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

With the competition, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy rewards digital start-ups from North Rhine-Westphalia that think “OUT OF THE BOX”. The nomination phase for the OUT OF THE BOX.NRW 2022 has ended.

From March 28 to April 10, 2022, the community together with an expert jury decided which ten of the nominated start-ups could move on to the OOTB finals in the summer of 2022. There they had the chance to present themselves at the PIRATE Summit in front of a top international jury and a highly networked and sociable audience and pitch for a total of 50,000 euros

On September 7, 2022, the OUT OF THE BOX.NRW 2022 was awarded. First place and with it the prize money of 25,000 euros was won by ACCURE Battery Intelligence GmbH from Aachen. Second place and prize money of 15,000 euros went to the start-up Companyon GmbH from Düsseldorf. Third place and 10,000 euros went to everwave GmbH from Aachen. All details about the award ceremony can be found at wirtschaft.nrw (in German only).

Citizens were able to vote in the competition to determine which nominees would move on to the OOTB finals. In addition to this vote, the vote of the expert jury also helped decide who the ten finalists were.

These ten start-ups had the chance to present themselves at the PIRATE Summit in Cologne. There, start-ups were not only be allowed to present themselves in front of the jury. A highly networked and sociable audience of investors, corporates, entrepreneurs and top decision-makers were also be watching.

About the competition

OUT OF THE BOX.NRW is a competition for young start-ups from North Rhine-Westphalia that pursue a digital business model. With a total of 50,000 euros in prize money, OOTB is one of the most highly endowed competitions for start-ups in Germany. In addition, the prize gives start-ups the chance to present themselves to top-class investors. This also allows them to make a wide range of new contacts.

The prize opens many doors for winning companies. In addition, there is prize money:

  1. Prize: 25,000 euros
  2. Prize: 15,000 euros
  3. Prize: 10.000 Euro

The PIRATE Summit is an extraordinary start-up conference: The more than 1,000 participants are mainly early-stage start-ups. The goal is to bring creative minds together, share knowledge and celebrate entrepreneurship via expert sessions, workshops and pitches.

All Information on the competition can be found here.