OUT OF THE BOX.NRW: competition for digital start-ups

With the competition, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digitalisation rewards digital start-ups from North Rhine-Westphalia that think “OUT OF THE BOX”.

Both the nomination and voting phases for OUT OF THE BOX.NRW 2021 have finished. The deadline for people to vote for their favourite start-up and help decide which of the nominees will go through to the OOTB final was 29 March 2021. In addition to this vote, the expert panel also helped nominate the ten finalists.

These ten start-ups have the chance to present their businesses at PIRATE Summit 2021 – not only before a star-studded panel but a highly networked and business-friendly audience made up of investors, corporates, entrepreneurs and decision-makers.

But it was not the end for the start-ups outside the nominated ten either. The OOTB Wildcard Pitch enabled by NRW.BANK offered up to eight start-ups the opportunity to present their businesses before a panel and audience on 14 April 2021. AdiutaByte und Re:edu were the winners and thus qualified for the OUT OF THE BOX.NRW Award Finals at the digital PIRATE Live Conference.

The award for first place is 25,000 euros, second place receives 15,000 euros and third place 10,000 euros – along with the knowledge that the award also opens a lot of doors to opportunities.

The PIRATE Summit is the most unique start-up conference in Germany. The more than 1,000 participants are a mixture of early-stage start-ups and high-calibre investors and businesses. The aim is to bring creative heads together, exchange knowledge and celebrate enterprise through expert sessions, workshop and pitches.

All Information on the competition can be found here.