Meet the winners of National Startup Competition 2023

Photo from left to right: Cecilie Ploug Sarp from Azilis Advisory and the team behind Anemo Robotics

On the 21st of June, Venture Cup Denmark hosted the final Award Show of the National Startup Competition. Students, startups, and a large part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem came together at IDA to celebrate the announcement of Denmark’s best university startup 2023.

The overall winner and the winner of the Green category was Anemo Robotics from the Technical University of Denmark. Anemo Robotics is a company specializing in assessing the effects of offshore activities  on marine life and biodiversity. Besides winning the category and the overall prize, Anemo Robotics also won 10.000DKK when they were selected as the Audience Favourite through voting by the crowd.

Picture from left to right: Nima Tisdall, Nichlas Walsted, Katrine Lee Larsen, and Nikolaj Deichmann.

After winning the Green category, Anemo Robotics pitched in front of a crowded room and the VIP jury; Co-founder and CEO of Swap Language, Nichlas Walsted, CEO of Nordic Makers, Nima Tisdall, Founder and CVO of Copenhagen Cartel, Katrine Lee Larsen, and co-founder and co-vice chairman of 3Shape,  Nikolaj Deichmann, on the night of the 22nd June. 

Besides a lot of credit, Anemo Robotics took home a total of 130.000 DKK and can now look forward to strategy sessions with McKinsey & Co and a storytelling workshop with Copus, before they move on to participate in the University Startup World Cup, which they have also qualified for.

Photo from left to right: Suzana Barbosa from MindFuture, the founder of Linucare and Pernille Berg from Fonden for Entreprenørskab

The winner of the social category was Linucare from Aalborg University. Linucare is a free alarm app, with a panic button both physical and in the app that notifies and navigates your relatives to you, in an emergency.

Photo from left to right: Lene Christensen, the team behind Drinksaver ApS, and Alexander Ribin.

The Product Category was won by Drinksaver ApS from the Technical University of Denmark. The innovative drinkware by Drinksaver minimizes spillage without impairing
the drinking experience. The aesthetic drinking glass and our hidden lid make it possible to drink as it is lid-less.

Photo from left to right: Mikael Schrøder, the team behind EchoVice and Anne-Marie Hall.

The Health Category winner was EchoVice from University of Southern Denmark. The team improves echocardiography images by stabilising ultrasound probes.

Photo from left to right: Naveed Niwaz, the team behind, and Anette Nørgaard.

Finally, the Digital Category was won by the startup from the Technical University of Denmark. makes video creation simple. They allow you to create video content with brand data straight from your website.

All category winners won a prize of 20.000 DKK, a spot in the next University Startup World Cup and consultancy sessions with McKinsey. 

Thanks to all startups teams who participated and to all who came and celebrated at the award show. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors: IDA, McKinsey & Co., Hempel Foundation, Fonden for Entreprenørskab, Metro-Schrøder-Fonden, Otto Mønsteds Fond, and Vissing Fonden.

And last but not least all the universities: Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, IT University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University and Aarhus University.

USWC winner: HiCura Medical

HiCura Medical: A startup working for smarter and safer patient care    “Technology shouldn’t stay in the lab. I think this competition is a great

National Polytechnic
University of Armenia


Andranik Voskanyan, Arthur Hakobyan

We offer autonomously operating robots, which can move in arbitrary shaped water, oil and gas pipelines con- tinuously monitoring and detecting erosion and leakage. Countries lose million tones of water, gas and oil from damaged tubes and sometimes it become dangerous for human life and nature when gas or oil pipeline gets damaged. So our product can find damaged or clogged places on their early stage in practically all kinds of pipe- lines over and underground. With the use of our product the damaged sections of a pipeline can be found faster, more easily, precisely and without digging the ground.

This means that maintenance and replacement of pipe- lines will be safer and much more cheaper. Our product is a robot which can move through the pipelines and investigate it with pressure, ultrasonic, flow sensors and camera which can shoot up to 4k video and save it in his memory card or sent it to connected devic- es. This robots autonomously move in arbitrary shaped water, oil and gas pipelines with diameters ranging from 10 cm up to 300 cm.

Reykjavik University


Ragnheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Safa Jemai

Our company is a disease management solution. Our software gathers together all the most important information about your health like meds, nutrition, exercise, symptoms, vitals and sleep and analyses it to give you a clear picture of how your health is at any given moment.

Our main focus to start with is on patients with thyroid problems and other autoimmune diseases, but we plan to add on and expand so we can service people with all kinds of chronic illnesses. Having to live with a chronic illness is time consuming, costly and frankly, exhausting. We want to make peoples lives easier with one platform

where you gather all the data you need to keep track of to manage your condition. So the next time you see your doctor you’ll have a much set of data to show him about your progress the past few months, and eventually with integration into the healthcare system the doctor will be able to access all the information himself before your appointment and therefore make a much better diagnosis and decision regarding your treatment.

With integration you will also be able to access your own test results, schedule appointments, prescriptions and better communication with your doctor.​