University Startup World Cup

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.

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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.

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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. 

See previous winners here

startups every year


finalists participating




students reached


country partners


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


reached on Social Media

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."

Tekuma, Australia


"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.


"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

The deadline for this application round was July 20th. Do not submit for Phase two unless you have completed Phase one.


Phase Two - USWC online program

The online program is a mandatory part of the application process. The deadline is on July 24th. 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 the link below, and create a login with your name, e-mail address, and team name. Please note that there should be only one login per team. Once you have created your login, you will receive an email with the link. From here, you will be directed to the case page, where the 4 modules will be available. Make sure to click on "open case." Click here to get step by step instructions on how to navigate the online program platform.

Launch Online Program

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

October 29


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

Optional attendance

October 30


9:30 to 16:30
Copenhagen School
of Entrepreneurship
Porcelaenshaven 26,
2000 Frederiksberg
  • Startup talks and the SDG's
  • Mentor meetings

Mandatory attendance

October 31


10:00 to 17:00
Danish Technical
101D, Anker Engelunds 1,
2800 Kongens Lyngby
  • USWC Expo
  • Semifinals

Mandatory attendance



15:00 to 18:30
  • Final award show - five startups will pitch for a chance to win $15.000
  • Afterparty from 20:00

Mandatory attendance

All events are subject to change


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 Digital


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

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