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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, becoming a part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs, and receiving feedback from experts on how to improve their businesses.

Who are you?
A startup team?

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 & 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.

What's in it for you?

Cash Prizes

The overall winner and the category winners of National Startup Competition will win cash prizes to help them boost their startup.

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.

Experts Feedback

Startups will receive feedback from the judges. Startups can also gain help through one-on-one sessions with Venture Cup Experts.

Promotion

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

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.

Digital Bootcamp

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

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, becoming a part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs, and receiving feedback from experts on how to improve their businesses.

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.

What can you win?

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

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.

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

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

 

Digital winner

DivERS is a startup focusing on developing an integrated IT system to reduce the issues of  biases during the recruitment process and successfully automate the shortlisting phase.

Sara Shafiee, Alireza Taghizadeh

Technical University of Denmark
Website

Product winner

“Being handy has no gender.” FLID tools makes inclusive, aesthetic and sustainable handtools not just for handymen but for everyone.

Ditte Ibsen

Aarhus University
Website

Health winner

Uvisa is an innovative startup belonging to the FemTech category. Uvisa’s main area of focus is tackling numerous issues in women’s health still considered a taboo.

Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones,
Ourania Pappa

Technical University of Denmark

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

DivERS (Digital winner)

Focus on developing an integrated IT system to reduce the issues of  biases during the recruitment process. Team members are Sara Shafiee, Alireza Taghizadeh.

Technical University of Denmark / Website

Uvisa (Health winner)

An innovative femtech startup. Uvisa’s main area of focus is tackling numerous issues in women’s health still considered a taboo.Team members are Ella Harris, Nicholas Jones, Ourania Pappa.

Technical University of Denmark

FLID tools (Product winner)

“Being handy has no gender.” FLID tools makes inclusive, aesthetic and sustainable handtools not just for handymen but for everyone. Team member is Ditte Ibsen.

Aarhus University / Website

Green

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Kleenhub
We are working towards a world with no single-use packaging. We aim to disrupt the current status quo of packaging.

Robert Dichtl, Nora Thiel, Giuseppe Lanzafame, Simone Favorito, Riccardo Bonacina

Copenhagen Business School | Roskilde University
Website

evolvT

5cc
evolvT is a startup that is focused on developing methodology for the efficient transition from conventional vehicles to emission-free vehicles in the parcel delivery industry.

Robert Spaima, Andreea Spaima

Aalborg University | Aarhus University
Website

AQfeed

aqfeed

AQfeed is able to convert unwanted sludge from aquacultures into a high-quality and sustainable fish feed.


Andreas Væring, Anton Krogh Petersen, Daria Zahaleanu, Jasmin Hyldborg, Joachim Rådstoga, Thomas Petersen


Technical University of Denmark
LinkedIn

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 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.

The National Startup Competition takes place in Copenhagen.

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.

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.

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

1630061323374
Simon Ringive,
Project Manager
[email protected]
LinkedIn
 

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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