Meet the team

A highly experienced team covering the whole range of expertise necessary for writing winning applications and managing projects.

Søren is the founder, managing director, and owner of 1st Mile. He holds and MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an EMBA from SIMI and has more than 20 years of experience in value creation within various innovation and development projects.

CEO and Founder

Søren Houmøller

Olaf is a Senior Project Manager at 1st Mile since 2014 and assists our clients by taking responsibility for administration, financial reporting and stakeholder relations in development projects. Olaf is a chartered accountant and holds an EMBA from SIMI.

Senior Project Manager

Olaf Broby Nielsen

Janne has worked as a Senior Business Developer at 1st Mile since 2017 and brings more than 20 years of professional experience in EU enterprise & innovation policy analysis, program evaluation, grant application and project management.

Senior Business Developer

Janne Sylvest

Heidi is an experienced project leader at 1stMile assisting a broad range of companies in identifying and developing new business opportunities, establishing successful partnerships and alliances, and writing effective business plans. Heidi holds an MSc in Business Administration & Economics from CBS.

Project Lead

Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen

Tao is an external advisor providing executive insights to optimize 1st Mile’s services to clients. His expertise focuses on managing and understanding interactions between startups, big enterprises, and venture financing.


Tao Bindslev

Maria divides her time between being a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Denmark and working as a project manager at 1st Mile. Maria’s focus is on the technical parts of the grant applications. Maria has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and has specialized in environmental science and groundwater quality.

Project Manager and Scientific Lead

Maria Battistel

Gitte is in charge of the administrative tasks at 1st Mile. She also works on grant applications with collecting data, quality assurance, and proofreading.

Gitte holds an MA in International Business Communication.

PA and Office Manager

Gitte Winther

Juliet holds an MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen with previous experience in policy analysis and evaluation. She provides project support at all stages of application writing with a specific focus on (green) impacts, business development, and framing projects in the context of national and international energy and climate policies. 

Project Manager

Juliet Parker

Christina is a Legal Counsel at 1st Mile and also works as Compliance Manager for projects funded by various grants. She is a Master of Law LL.M from University of Copenhagen.

Legal Counsel

Christina Bay