Young Entrepreneurs Track

15 startup teams will be selected to join the acceleration journey


The Young Entrepreneurs journey focuses on preparing startup teams for active and fruitful congress participation and equips them with a clearly defined congress strategy. Each startup participates with two team members, one of which needs to be a founder. The startup teams will be engaged in a virtual acceleration journey from the 1st of June until their arrival to Copenhagen for the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023. The acceleration journey focuses on building presentation and communication competencies, preparing the startup teams to exhibit and pitch their solution at the UIA World Congress. It further has a strong focus on aiding the startup in using the visit to Copenhagen and the congress to build international partnerships.

Congress tickets are included in the program, and so are travel and accommodation for startups outside of Denmark, enabled through partners and sponsorships.


Important DATES



The sign-up process differs from country to country and is further detailed below.

The final deadline for applying is the 24th of April and up to 15 teams (2-3 startups from each partnering countries) will be announced on the 1st of May.



On the 31st of May, all participants across the three tracks will be gathered locally in their countries. We will then virtually connect all the hubs for a joint Kick-off.



The startup teams will from the 1st of June and leading up to the congress, be engaged in a virtual acceleration process focusing on preparing for a active and fruitful congress participation.

The acceleration journey is a part-time engagement which offers, collaborative Bootcamps with other participants, keynotes, mentoring sessions and more.



Participants will arrive in Copenhagen on the 28th of June where we offer a pre-congress program including congress preparation sessions, visits to partners around Copenhagen and a celebratory reception.



As part of NGCA youth delegation, the startup teams will enter the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023, with a defined congress strategy, ready to take part in defining the future of sustainable and inclusive cities.

Each team will be allocated time to exhibit their solution at partner stands and put on stage to pitch their solution, competing for further acceleration.

24 April
Application Deadline
1 May
Team Announcements
31 May
28 June
Arrival at Copenhagen
2 - 6 July


You might be wondering: “What about architecture? I thought this was an initiative that is part of the World Congress of Architects.

The purpose of the congress is to create a platform to discuss how architecture can contribute to a sustainable future – leaving no one behind. This is a holistic challenge, and UIA is inviting “the whole built environment” to participate in the discussion, where NGCA is a key initiative in doing so by bringing together and into the congress, young academics and entrepreneurs from diverse cultures and fields.

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