Do you accept the challenge?

The competition opens in February 2022

STARTUP is the competition for early startups. All ideas are welcome to compete as long as you compete with your own idea and the turnover as well as the external equity capital does not exceed 1 000 000 SEK at the time of the submission to the contest. You compete by submiting your pitch deck at our competition platform that will after deadline be judged by Venture Cup's jury. 

In addition to useful feedback, you'll have the opportunity to network and market your startup on the platform, you have the chance to win up to SEK 500,000. A profit in STARTUP is considered to be a strong quality stamp, it has over the years proven to attract both investors and media attention.

This is how STARTUP works

How do you win?

After completed competition round, the submitted entries will be read and assessed by our screening jury. The 10 strongest business ideas in each region will get the chance to present in front of their regional jury group. 

Out of the 10 nominated, the regional jury group will chose which idea that wins which prize in the categories Impact Maker, Game Changer, Beyond Academic and Best Traction. The winners will be revealed during the Regional Finals event. 

In October all the regional winner will compete in the National Finals, where one team can take home the titel - Startup of the Year!

What do you need to compete?

To be able to participate in the competition you have to submit your business idea on our competition platform. 

Describe your idea with the help of a pitch deck with the maximum of 20 slides (obligatory to progress in the competition process). 

You can also complement your application with a maximum of 1000 words and/or an 8 minute video pitch. That is the total that the jury will judge.

 

How to submit your idea?

To be able to submit you pitch deck you have to register as a user on our competition platform. This is easy and fast done with your email or through your Facebook.

How is confidentiality handled?

We have helped entrepreneurs in over two decades and know that a lot of business ideas have confidential information. You have the option of keeping the information hidden from the public when uploading your idea on the competition platform. Make sure that what you want to hide is limited to the field ’’hidden information’’.

This information can only be seen by the jury, network and Venture Cup employees, which all have signed a confidentiality agreement.