Venture Cup

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 host two national startup competitions annually, a University Startup World Cup with teams from all over the world and access to a large network of Venture Cup Experts. Early 2018 we have launched the program Nordic HealthTech Talents with the support of Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Besides that we're always trying to be in the loop and cooperate with companies and stakeholders if we believe it supports our mission of inspiring and showcasing the university students.


| Our goals

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

We aim at providing support to entrepreneurial students by offering access to Venture Cup Experts, inspiration and services.

| Our strategy

Venture Cup hosts two national competitions 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 access to a large network of Venture Cup 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 SDU RIO

Morten Dahlgaard Andersen, Deputy Director, Innovation at Aalborg Universitet

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

The Venture Cup Family



Bringing together the academic world and the business community.


An organization fueled by creative minds and lots of coffee.



Experts and judges from diverse backgrounds help by sharing their expertise with the startup ecosystem.



We always strive to encourage innovation in Nordic companies.



Our first focus is to lend a helping hand for creative minds to nourish innovation.