Experience the electrifying Global Final

The Global Final will take place on Tuesday, 15th of November, from 18:30 to 21:00 at Fokker Terminal, in The Hague, Netherlands. Are you ready to rumble? 🥊

Experience the electrifying Global Final

The Global Final will take place on Tuesday, 15th of November, from 18:30 to 21:00 at Fokker Terminal, in The Hague, Netherlands. Are you ready to rumble? 🥊

What is the Global Meetup?

The Global Meetup is the final of the Global Startup Competition Get in the Ring. Each season we gather the best startups at the grandest showcase of unconventional solutions for the Global Meetup. Founders from all corners of the world come together, make business deals with corporates and investors and battle for the title of Global Winner at the Global Final. For this year’s edition we are bringing the world home to the city where Get in the Ring was born – The Hague, Netherlands.

Exciting 3-day program

Founder Dinner

Get to know the startup founders joining the Global Meetup, while enjoying typical Dutch snack or drink.

Startups with impactful solutions within water, agritech, food, energy & chemicals, manufacturing & construction, logistics & smart cities, fintech and healthtech are coming from all corners of the world.

Dealmaking Day & Global Meetup Dinner

1-on-1 dealmaking meetings between impactful startup founders and partners with investment, corporate or innovation ecosystem background.

In the evening, a group of 100 founders and 100 industry experts, part of the Global Meetup, are joining a celebratory networking dinner in the Hague, where the finalists that will get in the ring will be announced.

ImpactFest & Global Final

Take part in Europe's largest impact festival and the Global Final of Get in the Ring. Be inspired by discussions on topics such as Food Transition, Circular Economy, Energy Transition and Climate Adaptation.

In the evening, the final four startups will fight for the title of Global Winner in front of hundreds of investors, corporates and governments.

Learn more about the startups

19 Startups in Manufacturing, Construction, Logistics, and Mobility

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15 Startups in Energy, Chemical, and Materials

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35 Startups in Food, Water, and Agritech

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22 Startups in Fintech, Healthtech, and Other Domains

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The Hague

This year Global Meetup returns as physical event. Global Meetup 2022 is hosted in The Hague, The Netherlands, which is also a leading ecosystem for innovation and global impact.

This Year’s Finalists

Sibö 🇳🇱

Create a variety of biomaterials from insects. It can vary from water soluble alternative proteins to lipids, and antioxidants; with a focus on biopolymers. Their operations support sustainable objectives, alongside creating a ethical supply-chain of insects from rural providers.

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Cyanocapture 🇬🇧

Offer carbon capture on an industrial scale by harnessing genetically modified cyanobacteria (microalgae).

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Cellugy 🇩🇰

Pure bio cellulose called 'EcoFlexy' created through fermentation. It has applications for personal care, such as in skin, hair and sun care products; and for fiber-based goods, such as barrier layers in textiles and packaging.

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Aquacycl Inc. 🇺🇸

Provides technology systems to rapidly treat wastewater, eliminate primary sludge and recover energy as direct electricity, no methane, providing customers with savings in operational costs for treatment of industrial, agricultural, military or commercial wastewater.

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This Year’s Winners

Main Partners of Global Meetup 2022

– Our Dealmaking Partners –

Mattijs Bolk

Head of Ventures and Open Innovation NL Ørsted

Gabby van Herpt

Regional Startup Liaison Netherlands Embassy in Singapore

Sanne van Kouwen

Venture Capital Analyst Rabo Investments

Marion Rouzeaud

Global Director Sustainability for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Olivier van Holthe Tot Echten

Investment Analyst Navus Ventures B.V.

Marine Dajunts

Corporate VC representative Fortum

Gaëtane Suzenet

Co-founder The European Water Tech Accelerator

Katharina Maass


Jana op den Winkel

Program manager Bayer Foundation

Rick Zagers

Innovation Manager MIND Ministerie van Defensie

Milan Kocic

Senior Director - Sixth Sense, Open Innovation Platform Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Victoire Jeanson

Social Innovation Intern Bayer Foundation

Cees Vletter

M&A Manager Vopak Ventures

Mirela Jianu

Head of Market Intelligence, Open Innovation Ecosystems & Partnerships; Tech-R&D-Digital Division Eni

Charelle Akihary-Lammers

Head of Marketing Strategy Heijmans

Jaap Zijlstra

Investment Manager Navus Ventures B.V.

Tobin Wiersum

VC Investor Analyst Rabo Investments

Kanakasabapathi Subramanian

Senior Vice President Ashok Leyland

Jules Roelofs

Global Innovation Manager Holland Colours NV

Hans Dreijklufft

Fund Manager UNIIQ - Finance for the Future

Dorit Roest

Founding Partner ScaleNL

Aravind Rajagopal

Corporate Development Director, New Frontiers Incubator Baker Hughes

Jos Tissen

R&D Ecosystems Manager, Nutrition & Ice Cream Unilever

Dennis Ruiter

Innovation Specialist CSU Cleaning Services

Richard Heggie

Boss One H Catalyst

Willem Poerink

Investment Manager SHIFT Invest / Mainport Innovation Fund

Stefan Wilhelm

Associate Director Social Impact Bayer Foundation

Vivian Barreto Palacios

Project leader RD&I Cosun Bee Company

Michael Holtkamp

Head of Open Innovation LG Electronics

Norbert Cichon

Senior Associate The DRK Foundation

Kai Martin

Corporate Development Lead Baker Hughes

Ingrid af Sandeberg

Head of BU Sustainable Water Management Aliaxis Next

MJ Boomgaard

Liaison Manager Startups & Scaleups kpn

Andrea Acerbi

Head of Social Innovation & Corporate Giving Bayer AG

Lucia Tramutola

Open innovation analyst Rabobank

Leah Becker

Program manager RESPOND Accelerator

Silvia Fierro

Ecosystems and partnership Eni

Nirmalya Banerjee

Managing Partner - TCS Pace Tata Consultancy Services

Martijn Schouten

Global Manager Joint Ventures Vopak Ventures

Lucia Tramutola

Open innovation analyst Rabobank

Wolfgang Kniejski

Senior Business Creation Manager EIT Manufacturing

Bram Joosen

Business Development Manager - Digital & Sustainable Materials Covestro

Jens Busse

Investment Director Evonik Venture Capital

Joachim Viktil

Head of Digital and Transformation Global Transport Ramboll

Yannick Eshuijs

Public Affairs Philips Foundation

Teun Visser

Investment Analyst PureTerra Ventures

Stefan Bullivant

Senior Investment Advisor British Embassy The Hague

Silvia Wolko

Ruhur-Universität Bochum

Seba Fernandez

Ambassador We Share Forward Foundation

Quint van Honk

Analyst SHIFT Invest

Prachi Singh

Sr. Technology Manager Carbon Capture and Hydrogen Lyondellbasell

Nienke Dijkstra

Head SME Office TNO TNO

Nayana Rao

Associate Product Partnerships Manager Mambu

Leonardo Fuligni

Deputy Director Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Kajetan Hetzer

Program Director WASTE

Justin Stoke

Head of Investments The Sharing Group

John Mathai

Senior Expert Investment and Business Development Take-a-Stake Fund (WASTE NL)

Giovanni Berardo

Head of Division / Innovation Toyota Motor Europe

Djoeke Siemssen

Impact Investor Rubio Impact Ventures

Costas Papaikonomou

Co-founder UnaTerra VC

Coert van Lare

Director Renewable & Circular and Open Innovation Nobian

Cheyenne Kooijman

Partnership Associate Draper Richards Kaplan

Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh

Innovation Lead Philips Foundation

Florens Slob

Group Sustainability & Innovation Director Greenyard

Previous Global Meetups

Curious how a virtual Global Meetup looks like?

During the global Covid-19 pandemic we hosted an online meetup in 2021 with founders and investors from all over the world who met virtually in over 100 virtual dealmaking meetings in four thematic tracks.

The show must go on – the legendary Global Final Battles was recorded with the Ringmaster in a teater with the startup finalists and champion jury calling in from their home office. The result? Four battle videos and four global winners!

Check out how it was done and who was there here: