Two Final Rounds of ‘Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash’ to be Livestreamed

Online viewers can vote for 'Audience Choice' during Friday's finals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 4, 2014) — The final two rounds of the first-ever "Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash" pitch competition, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, will be livestreamed on Nov. 6 and 7, 2014.

Viewers will watch 15 founders from Canada, Mexico and the United States competing on Thursday and the final eight going head-to-head on Friday. The winning entrepreneur will win the title of most promising North American entrepreneur and go on to compete in the global championship in the Netherlands on Nov. 21.

The following two rounds will be livestreamed at www.Kauffman.org/GITR:

  • The semifinal round — Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. EST

Fifteen semifinalists — five from Canada, five from Mexico and five from the United States — will each pitch their company's business model and market, team composition, achievements, and financials. An esteemed panel of judges will determine the eight entrepreneurs who will advance to the final round. In addition, viewers can watch the announcement of the eight finalists beginning at 7 p.m. EST on Nov. 6 at www.Kauffman.org/GITR.

  • The final round — Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. EST 

This primetime event, held at the historic Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., will feature the eight finalists who will literally step in a boxing ring for a verbal sparring match to compete for the continent's championship title, prizes and a trip to compete at the global finals in the Netherlands. A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the top finisher and $5,000 will go to the runner-up. Livestream and in-person viewers also will have the opportunity to vote on the "audience choice," who will receive a $1,000 award.

Visit www.kauffman.org/GITR for a description of each semifinalist.

Event sponsors for Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash are Sprint and Combat Brands; media partners are Inc., Marketplace from American Public Media and Kansas City PBS station KCPT.