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Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash

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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 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 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.

The U.S. event is made possible with generous support from U.S. national sponsor Sprint.

Criteria to Apply

U.S. entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the competition at

  • 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

The Kauffman Foundation also is partnering with selected entrepreneurship support and resource organizations across the United States to identify and nominate outstanding startups. The list of partner organizations is included in the righthand column and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

The deadline to apply at is Sept. 3, 2013.

Plans are taking shape for the bigger-than-ever global finals of Get in the Ring on Nov. 22, 2013. Read the latest news.

For more information, contact Barbara Pruitt or Barb Schulte at the Kauffman Foundation.


Students / Youth
Entrepreneurs / Startups
Investors / Mentors
Academics / Researchers
  • When: Nov. 18 8:00 pm ET
  • Start: 18 November 2013
  • End: 18 November 2013

Activity News

19 November 2013 | 9:24 PM
Following a highly-competitive and demanding series of national and international rounds, we are pleased to announce the finalists that have been selected to compete at the international finals of...
23 October 2013 | 7:30 PM
Judges, including leaders of prominent incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurship organizations from across the nation, reviewed the applications and video submissions of 40 semifinalists and have...
20 September 2013 | 7:23 PM
Forty startups have moved on to the semifinals of 'Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash'--the U.S. portion of a global pitch competition that is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship...
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