Rules for exemption for certain groups of students

You should be aware that merely stating an affiliation to one of these groups when you apply for exemption is not enough. You must also be able to document that there is a causal relation between the desired dispensation and the condition that you state.

Elite athletes

To be an elite athlete you must be able to document that you live up to SDU’s principles for being an elite athlete.

SDU can, as an exception, waive this requirement if you can document in another way that you are an elite athlete.


In order to be an entrepreneur you must be able to document:

  1. that you are part of an SDU approved entrepreneur environment (see list below), or that you are linked to the entrepreneur pilot scheme from the Innovation Fund Denmark, and
  2. that you spend a significant part of your time, which constitutes a minimum of 20 hours/week on activities associated with entrepreneurship, and
  3. that you have a company with a valid business registration number, and that the income in the relevant company agrees with the business plan* for the relevant company, and that the business plan deals with development and growth with a significant commercial or social potential

* The business plan for the stated company must be approved by the Research and Innovation Council (RIO council) at SDU before an exemption can be achieved

SDU approved entrepreneur environment
  • Business Factory, AU Herning
  • CSE Lab, CBS
  • DTU Skylab
  • House of Innovation, Kolding
  • Odense Robotics StartUp Hub, Odense
  • Pakhuset, Kolding
  • SDU Cortex Lab, Odense
  • Startup Factory Katrinebjerg, Aarhus
  • Startup Factory Navitas (AU og Aarhus Maskinmesterskole), Aarhus
  • Startup Factory Aarhus (Navitas/Katrinebjerg/Skejby)
  • Startup Lab ved Incuba, Aarhus
  • Studentervæksthus Erhvervsakademi Aarhus
  • Studentervæksthus Silkeborg (VIA & Dania)
  • Studentervæksthus Viborg (VIA og Dania)
  • Studentervæksthus Aarhus (AU), Aarhus
  • Sønderborg Iværksætter Service
  • TakeOff, Odense
  • UAS Business Park, Odense
  • UCPH Innovation HUB
  • VIA Studentervæksthus Campus C (+ Filmbyen), Aarhus
  • VIA Studentervæksthus Campus N, Aarhus
  • VIA Studentervæksthus Herning
  • VIA Studentervæksthus Holstebro
  • VIA Studentervæksthus Horsens
  • Væksthuset Katapult, KU
  • Vækstværket, Studentervæksthus Randers (VIA og Dania)
  • AAU Inkubator

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