Web3 Greatest Startup Competition Hits $10M in Prizes

In an exciting development, the highly anticipated Startup Competition is set to make a return at Paris Blockchain Week. The event boasts an impressive array of prizes, exceeding $10 million, covering funding, grants, credits, accelerations, listings, and more. Renowned as a cornerstone event within the blockchain startup ecosystem, this competition has captured widespread attention.

Partners include industry leaders, investors, and blockchains from all over the world: Tim Draper, RockawayX, AWS, Consensys, CoinMarketCap, Coin Academy, iExec, Blockchain Founders Fund, Outlier Ventures, Foresight Ventures, Mantle, Mirana, Morningstar Ventures, NEO, Bit2Me, XRP Ledger, Pitchbook, Bitpanda, CV Labs, Stellar, Canonical Crypto, BNB Chain, Node Capital, Hello Labs, Killer Whales, Orange DAO, Blockwall, v3ntures, Cointelegraph, TDeFi, HUMANS, LBanks Labs, VNTR, and Mercy Corps. Partners are instrumental in shaping the event, contributing significantly beyond the $10 million prize pool. Their commitment extends to sourcing exceptional founders and actively engaging in the selection of the Top 100 contenders. This robust support highlights the actor’s crucial role in fostering innovation and growth within the blockchain sector.

“PBW Startup Competition opened a lot of doors and gave us access to a world-class network of investors and builders” remarked last edition gold winner, Xverse. “It was a game-changer for our roadshow. Not only did we secure funding, but we also boosted our visibility and oversubscribed our seed round!” underlined the Bubblemaps team, silver medal winners.   

The prize package, totaling $10 million in assorted prizes, sets a new industry record. Not only does it offer substantial funding opportunities but also grants, acceleration, credits, and mentoring from leading VC firms and companies. It also promises significant visibility for the winners. Included in the bundle are PR and media grants, as well as an exclusive chance to pitch on Apple TV’s ‘Killer Whales’ show.

Startups have until February 29, 2024, to apply. Following this, the Top 100 will be selected and announced on March 10. Investors will then have until March 25th to pick the 10 finalists. The latter will be invited, free of charge, to pitch their project at the Investor Day on April 11, 2024. After their presentations, the panel of judges will select four winners to present on the Carrousel du Louvre Master Stage, and pitch Tim Draper, live on an episode of ‘Meet the Drapers’ TV show.

The jury panel boasts esteemed figures such as Tim Draper, alongside seasoned experts from leading entities in the industry, including Lightspeed Ventures, Stellar, RockawayX, NEO, and Bit2Me.

The competition is expected to draw over 1,000 ambitious startups eager to showcase their innovations. Additionally, it anticipates attracting the participation of over 500 investors of all kinds: VCs, Business Angels, Accelerators, Incubators, DAOs, institutional, and LPs,  providing an unparalleled platform for networking, collaboration, and investment opportunities.

On April 11th, the third day of Paris Blockchain Week will feature a Startup Village, an Investors Lounge, and a specialized stage for panel discussions and keynotes on Web3 ventures, fundraising, and market trends. 

The Paris Blockchain Week Startup Competition stands as the biggest event of the year for startups and investors in the Web3 ecosystem. We are immensely proud to showcase innovation within our industry through this competition, which aims to be the largest of its kind globally.

Visit https://www.parisblockchainweek.com/start-up-competition for more information.

About Paris Blockchain Week 

Paris Blockchain Week is a leading organization in the blockchain/web3, dedicated to fostering innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. As the premier event platform, we bring together thought leaders, industry experts, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, and enthusiasts from around the globe to explore the potential of blockchain technology and its transformative impact on various sectors.

The 5th edition, taking place at the Carrousel du Louvre between 9 – 11 March is set to welcome 10,000+ attendees and 500+ speakers, including Richard Teng – CEO of Binance, David Marcus – CEO & Co-Founder of Lightspark, Denelle Dixon – CEO & Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, Jeremy Allaire – CEO of Circle, Ryan Selkis – CEO of Messaris, Silvia Attanasio – Head of Innovation at the Italian Banking Association & Member of the Digital Euro Advisory Board, Yat Siu – Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Animoca Brands, Mihailo Bjelic – Co-Founder of Polygon, Mo Shaikh – CEO of Aptos, Alex Matsuo – Co-Head of Web3 at Amazon Web Services, Silvio Micali – Founder of Algorand and Yoni Assia – CEO of eToro, to name a few.  For more information please visit https://www.parisblockchainweek.com