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”. Votes can be cast until April 10, 2022, for the start-ups that will move on to the finals in the summer of 2022.

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 can now decide which ten of the nominated start-ups will move on to the OOTB finals in the summer of 2022. There they will have 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.

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.

Retrospective Out of the box 2021

On September 1, 2021, the OUT OF THE BOX.NRW 2021 was awarded. First place and with it the prize money of 25,000 euros was won by Clinomic GmbH from Aachen. Second place and prize money of 15,000 euros went to the start-up GREENbimlabs GmbH from Aachen. Third place and 10,000 euros went to ENLYZE GmbH from Cologne. 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 eleven finalists were.

These eleven start-ups had the chance to present themselves digitally at PIRATE LIVE. The otherwise held PIRATE Summit had to be postponed for the second time due to the Corona pandemic and will take place in 2022. Then, start-ups will 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 will also be watching.