Become a Participant

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make your idea a reality!

This is your opportunity to win $25.000*, become part of a large international network, receive professional feedback on your business plan and spend one week in Copenhagen exploring a flourishing startup environment!

Not convinced yet? Read “Become a Participant” here.

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The deadline has expired, but sign up to receive more information when we open the submission link for 2017

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Click here to download the eligibility requirements

The categories change each year to cater to tendencies and ideas. In 2016, the categories were:

Life Science & MedTech

Digital health, medical devices, compliance of drug administration, drug delivery devices and health tech

Mobile & Web

Apps, web services, search engines, augmented reality, near field communication, gaming, services, VIR (virtual reality) etc.

Sharing Economy and IoT

Online services, connections etc.

IndustryTech & Robotics

Industry (manufacturing, assembly, packaging, palletizing), Transport and logistics (mobile robots, drones), Health care and service robots, Learning and gaming technology involving mechanical hardware, Welfare


Online business, commerce, government, procurement and interaction


Cleantech, environment, climate

Criteria for submitting in the University Startup World Cup:

  • The startup is working on process optimization including repeatable sales and customer acquisition processes

  • There is a formal structure for the business operations and processes

  • The business model is being improved for scalability

  • Has tested/proven a valid and solid market or first paying customers have emerged

  • Ideal for angel investors and VCs

1. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation

Prepare a powerpoint presentation of max. 10 slides. Together with the questions that you fill out in the online competition system, this is the business presentation which you will be judged upon. Important: you must cover the following topics in your powerpoint presentation, click here

Furthermore, it is possible to upload a video explaining your business idea and showing your product. This is not mandatory but can add to the judges impression of your idea! For criteria on the video, please see paragraph below.

2. Choose the right category

Once you have prepared your PowerPoint presentation and perhaps a video, you should have a clear idea of which category your idea belongs to.

We will screen all presentations to make sure that the right category is chosen. You can apply with more than one idea if they belong to different areas. However, you cannot submit the same idea in more than one category.


  • Life Science & MedTech
  • Mobile & Web
  • Sharing economy and IoT
  • IndustryTech & Robotics
  • FinTech
  • Green Tech

3. Submit in our competition system

When submitting, you will be asked to provide information on the team members and various aspects of your business, strategy etc. – you should set aside good time for this as the judges will base their decisions on your detailed information. Furthermore, your must upload a slide presentation.

Whether you will be selected as a finalist depends both on your reflection on the business idea and the slide presentation.

Possibility of adding video

You can support your presentation with a video. A video is not mandatory, but this is your chance to be creative and tell a story!

The video must be max 2 minutes and could address the following topics:

  • Business problem/pain
  • Product/service
  • Market opportunity
  • Competitive advantage
  • Business model
  • Team

You can upload your video in the competition system when submitting. For an example of a video please see below:


4. Checklist before applying

  • Your slide presentation is ready
  • All contact info on all team members should be clearly stated in the presentation and in our online competition management tool (the site where you upload your business plan)
  • Make sure your slide presentation is saved as a PDF (max. 10MB) and named after your business idea

5. Apply!

All applications are handled securely by our online competition management system.

Once you click “Submit here” a new window will open for your application. You must register a profile, fill out all the required information, upload the presentation (and perhaps a video) to our online competition management system, then you will receive a confirmation e-mail for a successful upload.

Note: The upload may take a few minutes, so please be patient and only click the submit button once.


If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail

*Overall winner wins $20.000 + category winners win $5.000 – Please notice: Cash prizes can be adjusted continuously