January 21 will see innovative new businesses from South Africa as well as Southern, Eastern and Central Africa battle it out (in a boxing ring) for a place in Get in the Ring entrepreneurship challenge international finals in Colombia.
The competition seeks innovative entrepreneurs across all sectors who have products or services that can be scaled internationally, and aims to support this goal by giving entrepreneurs a unique platform to showcase their innovations to a potentially global audience.
Part of the event’s appeal is the fact that it is presented in an exciting way – contestants literally get into a boxing ring and make short, impactful pitches. Participants are coached ahead of the events on ways to make effective elevator pitches and better market their businesses.
Newtech Rail, a revolutionary rail section insulator, ADFIRE CREATIVE M3DIA, a one-of-a-kind Anamorphic 3D application, and Stokvella, a concept for mobile stokvel management, were the winners of the South African Get in the Ring entrepreneurship challenge. These companies will be up against their counterparts from Southern, Central and Northern Africa for a place in the international finals.
Get in the Ring is presented locally by the REAL Entrepreneur Institute (Pty), partnered with the Dutch Embassy, North West University Vaal, The Innovation Hub, and Business Engage for the upcoming regional final.