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Episode 4 – Pernille

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Episode 4 - Pernille


Pernille’s relationship with the University of Southern Denmark is rather unusual. She graduated from a different university but recently, she opened a café for SDU students at one of the SDU dorms. In the fourth episode of Humans of SDU, Pernille shares her perspective on opening her own business after several years of being someone else’s employee.

  • What pushed her to open her own business and who helped her the most?
  • Is the SDU a good “landlord”?
  • What are university students like as customers – and does she remember them?

How did we find Pernille?

Even though Pernille was the fourth guest on Humans of SDU, she is tied to the very beginning of the podcast. After all, we cannot even count how many times Anna, Martin, and Miška sat in Cozy Café over her fries and coffee and dreamed about and planned out the podcast. So it was only natural that we asked the friendly, always-up-for-a-chat owner Pernille to join us behind the mikes.

Portrait of Pernille

“Starting my own business was a very emotional roller coaster. Many times I asked myself: ‘Is it too late to just pull out and go back to my old boring job?’ But I have many people that support me and that makes it a little bit less scary.”


Yes, by adding Pernille to the podcast family, we got some benefits – for instance, a headquarters for weekly meetings or the best place we could imagine to host the guest dinner at. But getting to know her inspiring story not only kicked our desire to have something of our own into high gear – it also turned the friendly face behind the counter at Cozy Café into a friend.

If you listen to the episode – or even better, visit Pernille at Cozy Café – you will definitely know why we all like her so much!

How well did you listen?

Done listening? Well, click below and test your knowledge of Pernille’s story in a simple quiz! Can you get all three answers right?

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What nice thing did SDU do for Pernille, their tenant?
How does Pernille remember her student customers?
Where was Pernille working before opening Cozy Café?
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