Creative Business Cup USA

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Investment





A global network for innovative businesses

Creative Business Cup Global: 

The world’s largest gathering of creative economy startups takes place every year in Denmark. The global competition brings together over 5,000 creative founders from 60 nations, all speaking the language of entrepreneurship. Founder Rasmus Tscherning calls it “the United Nations of entrepreneurship and creativity.”  Global Finals - November 16th, 2017


This summer, the United States will launch a nationwide open call for founders and their teams to compete in the global Creative Business Cup. The USA finals will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 14th & 15th, hosted by Creative Startups. 

With the chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes including an all-expense paid trip to Copenhagen, the winner of the USA Creative Business Cup will receive (1) An all-expense paid trip to Copenhagen including airfare, hotel, meals, and CBC events, valued at $3,000, (2) $500 in cash for “travel expenses” (3) $2,500 in consulting services including legal and accounting, and (4) coaching on investor pitching.

APPLICATIONS OPEN July 1st - August 13th.  


1.) By August 13th: Submit written and video application on You Noodle. Click here to Apply!

2.) Skype Interviews to select Finalists August 16/17/18th.

3.) Five finalists notified, announced by August 21st.

4.) USA Creative Business Cup events in Albuquerque September 14 & 15th.

5.) Winner of the USA Creative Cup announced the evening of pitch competition on September 15th.

Five selected Finalists (one team member) will receive an all-expense paid trip to Albuquerque to participate in the finals September 14th and 15th. Includes airfare, hotel for 2 nights, meals. 

Applicants must be building a startup in the creative industries, raised less than $1million in seed investment, USA residents, over the age of 18, hold a valid passport, and able to travel to Albuquerque for semi-finals (September 14-15) and Denmark Global Finals (November 15 -17).


CBC GLOBAL 2016 by the Numbers:


$190,000 worth in Prizes

5,000+ participating startups

500+ VIP Guests

100+ startup pitches

60+ Countries

29 speakers

10 selected investor pitches

1 princess

View the 2016 winners



Creative Business Cup

Being part of Creative Business Cup is the best thing that has happened since we started our company. I wish every startup could get the chance to be a part of this amazing event. 
                 ~Jakob Balslev, CEO & Founder,
                                                Cinema dell’Arte