Get in the Ring Antwerp

Traditionally Antwerp is known as a Port city, it is the second largest container port in Europe. It's also known for its diamonds and fashion. But next to these things, the City of Antwerp has been firmly committed to foster ecosystems for innovation, in the areas of digital innovation, sustainable chemistry and creative industries. No wonder the Startup Ecosystem in Antwerp is developing rapidly, over the past years the amount of start-ups and scaleups in Antwerp doubled. Antwerp is now home to highly innovative businesses and with 171 nationalities that live in Antwerp, it is above all a very diverse, and international city.

Application deadline: 23 Sep 2020
Event date: 07 Oct 2020
Practical Information

Initiative of

Our champion jury members

Erwin Verstraelen

Chief Innovation Officer Port of Antwerp

leentje Croes

Manager Bluechem

Michaël Geelhand de Merxem

Chief Business Officer The Beacon

Kim Luyckx

Regional Manager Antwerp Bluehealth Innovation Center

Katleen de Naeyer

International Business Manager City of Antwerp

How you benefit from Get(ting) in the Ring


Applicants have the chance to test and prove their solutions with partners and be recognized as a leading startup on an international stage. Winning solutions will be communicated to our global network of SuperConnectors, investors, corporates and governments.


Antwerp aspires to be a Top 10 European scale-up city. Over the next five years, they have pledged to help Antwerp-based startups develop into scale-ups. Finalists gain access to our Champion Jury Members and networks of corporates and government organizations. 


The winner of Get in the Ring Antwerp earns a fully-sponsored ticket to the Global Meetup 2021, where they will join the most innovative and brightest changemakers from our Global Network – unusual suspects converging at a truly global melting pot!

Get in the Ring Global Meetup

The Global Meetup is the final of the Global Startup Competition of Get in the Ring. In the past, the event has been hosted in cities such as Medellin to Berlin and from Cascais to Singapore. This year, Global Meetup will be in Montréal, Canada in February 2021.

The winner of this event will win full sponsorship for 1 person to attend the Global Meetup.

“After winning the Global Meetup 2017, we got investors’ attention and gained the recognition we needed to close a $3m fund. Being part of the Get in the Ring community has been hugely beneficial for us.”


Collaboration in Antwerp

Get in the Ring Antwerp