On Thursday 16 November more than 250 innovative startups from all over the Netherlands came to Rotterdam to do business. Get in the Ring The Netherlands gives startups this day the opportunity to make deals with the more than 70 multinationals, NGOs and governmental organizations through 600 speed dates. It is also the chance to raise investments with more than 100 investors present. Get in the Ring The Netherlands is organized by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and supported by the City of Rotterdam and EY. The event took place for the fifth time in Rotterdam and is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, a week in which thousands of events take place worldwide that focus on entrepreneurship.
The startups do not step in the ring alone, but will compete against an opponent in their own weightclass. Dementia technology startup Kozie took the win in the lightweight category against SeraNovo. Kozie develops multi-sensor technology that enhances the perception of people with dementia, so that demented people can recover memories from their childhood through a music pillow or music rug. The middleweight winner is LABFRESH after a strong pitch battle against Somnox. LABFRESH sells clothing of a special material that does not stain and smell. The heavyweight winner Convious offers a platform where people can buy tickets and determine the price themselves. Convious was in the ring against Felyx. The three winning startups receive a ticket to the Global Meetup of Get in the Ring. In addition, they receive 1 year access to the EY Finance Navigator. This Finance Navigator is the first corporate startup of EY and was launched yesterday during the event.
Together with winners from other Get in the Ring events around the world, these 3 winning startups will meet again in Cascais, Portugal, from 30 May to 1 June during our Global Meetup 2018. Entrepreneurs, investors and corporates will join the Global Meetup, which is entirely dedicated to establishing international connections.