and strategy.

Additionally, you will gain exposure to US investors, access to institutional customers, and engage a global mentor network to help you scale internationally. 

And the journey doesn’t end on Demo Day. Upon graduation, our founders are assigned one of our ‘Kaplaks’: global business leaders who support your path to scale with their subject matter expertise, leadership experience, and connectivity to their global networks.

Why you should participate

Our Climate Tech Catalyzer is a chance for Danish founders to enter the US market and engage our advisory services and mentorship. In this program you will:

  • Learn our proprietary ‘Dreams & Details’ framework: a leadership and strategy method that will help you refine your strategy, pitch, and ‘stakeholder story’.
  • Unlock a global network of mentors.
  • Get exposure to US investors and potential customers.
  • Learn from some of Denmark’s most prominent business leaders.
  • Leverage the global connectivity & business networks of our ‘Kaplaks’.
  • After graduation, you can work with and receive strategic advisory support from a sector-specific partner at Kaplak Ventures.

Applications are closed right now. If you’re interested, please reach out, and we’ll notify you when you can apply for the next program.

Practical Details – Climate Tech Catalyzer (Winter 2024)

Participant Profile: Danish climate tech Startups & Scale-ups
Application Deadline
(Passed): February 2nd, 2024
Timeframe: February 19th 2024 – April 5th 2024
Demo Day: April 5th, New York City, USA

1. Copenhagen; 2. Online; 3. U.S. (ClimateHaven & New York City)
Program Structure: 2-week strategy bootcamp in Denmark + 3-week investor preparation + 2 weeks at ClimateHaven, Connecticut

Applications are currently closed...

But if you let us know you’re interested, we’ll reach out when we open applications for a program that could be relevant for you!

Use a model developed and used by top Danish leaders

The ‘Dreams & Details’ strategy framework, created by Jim Hagemann Snabe (former Chair, Maersk; Chair, Siemens & Northvolt) and Mikael Trolle (former Danish National Volleyball Coach), provides the tools, as well as a unique ‘Strategy Map’, for our founders to outline their ambitious dream and identify the crucial details required to realize that dream.

We were inspired to adapt our strategy framework for startups and scaleups in the wake of our founding partner Jim Hagemann Snabe’s time as Chair of Maersk. There, he used ‘Dreams & Details’ as a blueprint for accelerating a massive decarbonization transition, with a plan to launch 8 container vessels running on carbon neutral methanol by 2024 and become carbon neutral by 2040. The first such vessel, the ‘Laura Maersk’, powered by green methanol, pulled into port in Copenhagen on September 14th, 2023.

Dreams and Details for a Decarbonized Future 
– Jim Hagemann Snabe’s TED Talk at Cop26

Hear from Jim Hagemann Snabe himself how used the ‘Dreams & Details’ framework as a blueprint for launching the decarbonization of Maersk as the company’s chairman.


ClimateHaven is a climate innovation hub created by Yale University and Connecticut Innovations, located in New Haven, CT. It allows our founders a ‘soft landing’ in the U.S. through a market with ties to one of the world’s leading universities, located in the heart of the Northeast corridor, and with strong business incentives for sustainable innovation.


Our network of mentors bring a variety of expertise to their work with our startups during the accelerator. From customer development to pitch practice, our mentors work with each founder to solve specific challenges each week, helping them on their journey to growth.

About 'Dreams & Details'

The most progressive and applicable model for leadership and strategy. Find out more about the model and how companies are using it to drive strategy, innovation, and sustainability.