Afterwork with Leila Janah and Nicolaj Højer Nielsen – Border Sessions

Afterwork with Leila Janah and Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in the transitions that are required to reach our Sustainable Development Goals. But running a startup is hard. That’s why it’s always valuable to learn from experienced entrepreneurs how they build their successes and what they advice others to do. Together with World Startup Factory we invite you to a special edition of their Afterworks with Leila Janah and Nicolaj Højer Nielsen. These two inspiring speakers are passionate entrepreneurs who will share the story of their entrepreneurship journey. By attending this session, you will be able to get insights from these speakers about what being an entrepreneur really entails.


Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the book Give Work(Penguin/RandomHouse), which was released in September 2017.

Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).

Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014 and was the subject of cover stories in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Conscious Company Magazines.

She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.

Nicolaj Højer Nielsen is a serial entrepreneur and business angel who has been building startups since 1999. He focuses on high potential start-ups, and has co-founded and invested in thirteen companies, primarily within IT. He has experience of securing funding from all possible sources – friends and family, business angels, VC funds, and public funds. His experience is based on reviewing thousands of different investment opportunities and he knows the fundraising process from both sides of the table.

His latest venture is Copenhagen United, an investment fund focusing on providing capital and mentoring for early-stage software companies.
Nicolaj dedicates a significant part of his time to help other startups. He lectures on entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School, and coaches and mentors entrepreneurs. Nicolaj also holds an MBA from INSEAD.


Wednesday 13 June


15:30 - 17:30


Universiteit Leiden
Schouwburgstraat 2,
2511 VA, The Hague