STARTUP is a competition designed for business ideas from upcoming startups in Sweden. Ideas that have revenues exceeding 1 000 000 SEK is therefore not allowed in this competition. Venture Cup STARTUP targets new startups with verified business ideas, scalability, and great growth potential.
To participate you need to present your startup by using a pitch deck of maximum 20 slides wich needs to contain our 12 topics, see our guide. The pitchdeck can only be seen by our Jury and Network who have all signed confidentiality agreements. Additional to the pitchdeck, you can add a presentation of maximum 2 000 words and a 10 minutes long video. The information you post here will be visible for all, and we, therefore, recommend you to take the opportunity to attract potential customers and spread the word about your startup.
A good advice is to submit to the competition and join our community as early as possible while the competition is open. By doing that, you increase the chance of receiving a lot of feedback. It also enables you to make changes to your idea all the way until the final deadline closes = iteration and customer feedback which makes better ideas and better startups.
How does the competition process work? After the deadline, all competing startups will be reviewed by our network who will evaluate and score all entries after based on our criteria. The top 10 startups will get the opportunity to pitch in front of our jury which decides the winners.
What are you waiting for? Good Luck!
Best Traction – For startups who clearly locate their customer, dare to sell at an early stage and manages to market themselves with small and innovative means. 4 regional winners will be selected and qualified for the National final.
Game Changer – Is what we call startups with the potential to disrupt a current industry. 4 regional winners will be selected and qualified for the National final.
Impact Maker – For startups with strong social or sustainable impact. 4 regional winners will be selected and qualified for the National final.
Student Superstart – For startups with great ideas and teams (with at least one team member) that are active students in any of Venture Cup's arranging universities. In order to qualify for this prize you need to make sure that the name of your university is included in your application. 4 regional winners will be selected and qualified for the National final.
JCE Accelerator Award – For startups with a business model that is clearly scalable and there is clear potential for profitable growth in a short time horizon. 1 winner in region west will be selected.
Visual Sweden Venture Award - For startups who intend to innovatively exploit a business idea where visualisation and/or image analysis is key, with a great market potential in any sector. 1 winner in region east will be selected.
Innovatum Space Hacker – for innovative startups based on space technology, satellite data/imagining or an innovation intended for space usage. In addition to the prize money, the winner will also have investment possibility and the chance of becoming a part of the Innovatum Space Incubator. 1 winner in region west or south will be selected.