The #OOTBNRW is “your“ competition. One that puts North Rhine-Westphalia’s digital startup scene in the spotlight and celebrates it. And someone who shows how your ideas can be so convincing and inspiring that the community wants to see you in the final pitch with the chance to win a total of 50,000 euros in cash prize money!

It all begins with a supporter who nominates your startup. The nomination can be submitted HERE until Februrary 20, 2023. If you accept the challenge and the competition conditions, you're in the race. To be successful, you need to activate as many supporters as possible during the voting phase. Form a community and convince with your ideas.

Your chance to become one of the ten finalists increases with every vote by your community. If your pitch documents also convince the jury, you might be one of the finalists who will be able to present yourself in person at the PIRATE Summit 2023. - not only to a highly distinguished jury, but also to a well-connected, communicative audience of investors, corporates, entrepreneurs and top-flight decision-makers.

This is where the decision will be made on who will be among the winners of OUT OF THE BOX.NRW 2023. The first prize winner will be awarded 25,000 euros, the second 15,000 euros and the third 10,000 euros – as well as the certainty that the prize will open a great many doors for them.