What is Venture Cup

Venture Cup Denmark is an association of all the Danish universities (except RUC). We work to promote and showcase entrepreneurship among university students, and help eliminate the gap between the academic world and the business community.

A pioneer in the field, Venture Cup has been founded in 2000 as one of the first entrepreneurial organisations in the country. We aim at providing support to entrepreneurial students by offering mentoring, inspiration and services.

Our History

McKinsey visits MIT and gets
inspired to make business
plan competitions.

In 1998, Venture Cup
is founded.

In 2003, the first national
takes place.

The first competitions were held
in Munich and Berlin in

In 2000, Venture Cup
is founded.

The first University Startup World Cup
was held in 2015.

Our Mission

Guiding startups on their
way towards creating a
better tomorrow

Venture Cup Denmark’s mission is to support university students in their entrepreneurial journey and to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. We do this through offering mentoring, feedback, exposure, and much more, in order to help university students launch or scale their startups.

Our team is passionate about helping to foster entrepreneurship and we aspire to inspire. Whether you just have an idea, are an established startup, or an industry expert, there is always room for you in the Venture Cup family.

Our Goals

Inspire. Showcase. Connect

Venture Cup uses its experience, knowledge and network to promote and encourage entrepreneurship in the Danish universities and worldwide. This way, Venture Cup offers students and universities a benchmarking tool, inspiration, and global experience.

Furthermore, Venture Cup supports university students in their entrepreneurial journey through offering mentoring, feedback, exposure, and much more.

Our Strategy

Organize. Identify. Promote

Venture Cup hosts a national competition to inspire and identify entrepreneurial talents from the Danish universities. We organize an international competition to showcase the best university startups in the world.

We provide a development program consisting of our Startup Experts. Our organisation represents a primary source of inspiration through educating and conveying knowledge to promote entrepreneurship.

Our Board

Stephan Christgau

Senior Partner at
Novo Seeds

Jakob Fritz Hansen

Director of Office for Innovation and
Sector Services - DTU

Georg Dam Steffensen

University Director at
IT University of Copenhagen

Trine Winterø

Vice Dean for Innovation and External relations at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH

Sine Berg Schuwendt

Head of Section at

Morten Dahlgaard Andersen

Deputy Director, Innovation at
Aalborg University

Wilbert van der Meer

Head of Dean's Office at
Copenhagen Business School

Anette Poulsen Miltoft

Head of Corporate Relations and Technology Transfer at Aarhus University

Christian Buur

Chief Innovation Officer at
Aarhus Universityt