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National Startup
Competition

National Startup Competition is a competition for the best and brightest university startups from the Danish Universities. All startups compete for cash prizes, receive feedback from experts on how to improve their startup, and become a part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs! 

On the 22nd of June, Venture Cup Denmark will find the best of the best university startup at a big award show. You can win tickets to this invite-only, exclusive experience filled with interesting pitches, keynotes, and live entertainment!

Award Show 2022

June 22nd from 16.00 – 20.00 + networking and afterparty at IDA.

Entrepreneur and CEO of Heartbeats, Le Gammeltoft, will take you through an afternoon with interesting pitches and lots of festivities with a few surprises!

At the event you can meet the 20+ finalist startups, see the five best university startups live-pitch on stage, and celebrate the country’s best university startup who’ll receive 100.000 DKK in soft funding.

What's in it for you?

Cash Prizes

100,000+ DKK is awarded to the winners to help boost your startup.

Extensive Network

Be part of the Venture Cup community! We will keep you informed about the best offers in the ecosystem.

Experts Help

All participants will get  help through feedback with our appraised Venture Cup Experts.

Promotion

All finalists are promoted on Venture Cup Denmark channels and at the Award Show.

World Cup Access

The 5 category winners will advance to the University Startup World Cup for the chance of becoming the best startup in the world.

Master Classes

We offer several online and physical workshops which will help you accelerate your application and your startup.

Categories 2022

Making our planet and society more sustainable
and environmentally
friendly.

Solutions that help
people locally and
globally. Improving
society and our lives.

Everything from
softwares, financial
services, and new
platforms.

A physical device /
prototype that
improves functionality
or helps customers.

Optimizing health
industry, saving more
lives & creating better
well-being.

National Startup
Competition

National Startup Competition is a competition for the best and brightest university startups from the Danish Universities. All startups compete for cash prizes, receive feedback from experts on how to improve their startup, and become a part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs!

On the 22nd of June, Venture Cup Denmark will find the best of the best university startup at a big award show. You can win tickets to this invite-only, exclusive experience filled with interesting pitches, keynotes, and live entertainment!

Award Show 2022

June 22nd from 16.00 – 20.00 + networking and afterparty at IDA.

Entrepreneur and CEO of Heartbeats, Le Gammeltoft, will take you through an afternoon with interesting pitches and lots of festivities with a few surprises!

At the event you can meet the 20+ finalist startups, see the five best university startups live-pitch on stage, and celebrate the country’s best university startup who’ll receive 100.000 DKK in soft funding.

What's in it for you?

100,000+ DKK is awarded to the winners to help boost your startup.

Be part of the Venture Cup community! We will keep you informed about the best offers in the ecosystem.

All participants will get  help through feedback with our appraised Venture Cup Experts.

We offer several workshops both online and physically which will help you accelerate your application and your startup in general.

The 5 category winners will advance to the University Startup World Cup for the chance of becoming the best startup in the world.

All finalists are promoted on Venture Cup Denmark channels and at the Award Show.

Categories 2022

How can we optimize human’s health? The category Health covers everything from medical processes in the health sector or platforms that generate more awareness of diseases and symptoms among the general population. In other words, if your purpose is to save more lives or create better well-being, you have come to the right place.

Our world is changing and people are changing with it. What can we do to make our planet better for future generations? The category Green consists of ideas that make our planet and society become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This could for example be in industries of Energy, Recycling, Packaging, Food and Beverage or other related industries.

Do you have a physical and tangible device, a sketch or prototype of a machine, robot, new component, or consumer product, that improves functionality or help reduce costs or time for your customers? If your answer is yes, then the Product category is for you.

The world is becoming more digitalized. The category Digital consists of ideas that are not specifically green or for health purposes, see green/health categories. Do you have an idea for a new platform that could make it easier for customers? Then this category covers everything from software as a service, financial services, and new platforms in all industries.

Globally, locally we all live side by side and we not only face environmental challenges but also societal challenges. Does your solution help people locally or globally? Does it improve society and our lives? Are humans centered around your solution? Then this is the category for you!

Overall winner 2021

AQfeed is able to convert unwanted sludge from aquacultures into a high-quality and sustainable fish feed. Team members are: Andreas Væring, Anton Krogh Petersen, Daria Zahaleanu, Jasmin Hyldborg, Joachim Rådstoga, Thomas Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
LinkedIn

 

Overall winner of the National Startup Competition 2021

AQFeed

AQfeed is able to convert unwanted sludge from aquacultures into a high-quality and sustainable fish feed. Team members are: Andreas Væring, Anton Krogh Petersen, Daria Zahaleanu, Jasmin Hyldborg, Joachim Rådstoga, Thomas Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
LinkedIn / Website

Green

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Fireobs

Team picture - Fireobs

We develop precise, self-sufficient & automated wildfire detection systems.


Jenisten Antony, Lathes Linganathan, Daniel Doroshenko


Aalborg University | University of Southern Denmark
LinkedIn

Biomend

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Biomend is a cleantech company that focuses on purification of wastewater by utilizing plants.

Nicolai Thomsen, Kristian Klougart Hansen


Aalborg University
Website

Tempty Foods

Team picture (1)

We create a new type of alternative to meat and tofu based on mycelium that is sustainable, healthy and not trying to mimic meat.

Cecilie Engvang Lund

Technical University of Denmark | University of Copenhagen
Website

Reel

1gdtu

Reel is a startup that is focusing on democratising the market of renewables empowering smaller companies to procure cost-efficient energy that makes a real climate contribution.

Jon Sigvert, Christian Schmidt

Technical University of Denmark
Website

EVOLT

evolt

Evolt is a startup focusing on Energy Management System which helps housing investors & landlords  increase savings & improve sustainability on their buildings.

Jonas Sperrild, Martin Johansen, Gautam Sharma, Oliver Tarp, Jack Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
Website

Social

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Join

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Join provides inspiration and a visual overview of recreational, cultural and user-generated social activities in your local area displayed on an interactive, live and dynamic map.

Michael Krogholm, Christian Wright

Aalborg University

humAId

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humAId we translate deaf peoples lives. By providing a digital AI based sign language translation service which can be used directly on the deaf persons smartphone.

Mads Lorentzen, Mikkel Bytoft

University of Southern Denmark
Website

Tempty Foods

Team picture (1)

We create a new type of alternative to meat and tofu based on mycelium that is sustainable, healthy and not trying to mimic meat.

Cecilie Engvang Lund

Technical University of Denmark | University of Copenhagen
Website

Reel

1gdtu

Reel is a startup that is focusing on democratising the market of renewables empowering smaller companies to procure cost-efficient energy that makes a real climate contribution.

Jon Sigvert, Christian Schmidt

Technical University of Denmark
Website

EVOLT

evolt

Evolt is a startup focusing on Energy Management System which helps housing investors & landlords  increase savings & improve sustainability on their buildings.

Jonas Sperrild, Martin Johansen, Gautam Sharma, Oliver Tarp, Jack Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
Website

Product

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Windit

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Windit produces attachments to backpacks that allow the wearer to avoid getting sweat stains on their back.

Cecilie Olsen Stakvik, Peter Linné, Egbert Weverink, Dovile Peciulyte

Copenhagen Business School
LinkedIn

Hydrovertic

Hydrovertic2021

Tailor-made solutions for starting vertical farming, in rooms or greenhouses of all sizes.

Iris M. Madsen, Rudy Mandrup Cazelles, Jacob Copeland, Askarbek Pazylbekov

University of Southern Denmark
Website

Tempty Foods

Team picture (1)

We create a new type of alternative to meat and tofu based on mycelium that is sustainable, healthy and not trying to mimic meat.

Cecilie Engvang Lund

Technical University of Denmark | University of Copenhagen
Website

Reel

1gdtu

Reel is a startup that is focusing on democratising the market of renewables empowering smaller companies to procure cost-efficient energy that makes a real climate contribution.

Jon Sigvert, Christian Schmidt

Technical University of Denmark
Website

EVOLT

evolt

Evolt is a startup focusing on Energy Management System which helps housing investors & landlords  increase savings & improve sustainability on their buildings.

Jonas Sperrild, Martin Johansen, Gautam Sharma, Oliver Tarp, Jack Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
Website

Digital

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Finuprise

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Finuprise is democratising activist investing by empowering everyone to invest in publicly traded companies and vote with the community as one shareholder.

Gaia Licia Balossi, Chiara Liqui Lung

Copenhagen Business School
Website

Thirsty

Billede1

Thirsty is an app/website which will help you make drinks from home.

August Høgsted, Roman Heubel, Nico Bachner

IT University of Copenhagen

Tempty Foods

Team picture (1)

We create a new type of alternative to meat and tofu based on mycelium that is sustainable, healthy and not trying to mimic meat.

Cecilie Engvang Lund

Technical University of Denmark | University of Copenhagen
Website

Reel

1gdtu

Reel is a startup that is focusing on democratising the market of renewables empowering smaller companies to procure cost-efficient energy that makes a real climate contribution.

Jon Sigvert, Christian Schmidt

Technical University of Denmark
Website

EVOLT

evolt

Evolt is a startup focusing on Energy Management System which helps housing investors & landlords  increase savings & improve sustainability on their buildings.

Jonas Sperrild, Martin Johansen, Gautam Sharma, Oliver Tarp, Jack Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
Website

Health

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Alcolase

Mikkel@skovdalnordic.com

 In Alcolase we fight the negative impact of alcohol with biotechnological solutions, by developing a tablet that breaks down alcohol in the stomach.

Jeppe Malthe Mikkelsen, Mikkel Holstener Precht, Mads Mikkelsen

Technical University of Denmark | University of Copenhagen
Website

Thirsty

Hydrovertic2021

Thirsty is an app/website which will help you make drinks from home.

August Høgsted, Roman Heubel, Nico Bachner

IT University of Copenhagen

Tempty Foods

Team picture (1)

We create a new type of alternative to meat and tofu based on mycelium that is sustainable, healthy and not trying to mimic meat.

Cecilie Engvang Lund

Technical University of Denmark | University of Copenhagen
Website

Reel

1gdtu

Reel is a startup that is focusing on democratising the market of renewables empowering smaller companies to procure cost-efficient energy that makes a real climate contribution.

Jon Sigvert, Christian Schmidt

Technical University of Denmark
Website

EVOLT

evolt

Evolt is a startup focusing on Energy Management System which helps housing investors & landlords  increase savings & improve sustainability on their buildings.

Jonas Sperrild, Martin Johansen, Gautam Sharma, Oliver Tarp, Jack Petersen

Technical University of Denmark
Website

F A Q

All competition activities are hybrid except for the Award Show the 22nd of June and the Investor Dinner (see timeline). Please note that category finalist must have at least one person attend the award show from the startup.

  • Product
    Do you have a physical and tangible device, a sketch or prototype of a machine, robot, new component, or consumer product, that improves functionality or help reduce costs or time for your customers? If your answer is yes, then the Product category is for you.

  • Digital
    The world is becoming more digitalized. The category Digital consists of ideas that are not specifically green or for health purposes, see green/health categories. Do you have an idea for a new platform that could make it easier for customers? Then this category covers everything from software as a service, financial services, and new platforms in all industries.

  • Health
    How can we optimize human’s health? The category Health covers everything from medical processes in the health sector or platforms that generate more awareness of diseases and symptoms among the general population. In other words, if your purpose is to save more lives or create better well-being, you have come to the right place.
  •  
  • Green
    Our world is changing and people are changing with it. What can we do to make our planet better for future generations? The category Green consists of ideas that make our planet and society become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This could for example be in industries of Energy, Recycling, Packaging, Food and Beverage or other related industries.
  •  
  • Social
    Globally, locally we all live side by side and we not only face environmental challenges but also societal challenges. Does your solution help people locally or globally? Does it improve society and our lives? Are humans centered around your solution? Then this is the category for you!
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  •  

The award show will take place at IDA in Copenhagen the 22nd of June.

Some teams are chosen in local competitions at the universities. If you are chosen in a local competition you still have to sign up and fill in your application information on YouNoodle. Judges will see you application and product/service demo video before you pitch in front of them. You do not need to add anything specific to the application that you have been awarded a finalist spot.

Announcement of finalists

.

25th of May
Pt.2 Master classes

.

4th of June
Category finals

.

21st of June
Award show

.

22nd of June

FAQ

All teams must have at least one cofounder who is a student, faculty member, or recent graduate (within 1 year from graduation) from one of the Danish universities (AAU, AU, CBS, DTU, KU, RUC, SDU, ITU) at the time of submission.

Full-time foreign students and diploma students are also welcome to apply as long as they otherwise comply with the rules.

All applicants participate by uploading their business plan on our submission platform, YouNoodle. 

All teams receive written feedback from our jury on their business plan, the Venture Cup Booster Pack (bundled offers and discounts relevant for Startups) and access to our mentor-programme, Venture Cup Experts.

Yes, you are allowed to participate in the same competition the following year, if you have developed your business considerably since you last participated. Former winners of the categories are not eligible to participate again.

The 5 highest ranked Startups in each category will be selected to participate in the Semifinals.

Semifinals will take place online on 2 and 3. of June. The Final Award Show will happen on the 24 of June. It is mandatory for each team to have one cofounder in the team present during this phase.

You fill in your application on YouNoodle and upload your business plan. The template can be found here.

Feel free to use the platform Jambo for the business plan. It’s free of charge and can help you develop your business plan through integrated helping modules. It is developed by a previous Project Manager for the Venture Cup competitions so it’s tailormade to help you accelerate! Check it out here.

Every university has a incubation hub, that you should contact if you need help with your application

Our judges have strict guidelines on how to judge the business plans. The parameters looked at: The Product/service description, Impact, Business plan feasibility, Team structure, and Implementation Plan.

You must upload your application on YouNoodle by 4. of May.

Timeline

VC Workshop 12:30 -14:30

.

6th April
Danish Design Center 12:30-14:30

.

8th April
McKinsey & Company 12-14:00

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9th April
NSC Submission deadline

.

4th May
Announcement of Top 5 from each category

.

17th May
Performance pitching workshop

.

27th May
Semifinals

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3rd June
Finale Award Show

.

24th June

"Winning Venture
Cup was a huge boost
for Blue Lobster."

Blue Lobster

Blue Lobster is an app that connects chefs with low impact fishermen, bringing you the best quality seafood straight from the harbor and paying the fishermen fairly. They were the overall winner of National Startup Competition in 2019 as well as the winner of the Digital category.

All teams must have at least one cofounder who is a student, faculty member, or recent graduate (within 1 year from graduation) from one of the Danish universities (AAU, AU, CBS, DTU, KU, RUC, SDU, ITU) at the time of submission.

Full-time foreign students and diploma students are also welcome to apply as long as they otherwise comply with the rules.

All applicants participate by uploading their business plan on our submission platform, YouNoodle. 

Early Bird special gives you an  access to a Venture Cup employee that will support you on your application for 15-20 minutes.

All teams receive written feedback from our jury on their business plan, the Venture Cup Booster Pack (bundled offers and discounts relevant for Startups) and access to our mentor-programme, Venture Cup Experts.

Yes, you are allowed to participate in the same competition the following year, if you have developed your business considerably since you last participated. Former winners of the categories are not eligible to participate again.

 

The 5 highest ranked Startups in each category will be selected to participate in the Semifinals.

Semifinals will take place online on 2 and 3. of June. The Final Award Show will happen on the 25 of June. It is mandatory for each team to have one cofounder in the team present during this phase.

You fill in your application on YouNoodle and upload your business plan. The template can be found here.

Every university has a incubation hub, that you should contact if you need help with your application

Our judges have strict guidelines on how to judge the business plans. The parameters looked at: The Product/service description, Impact, Business plan feasibility, Team structure, and Implementation Plan.

You must upload your application on YouNoodle by 4. of May.

F A Q

Contact us

simon
Simon Ringive,
Project Manager
[email protected]
LinkedIn
 

FAQ

  • Product
    Do you have a physical and tangible device, a sketch or prototype of a machine, robot, new component, or consumer product, that improves functionality or help reduce costs or time for your customers? If your answer is yes, then the Product category is for you.

  • Digital
    The world is becoming more digitalized. The category Digital consists of ideas that are not specifically green or for health purposes, see green/health categories. Do you have an idea for a new platform that could make it easier for customers? Then this category covers everything from software as a service, financial services, and new platforms in all industries.

  • Health
    How can we optimize human’s health? The category Health covers everything from medical processes in the health sector or platforms that generate more awareness of diseases and symptoms among the general population. In other words, if your purpose is to save more lives or create better well-being, you have come to the right place.

  • Green
    Our world is changing and people are changing with it. What can we do to make our planet better for future generations? The category Green consists of ideas that make our planet and society become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This could for example be in industries of Energy, Recycling, Packaging, Food and Beverage or other related industries.

  • Social
    Globally, locally we all live side by side and we not only face environmental challenges but also societal challenges. Does your solution help people locally or globally? Does it improve society and our lives? Are humans centered around your solution? Then this is the category for you!

The award show will take place at IDA in Copenhagen the 22nd of June.

All competition activities are hybrid except for the Award Show the 22nd of June and the Investor Dinner (see timeline). Please note that category finalist must have at least one person attend the award show from the startup.

Some teams are chosen in local competitions at the universities. If you are chosen in a local competition you still have to sign up and fill in your application information on YouNoodle. Judges will see you application and product/service demo video before you pitch in front of them. You do not need to add anything specific to the application that you have been awarded a finalist spot.


  • Announcement of finalists (25th of May)
  • Pt.2 Master classes (4th of June)
  • Category finals (21st of June at IDA)
  • Award show (22nd of June at IDA)

"Winning Venture Cup was a huge boost for Blue Lobster."

Blue Lobster

Blue Lobster is an app that connects chefs with low impact fishermen, bringing you the best quality seafood straight from the harbor and paying the fishermen fairly. They were the overall winner of National Startup Competition in 2019 as well as the winner of the Digital category.

Contact

Simon Ringive,
Project Manager

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