• NOW - APRIL 2020


  • OCTOBER 2019 - MAY 2020


  • MAY/JUNE 2020



NOW - APRIL 2020


Applications are already open for startups who want to join the 7th edition of our Global Startup Pitching competition. Out of all the applications for the Global Startup Competition, the top 250 most promising startups will be announced to the public. Through public votes, startups can battle their way into the Global Meetup.


OCTOBER 2019 - MAY 2020


Throughout the year, selection rounds will be organized in cities around the world. Out of all startups in the city, the 6 most promising startups will be nominated. the winner(s) will be selected.




Winners will be invited to attend a 3-day meetup with the most promising startups from around the world where we will introduce them to our global network of investors and partners.

Where are you from?

20-02-2020 Egypt

Get in the Ring Cairo 2020

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20-02-2020 Japan


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18-04-2020 Gambia

Get in the Ring Jokkolabs Banjul 2020

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13-03-2020 Macedonia

Get in the Ring Skopje 2020

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14-05-2020 Brazil

Get in the Ring São Paulo 2020

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06-03-2020 Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Get in the Ring Kinshasa

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18-04-2020 Burkina Faso

Get in the Ring Ouagadougou 2020

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Innovate and optimize public transport in the Netherlands with MRDH, RET and HTM

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16-05-2020 Brazil

Get in the Ring Porto Alegre

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02-04-2020 Sudan

Get in the Ring Khartoum 2020

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16-04-2020 Canada

Get in the Ring Coupe des startup

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Food & Agri Competition 2020

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Health Competition 2020

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Workforce Augmentation Competition 2020

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Impact Competition 2020

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18-04-2020 Qatar

Get in the Ring Doha 2020

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10-04-2020 Saudi Arabia

Get in the Ring Riyadh 2020

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05-03-2020 Netherlands

Get in the Ring Amsterdam - AI

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26-03-2020 Saint Lucia

Get in the Ring St Lucia 2020

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17-02-2020 Turkey

Get in the Ring Cyberpark - 4 April 2020

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02-06-2020 Canada

Get in the Ring Global Meetup 2020

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24-04-2020 Nepal

Get in the Ring Unlimited 2020

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16-02-2020 France

Workforce Selection round in Toulouse

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17-02-2020 United States

Workforce Selection round in Phoenix

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26-02-2020 Sweden

Impact Selection round in Stockholm

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27-02-2020 Thailand

Workforce Selection round in Bangkok

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03-03-2020 United Arab Emirates

Workforce Selection round in Dubai

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11-03-2020 Israel

Food & Agri Selection round in Tel Aviv

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15-03-2020 United States

Impact Selection round in Seattle

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16-03-2020 Netherlands

Impact Selection round in The Hague

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20-02-2020 United Arab Emirates

Living Business Kick-off Event

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Apply directly to the competition

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Become one of our heroes

Every year we select the most promising companies to join our portfolio of heroes. We promote and support our heroes with global exposure and connect them to dealmaking opportunities.

Pitch for exposure and get a global podium for presenting your company

Unlock opportunities and connect with our network of investors and corporate partners

Gain access to €10mln of committed capital from Get in the Ring and VenturesOne


Our first global winner made an exit and sold to Alibaba for $100mln three years after competing.

Lifesense Group

This healthtech startup closed a round of $3mln after competing in Global Meetup 2017


Dutch heavyweight winner raised €3.6mln after winning at the Global Meetup.



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Find out more


The Global Startup Competition invites innovators from around the world to pitch their solutions to gain global exposure and access deals.


It is one of the activities from Get in the Ring, the startup platform of Unknown Group. Founded in 2012. Unknown Group is a global innovation agency specializing in innovation scouting for corporates and governments. The group’s mission is to unlock the potential of those that will shape the world of tomorrow offering valuable opportunities and expanding their network.

What can I win from participating?

Global winners

Credibility as the Global Winner of Get in the Ring, joining startups like EyeVerify (sold for $100M to Alipay), DOT and Convious.

Exposure after the Global Meetup through our network of media partners 

1-year business development support and covering expenses to meet top investors and potential customers.


Selection round winners

Sponsored ticket and flight to the 3-day Global Meetup of Get in the Ring.

Access to our global network of partners and investors

Become part of our exclusive network of heroes: founders that joined the Global Startup Competition throughout the years

Optional prizes offered by local partners (ecosystem awards)


Nominees of selection rounds

Credibility as part of the top startups in your city

Exposure on the Get in the Ring platform through the public voting

How do I apply?

You can apply via the form on this page.

Can I apply if I applied before?

Yes, past startup participants are open to join a selection round again.


How does the selection process work?

During every selection round, startups are reviewed by expert mentors and investors. The most promising startups win the chance to battle in the global final, at our Global Meetup 2020.

What happens to the businesses that don’t win?

By joining one of our selection rounds, you automatically become part of the Get in the Ring community. Sign up to our newsletter and you will be the first to know about all of our live opportunities.

When will the selection rounds we held?

The Global Startup Pitching Competition opens on October 1st and closes on May 31st.


How can I gain investment?

Together with investment firm, VenturesOne, we have up to €10mln committed capital for startup finalists of the Global Startup Pitching Competition.

How am I reviewed for investment?

All the startups will be reviewed for potential investment during the selection rounds.

What is the Global Meetup?

The Global Meetup brings together all of our startup winners from around the world. During a 3-day event, we provide matchmaking sessions, pitch training and networking opportunities to nominate the finalists. These finalists will battle for the Global Winner title during a spectacular show.

Why do startups pitch in a ring?

Our pitching format ignites excitement and competition, forcing startups to be the best they can be.

Who judges the pitches?

Every year we invite an expert panel of business champions to review startup solutions and pick a winner.

I want to be a partner, what do I do?

If you would like to join the Global Meetup as a partner, get in touch with our team: hello@unknowngroup.com.

How do the different weight classes work?

Startup participants are classified into different weight categories:

Lightweight (<$500k), Middleweight ($500K – $2.5m) and Heavyweight ($2.5m>).