How does it work

  • November 27

    Open applications

  • December 2018 - May 2019

    Selection events

  • June 2019

    Final @ the Global meetup

Open applications

November 27

Open applications

Applications will open for startups who want to join the 6th edition of our Global Startup Pitching competition. You can Get in the Ring by applying to join an event in your region.

Selection events

December 2018 - May 2019

Selection events

Search and apply for an event in your region where you can pitch your way to the final. You will also receive expert pitch training and connect with local investors.

Final @ the Global meetup

June 2019

Final @ the Global meetup

Finalists will be invited to attend a 3-day meetup with 150 of the most promising startups from around the world. Together they will connect with international partners and investors.

Where are you from?

17-06-2019 Germany

Get in the Ring Global Meetup 2019

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20-02-2020 Egypt

Get in the Ring Cairo 2020

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07-02-2020 Gambia

Get in the Ring Banjul 2020

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20-11-2019 Croatia

Get in the Ring Split 2020

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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.



Find out more

What is the Global Startup Pitching Competition?

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 are a global innovation agency specializing in internal and external venturing. The group’s mission is to unlock the potential of those that will shape the world of tomorrow and embodies the Get in the Ring label.

What can I win from participating?

Global winners

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

Investment offer of up to €500,000 from €10mln committed capital from Get in the Ring and VenturesOne.


Selection event winners

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

Become part of global heroes network, receiving access ongoing support and promotion options

Optional prizes offered by local partners (ecosystem awards)


All participants

Improve pitch via trainings


Connect with- and learn from leading investors, entrepreneurs and peers

How do I apply?

You can apply via the forms on this page or search for a selection event in your region.

Can I apply if i applied before?

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


How does the selection process work?

During every selection event 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 2019.

What happens to the businesses that don’t win?

By joining one of our selection events 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 are applications open?

The Global Startup Pitching Competition opens December 1st and closes 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?

Startups will be reviewed for investment potential during selection events

What is the Global Meetup?

The Global Meetup brings together all of our startup finalists from around the world. During a 3-day event, we provide matchmaking sessions, pitch training and networking opportunities to select 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:

How do the different weight classes work?

Startup participants are split into different weight categories:

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