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40 Semifinalists Named for 'Get in the Ring'

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 Week. The semifinalists hail from all corners of the nation and represent industries ranging from bioscience and internet technology to food production and consumer goods.

The semifinalists, who emerged among 283 applicants judged in the competition’s first round, now have until Oct. 7 to produce and deliver their best video pitch of their startups’ readiness to scale and succeed.

Second-round judges will review the semifinalists’ original applications and their video submissions in crowning eight finalists. Those eight entrepreneurs, to be announced Oct. 23, will travel to The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, to kick off GEW with a live final competition Nov. 18 in front of an audience – and five judges who definitely know a thing or two about business success.

Steve Felice, president and chief commercial officer of Dell, is the latest high-profile name to be added to the esteemed list of judges for the competition’s final U.S. clash. Felice joins previously announced final-round judges Marc Ecko, Lisa Gansky, Matthew Rubel and Denmark West.

The finalist deemed the top U.S. entrepreneur will leave Kansas City and travel expense-paid to the Nov. 22 Get in the Ring global finals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. There, he or she will compete head on with seven other international finalists for a chance to secure angel investment from a potential pool of more than $1 million.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

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