Empowering entrepreneurs in all corners of the world

In 2018 Get in the Ring continued making an impact all around the world. We have seen a big increase in events hosted on the African continent with 13 countries joining the competition, giving opportunities to entrepreneurs in local communities and connecting them to a global audience. Event organizers in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan joined Get in the Ring for the first time and 5 startup competitions including the Global Meetup were hosted in Portugal! Let’s have a closer look at the highlights of that season.

Highlights of the Season

Regional highlights


57 events have been hosted to identify the most promising startups in all corners of the world. Featured below are the battles held in Palestine, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan

Get in the Ring Ramallah


On November 12th 2017, a Get in the Ring event took place in Palestine, Ramallah for the second time. Organized by Growth for Training and Development Organization as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.


“The success for the event was unforeseen as it has impacted the startup ecosystem and universities across the West Bank,” said Salah Amleh, the lead organizer of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Palestine. Three startups prevailed as winners of the event – Eventati, Bambinotes, and RedCrow Intelligence.


The heavyweight winner is RedCrow Intelligence which is a platform that helps organizations operating in volatile political environments, mitigate security risks, by providing them with real time tactical intelligence.

Get in the Ring Rotterdam

The Netherlands

On Thursday 16 November more than 250 innovative startups from all over the Netherlands came to Rotterdam to do business with over 70 multinationals and NGOs through 600 speed dates. It was also the chance to raise investments with more than 100 investors present. The event was organized by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and supported by the City of Rotterdam and EY. The event took place for the fifth time in Rotterdam as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, a week in which thousands of events take place worldwide that focus on entrepreneurship.


”There are a lot of opportunities for this during Get in the Ring The Netherlands. The 70 multinationals and governmental organizations present are happy to be available as customers, suppliers or partners,” said Martin Luxemburg, director of the ECE.


Three startups won tickets to the Global Meetup in Cascais – Kozie, LABFRESH and Convious. LABFRESH, which sells clothing of a special material that does not stain and smell, which was proven by the founder Lotte, who poured a glass of red wine on a white shirt live on the stage.

Get in the Ring Astana


Get in the Ring landed in Kazakhstan for the first time! Fcusing fully on supporting startups in sustainability. Kazakhstan, a country that is famous for its large reserves of oil might not be the first country you think of when you start looking for startups related to sustainability. Yet with the EXPO 2017 focusing on future energy, the country showed awareness for the need for more sustainable businesses. Winner Green Evolution convinced the jury champions about their biodegradable bags and the impact they aim to make in the Central Asia region.


During the day the startups received pitch training from our co-founder Jochem Cuppen and more insights on sustainability from Marc Zwaaneveld, the former CEO of Van Gansewinkel a leading Dutch waste management company. They were supported by Lisette Heijke, Broos Bakens from EY and Martijn Rutten from accelerator HightechXL.


The initiative taker of the event and champion jury Marc Zwaaneveld was inspired seeing the quality and diversity of the startups. “Of course the startups are early-stage and still have a long way to go. But you can see that the topic of sustainability is alive in Kazakhstan”.

Partner highlights 2018

Media highlights

As featured in:


This Is The Startup Competition That’s Building A University

Get in the Ring on NOS.nl (Article in Dutch)

Bangalore Amsterdam and San Francisco booming

ScreenDy – Get in the Ring  Africa Finalist


Global Meetup 2018

Champion jury members

Cristiana Arcangeli

Shark Tank investor and serial entrepreneur

Paulo Andrez

former President of European Business Angel Network

Edward de Jager

CEO VenturesOne

Special Guest

Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Special Envoy Techleap NL


“My aim is always to support startup talent and ensure we are doing as much as we can to facilitate their growth. I’m very proud that a Dutch brand like Get in the Ring are giving startups from around the world real tangible opportunities, while promoting the Dutch startup ecosystem on a global scale.”


Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Global Meetup 2018 Aftermovie

Global Winners 2018

The title of the Global Winner of 2018 went to Convious. The Dutch startup came out on top after beating ventures from over 100 countries that participated in the event. Convious utilizes Artificial Intelligence algorithms to improve the company’s sales funnels. Their platform lets customers decide on the price they pay for a ticket. This allows companies to sell more tickets during downtime periods instead of giving away discount codes on other platforms. 


South Africa






The Netherlands


“We came to Global Meetup looking for connections with big brands – and that’s exactly what we got. I told the audience that my goal was to work with Disney. 15 minutes later, someone gave me the connection I needed. That wouldn’t be possible without Get in the Ring.” 

Kevin Westmeijer, Founder of Convious

Runner ups of 2018

Lightweight class


Middleweight class

The Netherlands

Heavyweight class




At the Global Meetup in Cascais we kicked-off the collaboration between Get in the Ring with SkelEx and Bilfinger to find innovative wearable technology solutions for SkelEx’s new exoskeleton. Their products empower workers in aerospace and automotive manufacturing, shipbuilding and heavy industry to be more productive while minimizing the risk of ergonomic injuries. As an outcome of the project, in September 2018, SkelEx entered a partnership with WearHealth, a company that works with artificial intelligence and aims to improve safety and health of industrial workers.

Partners of 2018

Bethlehem Business Incubator

Câmara Municipal de Portimão


CREE Banreservas

DNA Cascais




German Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Growth Training and Development

Higher Council of Innovation



Ibtikar Fund

Impact Hub Belgrade

Innovation Centre Kosovo Innovation Hub Tirana

Kingdom of Netherlands Embassy at Bangladesh


Mobile phone companies

Monaco Telecom


MTN Mobile phone company


National Research

Palestine Technology Incubator


Red Bull


São Paulo City

Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC) Eastern Caribbean

Secrétariat à la jeunesse – Gouvernement du Québec Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec Propulsio
Société Générale and Biopharma

Silk Road Sustainability

The Daily Star

Zain Jordan

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