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:


Get in the Ring
Get in the RingMonday, August 3rd, 2020 at 9:20am
The introduction of 5G technology has the potential to improve traceability of materials, and allow the implementation of flexible and efficient solutions that are capable of bringing us closer to a circular economy.

Does your #startup have what it takes to be a disrupter in #5G and earn a pilot with the Dutch leader in these technologies, KPN? Do you have what it takes to Unlock South Holland? Take the KPN Connectivity challenge -


Application deadline is on August 17 - two weeks to go!
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Get in the RingThursday, July 30th, 2020 at 7:00am

Together with Impact City - The Hague Innovators we bring to you the first competition in Europe dedicated to scaling impact ventures. Startups working to solve global challenges - here’s why this should matter to you:

The Impact Competition is a lucrative opportunity to access investment, find business partners and leverage global exposure. What’s more is that the Get in the Ring Impact Competition will bekicking off at ImpactFest with the Dutch finals on October 27, before traveling to travelling across Europe to Geneva, Oslo, Berlin, Copenhagen and Lisbon before finally culminating in the grand finale in The Hague (late March-early April 2021).

Impact startups and solution-driven innovators itching to collaborate, scale and test - we’re looking for you. Learn more about Get in the Ring’s Impact Competition by visiting the official website: https://bit.ly/30bUi4g

#startups #doingbusiness #impact #techforgood #impactcity #thehague
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Get in the RingWednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 6:00am
Working on a scalable solution to solve zero waste, connectivity and circular building challenges? Here’s three reasons why Unlocked - Future Circular City Edition is an opportunity to make a soft landing in South Holland like no other.

Solve Innovation Challenges - Real challenges by real South Holland-based companies and governments, means a real opportunity to have your solution turn into a partnership.
Form Collaborations - Via challenges and breakout sessions, a chance to match with the right partner to scale and adapt your innovation.
Leverage The Community - Collaborate with fellow solution-driven startups to solve ecosystem challenges.
Challenges by KPN, Bierfabriek, Gemeente Rotterdam and multiple other challenge partners are LIVE -- visit https://bit.ly/39zgSal to learn more.
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Get in the RingTuesday, July 28th, 2020 at 6:13pm
L’Oréal’s Research and Innovation division employs over 4,000 researchers around the world, investing in innovative solutions for the beauty industry. Last year, Future Farms was one of Two winners in L’Oréal’s Innovation Runway challenge with their innovative farming solution. This year, Get in the Ring is teaming up with L’Oréal Research and Innovation again to find new startups looking to disrupt the beauty industry.
If your startup is involved in industries such as agriculture, textile, manufacturing, cosmetics, engineering, or health care, apply today at https://bit.ly/2CFdZrT
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Get in the RingFriday, July 24th, 2020 at 7:00am
Rotterdam has an ambition of being a benchmark for circularity. By 2030, the city wants to reduce its usage of fossil raw materials by half, setting itself a target of becoming a fully circular city by 2050.

To accomplish that, the work starts now. We’re proud to announce that Unknown Group's Unlocked concept is returning to Rotterdam on September 22 and 23, as part of the Upstream Festival in collaboration with Geemente Rotterdam - new challenges, more opportunities and the same drive as ever, to 'Make It Happen'.

Visit https://www.rotterdamunlocked.com/challenges/ to see which challenge presents an opportunity for your startup - Gemeente Rotterdam, KPN or Bierfabriek Amsterdam are already up. Do you know of a startup that would be perfect for Rotterdam Unlocked? Tag them in the section below!

#RotterdamUnlocked2020 #UpstreamFestival
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Get in the RingWednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 6:52pm
Returning for the fourth edition, L’Oreal Innovation Runway 2020 is now calling for startups from the many fields of deep tech and various industries to shape the future of beauty technology together. ✨⚙️

Join us to co-create revolutionary solutions that are #scalable, #sustainable, and #environmentally-friendly to transform the industry
Startups will receive prizes provided by both @L’Oréal and @Enterprise Singapore in the following:
💡 Potential access to L'Oréal's leading R&D expertise in beauty
💰 Cash Prize up to SDG5,000
🏆 Stand to win Startup SG Grant up to SDG30,000
🎤 Opportunity to pitch in the final event of SLINGSHOT2020 and SFF X SWITCH 2020
🤝 Mentorship & Industry Network
✨ Beauty Industry Exposure
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at 6:18am
Does your #startup have what it takes to be a #5G disrupter and earn a pilot with @KPN? Do you have what it takes to Unlock #SouthHolland? Take the KPN Connectivity challenge - https://t.co/IuqNhcRZK9 @rotterdam

Application deadline is on August 17 - two weeks to go! https://t.co/A3sMJ5i3NK