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 $2M in prizes, grants, funding, and credits is up for grab!

  • Pitch and convince 200+ VCs, Angels, DAOs, and Accelerators to back your project!
  • Win priceless exposure, prizes, funding, and grants from Industry Leaders.
  • Be one of the 3 winners, and pitch thousands of people on PBWS Main Stage!
Startup Registration
Applications now are closed (Feb. 20th), but you can fill in your startup details for investor's review.

As an investor, you will be the first to discover and have the opportunity to invest early in web3 start-ups with high potential. Get exclusive access to 100+ pre-screened decks, choose the 10 finalists to pitch during Investors Day, and connect with talented founders directly via the networking app.


1 - Submission

Applications now are closed (Feb. 20th), but you can still register your Startup Here, for investor's review.
Submission is open to early Web3 Startups only, that raised less than 5M€.

2 - selection

February 27th - March 10th

The competition will kick off with a ten days online stage, where investors and the jury will assess 100 pre-screened projects within their scope of investment. They will pick their favorite ones and give them their best tips & feedback to shine during Investors Day.

3 - start-up pitch

March 20th

Finalist founders will deliver their straightforward Start-up pitch, followed by a brief Q&A session. Experts of the Jury will be on-stage after the pitch to give their insight and disclose their grades. Investors will also be able to ask their questions and eventually move forward through 1:1 in-depth discussions with founders.

4 - Finals

The 3 winning founders will pitch in front of Paris Blockchain Week Summit attendees, and the last jury will elect the podium.

The jury & sponsors

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


  • 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 startup 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

register interest
Get your investor ticket


  • 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 (2024)**.
  • 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 3M€. Anticipate having one founder to pitch in Paris, on March 20th (10 finalists) and 23rd (3 winners).

If you already raised more than 3M€, we also have something for you here.
Coming soon...

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


The 10 finalists' pitches will be held during Investors Day, on March 20th. A world-class opportunity to connect with web3 investors and entrepreneurs, discuss the very latest market insights, and hear talks from industry leaders.

Eligible start-ups can also purchase discounted tickets to Investors Day, by filing Start in Block form (last question).