University Startup World Cup

The Best 40 University Startups focused on Impact 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.

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the backbone of this year’s USWC!

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.

Become a partner

Community of the best university startups worldwide

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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.

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. 

See previous winners here
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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).

Testimonials

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"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

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"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."

Tekuma, Australia

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"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."

Sunthetics, U.S.A.

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"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

USWC finalists 2019

 
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Logy.AI

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India

Artificial intelligence in diagnosis of diseases.

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R8Tech

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia

Web-based AI-driven HVAC optimizing software for real estate managers and operators

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CHECkuP - Cognitive HealthCare Platform

Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia

Providing the highest quality of healthcare for everyone by using cutting-edge technologies.

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BioSeaTech (BST)

University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal

 Industrial production of Salicornia and their transformations, without sodium chloride.

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Sandcastles

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Sandcastles is developing a housing solution for informal settlements of South Africa, curbing the spread of fire, improving hygiene and ameliorating the housing crisis

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Medeers

Superior University, Pakistan

Galvanicon is a device to detect emotions of fully paralyzed & disabled people who are not able to communicate.

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MacGlas

Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland

A novel vision aid for the western worlds leading cause of blindness - Macular Degeneration.

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CNEO

University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania

Remote Kinetotherapy with Worldwide Online Monitoring

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RE-Leaf
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Ukraine

We offer patented, environmentally friendly, renewable raw materials - the leaves fall as an analogue of wood. Our technology allows you to make paper and save forests from felling.

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Urban Food Network

Marquette University, United States

Promoting sustainable cities with organic, Non-GMO, healthy produce, grown right in your city by neighbors who care

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NeJo

Catholic University of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

An air flight taxi that reduces C02 emission and time consumption.

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VIOBAC

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections with UVC light

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Blue Lobster

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

We empower small-scale fishermen sell directly to local consumers.

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Dianox

IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

1 billion people are vitamin D deficient. Our mission is to reduce this number to zero.

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Paragit Solutions

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

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

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Growbox

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States

We are creating the next revolution in the agricultural industry with a more sustainable, healthier and more transparent food production system.

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AC Biode

The University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

The first-ever standalone AC (Alternating Current) battery by "Biode".

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AMaPro

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Empowering people to sustainably manufacture affordable prostheses for everyone.

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Medified

Tampere University, Finland

We are transforming depression treatment with dynamic monitoring software for healthcare professionals.

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SecondLight

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

We give candles a second light by recycling old candle wax while giving people with disabilities an inspiring task.

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MotorEcycle

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany

MotorEcycle reuses old two-wheeled vehicles by converting them to electric drive in order to offer an opportunity to enter electromobility with reduced waste.

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Lupinta

Malmö University, Sweden

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

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AgileCare Solutions

Michigan State University, United States

At AgileCare we're building mobile software solutions that bring connectivity, community, and care to the senior home health industry

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Ligence

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania

Ligence is developing an automated 2D echocardiography software to help clinicians save time with AI.

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nüdel

Queens University, Canada

nüdel makes the foods we love better by infusing algae into staple foods; creating convenient, delicious, and nutrient rich meals.

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Recycoal

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Making green charcoal from agricultural waste.

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Peak Coffee Processing

North Carolina State University, United States

We invented a system to filter coffee wastewater into clean water and fertilizer.

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OrganyClean

Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

Green and sustainable cleaning hygiene products, by using natural’s power resources instead of using bad chemicals.

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Olive Branch

Brandeis University, United States

Olive Branch Pictures is a media platform engaging in conflict resolution using collaborative animated storytelling

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Own The Future

Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

We are a technology company that specializes in the development, preparation and application of graphene, combined with Internet+ and Smart

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SDU Eagles

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Developing a highly efficient, autonomous flying platform to perform humanitarian aid deliveries.

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Elevate

University of Waterloo, Canada

Elevate is a game based E-Platform that empowers individuals with cognitive disabilities to become active members of society.

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EntricEnergy

University of St. Thomas, United States

Entric is a rural electrification and mini-grid company with a mission to provide cost effective, clean and reliable electricity to unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan Africa countries.

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Sounce

Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine

“Sounce” is an application that is intended to translate from the language of the deaf-and-mute into English.

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Visionary Labs

Technical University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Insight about your Eyesight

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Aquacubes

Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany and Stockholm Business School, Sweden

Aquacubes enables everyone to grow their own fresh fish in their backyard.

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Green Time

Hebei University, China

With the purpose of purifying and improving indoor air, the company takes the photocatalyst developed by itself as the core technology to create a series of photocatalyst products with high efficiency.

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Silk Joint

Fudan University, China

We are the global exclusive silk protein artificial bone and ligament consumables manufacturer.

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Health-Bridge

University of Toronto York, Canada

We tackle the language barrier in health care using technology.

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CytoNiche

Tsinghua University, China

Architects for cells: experts in 3D manufacturing of high-quality cells.

USWC Week 2019

October 29

NETWORKING SESSION

16:00 to 18:30
MWBLaw
Amaliegade 3, 1256 København
  • Networking with local industry experts
  • Speakers on sustainability

October 30

WELCOME &
BUSINESS ACCESS

13:45 to 18:30
Copenhagen School
of Entrepreneurship
Porcelaenshaven 26,
2000 Frederiksberg
  • Startup talks and the SDG's
  • Mentor meetings
  • Speak by Tania Ellis
  • Speak by Mark Buchanan
  • Speak by Fatime Selimi

October 31

HIGHTECHSUMMIT
& SEMI FINALS

8:15 to 18:00
Danish Technical
University
101D, Anker Engelunds 1,
2800 Kongens Lyngby
  • Startups exhibit at HighTechSummit
  • Semifinals
  • Welcome by Marianne Thellersen
  • Speak by Ditte Lysgaard Vind
  • Speak by Roberto Flore

NOVEMBER 1

AWARD
SHOW

13:30 to 18:30
Copenhagen School
of Entrepreneurship
Porcelaenshaven 26,
2000 Frederiksberg
  • Final award show - four startups will pitch for a chance to win $15.000
  • Keynote by Chris Luebkeman
  • Keynote by Katherine Richardson
  • Debate panel lead by Ari Johnson
  • Keynote by LaavaTech
  • Afterparty from 20:00
All events are subject to change

Speakers

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Tatsiana Zaretskaya

Laava Tech

Topic: "Winning USWC in 2018"

Speaking: 16.50 - 17.05, Nov 1. 
at the Awardshow

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Tania Ellis

The Social Business Company

Topic: "Sustainablity"

Speaking: 15.05, Oct 30.
at Welcome & Business Access

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Katherine Richardson

University of Copenhagen

Topic: "Sustainability"

Speaking: 14.25 - 14.40, Nov 1. 
at the Awardshow

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Chris Luebkeman

AruP

Topic: "Sustainability"

Speaking: 13.40 - 13.55, Nov 1. 
at the Awardshow

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Ditte Lysegaard Vind

Lendager Group

Topic: "First UNI7 village in Denmark"

Speaking: 9.30, Oct 31. 
at HighTechSummit

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Roberto Flore

DTU Skylab

Topic: "Foodtech & foodwaste"

Speaking: 9.45, Oct 31. 
at HighTechSummit

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Mark Buchanan

practicaleyes ltd

Topic: "Whole brain leadership"

Speaking: 15.05, Oct 30.
at Welcome & Business Access

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Ari Jonsson

Reykjavik university

Topic: "Sustainability & tech"

Leading debate: 15.25 - 16.10, Nov 1.
at the Awardshow

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Fatime Selimi

Develop Diverse

Topic: "Sustainability"

Speaking: 15.35, October 30.
at Welcome & Business Access

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More Speakers coming soon

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Brought to you by

Fonden for Entreprenørskab

Hempel Foundation

Novo Nordisk Foundation

Region Hovedstaden

Vækstforum Hovedstaden

MWB Law

Vaeksthus Copenhagen

Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Development Goals

High Tech Summit

Novo Holdings

AWA

McKinsey & Company

Innovationsfonden

Cabinn Hotels

Our country partners

Venture Cup Sweden

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

100 Young Minds

Now Asia International

Student Lounge Uganda

TalTech Mektory

Lean Startup Croatia

University of Kurdistan Hewler

City University of Hong Kong

Reykjavik University

Student Business Incubator (University of Split)

JCI Slovakia

LinkedT

Universiteit Stellenbosch

Innofeit Macedonia

International Organization for Business and Engineering

Marquette University

Venture Cup China

Cork Institute of Technology

Venture Cup Romania

Cabinet

CoachStartups

UBEntrepreneurship Club

Chaudhry Muhammad Akram Center for Entrepreneurship Development

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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