DANIAS connects Danish companies and global Danes

– Join a mentoring programme 

A new project funded by the Danish Industry Foundation will match Danish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with global Danes in four selected markets. SME’s looking to boost their export activities in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland can get voluntary help from local Danes with networks and knowledge within the specific market. 

On this page you can find information about the project, whether you are an SME looking for a mentor or a global Dane wanting to be a mentor for a Danish SME.  

More than 60,000 Danes live in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and through a digital platform SMEs and Danes abroad can connect with each other.

For Danish SMEs:

If you are a Dane abroad, find information for global Danes further down on this page.

By joining this project, you will get the opportunity to tap into the vast resources of some of the approx. 60.000 Danes living in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Entering a mentorship with a global Dane can help you increase your exports, give you valuable industry insights and access to useful contacts in your industry. 

To join, your company must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Your company is defined as an SME: employ fewer than 250 persons and an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 mio. / DKK 375 mio.
  • You have general export experience.
  • You have the resources and ambition to increase your export activities to one or more of the 4 countries.


If you do not have export experience yet, click here for useful links to get you started (in Danish). 

What does it cost?

It is free of charge for Danish SMEs to take part in the project. Global Danes offer their voluntary mentoring to SMEs through the digital DANIAS platform. An SME can join up to two of the four country groups. In each group, there is a limited number of places.

What to expect? 

Mentors/mentees should be prepared to schedule at least three meetings over a 3-month period. As an SME, you are expected to be proactive and reach out to your mentor. During the mentorship both sides can obtain useful information and expand their professional network in and outside Denmark.

We cannot guarantee an immediate online match, but DANIAS will assist in the matchmaking, if necessary.

How to get started:

Step 1

Create a profile here…

This profile is a personal profile and will immediately give you access to global Danes on the platform.

Step 2

Go to “Groups” on the platform and select relevant country (await approval).

In the group, create a brief company profile, so that global Danes with relevant know-how can identify you and offer their help.

Step 3

Connect with valuable contacts. 

Find local Danes in the country group and reach out for help.

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For global Danes living in Germany, France, the United Kingdom or Switzerland:

Research shows that 8 in 10 Danes living abroad wish to do more for Denmark. We hope you are one of them. If you are willing to help and share your first-hand market experience with Danish companies looking to boost their export activities to your market, then read on.  

As a global Dane you are likely to have a relevant network and possess valuable information about the business climate in the country you live in. Combined with your industry expertise this can be a great help to a small or a medium sized Danish company when doing business in your market. 

What’s in it for you?
  • A chance to strengthen your professional network in Denmark and abroad.
  • A possibility to gain new perspectives and fresh ideas in your own profession.
  • Enjoy the feel-good factor of helping.
  • Get new information and updates from new business areas.
  • Mentoring might give you new career possibilities.
  • Expand your network to other global Danes worldwide (expat transfer) through the DANIAS platform.
  • Your investment as mentor today could be tomorrow’s business.

How to help?

Global Danes offer their voluntary mentoring to SMEs. The match between SME’s and global Danes takes place on the DANIAS platform

During the mentorship both sides can obtain useful information and expand their professional network in and outside Denmark.

We cannot guarantee an immediate online match, but DANIAS will assist in the matchmaking, if necessary.

How to get started:

Step 1

Create a profile here…

This profile is a personal profile and will immediately give you access to other global Danes on the platform and SMEs.

Step 2

Update your experience. 

Go to “My profile”, add your professional experience and your  industry expertise. This way SMEs can find you, if they are looking for help within your field of expertise.

Step 3

Join a country group.

The SMEs you find in the country group have an export ambition in that country and are actively seeking help.