Collecting stamps on our virtual passports


We kicked off this season Summer 2019 in Dhaka, followed by Get in the Ring Copenhagen during TechBBQ. By the time March 2020 came around, we’d already held selection rounds in Miami, Nice, Barranquilla and New Delhi, amongst other cities … We all know what happened then. The global pandemic changed our full outlook on the season with still more than 40 events being planned. Reacting to the constantly evolving global situation around the pandemic, early in the season, we transitioned all our in-person battles to online events with a focus on dealmaking. Why? In order to ensure that even in a pandemic, we could offer a global podium for unconventional founders to scale their solution. Over the year that followed we collected stamps on our virtual passports with 100+ online and offline events around the globe.







Highlights of the Season

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Gerardo Mazzeo

“Very energizing session, good selection of start-ups and brilliant opportunity to network and build network contacts”.


Gerardo Mazzeo – Global Innovation Director, Nestlé

Regional highlights


In spite of the global situation, we were thrilled to host 100+ online and live events over this season. The focus as always, was to give a podium and scale the most promising and deserving solutions with industry leaders. Some highlights: 

Workforce Technologies Competition


The Get in the Ring Workforce Technologies Competition was launched to identify solutions that make the future of work healthier and safer and scale their adoption with the help of our global network of industry leading corporates, investors and governments. 


In the kick-off event in Singapore, we came across Spiral Technology — whose software to power head-worn AR devices and deliver critical intelligence to workforces — was able to convince the jury of their credentials as winners of Get in the Ring Singapore.


After Singapore, the Workforce Technologies competition travelled to four leading cities in the domain – Toulouse, Hyderabad and Eindhoven to unearth gems that will change the way workforces operate over the coming years.


Get in the Ring Impact Competition

The Netherlands

The pan-European Impact Competition is our endeavor with ImpactCity to identify and scale the most promising impact ventures in the fields of food, water and energy. Get in the Ring The Netherlands – Impact was aimed at testing, proving and scaling promising Dutch impact startups internationally. 

On a global livestream watched by thousands of fans, airborne wind energy pioneers Ampyx Power took on SolarDew. The battle was won by SolarDew, whose desalination technology impressed the jury because of how rapidly it can be deployed to provide clean drinking water. The second pitch battle saw Circularise’s blockchain-based platform to make raw materials traceable, competing against Willicroft’s plant-based cheese. In a closely contested fight, Circularise were able to convince the jury and audience of the scalability of their solution.

After The Hague, the Impact Competition travels to Berlin, Lisbon, Geneva, Copenhagen and Oslo – with the winners of all events competing for a 500K convertible loan at the Impact Finals.

Get in the Ring Osaka 


Get in the Ring loves Japan…and Japan loves Get in the Ring! This season, we had the opportunity to host two events in Osaka. Our Osaka event in February 2020 will go down in history as the last Get in the Ring event around the globe before the pandemic – and what a show we had on our hands, with HoloAsh and Nihon Agri taking the top honors.

10 months later, this time in a fully virtual setting, Get in the Ring Osaka AI in December 2020 was a digital showcase of the leading Japanese AI ventures – out of these EAGLYS, Hishab and Lizuna emerged as the best amongst the best.

In fact, EAGLYS’ game changing solution to process encrypted data without decrypting it went on to the Global Finals, with their solution proceeding to be adjudged the Global Winner of the Get in the Ring Global Startup Competition 2021.


Get in the Ring Cannes


While our online events were a hit amongst organizers, startups and dealmaking partners alike, we couldn’t wait to get back to our natural element – in-person, live events. After conferring with the relevant authorities, the organizers of Cannes Entrepreneurship Summit (CES) were able to get the green light for the first in-person Get in the Ring events in this truly unique season!


With social distancing, sanitizing and masking strictly observed, we witnessed a pitch battle final between two leading Monegasque solutions – Manage My Box and WATUXRU. Get in the Ring Cannes served as a timely reminder of the thrill and excitement of a live Get in the Ring battle, showing fans around the world that there was indeed light at the end of the tunnel.

Highlighted partners of 20/21

Media highlights

5 Lessons Learnt From Taking Get in the Ring Online – How To Innovate During Challenging Times

Get in the Ring’s List of 25 Leading Food & Agri Ventures

Our list of the ventures securing the future of food

Get to know the 19 semifinalists of the Global Meetup 2021Check 

SolarDew and Circularize Steal The Show As Get in the Ring Launches the Pan-European Impact Competition

Check the Photos from Global Meetup 2019

Get in the Ring Livestreams 20/21

Disruptive Solutions From All Over The World













Watch the Global Final 🥊

Our Champion Jury Members

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

Global Winners 2021


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Pioneering fully automated vertical farming to transform the global food system.



Leveraging the untapped potential of waste heat to create carbon neutral energy.



Creating a connected world by securing data, while at the same time allowing to access, exchange, and safely process it.



Choosing the best therapy for cancer patients in 0,0002 seconds through artificial intelligence.

Public Choice Award


Repurposing the outcasts of the food industry to put an end to food waste.

Future Star Award


Converting plastic waste (back) to crude oil and valuable chemicals to create new plastics and alternative fuels.




Providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities to reclaim control over technology.



Powering the future of smart cities through renewable energy and smart IoT lamp poles.



Making the regulation world accessible and easier for everyone.


“Get in The Ring’s program, judges, and sponsors are exceptional. We met quality investors to accelerate our high-impact business. We are honored for having been chosen as a winner in Miami as we accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future with EV Charging as a Service”.


Alejandro Burgana – Co-Founder OBE Power, winner Get in the Ring Miami 2020

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