Best 40 University Startups from around the world come together from October 30th to November 1st 2019 to network, exhibit and pitch for a chance to win $15,000 USD.
Each finalist receives $1000 USD grant. Apply and join our online application program today.
If you're a university, accelerator or incubator and want to learn more about becoming a country partner, add your details via the button below.
Community of the best university startups worldwide
University Startup World Cup has been running for five years. Our goal is to feature university startups from around the world that are making an impact. That's why we've made sure to incorporate the SDGs within the foundation of our program.
We've set up the application process differently this year. We've designed an online program teaching basic Nordic style methods to ensure all of our participants have an equal chance. The program begins from May to July where startups will work at their own leisure, and submit mini assignments which will be added to their application for the judging round.
As a finalist, startups receive $1,000 USD. In order to receive the grant, startups must fully complete the application process and attend the finals from October 30th to November 1st.
startups every year
say USWC led to future business growth
would recommend others to participate
would consider using Denmark as a test market
would consider moving to CPH to work on their startup
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A little less conversation, a little more action!
UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals will be the backbone of this year’s USWC!
The implications of not meeting the SDGs have real-world consequences that will touch the lives of everyone. Youth in particular will suffer the most if the SDGs are not met, simply due to the reality of longevity. The fact is not meeting the SDGs is our problem, so involving and motivating youth to participate in achieving the SDGs is essential – especially given the high proportion of youth populations around the world, such as in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
"The week in Copenhagen was very inspirational – full of new ideas, knowledge and amazing people. And we are extremely grateful to the USWC team for all the help and support that they have been providing all though the event. USWC pushed our team to reach new limits."
Laava Tech, Estonia - USWC 2018 Winner
"We loved meeting teams from across the world particularly those working on hardware! The week was a great mix of worthwhile activities to network with company mentors, work on our pitches and expo our company."
"USWC was our first competition outside of our university so we didn’t know what to expect! But in a short week, we had enough feedback to completely redesign our pitch, fine-tune our presentation, and were able to meet professionals in our field with valuable thoughts on our startup, willing to help us in the long run. It was an amazing launchpad of an experience overall."
"The USWC isn’t just a platform to showcase your business, establish networks and compete in a competitive environment. It is an opportunity to make lasting friendships and establish impactful business links that have the capacity to forge the future. It is an experience."
RAB-Microfluidics, UK - USWC 2017 Winner
How does it work?
Phase One - Online Application
Phase one of the application is a simple form asking typical startup questions, and to confirm participation for phase two that begins in May. The deadline for this application round is July 20th.
Phase Two - USWC online program
The online program is a mandatory part of the application process. You have 2 months to finish the program, and the deadline is on July 20th. All assignments will be added to phase 1 of your application for the judging round. As long as all assignments are completed, you will advance to the judging round in August. We've made sure to give everyone a lot of time to complete the program, and we promise we've made it simple, easy, and fun.
Click on the link below to launch the online program. You will see a pop-up message, choose ChangeMaker. Once you're signed up, you can find USWC Online under Challenges. We wish you all the best of luck!
Phase Three - Judging Round
All startups who complete the online program will automatically get to phase three, which is the judging round. All applications will be reviewed by internal experts. Only the top 40 startups will be selected to attend the finals for a chance to win $15,000 USD.
Tentative USWC Week 2019
16:00 to 18:30
Talent Garden Rainmaking
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 41,
- Networking with local industry experts
- Optional to attend
WELCOME & BUSINESS ACCESS
9:30 to 16:30
Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship
- Startup talks and the SDG's
- Mentor meetings
EXPO & SEMI FINALS
16:00 to 18:30
Danish Technical University
101D, Anker Engelunds 1,
2800 Kongens Lyngby
- USWC Expo
16:00 to 18:30
- Final award show - five startups will pitch for a chance to win $15.000
- Afterparty from 20:00