Start in Block is a competition between the most promising web3 projects. The goal is to spotlight web3 start-ups with high potential, providing them with unique exposure and feedback from reputable investors. Over $10Bn of VC AUM and $10M in prizes, grants, funding, and credits is up for grab!

  • Pitch and convince 300+ VCs, Accelerators, Angels, and DAOs to back your project!
  • Win priceless exposure, prizes, funding, and grants from industry leaders.
  • Be one of the 4 winners, and pitch thousands of people on the Master stage!
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Investors will be the first to discover and have the opportunity to invest early in web3 start-ups with high potential. Get exclusive access to the Top100 deal flow, choose the 10 finalists to pitch during Investors Day, and connect with talented founders directly via the networking app.

4 of the 10 finalists will have the chance to pitch on season 6 of Meet The Drapers TV Show, shoot during Investors Day (March 20th). Session 6 will be aired in May. Semi-finals will be held in Silicon Valley, where a finalist will receive at least a $1m investor from Tim Draper.

$10,000,000 PRIZES

Last edition winners

“PBW Startup Competition opened a lot of doors and gave us access to a world class network of investors and builders.”
"It was a game-changer for our roadshow. Not only did we secure funding, we also boosted our visibility, and oversubscribed our seed round! This competition is (by far) the best we’ve attended, and we’re very grateful to the PBWS team for this opportunity "
"Staex’s journey to the top 3 was transformative, leading to valuable connections with web3 investors, a spot on Tim Draper’s show, and recognition from the Web3 Foundation. It was a catalyst for growth, networking, and innovation."

1 - Submission

January 15th - February 29th

Pre-register HERE.

Submissions are open exclusively to early-stage Web3 start-ups.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Funding: Companies with less than $5 million in funding raised.
  • Age: Less than 4 years old.

2 - selection

March 10th - 25th

Investors will select the 10 finalists to pitch, via the Top100 deal-flow (decks, founders bio, funding, ...).

Feedback Opportunity: Investors can provide tips and feedback to the selected projects.

Finalist Announcement: The top 10 finalists will be officially announced on March 25th.

3 - start-up pitch

April 11th - Founders Stage

Founder Presentations: 10 Finalist founders will pitch their start-up.

Q&A: Following each pitch, there will be a short Q&A session.

Jury's Insights: The jury's experts will share their views and ranking.

1-1 Discussions: Investors will have the opportunity for separate in-depth chat with each founders.

4 - Finals

April 11th - Master Stage

Pitching Opportunity: The three winning founders will have the opportunity to pitch in front of Paris Blockchain Week Summit attendees.

Final Jury Evaluation: The last jury will evaluate the pitches and elect the final podium.

Our Jury

The jury is made up of successful investors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders of the web3 industry, whose names will be revealed soon.

Investors

  • Unique opportunity to meet, network, and discuss tech and deals with 200+ insightful investors.
  • Be the first to find and invest early in web3 start-ups with high potential.
  • Get exclusive access to 100+ screened Start-up decks (all decks on demand).
  • Participate in the Start-Up Competition Selection and pick the 10 finalists to pitch during Investors Day.
  • Attend the 10 finalist's pitches session and get the expert's comments and vision on the matter.
  • Connect with talented founders and other investors during the event and via our networking app, and move forward through 1:1 in-depth discussions.
  • Get a clear agenda for all start-up pitching, value proposition, and jury comments.
  • Be identified as a key actor in the sector by sharing your expertise as a jury member*.
  • Gain visibility with your name & logo featured during the event, on our website, and in the VC brochure*.

* These benefits are subject to discussion with the PBW team. Leave us a comment here if you're interested

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Start-ups

  • Get unique exposure to 200+ leading VCs, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and the broad ecosystem of web3 builders.
  • Be coached, challenged, and get valuable feedback from notorious builders of the web3 space.
  • Secure funding and backing from reputable investors.
  • Win a booth at Paris Blockchain Week Summit, and be a speaker in the next edition (2025)**.
  • Access to the private investors cocktail event, and pitch in front of thousands of attendees at PBWS Closing**.
  • Get direct access to investors via our networking app, and move forward through 1:1 in-depth discussions.
  • Put your solution to the test and improve your pitching skills.
  • Win valuable Grants and Prizes from our sponsors (Free credits, coaching sessions, subscriptions, devices, marketing consulting, legal advice sessions, etc...).

** These prizes are reserved for the 3 winners of the Start-Up competition.

To be eligible, your web3 Start-ups must have raised less than 5M€. Anticipate having one founder to pitch in Paris, on April 11th.

Industry Leaders, VCs, DAOs, Accelerators, Incubators, Angels, and web3 Communities are partnering with us.

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