The 2016 University Startup World Cup presents you the 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!

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

The University Startup World Cup is more than just an entrepreneurial competition. The aim is to support the development process of all finalist teams. Over the course of one year, the challenge will foster an environment in which the finalists can find the tools and inspiration to truly reach their full potential via the mentor program, pre-accelerator program and a valuable international network.

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 Venture Capitalists

Steps in Submitting an application:

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 to find out the topics.

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!

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.

All presentations will be thoroughly screened 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, you 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.

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 the 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 the online competition management system, then you will receive a confirmation e-mail for a successful upload.

Deadline for submission of applications: August 21, 2016

Remember you can learn more by visiting the University Startup World Cup website

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