DIS employees have started their own company
Mikkel and Jonas got to know each other at university, later they became colleagues at DIS and now the two software engineers have started their own company Benefit Technologies.
They have always had a dream of inventing something and of creating a business based on their passion, and their passion is software. Mikkel Stampe and Jonas West Alrø are both software engineers from Aarhus University. At DIS they started out as interns, then they became student assistants and after their graduation they were employed fulltime in the software department at DIS. For two years, Mikkel and Jonas were involved in exciting and challenging projects, tasks that prepared them and gave them the courage to keep going.
- As software engineers we are interested in IoT, Internet of Things. The whole idea of upgrading something old to something new is very fascinating and this is also how we got the idea for our fitness platform Beefit, says Jonas.
Beefit is a fitness platform that can automatically track all data during a fitness session by using special developed sensors installed on the fitness equipment in a fitness center. With the sensors mounted, the machine can register, who is using the machine and how it is used. The user must beep into the machine with a bracelet or a watch. Subsequently, all data will be available to the user in the ‘Beefit Tracker’ app.
Whenever Mikkel and Jonas were not working at DIS, they would spend every evening and weekend on developing the fitness platform. But things were moving along too slowly. They had to go all in, if Beefit was to take off. So, the two entrepreneurs talked to the management at DIS and told them about the project. DIS wanted to help, so instead of them being employed fulltime at DIS, they became freelance workers. At the same time, they rented a DIS project hotel with access to the lab and all the other in-house facilities.
- I clearly remember what it was like to be a young entrepreneur, and it is very satisfying to me that we are able to support the employees who have a dream of becoming an entrepreneur, and who have the courage to pursue the dream. We are proud of this, says Michael Gadeberg, founder of DIS.
It has been two years since Mikkel and Jonas went fulltime with Benefit Technologies, and today the Beefit fitness platform is installed in LOOP fitness’ 100 fitness centers across the country. The project hotel rental agreement has been terminated and Benefit Technologies have moved into larger facilities in Aarhus – with plenty of room to grow.
About Benefit Technologies
Benefit Technologies is a young and ambitious start-up company. We wish to motivate people to do more exercise and we want to do it with innovative technology. Our first product called Beefit consists of sensors that can be mounted on existing fitness equipment. Once Beefit is mounted to the fitness equipment it is able to register who is using it and how it is used. All data is presented to the user in our app.