The Kauffman Foundation in November is bringing the international competition Get in the Ring to the United States for the first time as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013.
The first U.S. national finals of "Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash" will give America's most outstanding entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete against founders from across the country and around the world.
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.
The U.S. champion selected in Kansas City on Nov. 18 will fly to Rotterdam to compete at the global finals on Nov. 22 for a chance at more than $1 million in angel funding.
Watch the competition via live stream at 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 18 here.
The U.S. event is made possible with generous support from U.S. national sponsor Sprint, as well as sponsors Venture Beat, Combat Brands/Ringside, and KCPT.
A total of 283 U.S. entrepreneurs met the following criteria and applied for the competition:
- 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 being held Nov. 22; and
- the entrepreneur is seeking funding of up to $1 million that is available if he or she wins the USA competition and his/her startup is determined to be worthy of funding by the investor judges at the Rotterdam finals
Many were nominated by selected entrepreneurship support and resource organizations across the United States who partnered with the Kauffman Foundation. The list of partner organizations is included in the righthand column.
In mid-September, 40 semifinalists were selected to advance to the second round of the U.S. competition. A list of the U.S. semifinalists is included at right. These startups are tasked with producing a brief video pitch to be judged along with their initial applications.
On Oct. 23, eight U.S. finalists were announced. A list of the finalists is included at left.
The final eight entrepreneurs will travel expense-paid to Kansas City to compete live on Nov. 18 in the U.S. national finals at the Kauffman Foundation. The competitor deemed the nation’s most promising startup will then head to Rotterdam to take on seven international finalists for what is shaping up to be a monumental final battle of Get in the Ring on Nov. 22, 2013.
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For more information, contact Barbara Pruitt or Barb Schulte at the Kauffman Foundation.
Watch Video from 2012 International Get in the Ring Final