National Startup
Competition

Ready to compete with the best university startups from the Danish universities and become part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs! 


The submissions are closed. Thank you for participating.

National Startup
Competition

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Health

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Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

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Green

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

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Product

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

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Digital

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Uvisa

Innovative FemTech tackling previously taboo issues in women’s health.
Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa
Technical University of Denmark

Website

Timeline

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27th May
Performance Pitching Workshop

The best twenty teams will meet with the Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences and Coach at McKinsey & Company, Claus Raasted, to sharpen and amend their pitches and performance for the Semifinals. Meanwhile the teams will meet many of Venture Cup’s closest partners and supporters that will provide tailored offers.
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3rd June
Semi-Finals
 

The 20 finalists pitch in front of judges in each category – Health, Digital, Product and Green. Here, the 4 category winners will be selected, who will be pitching on stage at the final Award Show.
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24th June
Award Show
 

A celebration of the best university startups from all over the country. The 4 category winners will pitch live in front of the audience, and the best university startup will be selected by the VIP jury consisting of Frederikke Antonie Schmidt and Jesper Tilsted Brok. The popular Le Gammeltoft will be the conferencier. There will also be interested keynote speeches and music! The event is invite-only, but you have the unique chance of watching the stream live.
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Ready to compete with the best university startups from the Danish universities and become part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs! 

The submissions are closed. Thank you for participating.

What can you win?

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Cash
Prizes

The overall winner of the National Startup Competition will win 100,000 DKK and 2nd, 3rd and 4th place will walk away with 10,000 DKK to start their business.

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Pitch in front
of investors

Together with Keystones, we are giving you the opportunity to get do’s and dont’s when it comes to investor pitching – AND use that knowledge to pitch in front of a network of investors.

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Experts
Feedback

Startups will receive feedback from the judges, regardless if you advance to the semi-finals or not. Startups can also gain help through one-on-one sessions with Venture Cup Experts.

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Promotion

Every startup who participates in the competition will be promoted on our social media channels, on our website, and in print materials.

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World Cup Access

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

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Digital Bootcamp

We offer several workshops which are held online to help you accelerate your application and your startup in general.

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Extensive
Network

We will always keep you informed about the best offers in the ecosystem, send you open calls for acceleration & incubation programs, invite you to our events, and more.

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Get noticed in the
media with Copus

Copus are working with Soundbox, GoodieBox, etc., and are ready to help the winner of the competition.

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Be portrayed in DR's Booster

One startup from each category will get direct access to be featured in nation-wide radio.

What can you win?

Besides the honor of being selected as one of the best university startups in the country and the possibly pitch on stage in front of the university startup ecosystem, you’ll get access to a world of possibilities that will take you in the right direction with your startup.

The price pool will include a minimum of 130,000 DKK.

Together with Keystones, we are giving you the opportunity to get do’s and dont’s when it comes to investor pitching – AND use that knowledge to pitch in front of a network of investors.
 

As a part of the Venture Cup family, we will always keep you informed about the best offers in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Send you open calls for acceleration programs, incubation programs, invite you to our events, and most more. 

All participants receive feedback and tips for further improvement. There are many reasons to participate. So don’t hesitate to apply.

All startups who apply to the competition will receive feedback from the judges, regardless if you advance to the semi-finals or not. Startups can also guidance and help through one-on-one sessions with one or more of our Venture Cup Experts, or participate in the Matchmaking Mondays initiative.

We offer several workshops which are held online to help you accelerate your application and your startup in general.

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

One startup from each category will get direct access to be featured in nation-wide radio.

Copus are working with Soundbox, GoodieBox, etc., and are ready to help the winner of the competition.

Every startup who participates in the competition will be promoted on our social media channels, on our website, and in print materials.

Who are you?

Every startup is working on making a change. An impactful change in society. Our competition has been running for 20 years and has supported Startups including Too Good to Go, 3Shape, and Unity Technologies. All companies that made an impact and changed the game.

So, who are you? You are a Startup team at one of the Danish universities and are looking for that breakthrough into the entrepreneurial world. Become part of the Venture Cup and we promise to do what we can to help in your stay.

Categories 2021

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.

Healper was the winner of Health category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. Healper is an online booking platform where you are matched with the psychologist and mental health tools that fit you.

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.

Climaider was the winner of Green category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. Climaider helps you understand your current carbon emissions and reduce your future ones, while funding the world’s best climate solutions.

Do you have a physical and tangible device, a sketch or prototype of a machine, robot or new component, that can help reduce costs or time for your customers? Do you have a product in different materials for a toaster or a toothbrush? Could the product be used in industries such as customer products, manufacturing, production or automation? Then the Product category is for you.

LifeBoard was the winner of Product category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. LifeBoard is the first life saving device designed for swimming rescues on the beach, enabling beachgoers to stop drowning accidents

The world is becoming more digitalised. The category Digital consists of ideas which are not a specifically green or health purpose. 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.

Subreader was the winner of Digital category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. SubReader helps people with reading disabilities to get subtitles read aloud through an app.

 

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.

 

Healper was the winner of Health category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. Healper is an online booking platform where you are matched with the psychologist and mental health tools that fit you.

 

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.

 

Climaider was the winner of Green category at the 2020 National Startup Competition.  Climaider helps you understand your current carbon emissions and reduce your future ones, while funding the world’s best climate solutions.

 

Do you have a physical and tangible device, a sketch or prototype of a machine, robot or new component, that can help reduce costs or time for your customers? Do you have a product in different materials for a toaster or a toothbrush? Could the product be used in industries such as customer products, manufacturing, production or automation? If your answer is yes, then the Product category is for you.

 

LifeBoard was the winner of Product category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. LifeBoard is the first life saving device designed for swimming rescues on the beach, enabling beachgoers to stop drowning accidents

 

The world is becoming more digitalised. The category Digital consists of ideas which are not a specifically green or health purpose. 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.

 

Subreader was the winner of Digital category at the 2020 National Startup Competition. SubReader helps people with reading disabilities to get subtitles read aloud through an app.

2021 Categories

Categories 2021

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Health

Health is about saving lives and could be anything from medical processes, devices to disease awareness raising platforms.

Healper was the winner
of Health in 2020. Healper is an online booking platform where you are matched with the psychologist and mental health tools.

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Green

Green is about our society becoming more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and making Earth better for future generations.

Climaider was the winner of Green in 2020. Climaider helps you understand your current carbon emissions, while funding the world’s best climate solutions.

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Product

Product could be a physical device that could help reduce costs, time and be used in manufacturing, production or automation.

LifeBoard was the winner of Product in 2020. LifeBoard is the first life saving device designed for swimming rescues and stopping drowning accidents.

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Digital

Digital covers everything from new platforms, softwares, financial services, etc., that are not specifically green or health.

SubReader was the winner of Digital in 2020. It helps people with reading disabilities get subtitles read aloud through their digital app.

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. Healper was the winner of Health category at the 2020 National Startup Competition.

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. Climaider was the winner of Green category at the 2020 National Startup Competition.

Do you have a physical and tangible device, a sketch or prototype of a machine, robot or new component, that can help reduce costs or time for your customers? Do you have a product in different materials for a toaster or a toothbrush? Could the product be used in industries such as customer products, manufacturing, production or automation? Then the Product category is for you. WeConsider was the winner of Product category at the 2020 National Startup Competition.

 

The world is becoming more digitalised. The category Digital consists of ideas which are not a specifically green or health purpose. 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. Subreader was the winner of Digital category at the 2020 National Startup Competition.

2021 Categories

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.

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.

You can compete in Health, Digital, Product and Green.

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.

Timeline

VC Workshop 12:30 -14:30

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

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8th April
McKinsey & Company 12-14:00

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9th April
NSC Submission deadline

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4th May
Announcement of Top 5 from each category

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17th May
Performance pitching workshop

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27th May
Semifinals

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3rd June
Finale Award Show

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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 if you
have any questions : )

 
Niclas Hannisdal,
Project Manager

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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.

You can compete in Health, Digital, Product and Green.

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.

"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

Niclas Hannisdal
Project Manager, 
National Startup Competition

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