How to start a business in Odense, Denmark

In this episode, Lene Høxbro Larsen (Odense Iværksætterservice, Stjerneskibet), Cristiana Cardoso (Silo Marked) and Henriette Johnsen (The Good Expat Life) are sharing advice and experiences regarding how to start up a business in Denmark.

The first part of this podcast is an interview with Lene Høxbro Larsen. Lene is a consultant for entrepreneurs, and she talks about how Odense Iværksætterservice and Stjerneskibet support entrepreneurs and the early start ups in Odense.

The second part of the podcast is an interview with Christiana Cardoso. Cristiana is the owner of Silo Marked; a new packaging free shop in Nørregade 30, in the center of Odense. Cristiana shares her experiences with starting up her new shop as an expat in Odense, and she gives advice to others who are considering starting up their own businesses in Denmark.

In the third part of the podcast, Henriette Johnsen talks about how Stjerneskibet supported her while she wanted to expand her clinic – the Good Expat Life – with personal empowerment groups for expat spouses. Henriette is a psychotherapist, specializing in expat life issues.

Lene Høxbro Larsen, Odense Iværksætterservice
Lene Høxbro Larsen, Odense Iværksætterservice

Links mentioned during the podcast:

Link to the contact information of the consultants at Odense Iværksætter Service, Stjerneskibet. On this webpage, you can also find a link to the mini-business plan (mini-forretningsplanen) that you need to fill in before meeting with one of the consultants at Odense Iværksætterservice.

Link to the list of private advisors that supports entrepreneurs for 1-2 hours for free, while the entrepreneurs receive advice from Odense Iværksætterservice

Link to a check list for entrepreneurs starting up a business

Link to a test for business ideas

Link to Silo Marked‘s webpage

Link to The Good Expat Life‘s webpage

The Good Expat Life with psychotherapist Henriette Johnsen

After living several years in London, Henriette Johnsen moved back to Odense in 2015. She has established the clinic “The Good Expat Life” here in Odense, where she specializes in expat life issues.

In the first part of this podcast, Henriette Johnsen talks about her work as a psychotherapist and how she supports the expat community in Odense and the surrounding areas through her practice. She also talks about expat life in Denmark in general, from the perspective of psychotherapy.

While we were producing this podcast, the corona crisis broke out, and Denmark started to close down to beat the virus. We decided to meet online and record an additional interview about how to cope with the social isolation during COVID-19.

In the second part of the podcast, which starts at 30:15, Henriette talks about consequences of social isolation and she explains how the body reacts to fear and anxiety. She also explains how to deal with anxiety, and she shares general coping strategies for how to get through the social isolation period of COVID-19.

For more information about Henriette Johnsen, her practice, and how to cope with social isolation during COVID-19 from an expat perspective, please see Henriette Johnsen’s website The Good Expat Life.