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Pirate Summit – OUT OF THE BOX.NRW


10 years of unforgettable moments.  Pirate Summit 2020: A whole week filled with exciting events and pitches. Startup Safari, Movers & Shakers Summit. Out Of The Box.NRW, Pirate Summit. On 24.06 OUT OF THE BOX.NRW will take place, the competition for the digital start-up scene with the new state prize, initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the state of NRW.

Nominations can be made now: For the new digital start-up prize, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Affairs of NRW is looking for digital start-ups from North Rhine-Westphalia that break out of established patterns and break new ground. The special thing: The companies must be nominated and cannot apply themselves.
Those who want to win at OUT OF THE BOX.NRW need support, because the start-ups have to be nominated for the competition. The proposal can be submitted on the website

OUT OF THE BOX.NRW is not only on the road digitally: the competition is currently travelling through North Rhine-Westphalia with the support of NRW.BANK. A walk-in box stops at several stations throughout NRW and offers visitors the opportunity to submit their nomination directly online.
All dates and information on the competition can be found here.

After the nomination, the following will be voted
If the start-up accepts the nomination, it is in the race. This means: It must try to collect as many votes as possible via the platform. In addition to the vote of an independent expert jury, the number of votes decides which ten start-ups make it to the final pitch.

The final at the PIRATE Summit
The final and award ceremony will take place at the PIRATE Summit 2020 in Cologne – the most extraordinary start-up conference in Germany. There, the finalists not only have to face a top-class jury, but also a highly networked and sociable audience of investors, corporates, entrepreneurs and top decision-makers. This is where it is decided who is really OUT OF THE BOX. First place takes home 25,000 euros, second 15,000 and third 10,000 euros – and the certainty that with the prize many doors will now be open.

Do you have any questions? Then the competition office will be happy to help you: or by telephone on 0201/43772 63.