The University Startup World Cup is organized by Venture Cup, a Danish non-profit organization with more than 16 years of experience hosting startup competitions for university startups. The vision is to create a network among international students in which they can be inspired, benchmark their ideas and turn academic knowledge into viable high-growth businesses.
We focus on entrepreneurship as a practical discipline and we expose our participants to a great network of experienced entrepreneurs and business people who provide valuable advice on a volunteer basis because they share Venture Cup’s interest in finding and supporting leading start-ups.
In 2015, we hosted the very first University Startup World Cup for 39 teams from more than 24 countries. The teams were chosen by a jury out of several hundred applicants. They spent one week in Copenhagen meeting companies, investors and like-minded entrepreneurs. They are now part of a valuable network in which they are able to benchmark and find inspiration from around the world!
The University Startup World Cup starts off with one week in Copenhagen where 50 of the best teams from all over the world are invited to Copenhagen to network with entrepreneurs, investors and business people while developing and benchmarking their business idea. The week will end with the election of a winning team that can call themselves the world’s best university startup!
The University Startup World Cup is more than just a competition, it is an opportunity to be part of an international network of like-minded entrepreneurs and business people. All teams will be offered a mentor through our mentor program and services via our pre-accelerator program, the Startup Booster Program. The teams will have the opportunity to benchmark their ideas to each other, network with relevant companies and grow their idea into real businesses. Companies part of the world cup will receive access to international talents, find inspiration and be updated on new trends and ideas within their industry.
There are many opportunities to participate in the University Startup World Cup. If you have the best idea and wish to participate in the world cup, you can read more and upload your business plan here. If you wish to be part of the international network where knowledge sharing, inspiration and access to top-tuned talents are in focus, read more here.
Copenhagen – which has been named one of the most innovative cities in the world by the Innovation Cities Index and Business Insider. There is a strong infrastructure with lots of resources and a supportive environment for delivering results.