Rules and Resources

1. For Students, Staff, and Graduates (within 2 year)

All teams must have at least one co-founder who is a student, faculty member, or recent graduate (within 2 years from graduation) from one of the Danish universities* (AAU, AU, CBS, DTU, ITU, KU, RDA, SDU, RUC) at the time of submission. This person must also be the one pitching in the competition.

Full-time international students are also welcome to apply as long as they otherwise comply with the rules.

*Note that this does not include HHX, HTX and Gymnasium-level students, Business Academies, Maritime educational institutions, University colleges. Please refer to our sister organization, Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

2. Funding / Revenue and Innofounder

There is no funding or revenue cap when applying for the competition. 

Please note: teams who have been, or are currently enrolled in the Innofounder program cannot apply. Teams currently applying to become part of the Innofounder program can apply.

3. It must be your own idea

Participants should possess the intellectual rights to their idea and it must not be considered “stolen”. 

If your university owns the patent or the research your idea is based on, you need to explain in your plan how you will handle this situation. For instance, has the university agreed to let you exploit their patent in this way? Are they willing to sell you the patent?

4. Residency in Denmark

All teams must have at least one person who is a permanent resident of Denmark. This includes residents on temporary student visas.

5. Can I participate again?

Participants from previous competitions can participate again if they have significantly made progress in their startup. Category winners cannot apply again.

6. Confidential information

Members of Venture Cup staff have all signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

However, we advise that you avoid disclosing confidential information or specific technical descriptions of your business during the competition, since investors, competitors and the media may attend the public sessions.

7. When chosen as a category finalist...

At least one founder must attend our Semi-Finals and Award Show in Copenhagen (in-person). The person attending must be able to pitch the startup.

8. Prize Money

Teams are not required to have a Danish CVR number when they apply, but if they win, they will need a CVR in order to claim their cash prize within 12 months of winning.

9. Application

We highly recommend you to follow the application guide, that also covers the guidelines for the video upload. You should aim to write a 3-4 page application (IN ENGLISH) + video (IN ENGLISH).

The jury is not required to read more than the maximum of 4 pages. Venture Cup Denmark has the right to disqualify applications exceeding the maximum length.

Submissions must be in PDF file format, no more than 10MB file size, and clearly stating your business idea in the file name.

Formatting Guidelines:  

A4 page (210 x 297 mm) Right/left margin: 2.5cm Top/bottom margin: 2.0cm. Recommended typefaces: Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier in font size 11

10. Please note we may ask participants to provide...

… information on their development during and after the competition when requested by Venture Cup Denmark. Examples of this include submitting surveys, testimonials, interviews, and being part of our alumni network.

11. Venture Cup Denmark decides when in doubt

In case of doubt, the Venture Cup Denmark management team makes the final decision in regards to any of the above rules.

12. Terms and Conditions

Any personal data relating to you gathered by Venture Cup Denmark in the registration process and during the competitions will be recorded internally, but not shared with any third parties. This will be in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read more about how Venture Cup Denmak handles your information in our Privacy Policy.

National Polytechnic
University of Armenia


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.

Reykjavik University


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.​