Danube Cup 2021

International Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition

for University Students along the Danube
29 March / 1 April, 2021
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
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A Unique Competition

for University Startups with Validated Business Plans

Our mission is to help improve the international success rate of new ventures by bringing together the most motivated student startuppers from universities along the Danube.

Danube Cup 2021 supports the commercialization of R&D results of university labs. Looking for teams that have already performed market research for their ideas, at least locally.

The competition showcases student-created, managed, and owned ventures. Competitors from accredited universities receive expert feedback, coaching, and a wide range of prize packages to be able to grow their businesses.

Prominent list of INVITED universities

Hosts in 2021:

Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of BME and
Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE)

How we support University Startup Teams


For the winners of the Hungarian pre-selection in December 2020: in cooperation with Startit@K&H and Demola Innovation Lab. 


We will award the best ideas with generous prize money and mentorship option. 


Participants, entrepreneurs, mentors, sponsors and investors will find the opportunity of meeting each other during the conference sessions, coffee breaks, and other activities.


Selected startup teams may receive invitation to investment talks from distinguished angel and VC investors.

Timeline of Events

Deadline for Universities to apply for Danube Cup 2021 as participants
31 Oct 2020
Pre-selection Competition of Hungarian Teams (6. Duna Kupa)
Participant universities name their delegated startup teams (2-2 per universities) for the Danube Cup 2021
Danube Cup 2021 International competition
4 Dec 2020
Jan 2021
End of April 2021




Budapest University of Technology, Corvinus University of Budapest


Chair, Budapest University of Technology

Loretta Huszák

Corvinus University of Budapest


Demola Budapest

András Bethlendi  (Deputy Dean at BME)
Anikó Grad-Gyenge, Deputy Dean (BME)
Gábor Méhész(Corvinus)
János Vecsenyi, Professor Emeritus (BME,  Corvinus)
Lajos György Szabó, Vice Rector  (Corvinus)
Loretta Huszák  (Corvinus)    
Pál Danyi, Assoc.Prof. (BME)    
Zita Zoltayné Paprika, Vice President  (Corvinus)