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! Sign up for the National Startup Competition!


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! Sign up for the National Startup Competition!

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! Sign up for the National Startup Competition!

Deadline / 04.05.2021

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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 do you get?

Besides the honor of being selected as one of the best university startups in the country and the possibility to 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 100.000 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.

All participants will receive the infamous Venture Cup Booster Pack. Our booster pack is a bundled package of offers and discounts tailored to startups.

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

Gain guidance and help through one-on-one sessions with one or more of our Venture Cup Experts, or participate in the Matchmaking Mondays initiative.

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

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.

What do you get?

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 100.000 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 participants will receive the infamous Venture Cup Booster Pack. Our booster pack is a bundled package of offers and discounts tailored to startups.

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

Gain guidance and help through one-on-one sessions with one or more of our Venture Cup Experts, or participate in the Matchmaking Mondays initiative.

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

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.

"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.

"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.

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

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

Timeline

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.

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

We are an association of all the Danish universities (except RUC), and we work tirelessly on promoting entrepreneurship to university students and help early-stage startup excel together with the university hubs.

Venture Cup Workshop

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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
“Bootcamp” training

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2nd June
Semifinals

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3rd June
Finale Award Show

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24th June

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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Niclas Hannisdal
Project Manager, 
National Startup Competition
 

Don´t be shy : )

You can always contact us if you have any questions or you just wanna talk about the ecosystem.

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. 

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 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.

Contact

Niclas Hannisdal
Project Manager, 
National Startup Competition