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Get in the Ring (GITR) is one of the biggest startup competitions worldwide connecting startups to fans (investors, customers, talent, corporates, and more). Get in the Ring believes that startups need fans if they’re going to be successful. During the competition fans from all over the world follow their favorite startups in their journey to the International Final through the local, national or regional finals or online through the live webcasts of these finals.

In only three years’ time Get in the Ring grew from a local event to a global competition in 64 countries. The competition is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Through National and Regional Finals startups will be selected for the International Final.

The Concept

Get in the Ring aims to challenge the status quo of pitching. The minds of the investors need to be triggered. For this reason, Get in the Ring changed the way people are pitching and has introduced a new unique pitching concept. Startups getting in the ring will battle it out, one on one, during five different rounds. Each round focuses on a relevant topic that all investors are interested in.

During the Investment Battle two startups will be pitching at the same time, called a battle. Every battle consists of five rounds and every round will focus on a different subject important for a business. Per round, entrepreneurs will have approximately 25 seconds to convince the champions, the jury, on each subject. After five rounds every participant will be asked questions by the jury (called the Champions). This will take 5 minutes per participant.

The rounds include:

  1. Team
  2. Achievements
  3. Business model & market
  4. Financials & investment proposition
  5. Freestyle

After the question round the Champions will choose which startup is the winner of the battle.  The winners of each battle will go through for the voting round of the audience award.


The winner of the National Finals will proceed to participate in the Regional Finals and claim a spot at the International Finals for a chance to compete in front of a jury panel, international investors and a live audience to claim an investment of up to €1,000,000.

Participating in the Regional Final during the Disrupt Startup ScaleUP 2014 was a thrilling experience for our team! It was a unique opportunity to meet interesting start-ups from all over the world, develop our pitching skills, exchange ideas and get inspired to expand our product even more. Having the honor to represent Southern Europe in the International Get In The Ring Finals in Rotterdam, helped us get a better view of the startup ecosystem and meet interesting startup teams and experienced advisors from all over the world. What is more, we got plenty of helpful advice from members of the judging committee. It was definitely one of the best ways to “ScaleUp” our first year as a startup. We are really thankful to the organization committee for the excellent opportunity and support they provided us!