The best university startups from around the world come together to network, exhibit and pitch for a chance of becoming the world's best university startup!

In 2020, the World Cup is hosted by Venture Cup China in Wenzhou, China on October 17th - 20th 2020

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Submission deadline is June 14th before 23.59!

Community of the best university startups worldwide

Venture Cup Denmark hosted the first University Startup World Cup back in 2015 with 37 university startups from around the world. It turned out to be a great success, and it has been running ever since in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Despite reaching millions of readers worldwide, meeting some of the largest companies in Denmark and winning significant cash prizes, one of the most remarkable things about the World Cup turned out to be the international network that the participants achieved after spending 5 days in Copenhagen. And even though some of the participants have since changed career path, are no longer studying and is not part of the international startup ecosystem, the network is still active today. 

The goal with University Startup World Cup is to feature the best university startups from around the world and give them a network which will help them grow - both businesswise and personally. 


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Testimonials from participants

Laava Tech, Estonia - USWC 2018 Winner

"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. University Startup World Cup pushed our team to reach new limits."

Laava Tech, Estonia - USWC 2018 Winner

Tekuma, Australia

"It was eyeopening to witness so many ventures committed to better business models and to the SDGs. Seeing unity for a common goal and way of doing business was inspiring. We’re truly grateful to have been invited and given an opportunity to represent our country while developing credibility in a new market. On top of the opportunity of making your dream of global impact more of a reality, is the shared learnings and new friendships you return home with. It was a truly incredible experience and I loved every minute of it!."

Health-Bridge, Canada - USWC 2019 winner

Sunthetics, U.S.A.

"University Startup World Cup 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."

Sunthetics, U.S.A.

RAB-Microfluidics, UK - USWC 2017 Winner

"The University Startup World Cup 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

About University Startup World Cup 2020

The World Cup will take place in Wenzhou, China, on October 18th - 20th, and it will be a great opportunity to meet key players from the Chinese ecosystem, including investors, entrepreneurs, companies and other student startups. A total of around 60 of the best university startups will participate and we promise that it will be defining moment for your startup. 

As a participant, who are you?

  • You're part of a startup with two co-founders and one of them has to be affiliated to a university.
  • If you are being represented by a country partner, they cannot be a co-founder within the team, but mentorship is allowed.
  • You classify as either early stage or growth stage (see the definitions in FAQ)

  • You want to be part of a network of international student entrepreneurs

  • You see the possibilities in meeting with key players from the Chinese startup ecosystem

What will you get out of participating?

You will be invited to join around 60 other startups to meet and greet with Chinese investors, companies, and tech experts. You will be part of a network that you can use long after the University Startup World Cup if you need contacts on a specific market, scalability advice or a couch to crash on when traveling the world!

Sounds pretty amazing, right? And we haven't even mentioned the honor and promotion that go hand in hand with being awarded the world's best university startup! Previous years, we've reached millions of readers worldwide via articles and social media.

So stay tuned, and read more about how you apply!

How do you apply?

  • See the four categories below and determine in which category your startup fits

The 4 categories are; HealthtechGreentechICT (information communication technology) and Smart City. There are four categories for each early stage and growth stage, with a total of 8 category winners and 2 overall winners. Only 2 members per startup is allowed to attend.








Smart City

Application portal is open now and will close on June 14th. All teams must submit their application through the YouNoodle platform.

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Country Partners

Venture Cup Denmark works closely with several Country Partners around the world. These are usually Universities or organisations that focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and startups. The Country Partner will get promotion from Venture Cup Denmark through our website, social media channels, and on some print materials. They will also be invited to attend the event, where accommodation and some food will be covered.

In return, the Country Partner will agree to nominate at least 3 teams from their country. The teams will still need to go through the application process. They will also promote the event on their own channels.

See a list of our current Country Partners under 'Partners'. If you are interested in becoming a country partner, click the button below.

Become a Country Partner

University Startup World Cup 2019 Winners

Overall and Social



University of Toronto York, Canada

We tackle the language barrier in health care using technology.


Lupinta Team


Malmö University, Sweden

A new, innovative alternative for soy-based food products.


VioBac Team


University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections with UVC light


AMaPro Team


RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Empowering people to sustainably manufacture affordable prostheses for everyone.


Brought to you by

Fonden for Entreprenørskab

Hempel Foundation

Novo Nordisk Foundation

Region Hovedstaden

Vækstforum Hovedstaden


Vaeksthus Copenhagen

Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Development Goals

High Tech Summit

Novo Holdings


McKinsey & Company


Cabinn Hotels

IT University of Denmark

University of Copenhagen

Aarhus University

Aalborg University

Copenhagen Business School

Technical University of Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

Our country partners

Reykjavik University

JCI Slovakia

Business Incubation Centre, IMSciences

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

CMACED, The Superior University

Startup Kyiv

International Organization for Business and Engineering

Kickstart Asia

Venture Cup Portugal

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