University Startup World Cup

University Startup World Cup (USWC) is an annual event powered by Venture Cup Denmark. 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!

USWC 2020 is hosted by Venture Cup China and will take place in Wenzhou, China. 

Click the link below to stay in the loop for 2020.

USWC 2020

Community of the best university startups worldwide

Venture Cup Denmark hosted the first USWC back in 2015 and it has been running ever since in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The goal is to feature the best university startups from around the world.

In 2020 and 2021, University Startup World Cup will be hosted by Venture Cup China and will take place in Wenzhou, China.

See previous winners here

startups every year


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students reached


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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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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

"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

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

2019 Handbook & Magazine

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

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


Universiteit Stellenbosch

Innofeit Macedonia

International Organization for Business and Engineering

Marquette University

Venture Cup China

Cork Institute of Technology

Venture Cup Romania



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

Event Sponsors

United Nations Development Program

State Drinks




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