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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 6th of June, the National Startup Competition 2024 Award Show will take place at IDA. It is an invite-only event, but you can win tickets by submitting below.

Categories 2024

GREEN

Making our planet and society more sustainable
and environmentally
friendly.

SOCIAL

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

DIGITAL

Everything from
softwares, financial
services, and new
platforms.

PRODUCT

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

HEALTH

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 6th of June, the National Startup Competition 2024 Award Show will take place at IDA. It is an invite-only event, but you can win tickets by submitting below.

What's in it for you?​

Extensive Network

More than 50 university employees who work within innovation and entrepreneurship have already joined the DUEN

Knowledge Sharing

The network provides both online and physical options for knowledge sharing, network and sparring.

Celebrate University Entrepreneurship

All members of the network is invited to celebrate Denmark’s best startup teams at the National Startup Competition.

Sparring With Peers

Meet other business developers, innovation managers, consultants, project managers, head of departments and many more.

Diversity

All the Danish universities are represented in the network, making it an optimal platform for development of cross-disciplinary initiatives as well as diverse startups teams.
The network is exclusively for employees at the Danish universities who work within innovation and entrepreneurship

Categories 2024

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!

Semi-Finalists 2024

Green

CustomiseMe

CustomiseMe_Logo

Used cooking oils to wash your hands: revolutionizing food waste into cosmetics for an environmentally-conscious society.

University of Southern Denmark

Website

Koordinat.ai

Koordinat.ai

Precise and automated screening of changes in protected nature using artificial intelligence.

Aarhus University

Website

BAETA carbon solutions

BAETA

Revolutionizing Carbon Capture with BAETA: A Solution Derived from PET Waste.

University of Copenhagen

SustaNorth ApS

SustaNorth ApS

Reducing freshwater usage today and sustaining it tomorrow.

University of Southern Denmark

LinkedIn

Yngvik

Yngvik_logo

Home-compostable packaging using food waste.

Technical University of Denmark / University of Copenhagen

Website

mellow designs ApS

mellow designs ApS

award-winning flexible and sustainable partition wall with bio-material finish

Technical University of Denmark / Copenhagen Buisness School

Website

Nuterials ApS

Nuterials ApS

Packaging in a Nutshell.

Copenhagen Buisness School

LinkedIn

Product

BatteryPark

BatteryPark_logo

BatteryPark – Your Battery Goes Here.

Aarhus University

TactileSnouts

TactileSnouts_logo

Creating green and cost-efficient recreational products for pigs in the agricultural sector.

University of Copenhagen / Copenhagen Business School

VORSA

VORSA

An aerodynamical alarm system for helicopters to safe pilots’ lives.

Aarhus University

PERFI Technologies

PERFI

PERFI revolutionises the production of personalised devices, with volumetric printing, a new, ultra-fast fabrication technology.

Technical University of Denmark

Website

CETO innovation

CETO innovation

“Enabling Future Flow”- District Heating Condition Assessment and Maintenance.

Copenhagen Business School

linkedin

CODRONE

CODRONE

Autonomous flying security camera for critical infrastructure surveillance.

University of Southern Denmark

Website

Social

TUMling

TUMling

Innovating childcare documentation.

Aalborg University

LinkedIn

Fireraven

Fireraven

Fireraven specializes in developing advanced tools and analytics for enhancing and understanding AI models.

Technical University of Denmark

Website

Itterno

Itterno

A legal-tech startup looking to revolutionize how digital assets are managed and divided after someone’s passing​.

Technical University of Denmark

Website

The Friendship Project

The Friendship Project_Logo

Fighting loneliness by helping people building stronger and more meaningful friendships.

Aarhus University

Website

Living Stories

Living Stories

Rekindling the joy of reading through interactive stories.

Aalborg University

Health

MedPeek

MedPeek

Wireless arthroscopes for education and hospitals.

Technical University of Denmark

Website

ReLinkee

Relinkee_Team

We accelerate research through streamlined recruitment strategies and efficient appointment scheduling.

Aalborg University

Website

PARAL

PARAL_logo

PARAL is developing a new MedTech wearable technology tailored for intelligent and personalized monitoring and care of chronic heart patients.

Technical University of Denmark

LinkedIn

Pull & Go

Pull & Go

Aftagelig trækfunktion til manuelle kørestolsbrugere.

Aalborg University

LinkedIn

DEEWash

DEEWash_logo

Automated handwashing & drying device.

Technical University of Denmark / University of Copenhagen

LinkedIn

Etheria

Etheria

Etheria: Elevating Well-Being Through Immersive, Nature-Inspired Experiences.

Copenhagen Buisness School / Technical University of Denmark

LinkedIn

Digital

CarboPlanner

CarboPlanner fuels athletic performance with personalized nutrition software.

University of Southern Denmark

Website

DeepFeed

DeepFeed_logo

Din personlige AI marketingsdepartment.

University of Copenhagen

Website

Patentopia

Patentopia

Streamlining your innovation journey with AI-powered patent analysis and strategy development

IT University

Website

Virkley

Virkley

Virtual real estate showrooms.

Aalborg University

Website

Book2wheel.com

Book2wheel.com _logo

Book2wheel is a website for sharing motorbikes and cars between private owners.

University of Southern Denmark

Facebook

FreeSpot

FreeSpot

We Want To Save Drivers Time, Money And Fuel!

Aalborg University

Website

Semi-Final Judges 2024

Green

Søren Svanebjerg

Funding Manager

linkedin

Green

Henrik Schiøtt Sørensen

Board Member at PEATZ

linkedin

Product

Hans Christian Lehmann Plett

Partner @TickrMeter

linkedin

Product

Morten Henneberg

Head of Innovation & Validation at C.C.JENSEN A/S

linkedin

Product

Catherine Descure

People-centered innovation specialist

linkedin

Social

Hjortur Smarason

Strategist and storyteller. Keynote speaker. Board member.

linkedin

Social

Anne-Marie Hall

Founder of Amazing Hall

linkedin

Social

Thomas Keller Carstensen

Co-founder of Hubbl.co

linkedin

Health

Sandra Viig Seitzberg

Seniorkonsulent @ Relations.dk

linkedin

Health

Michael Kock

Chief Executive Director (investor) at Careturner A/S

linkedin

Health

Lars Iversen

Non-clinical Project Director, PhD at Novo Nordisk

linkedin

Digital

Anette Nørgaard

Relationship Director @ Visma Dinero

linkedin

Digital

Richard Kibrya

Director and Principal Consultant at Devote Consulting

linkedin

Digital

Sanne Thougaard

Advisor @ Antler

linkedin

Digital

Nicolai Wirenfeldt Asmussen

Senior Manager, ESG Advisory Services – KPMG Denmark

linkedin

Category Winners 2023

SOCIAL

Linucare

Social

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.

Aalborg University

Winner of 20.000DKK for winning the Social Category.

Website

PRODUCT

DrinksaverApS

Product

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.

Technical University of Denmark | Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

Winner of 20.000DKK for winning the Product Category.

Website

HEALTH

EchoVice

Health

Improving echocardiography images by stabilising ultrasound probes.

University of Southern Denmark

Winner of 20.000DKK for winning the Health Category.

Website

DIGITAL

rapidcreative.io

Digital

Create video content with brand data straight from your website.

Technical University of Denmark

Winner of 20.000DKK for winning the Digital Category.

Website

Overall and Green Winner of the National Startup Competition  2023

Anemo Robotics

Anemo Robotics is a company specializing in assessing
the effects of offshore activities on marine life and biodiversity.

Technical University of Denmark

Winner of:
10.000DKK for winning the Audience Favourite Prize
20.000DKK for winning the Green Category
100.000DKK for winning the Overall Prize

Overall and Green Winner of the National Startup Competition  2023

Anemo Robotics

Anemo Robotics is a company specializing in assessing the effects of offshore activities on marine life and biodiversity.

Technical University of Denmark

Winner of:
10.000DKK for winning the Audience Favourite Prize
20.000DKK for winning the Green Category
100.000DKK for winning the Overall Prize

"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.

Overall and Social Winner of the National Startup Competition 2022

humAId

At 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.

University of Southern Denmark

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

 

F A Q

The application for 2023 will open 1st February, but fill in the pre-signup to get notified. 

All competition activities are hybrid for teams from SDU, AU, and AAU, except for the Award Show the 21st of June. 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, Kalvebod Brygge 31, 1560 Copenhagen.

The pitch will be 4 minutes followed by a 12 minute Q&A.

All pitches and all events take place in English.

You can add your budget and timeline in the appendix. 

We would recommend showing a timeline for the next 2-3 years, but it depends on your startup and how much time you need to develop your product/service, your time to market, etc. Think about what makes sense for you to show the judges. 

Please show your internal economy for the next couple of years. You do not need to include the prize money in your budget. 

You can add your appendix in the same document as your application. Indicate when the appendix starts. 

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

"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.

Copenhagen Business School

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

"This victory is key
to opening doors."

humAId

At 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. They were the overall winner of National Startup Competition in 2022 as well as the winner of the Social category.

University of Southern Denmark

Contact us

Simon_BnW
Simon Ringive,
Head of Projects 
[email protected]
LinkedIn
 

Contact

Simon Ringive,
Project Manager

Partners

Community Partners

Partners

Community Partners

Armenia
National Polytechnic
University of Armenia

SFI

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.

Iceland
Reykjavik University

Treatably

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.​