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University Startup
World Cup 2022

The best impact based university startups from around the world come together to network, learn, grow and pitch for a chance of becoming the world’s best university startup!

See all the finalists and more in the magazine.

University Startup
World Cup 2022

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

See all the finalists and more in the magazine.

Deadline / 13.06.2021

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2022 Overall Winners

PragmaClin Research Inc. (Early)

Since it was established in 2020, PragmaClin has helped patients with Parkinson’s disease. With its flagship software, PRIMS, the company provides a novel approach to managing neurological diseases in order to get the patients help faster with more accurate results.

Memorial University of Newfoundland / Canada

E3A Healthcare Pte. Ltd. (Growth)

E3A was established in March 2019 at the National University of Singapore and has rapidly developed into a leader in smart newborn and women’s health medical devices. E3A is redesigning the existing outdated medical devices in newborn and women’s health, producing sleek products that could be used at home. 

National University of Singapore / Singapore

Ventyr AS (Digital,
Early)

We are a marketplace app for selling last minute tickets to people nearby using geolocation, app notification and price optimization.

The Arctic University of Norway / Norway

StaySeat (Green, Early)

Electrically heated seats to replace inefficient heating lamps at restaurants

DTU – Technical University of Denmark / Denmark

humAId ApS
(Social, Early)

humAId develops an intelligent and easy to use translation service for deaf people.

University of Southern Denmark/ Denmark

Hollo Limited (Social, Growth)

Hollo is a platform of research-backed Digital Therapeutics, that uses proprietary Behavioral Health AI to create sustainable health plans for chronically ill patients.

The University of Hong Kong / China

Synectify (Digital, Growth)

Crysalis is value-capturing waste energy to help renewable energy transition. We help the world’s solar PV power grow by increasing the energy grid’s flexibility.

National University of Singapore / Singapore

Emay Gene (Health, Growth)

The company develops a platform of adenoassociated viruses that can efficiently target different types of cells and aims to treat hearing disorders, thereby improving the treatment of hearing and vision disorders by leveraging gene therapies.

China

SALUBATA (Green, Growth)

Completely repurposed from plastic wastes, feathery shoes (only 0.5kg), extremely comfortable insole and now fitted with air bubbles.

Draper University / Nigeria

Asel Tech (Green, Growth)

Asel-Tech delivers a wide range of equipment, systems, operational safety, integrity management projects.

Université Grenoble Alpes / Brazil

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Venture Cup Denmark hosted the first University Startup World Cup back in 2015 with startups from all around the world. The startups reached millions of readers worldwide, met some of the largest companies in Denmark and won big cash prizes. 

But what really matters is the international network participants achieve. The goal is to feature the best university startups worldwide, help them grow and expand.

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You’re a part of a startup with two co-founders and at least one of them is affiliated to a University (or a recent graduate within 2 years). Your startup is either early stage or growth stage (see definition in FAQ).

Your startup is working towards making an impact in the world. You feel like you have a potential to do great things and want a platform to help you reach your goals. You want to be part of a network of international student entrepreneurs. Finally, you see all of the the possibilities of meeting with key players from the Chinese startup ecosystem and expanding your network.

Let us know more
about who are you

In order to compete, you should be :

  • part of a startup with two co-founders and at least one of them is affiliated to a University (or a recent graduate within 2 years).
  • Your startup is either early stage or growth stage (see definition in FAQ).

 

Your startup is working towards making an impact in the world. You feel like you have a potential to do great things. You want to be part of  international student entrepreneurs network. Finally, you see all of the the possibilities of meeting with key players from the Chinese startup ecosystem .

"Winning USWC 2020 gave us an opportunity to present our solution on a global stage"

Epiclay

Overall Winner of 2020 Early Stage. Epiclay makes urban areas more liveable and healthy for its inhabitants by creating a modular green wall system, which can be implemented easily on facades.

"Winning USWC 2020 gave us an opportunity to present our solution on a global stage"

Epiclay

 

Overall Winner of 2020 Early Stage. Epiclay makes urban areas more liveable and healthy for its inhabitants by creating a modular green wall system, which can be implemented easily on facades.

F A Q

Click here to watch an Expert provide pitch tips and tricks.

Click here for the NABC model. 

  • How long is the pitch? 4 min
  • How many people should pitch? We suggest one person who has the best handle of the English language
  • Can all team members be present? Yes, we suggest all team members be present with the camera on and be ready on standby to answer questions the judges may have.
  • Can we present a commercial video? We suggest sticking to the usual business pitching format for the 4 min pitch
  • What should we use in the pitch when recording? For your pre recorded pitch, we recommend using a pitch deck. The pitch deck should have minimal writing and more visual identification of what you are trying to say. We want the judge to focus on what you are saying rather than trying to read a screen. Imagine that when speaking, you want the jury to mainly be listening and gently glancing the slide deck or resting their eyes on something easy to look at while listening.
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All of it is important but of course emphasis on your; customer pain / problem description, customer segmentation, business model, idea, impact measurements, team and future timeline are always highlighted.

Early Stage

  • Focused on product development and market research
  • Product is introduced to early beta customers for testing and feedback.
  • Typically cash-constrained and seeking its first outside investors through family, friends, and angel investors.
  • Small team that is looking to add competencies and resources.

Growth Stage

  • Established product/concept which has successfully tested its initial market and learned where and how to move next.
  • May be cash flow positive and introducing its product into tangential markets.
  • Has had initial investment and is looking to initiate new rounds of funding.
  • Solid team with competencies and resources to execute on the Business Plan.
  • Has a patent, patent pending or other means of protecting the business model.
  • Has a scalable business model and is actively looking to scale.

Early Stage 
All 4 category winners will receive 1000 USD each
Overall winner will receive 10,000 USD + 1,000 USD from winning the category.

Growth Stage 
All 4 category winners will receive 1000 USD each

Overall winner will receive 10,000 USD + 1,000 USD from winning the category.

Participants should not assume any right of confidentiality to any information presented or discussed in public sessions. Please be aware that members of the media, potential competitors, and members of the financial community may attend public sessions. All Venture Cup staff have signed a confidentiality agreement.

By taking part in the competition, participants agree that Venture Cup assumes no liability and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever for disclosures of information provided by a participant as part of a submission or otherwise during the course of the competition.

Click this link and fill out the form, a team member will get back to you.

Thinking about
becoming a partner?

The partners we work with will get promotion on our website, social media, and print. They will also be invited to event, where accommodation and some food will be covered.

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

FAQ for the curious

Click here to watch an Expert provide pitch tips and tricks. 

Click here for the NABC model.

  • How long is the pitch? 4 min
  • How many people should pitch? We suggest one person who has the best handle of the English language
  • Can all team members be present? Yes, we suggest all team members be present with the camera on and be ready on standby to answer questions the judges may have.
  • Can we present a commercial video? We suggest sticking to the usual business pitching format for the 4 min pitch
  • What should we use in the pitch when recording? For your pre recorded pitch, we recommend using a pitch deck. The pitch deck should have minimal writing and more visual identification of what you are trying to say. We want the judge to focus on what you are saying rather than trying to read a screen. Imagine that when speaking, you want the jury to mainly be listening and gently glancing the slide deck or resting their eyes on something easy to look at while listening.
All of it is important but of course emphasis on your; customer pain / problem description, customer segmentation, business model, idea, impact measurements, team and future timeline are always highlighted.

Early Stage

  • Focused on product development and market research
  • Product is introduced to early beta customers for testing and feedback.
  • Typically cash-constrained and seeking its first outside investors through family, friends, and angel investors.
  • Small team that is looking to add competencies and resources.

 

Growth Stage

  • Established product/concept which has successfully tested its initial market and learned where and how to move next.
  • May be cash flow positive and introducing its product into tangential markets.
  • Has had initial investment and is looking to initiate new rounds of funding.
  • Solid team with competencies and resources to execute on the Business Plan.
  • Has a patent, patent pending or other means of protecting the business model.
  • Has a scalable business model and is actively looking to scale.
  • Early Stage 
    All 4 category winners will receive 1000 USD each
    Overall winner will receive 10,000 USD + 1,000 USD from winning the category.

    Growth Stage 
    All 4 category winners will receive 1000 USD each

    Overall winner will receive 10,000 USD + 1,000 USD from winning the category.

Participants should not assume any right of confidentiality to any information presented or discussed in public sessions. Please be aware that members of the media, potential competitors, and members of the financial community may attend public sessions. All Venture Cup staff have signed a confidentiality agreement.

By taking part in the competition, participants agree that Venture Cup assumes no liability and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever for disclosures of information provided by a participant as part of a submission or otherwise during the course of the competition.

Click this link and fill out the form, a team member will get back to you.

Thinking about becoming a partner?

Venture Cup Denmark works closely with Partners worldwide, who are usually universities or organisations that focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and startups. The Partner will get promotion on our website, social media, and in print. 

They will also be invited to attend the event, where accommodation and some food will be covered. In return, the Partner will nominate at least 3 teams that will still need to go through the application process. They will also promote the event on their own channels.

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Josefine Søndergaard,
Project Manager 
Jane Wu, Executive
Director, Venture Cup China

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