The Stage Two European Student Startup Competition is the premier European competition for the best startups emerging from leading European universities, including VU. Every year, two startups from the VU will be nominated for the Stage Two competition in Berlin. One is the winner of the ASIF best student startup competition and the other is a startup nominated by the VU E&I team. This year’s winners are Mind Reality, winners of the Kuyper Challenge, and Fitsurance, selected by the Demonstrator Lab and VU Entrepreneurship & Impact team.

The top two startups from each university will pitch live, on October 29, 2021 in Berlin, at Stage Two in front of top European investors and industry leaders.

This is the event for entrepreneurial talents who want to shake up and change the world. They enter the stage not only to pitch, connect and grow, but ultimately to shape our future. The competition is open to student entrepreneurs who

  • are students or have graduated less than 3 years ago
  • have not raised more than € 250.000 in equity
  • use technical innovation in their solution to a market problem

The European Student Startup Competition is the opportunity for all student entrepreneurs to create real and lasting international exposure to other startups, companies and top investors!

As a partner university, VU annually nominates two startups that may participate in the competition in Berlin. Stay tuned and keep an eye on the website for our own competitions for a chance to be nominated.

Check the Stage Two website for the requirements you need to meet!