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Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash

The Kauffman Foundation 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 around the country, and potentially, 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 journey. The U.S. champion selected in Kansas City on Nov. 18 will fly to the Netherlands to compete at the global finals for a shot at more than $1 million in angel funding. The U.S. Get in the Ring competition is generously sponsored by Sprint.









  • The startup is not more than 5 years old
  • The founder is a U.S. citizen and is 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 expense-paid to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the international finals being held Nov. 22, 2013
  • 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

To begin the application process, click the Log In/Register button at top left.
Competition’s Schedule

  • Sept. 3: Online applications due
  • Sept. 17: Up to 40 semifinalists announced
  • Oct. 7: Deadline for semifinalists to submit a two-minute video
  • Oct. 23: Eight finalists announced and invited to Get in the Ring in Kansas City
  • November 17-18: Finalists arrive in Kansas City for the live-streamed competition at the Kauffman Foundation. Travel expenses are provided.
  • Nov. 19-20: The winning American entrepreneur will travel to the international finals in Rotterdam, held on Nov. 22, where he or she will compete against seven other entrepreneurs for a chance of at more than $1 million in angel funding. Travel expenses are provided.

The eight entrepreneur finalists who come to Kansas City will receive educational presentation coaching, national and international exposure, and networking opportunities with leading entrepreneurship experts. Details about additional benefits will be communicated when confirmed.

In an open event such as Get in the Ring, it is challenging to maintain confidentiality while sharing innovative ideas. Participants are advised not to disclose any information that may compromise their ability to secure protection of their intellectual property, since such information will be presented to all judges and possibly a worldwide audience, and possibly be published online.


Get in the Ring Partners or Sponsors

American Association of Community Colleges Center For Workforce and Economic Development (DC)

Arizona State University (AZ)

Astia (CA)

Austin Technology Council (TX)

Bizdom (MI)

Brandery (OH)

Catawba Valley Community College (NC)


Coloft (CA)

Dallas Entrepreneur Center (TX)

Dream Big America (CA)

Georgetown University (DC)

Groundwork LABS (NC)

HUB Ventures (CA)

The Idea Village (LA)

iTen (MO)

Kansas City Start Up Village (MO)

KCSourceLink (MO)

LA Cleantech Incubator (CA)

Launch Lab (MI)

Launch TN (TN)

Launch Chapel Hill (NC)

Long Beach City College (CA)

Lorain County Community College (OH)

Miami Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, Inc., (MICE) FL

Minnesota Angel Network (MN)

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (MA)

New York City for Economic Development Corporation(NY)

Packard Place (NC)

Pipeline (MO)

N.C. Rural Economic Center, Inc. (NC)

Silicon Prairie News (NE)

 Kauffman Slingshot Group (National)

StartOut (NY)

Start Up Miami FL

Startup Texas (TX)

StartX (CA)

Tech Wildcatters (TX)

Think Big Partners (MO)

Venture Hive (The Hive) (FL)

Women Innovate Mobile (NY)

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