The Prizes

If you manage to get among the top ten with your digital startup, you’re already a winner, because an appearance at the exciting, glamorous PIRATE Summit networking event will be a valuable experience and give you the opportunity to make plenty of new contacts. The audience at the final decision of OUT OF THE BOX.NRW will include well-connected, communicative investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, experts and other potential supporters of your startup. The three best startups will receive cash prizes totaling 50,000 euros – which you can deploy to get your startup jumping right out of the box.

125,000 euros

The winner of the first prize will be the digital startup that manages to completely knock the jury off its feet at the PIRATE Summit 2021. They will take home the biggest prize money of 25,000 euros. Jackpot!

215,000 euros

Even though they didn’t quite make first place, the second best startup out of ten finalists deserves an equal amount of recognition. Here, too, there is a cash prize to be won: 15,000 euros!

310,000 euros

Being among the top three digital startups in NRW is still quite an amazing feat, which OUT OF THE BOX.NRW will be rewarding with prize money of 10,000 euros.