The Kauffman Foundation in November 2013 brought the international competition Get in the Ring to the United States for the first time as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Get in the Ring is a startup pitch competition founded by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands to bring the world's most promising entrepreneurs together with those who can help them succeed and to inspire others to start their entrepreneurial journeys.
To be eligible to apply for the U.S. competition, entrepreneurs had to meet the following criteria:
- the startup is not more than 5 years old;
- the founder is a U.S. citizen and proficient in the English language;
- the startup is a scalable and innovative business idea or model;
- the entrepreneur has a valid passport and is able and willing to travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the international finals; and
- the entrepreneur is seeking funding of up to $1 million that is available if he or she wins the U.S. competition and his/her startup is determined to be worthy of funding by the investor judges at the Rotterdam finals
The first U.S. national finals of "Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash" gave eight of America's most outstanding entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete against founders from across the country and around the world.
The U.S. champion selected in Kansas City flew to Rotterdam to compete at the global finals for a chance at more than $1 million in angel funding.
The U.S. event was made possible with generous support from U.S. national sponsor Sprint, as well as sponsors VentureBeat, Combat Brands/Ringside, and KCPT.
Watch the video of the 2013 U.S. competition.