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The 2024 Danube Cup

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Welcome to the 2024 Danube Cup!

The annual competition is based on a partnership between the Johannes Kepler University, the University of Passau, the Technical University of Budapest, the Corvinus University of Budapest, the University of Belgrade, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg and the University of Regensburg.

At a Glance


Johannes Kepler University
LIT Open Innovation Center
Altenberger Str. 69
4040 Linz


May 15 - 17, 2024

The Contest
The Danube Cup is a returning pitching competition for students from universities located along the Danube. The competition was launched in 2016 by two top Hungarian universities, the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The Mission
The Danube Cup's mission is to help start-up companies succeed internationally and, at the same time, bring highly motivated university start-ups from along the Danube together. The Johannes Kepler University Linz will be organizing this year's event.

The Host
Anchored regionally yet boasting a strong international perspective, the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) is committed to supporting and advancing high quality standards in research and education to become a top European university. During its 50-year history, the JKU has evolved from a university of social sciences and economics to one of Austria's largest educational institutions in higher education and research.


The Place for Innovation & Contests
This year's Danube Cup will take place at the LIT Open Innovation Center (OIC) at the JKU. The LIT OIC is an open research center focused on bringing academia and real-world practices together in support of a circular economy and sustainable polymer production. Constructed in 2019, the state-of-the-art building provides space to conduct research and developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, robot intelligence, IT security, information electronics and Industry 4.0.
Together with the LIT Factory, the LIT OIC is an open platform to not only support research to advance digitalization, but also to create cross-industry solutions and manufacturing innovative products.

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The 2024 Danube Cup Main Event May 15 - 17

The 2024 Danube Cup Competition

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The 2024 Danube Cup Team

Univ. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth S.C. Berger JKU, head of the Institute for Entrepreneurship


Petra Muschitz, BA – JKU LIT Open Innovation Center Team – Teamlead, Operations and Event Management

Christoph Frei, BSc, MA – JKU LIT Open Innovation Center Team – Marketing and Communications

Safak Bilgic – JKU LIT Open Innovation Center Team – Entrepreneurship Management

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