Esben Bistrup Halvorsen

Co-founder and CEO of Lendino
MSc, PhD in mathematics
MSc in computer science


The short story

I am a mathematician, a computer scientist and a serial entrepreneur currently working as the CEO of Lendino, a crowdlending platform in Denmark and a provider of the "crowdfunding platform as a service" solution Smallbrooks.


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Co-founder, CEO 2016-now
Co-founder, CTO 2013-2016
University of Copenhagen 
Postdoc (Computer Science) 2013-2014
Asseco Denmark 
Systems analyst 2011-2013
International Specialist Team, Brussels 2010-2011
System Development Consultant 2007-2010
University of Copenhagen 
Research Assistant (Mathematics) 2007
  • INSEAD: Making innovation happen, 2018-2019. A course of about three full weeks in total, arranged by Innovation Fund Denmark for selected project managers on some of their projects.
  • University of Stanford: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (on-line), 2011. Was in the top 1000 out of 160,000 enrolled students.
  • Microsoft: MCP 2124: Programming in C#, 2008.
  • DBVision: Oracle server special course, 2008.
  • SimCorp: Numerous internal SimCorp courses in databases, APL, C#, coding standards, performance optimization, unit testing etc., 2007-2010.
Lendino (2013-now), co-founder. 
A Danish crowdlending platform.
EuclIT (2011-2014), co-founder. 
A database optimization tool using vertical partitioning to improve database performance.
Kuneco (2005-2010), co-founder.
A questions and answers web service using an intelligent machine learning algorithm to match questions with the users who are most likely to answer them. The service has been disabled, but you can read about it in Ingeniøren, Campus, Universitetsavisen and CBS Observer.
ESN-Copenhagen (2004-2005), co-founder. 
The Copenhagen branch of the pan-European Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
  • Winner of best pitch in Danske Idéer (Denmark's Global Impact Competition sponsored by Singularity University), 2015
  • Nominated with Lendino for People's Choice Award in AltFi Awards, 2014.
  • Nominated for best Danish computer science thesis, 2013
  • Winner with Lendino of the category People and society and DKK 50,000 in Venture Cup, 2013.
  • Winner with Kuneco of Best pitch award and DKK 10,000 in Venture Cup, 2007.
  • Member of Nova 100/Nova Pro since 2006.
  • Grant of DKK 15,000 from Knud Højgaards Fond, 2006
  • Grant of DKK 30,000 from Julie von Müllens Fond, 2005
  • Grant of DKK 20,000 from Algebrarammen, 2005
  • Grant of DKK 5,000 from J. L. Smiths legat, 2004
  • Grant of DKK 4,000 from Etatsråd Nicolai Petersen og Hustru Anna født Johansens Legat, 2002
  • Grant of DKK 100,000 from Fulbright stipendium, 2001
  • Grant of DKK 5,000 from Observator mag. scient. Julie Marie Vinter Hansens Rejselegat, 2001
  • Grant of DKK 10,000 from Hotelejer Anders Månsson og hustrus legat, 2001
  • Grant of DKK 60,000 from Julie Damms Studiefond, 2001
  • Grant of DKK 13,000 from Svend Aage Hasles Legat (ved legaterne under 4. Maj Kollegiet på Frederiksberg), 2001
  • Grant of DKK 22,000 from Københavns Universitets Internationaliseringsstipendium*, 2001
  • Grant of DKK 5,000 from Familien Müller-Geils legat, 2001
  • Grant of DKK 3,000 from Familien Müller-Geils legat, 2000
  • Grant of DKK 80,000 from Peter og Emma Thomsens legat**, 2000
* I returned DKK 7,746 and hence only received DKK 14,254
** I refused the last DKK 20,000 and hence only received DKK 60,000
Smartly Institute* 

Executive MBA (graduated with honors) 2019

University of Copenhagen 

MSc in computer science (GPA** = 4.0) 2013
Thesis: Labeling schemes for trees.

PhD in mathematics.*** 2007
Dissertation: Intersection multiplicities and Grothendieck spaces.

MSc in mathematics (GPA** = 4.0) 2004
Thesis: Algebraic K-theory and local Chern characters.

BSc in mathematics (GPA** = 3.9) 2001

University of Utah 
Visiting scholar 2006
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Visiting scholar 2005
University of California at Berkeley 
Graduate exchange student and Fulbright grantee (GPA* = 4.0) 2001-2002

* Not an accredited institution, but a licensed, degree-granting institution of higher education regulated by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) of Washington, DC
** Corresponding GPA on the American grading scale
*** No grades are given during Danish PhD studies.

 Mathematics        Computer science

 Mathematics        Computer science

 Mathematics        Computer science

  • Danish (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent)
  • German (very good)
  • French (moderately good)
  • Swedish (good understanding)
  • Norwegian (good understanding)
  • Java
  • C#
  • Haskell
  • APL
  • Prolog
  • Erlang
  • Python
  • PHP
  • R
  • LaTeX
  • Eclipse
  • MS Visual Studio
  • Emacs
  • Dyalog APL
  • GWT
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Heroku
  • Play Framework
  • Subversion
  • Git
  • Jira
  • AWS S3
  • Alg1 (as a lecturer), block 4 in spring 2007
  • An1, block 4 in spring 2005
  • Alg2, block 4 in spring 2005
  • Dis1&Alg1, block 3 in spring 2005
  • LinAlg, two classes in block 2 in fall 2004/spring 2005 and one class in block 2 in fall 2006/spring 2007
  • Mat 3MI, spring 2004
  • Mat 3GT, fall 2003 and fall 2004
  • Konkret matematik, two classes in fall 2002 and spring 2003
  • Mat 2AL, spring 2001
  • Matematik for biologer, fall 2000