We connect you to partners in all corners of the world
to test and scale your solution


Challenging times call for unconventional solutions

Get in the Ring is a global startup competition active in over 200 cities. We give opportunities to unconventional solutions in all corners of the world, to prove their solutions and solve 21st century challenges. Working alongside industry leading partners, we support the scale and impact that startups make across the globe.

We use the Sustainable Development Goals as a guide to transforming our world using unconventional solutions.

Zero Hunger
Good Health & Well-being
Clean Water & Sanitation
Affordable & Clean Energy
Decent work & Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Sustainable Cities & Communities
Responsible Consumption & Production
Climate Action
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Companies we work with:

Eye verification startup ZOLOZ (formerly EyeVerify) won the Get in the Ring competition in 2013, got global exposure and was acquired for $100M by Ant Financial two years later.

Provide the solution for our partners' challenges

Solve the challenges of our corporate partners for a chance to prove your solution and access the network you need to scale.

The most global startup competition

Our global startup competition is active in all corners of the world and is your chance to connect with our community of partners. Join the competition and prove to us that you have a promising solution and should be connected to the people who have the power to help you scale. Together we can solve the grand challenges we all face in cities around the world.

Capital that makes you scale

If you’re a startup looking for growth capital, we can connect you to investors or assess your eligibility to access our own fund.

Convious were crowned the champions of our 2018 competition

“After winning the competition, our term sheet was raised to 3.6M in funding. Thanks Get in the Ring for that!”

Kevin Westermeijer - CEO & Co-founder Convious

"By winning the Get in the Ring competition LifeSense Group has transformed the largest women’s health secret, into the largest spoken solution.”

Julia van Zanten, LifeSense Group: solving urinary incontinence for women through wearable technology

Coming to a city near you

Do you have an unconventional solution we need to know about? Join us at one of our selection rounds in your city.

Our global community of organizers:


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Get in the RingTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 5:32pm
After winning Get in the Ring The Netherlands - Impact, SolarDew advance to the Global Meetup 2021, together with the best 70+ startups from all over the world.

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New Water Purification Technology With Solar Energy (Startup Pitch)
SolarDew (https://www.solardew.com/​) offer a new solution to produce clean drinking water using solar energy. Their technology allows to purify any source o...
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Get in the RingWednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 1:47pm
🎙️ New Unknown Stories podcast just dropped, starring Brad Vanstone of Willicroft

What does it mean to have Mother Nature as the CEO of your company? Willicroft's plant-based cheese aims to tackle one of the leading contributing factors to global warming by providing a tasty alternative to dairy cheese. Having a clear impact strategy, in two years they managed to put a whole range in all the major supermarkets. In this episode, Willicroft's Founder, Brad joins our host Jurgen to touch upon their to-market strategy and recall memories from the Final of Get in the Ring the Netherlands - Impact.

Check out the full episode on unknowngroup.com/podcast and everywhere you get your podcasts.
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Get in the RingFriday, November 20th, 2020 at 1:31pm
Cast your vote and let us know which #corporate has done the most for sustainability during the Living Business ME programme: https://bit.ly/2HOrOrj

💥 Future Architectural Glass LLC(Future Glass) reduces water and energy usage and incentivizes customers and employees to plant trees.

💥 Tristar Group leverages renewable solar energy and promotes road safety to ensure zero accidents in the future.

💥 IFFCO Group works towards maximizing impact of their sustainability initiatives by translating their vision into 4Ps: People, Planet, Prosperity and Partnership.

💥 Apparel Group eliminates single-use plastic shopping bags and plastic straws from their retail outlets and Food & Beverage brands, respectively.

💥 Emirates Electrical Engineering LLC built and currently operates a Solar Rooftop Power Plant.

💥 Fine Hygienic Holding designed an antiviral reusable face mask which is also safe for the environment.

💥Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (TALEX) LLC repurposes waste from their effluent treatment plant into raw material for white cement.

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Get in the RingThursday, November 19th, 2020 at 4:41pm
And this is just the beginning... FinnoExergy OY receives access to the Shell GameChanger programme, to test the technical and commercial viability of their solution using a fund of €100.000. For scaleups, H2Pro joins forces with Shell Ventures to further develop their pilot and explore a potential execution.

#NEC2020 #NewEnergyChallenge2020 YESDelft rockstart Shell New Energy Challenge
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New Energy Challenge
🥁 And the winners of the #NewEnergyChallenge2020 are… FinnoExergy Oy has been named ‘best start-up’ and H2Pro has been named ‘best scale-up’! Congratulations and thanks to all the participants of the New Energy Challenge 2020, your ideas will help us to shape our energy system of the future together.

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Get in the RingSunday, November 15th, 2020 at 2:00pm
Meet some of the companies doing amazing things to make the UAE and the world a more sustainable place to live.

Join Tom Urquhart and the jury as they discuss the 2020 projects and reveal who this year's Living Business ME winners are.

Register here: https://lnkd.in/dFd6gZz

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Get in the RingThursday, November 12th, 2020 at 4:07pm
St. Lucia
🎉Congratulations to InVictus and Laura Jn. Pierre for winning Get in the Ring - St Lucia and earning an invite to the Global Meetup 2021, where they will join the most innovative and brightest changemakers from our Global Network to solve 21st century challenges with unconventional solutions.

Their revolutionary Life Cube Desalinator uses solar energy to convert seawater and render effluents harmless for the environment.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 1:52pm
Meet Lesley, #CEO at Ü Impact. They are participating in the Global Meetup 2021, together with the best 70+ #startups from all over the world.

Their goal? To guide young people towards #impactinvesting .