National Startup Competition 

The best university startups from all over the country compete against each other

Who can apply?
  • All university students as long as at least one of the team members is affiliated to a Danish University and resident in Denmark.
  • You should be beyond idea stage, but have not landed that million investment either. Examples could be (not all included) MVP ready to test on market/proof of concept, past first sales, in contact/agreement with potential suppliers or other collaboration partners, etc.
  • Venture Cup will initially do a pre-screening after deadline and sort out unqualified applications + inform applicants if they have not advanced for the competition’s jury round. However, this is usually below 5 % of the applicants and we encourage all to apply if having doubts (it won’t cost you anything).

See all general rules for the competition here.

How do I apply?
  • You submit your online application through the YouNoodle platform containing basic information about your startup and team members plus a business plan of max 5 pages written in English. For inspiration and overall guidelines, see a template here.
  • At least one team member must be able to participate in the semi-finals and the final Award Show with a 4-minutes pitch + pitch deck. We'll provide pitch training for the finalist teams.




Environmental sustainability is a keyword in this category. This is for you who have a business idea which ultimately could help save the planet. For instance, how to reduce food- and water waste, improve green energy, clean up the ocean, etc.



This category is targeted optimization of humans’ health regardless if it is an instrument to improve medical processes within the health sector or a platform that generates 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.



Got an idea for an app that could make life more fun and more simple? Or perhaps you are challenging the bank industry with a new digital solution? Apps, IT-systems, etc., which are not with a specific green or health purpose are welcome here.



This category is for the startups who have invented a physical and tangible device that does not fit within the Green or Health category. This could for instance be within the field of robotics, a new mechanical device for manufacturing, kitchen tools, etc.

National Startup Competition 2019 winners!

Overall winner and the winner of Digital

Blue Lobster

Blue Lobster is an app that facilitates sales between fishermen and local consumers, allowing local-sourcing of seafood everywhere.

CBS - Copenhagen Business School | KU - University of Copenhagen

Winner of Green


A portable hot plate that stores solar energy for clean cooking in refugee camps.

DTU - Technical University of Denmark

Winner of Health

Paragit Solutions

A new wearable diagnostic sleeve combined with machine learning software for quantification of Parkinson’s symptoms.

DTU - Technical University of Denmark

Winner of Product


A social media that connects like-minded gamers.

CBS - Copenhagen Business School

National Startup Competition 
Brought to you by

Fonden for Entreprenørskab

Hempel Foundation

Region Hovedstaden

Vækstforum Hovedstaden

Novo Holdings



McKinsey & Company


IT University of Denmark

University of Copenhagen

Aarhus University

Aalborg University

Copenhagen Business School

Technical University of Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

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