Start-up competitions: your start-up on the big stage

The start-up landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia offers a number of competitions and series of events. Take a look at our competitions here.

As well as a functioning business idea, sound finance and a strong business plan, a good network and prominence in the start-up scene are also important for business founders. To ensure these continue to flourish, the Ministry of Economics offers a range of start-up competitions and events.

  • Gründungspreis NRW Logo


    With prize money totalling EUR 60,000, MUT – DER GRÜNDUNGSPREIS NRW is one of Germany's most lucrative awards for innovative and successful founders, successors and freelancers.

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  • The winner of OUT OF THE BOX.NRW 2023


    With this competition, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action rewards young digital start-ups from North Rhine-Westphalia that think "OUT OF THE BOX". The winner in 2023 is syte - 25,000 euros in prize money included.

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  • Meet Greet + Beat Vol. 3

    Die Roadshow Meet, Greet + Beat, Vol. 3 (This content is only available in German.)

    Ihr könnt es kaum erwarten, eure Gründung auf das nächste Level zu heben? Dann macht euch bereit, denn die Roadshow von gründen.NRW startet in eine neue Runde: sieben Städte, je fünf Pitches sowie jede Menge Networking-Angebote warten auf euch. Dabei dreht sich bei der dritten Ausgabe von Meet, Greet + Beat alles um Social Entrepreneurship und Klimaschutz!

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