The Journey to Get In The Ring Ottawa

It was March 2016 when Rebecca Palmer of EntreLaunch Inc. first discovered the Get In The Ring concept. Attending the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin, Colombia, she was invited to attend the 2016 Global Finals for the event. Among the startups was a sole Canadian, Eropa Stein of Hyre.

“Events such as GITR need to be front and center in Ottawa’s entrepreneurship mandate. These events put Canada on the global radar.” – Eropa Stein

Get In The Ring is different from every other pitch event. It is fast-paced, exciting and full of energy! Startups battle each other in 5 rounds of action. And yes – this pitch battle takes place in a boxing ring!

We are pleased to bring Get In The Ring to Ottawa on April 4, 2019. This epic night takes place at Collab Space, a local co-working hub and is produced in partnership with private individuals, colleges and corporations across the region. Our jury panel includes Stephen Partridge of, a company launched in Ottawa, and Karla Briones, an Ottawa-area serial Immpreneur (immigrant and entrepreneur) from Mexico with a passion to encourage and support others to achieve business success. To see our full Jury panels, visit the website at

“This partnership allows Get In the Ring an ability to promote the great entrepreneurship in Ottawa and we are happy to play a part in helping grow the entrepreneurial space in the National Capital Region.”

-Steve Stanley, Managing Partner of NewFound Recruiting.

This is an opportunity for local startups to be part of a global network of entrepreneurs. The Grand Champion of Get In The Ring Ottawa will be flown to Berlin, Germany for the Global Finals in June 2019. They will also receive prizes including a ticket to the coveted, invite-only Fireside Conference, training and mentorship.

“What I appreciate about Get In The Ring is that it provides a pathway for Founders & their startups to be Born Global”

-Jason Daley, AXIA Strategists


Get in the Ring Ottawa has partnered with a wide range of amazing sponsors and co-organizers to put Ottawa on the global entrepreneurial stage. It is a coming together of the community without silos. Our team, partners and sponsors consist of people involved with various parts of the local ecosystem including Startup Ottawa, L-Spark, H.U.B. Inc., eSAX, Collab Space, Invest Ottawa, The Ottawa Network, The Rideau Community HUB and more. Our food partners include an array of local food and beverage providers.

The Get in the Ring Foundation is an organization that gives startups a fun and global podium to make valuable connections to start, grow and scale up their business. The Foundation is active in 100+ countries and works together with leaders of entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. Get in the Ring is known for its innovative format where startups literally face off in a boxing ring. A battle between 2 startups consists of 5 30-second rounds about the team, achievements, and business model.