The grandest showcase of unconventional solutions for the most game changing startups

Visionary founders, unconventional solutions, meaningful dealmaking and unmatched excitement – it’s all happening at the Global Finals of the Get in the Ring Global Startup Competition.


Get in the Ring is a global startup competition active in over 220 cities. We give opportunities to unconventional solutions in all corners of the world, to prove their solutions and solve 21st century challenges. This year, we had 25,000 startup applications from 109 countries all with one goal – to deliver the knockout blow and scale their solution.

8 Finalists

Selected out of  25.000 applications

From 109 Countries

Get to know the finalists

Selected out of 25.000 startups globally, these are the final contenders in the Get in the Ring Global Final. All unconventional solutions led by visionary founders, here’s how they measure up against their competition.

– Our Champion jury –

Dror Tamir

Co-Founder and CEO Hargol FoodTech

Tanja Kufner

Expert Advisor to the European Commission Fund European Commission

Witte van Cappellen

Chief Supply Chain Officer Hero Group

Artem Khlebnikov

Director Open Innovation & Strategic Partnerships Danone

Pascal Huijbers

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Western Europe Fujitsu

Kees Koolen

CEO Koolen Industries & Founding Partner EQT Ventures

Leo Brand

CIO Royal Vopak NV

Valer Pop

CEO LifeSense Group

Nadine Klokke

CEO Knab

Francine Van Dierendonck

Executive Board Member APG

Benno Tieke

Head Of Portfolio Management Phillips

Hendrik Halbe

Partner & CEO Unknown Group

The most unique edition of the Global Startup Competition

Global challenges call for unconventional solutions. And pandemic or not, we’re motivated to unearth these gems. With 100+ online events, this year the Global Startup Competition stamped its virtual passport from St.Lucia to Osaka and Khartoum to Budapest. Winning startups from every city event were invited to the Global Meetup, where they participated in virtual dealmaking meetings with investors, corporates and governments to help scale their solution. Now, the best of the best Get in the Ring for the Global Finals!


September 2019 - February 2021

Selection Rounds in 110+ countries

: 23 & 25 February, 9 & 11 March

Dealmaking days

16th & 17th of March

Pitching days

21st of April

The Global Final Battle

Meet the game changing startups in four leading industries

Get to know our dealmaking partners

– Fueling the Future –

Stefan Wilhelm

Associate Director Social Impact Bayer Foundation

Glenn Bijvoets

Innovation Leader Eneco

Jonathan Teoh

Entrepreneurship Foodvalley

Gonzalo Gonzales Essenwanger

Business Innovation Manager Helm AG

Bruno Meireles de Sousa

Venture Architect Cargill

Amanda Fernandes

Open innovation Anheuser-Busch InBev

Bram Joosen

Business Development Manager - Digital & Sustainable Materials Covestro

Cindi Choi

Managing Director, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures Total

Co-Anne van Waaij

Innovation and New sales Klasmann-Deilmann

Edward Feltmann

Startup Engagement Manager Verbund

Gert de Raaff

Advisor to the Board Royal Cosun

Hans Erik Tuijt

Director Global Heineken Sponsorships Heineken

Jasper Verbeek

Venture Lead ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Jennifer Diedrichs

Investment Manager EnBW Ventures

Jeppe Wang Hjørngaard

Senior Specialist, Business Innovation Vestas

Joao Bandeira

VC EDP Ventures

Jonathan Chan

Digital Advisor, APAC Cargill Digital Labs

Jose Caceres Blundi

Licensing & Value Creation Leader GE Renewable Energy

Merijn Dols

Global Director of Open Innovation & Circular Economy for Food Danone

Ninad Phatarpekar

Senior Manager of Technology Scouting Anheuser-Busch InBev

Simon Maechling

Innovation Manager Bayer Crop Science

Sjors Beijer

Innovation Manager Klasmann-Deilmann

Fredrik Tukk

Head of Innovation Scouting Maersk Drilling

João Mil-Homens

Head of Innovation Grow by José de Mello

Lena Heinrich

Managing Director Isle Utilities

Joost Waeterloos

Senior Leader - Corporate Tech Scouting The Dow Chemical Company

Serpil Tascioglu

Director Foods Innovation & Transformation Unilever

Femke Bos

Fund Manager FMO - Dutch entrepreneurial development bank

Thomas van den Boezem

Business Creation & Investment Manager EIT Food

Raymond Meeuwsen

Business Creation Manager EIT InnoEnergy

– Financing the Future –

William A-Powell

Technology Lead Deutsche Bank

Yuri Broodman

MLRO for Global Innovation and M&A Risk Management ING

Martyna Nosal

FinTech Manager ING

Samed Sokmen

Investment Manager Companisto

René Smit

Head of Business Development NN Group

Peter Stockhammer

Managing Director Generali

Olivier Gimpel

Investment partner Red Angels

Jan van der Windt

Partner EY Netherlands

Harrie Vollaard

Head of Rabo FinTech Ventures Rabobank

Gert Hans Berghuis

Lead of the Innovation Factory Rabobank

Alessandro Jan Pontari

Investment Manager Vertis SGR

Alexandre Santos

Chief Investment Officer Bright Pixel SA

Alexander Binstain

Co-Manager NextLevel Raise Programme / Venture Deals PwC Deutschland

Erwin Stahl

General Partner BonVenture Management GmbH

Hans Peddemors

Chief Investment & Boardmember Unknown Group

Martijn Blom

Manager Benelux and Coordinator Impact Funds Initiative EVPA

Edward de Jager

Chairman of the Board Unknown Group

– Caring for the Future –

Tonio Knuth

Global Head of Tech Innovation audibene

Nathalie Popken

Senior Business Development Manager Care Innovations Erasmus MC

Gabrielle Speijer

Founder CatalyzIT

Ekaterina Alipiev

Innovation Lead Healthcare Hub Berlin Pfizer

Aftab Mir

Director for New Digital, Channel, Alliances & Partnerships GE Healthcare

Nana Bit-Avragim

Founder iHospital InnoLab

Frank Rottmayer

Strategic Partner Management Siemens Healthineers

John Schalken

Manager Business Support Briskr

Lluc Diaz

Open Innovation Lead Novo Nordisk

Stefan Biel

Innovation Director OSCAR & PAUL Beiersdorf AG

Koen Harms

Head of Business Development & Market Access NL & BE Roche Diabetes Care

Martin Pfister

Venture Capital Investor High-Tech Gründerfonds

Benno Tieke

Head Of Portfolio Management Phillips

Marie José Van Den Boomgaard

Liaison Manager Startups & Scaleups kpn

Florian Ludwig

Healthcare Investor Thuja Capital

Jens Busse

Investment Director Evonik Venture Capital

Ivan Tomov

Sr. Director, New Products and Innovation Lead Immunology Takeda

– Building the Future –

Wolfgang Kniejski

Senior Business Creation Manager EIT Manufacturing

Corinna Sinzig

Startup & Innovation Manager Deutsche Bahn

Benjamin Price

Corporate Venture Capital Saint-Gobain

Aron Bahnmueller

Investment Director Robert Bosch Venture Capital Bosch

Adriano Jorge

Director of Global Innovation SHV Energy

Daria Shestova

Innovation Manager DB Schenker

Joachim Viktil

Head of Digital and Transformation Global Transport Ramboll

Ali Ozyigit

Head of Automation & Innovation DHL

Julien Bourcerie

Head of open-innovation / Venture capital Bouygues Construction

Guillaume Parvaix

Innovation Manager Hyundai Motor Company

Gonzalo Alcaraz

Senior Manager - Membership and Innovation International Road Federation

Jørgen de Kock

Directeur Projecten Heijmans Utiliteit

Julien Fredonie

Head of Strategic Venture Partnerships Europe Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH

Jonathan Bainée

External Venturing Project Manager Saint-Gobain

Luis Sperr

Senior Investment Manager & Business Creation Manager InnoEnergy

Fabien Tertois

Head of Innovation Bolloré Logistics Singapore

Axel Tan Chun Wee

General Manager SMRT Ventures