ICC Theatre x DTU Science Park
Course in Improvisation for Entrepreneurs
Navigating in the start-up life is no doubt exciting, but can also sometimes be quite hectic, one day you are pitching your product to investors, the other you are firefighting to make ends meet. You are in charge of everything, decisions, strategy, product developing, pivoting, OKR’s and KPI’s all while you are aiming to disrupt old industries with new technology. It’s David against Goliath and your workweek is never the same.
Have you ever felt that being able to adapt to the everyday tasks, keep focus, juggle multiple balls, navigate, switch “hats” constantly, overcoming the heavy workload and questions/pressure from employees can sometimes be hard? Often what we see is that the most edge-cutting founders of startups has all the qualifications needed, and are the experts, when it comes to the back-end technology of their start-up, their products, procedures and the mission they have set sail to conquer. However, it is often also YOU who will have to present your unique product to a series of potential investors in that next seed-round. You are the face of the company, and will also have to be able to create and build a strong professional business network, you will have to go “out there” and sell your product. And most importantly you will have to motivate your team to outperform everyone else.
Are you already able to do that?
If you like hundreds of others want to develop these skills then, in this 4 module, 12-hour course, you will get the tools to do just so!
● Are you looking to make stronger connections when pitching your product and meeting new business clients?
● Are you able to tell the whole story of what it is exactly you are doing and WHY?
● Can you deliver effective, hard-hitting and more persuasive pitches and public presentations?
● Do you have what it takes to run a dynamic team where an agile mindset and co-creation fosters?
This improvisation for Entrepreneurs course will be a game changer for you. Improv Comedy Copenhagen (ICC) is one of the leading companies within Denmark that works through improv with career-driven professionals to help them excel their skills in the workplace. With weekly improv workshops, you will learn the principles that are needed to build team morale, strengthen your creative thinking, and improve personal presentation skills that will help you to deliver a more powerful performance in front of co-workers and clients and investors. An award-winning theatre based in Copenhagen, Improv Comedy Copenhagen has worked with a growing list of local and global companies. With our specially designed 4-week course, you will be trained by an improv expert on how to communicate more freely and make stronger personal connections that will help you broaden your professional network. Constructively using fun lessons and games, your listening and collaboration skills will improve, and you will notice how your innovative ideas will start to spring up! Brainstorming in meetings will become easier and so will your capability to build onto ideas. The ICC Theatre has thoughtfully gathered the philosophies of improvisation and developed effective techniques that can be applied into the start-up world! And you are invited!
How will the classes be conducted?
In a group setting, an experienced instructor will guide you through a series of exercises in a supportive and safe environment. Our intention is to create a low-stress atmosphere for everyone to learn and grow without judgement. This is essential when learning improv and what the ICC is acknowledged for during their sessions.
What will be the focus of each class?
Week One: Networking Techniques and “Pitching 1 of 2” – In the corporate world, having a dynamic and supportive network can be the key to success. Along with a group of likeminded people, learn networking exercises, how to connect positively with new people, improve listening and retention skills, practice conversation game changers, and relationship building and how to pitch on first meetings.
Week Two: Storytelling – As long as there have been humans, there have been stories. It’s how we have communicated news and learned from one another’s experiences. This is where you will learn how to verbally create a visual narrative so you can keep your audience engaged while you explain a new concept or product. Storytelling will help others relate to you, which is a very powerful business tool. Need to make the subject of your next presentation interesting? Try telling a good story! It is through the stories, we’re able to explain the WHY in what we are doing!
Week Three: Presentation Skills “Pitching 2 of 2” – As a business professional, you understand the value an impactful presentation has on your audience. When expressing a new idea or start-up, whether to one person or to a room full of people, it is important to make your message stick. Improv will help you become a stronger and more effective communicator. You will learn how to add emotion to your speech, control your body language, think on the spot, and adapt to your audience. With these techniques, you will overcome the fear of failure and communicate your next presentation with more confidence.
Week Four: Group Work, Co-Creation and Team Dynamics – Being a part of a strong team with a positive group dynamic is invaluable. When dynamics are positive, the group functions well and gains more success when working towards a specific goal or purpose. Using improvisational exercises with your classmates, you will be encouraged to break down barriers, problem-solve, communicate, listen, accept, and explore. Learn the tools you can use to influence the direction of your team’s behaviour or performance by staying positive and gaining trust.
Teacher: Stefan Pagels Andersen
Location: DTU Science Park Lyngby
Price: 3.750 DKK
Stefan Pagels Andersen has worked with some of the world’s largest corporate companies where he has successfully trained employees in the methods of Improvisation for Professional Use. Prior clients include: PETRONAS, MAERSK, CARLSBERG, World Health Organisation, ACCENTURE, DELOITTE, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, DANSKE BANK, IMPLEMENT and many more.
Stefan has performed in more than 8 Danish Feature films, several short films, and acted at Betty Nansen and The Royal Danish Theater. Professionally performing improv since 2009, he also studied at the iO Theatre in Chicago, taking their world recognized improv training program. After his education, he was invited back to the iO Theater by iO founder, Charna Halpern, to shadow teach under some of the world’s best instructors.
Stefan has worked in more than 40+ cities worldwide teaching the skills of improvisation to +2500 students.
Dates: March 24th, 31st + April 14th, 21st.
Location: DTU Lyngby
Dates: March 26th + April 2nd, 16th, 23rd
Location: DTU Lyngby
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Improv for Entrepreneurs and Start-ups
Improv for Entrepreneurs and Start-ups is a course designed for people in the Start-up and Scale-up fase. Focusing on four key elements to master the everyday juggling of diverse and challenging tasks.
Improv for personal performance
Designed to give you expert insights into four key topics necessary for everyone to master in a corporate world.
Strengthening your communication, collaboration and
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“The session was amazing, Stefan is a great speaker and he knows how to talk to a crowd, how to energize a group. We should be able to do the same with our own team”
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