Global Startup Competition 2022

Get in the Ring Parakou

The boxing ring-style pitch competition comes again in 2021, this time in Parakou IDEE Association is organizing a new edition of Get in the Ring Parakou, whose winner will attend the Global Meetup 2022. Startups shall rhetorically battle each other in a virtual boxing-style ring, before an online audience! Will you be the winning startup with the most promising solution?

Application deadline: 18 Nov 2021
Event date: 22 Nov 2021
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How you benefit from Get(ting) in the Ring


In the last few years there has been rise in the number of startups, incubators and resources available in Benin, this has significantly changed the mindset of local people about the idea of entrepreneurship. Benin undertook a massive development project, in which Parakou plays a big role.

Global exposure for your startup

-The winner will have access to investment opportunities

-Test and prove your solutions with partners

-Be recognized as a leading startup from Benin globally

-Connect with your next business partners at the virtual Global Meetup 2022

Access to the Global Meetup

The selected startup of Get in the Ring Parakou will be invited to the Global Meetup 2022.

The Global Meetup will be filled with deal-making days with 100+ industry experts, global partners and investors with the goal to support, invest and scale unconventional solutions to global challenges.

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. The destination of the Global Meetup 2022 will be announced soon!

“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.”