Get in the Ring Ottawa

Get In The Ring, and throw a knock-out Pitch


Entrelaunch Inc.


Ottawa , Canada


Apr 4, 2019

2019-04-04 10:00:00 2019-04-04 10:00:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada) Get in the Ring Ottawa Get In The Ring, and throw a knock-out Pitch Canada { Erwin Retel

FanSaves is the Ottawa Champion of Get In The Ring 2019

FanSaves wins Get In The Ring Ottawa battle!

The inaugural event for Get in the Ring Ottawa took place at Collab Space, Nepean on April 10th. After 3 energizing bouts between 6 amazing finalists, Shannon Ferguson of FanSaves took home the grand championship for their mobile app that gives sports fans discounts and deals from their favourite teams while helping sports teams increase their sponsorship sales.

"Get in the Ring Ottawa was a great experience and had such a unique format compared to the usual pitch competitions we take part in. We can't wait to represent Canada in Berlin and go head-to-head against some amazing startups from around the world" - Shannon Ferguson, FanSaves

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, financials, achievements, and business model.

“It’s time to shine a global spotlight on the amazing entrepreneurs here in Canada. Get In The Ring is the opportunity to be part of a global network of entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and leaders.” -Rebecca Palmer, EntreLaunch Inc.

The battle was tough with 6 amazing entrepreneurs stepping into the ring. Of the six finalists, five were women.

The 6 finalists:

Bout 1 - Jessica Keats of Trusted Wizard vs. John From of Digital Escrow Services

Bout 2 - Shannon Ferguson of FanSaves vs. Catherine Chan from FitIn

Bout 3 - Christa Lentz of Riverwood Acoustics vs. Jenn Hayward of GopherIt Deliveries

Shannon Ferguson of FanSaves is now headed to the Global Get In The Ring event in Berlin, Germany on June 17-19 where she will be one of the 150 most promising startups form all over the world. In addition, over 350 entrepreneurship ecosystem players (corporates, investors, government officials, startup support organisations) will be present with a focus on dealmaking, networking and building valuable relationships. To feel the vibe you can see previous Global Meetups in Cascais or Singapore. Website:

Words from our Judges

“I’ve supported entrepreneurship on an international, national, and local basis, so when a global movement such as Get In The Ring comes to my home town of Ottawa, I am super excited to be involved personally. It’s a privilege to help get local startups get exposure on the global scene. Get In The Ring is a great example of startup empowerment, and their amazing videos, branding, and imagery are a powerful and inspiring fit for the suite of event management tools, so much so that I think I tried to register 10 times to the big event.” -Stephen Partridge,

“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

Ticket sales have been completed for 2019. The next Get In The Ring Ottawa event will take place in January 2020.


On April 4, 2019, come out and watch entrepreneurs in a pitch battle for the title of grand champion at Get In The Ring Ottawa! Join us for a night of excitement, networking and a boxing ring.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!This exciting and unique event is part of the Global Get In The Ring competition.

Why participate

There are over 150 events around the world every year. We bring together hundreds of innovators and business leaders to listen to your solution.
These events occur in over 100 countries. You won't find another pitch competition that will move mountains to come all the way to you - wherever you are.
This your chance to become part of the Get in the Ring community and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and corporates
By winning a local Get in the Ring event, you automatically win a place at our Global Meetup 2019, where we invite the world's most promising startups together for a 3-day retreat and business networking opportunity

The road to the final

Every year the Get in the Ring Foundation organizes a global startup competition where they look to identify the most promising startups in different weight-classes that are based on valuation.

This year the competition was held in more than 80 countries. Startups entered the competition in one of the 130+ preliminary events where they received pitch training, had 1-on-1 meetings with investors and possible customers and pitched in front of large audiences during the live battles. The Grand Champion of the Get In The Ring Ottawa battles will go on to Berlin, Germany for the final round in the competition and battle for the global title. We are extremely excited that Ottawa will be part of the global competition!

How Get in the Ring Works

Get in the Ring is a global competition for startups. Two startups battle head-to-head in a ring via pitches. A battle between two teams consists of several rounds about the team, the business

model and its finances. Along the way the entrepreneurs were given pitch training, advice about their businesses, and the opportunity to get in contact with investors, business leaders, potential customers and like-minded entrepreneurs. There can only be one winner in each weight class based on valuation (lightweight - 0-$500,000, middleweight - $500,000 - $2.5 million, heavyweight - $2.5+ million).

Eli Fathi, Mindbridge Analytics Inc.
“We have a corporate responsibility to lift others so they can achieve their full potential. It is our duty as successful business leaders to lend a helping hand and support future entrepreneurs through mentorship, guidance and other resources.”

Paul Armstrong,

Forbes Contributor

“Get in the Ring isn’t a million dollar prize fund like other competitions out there but it is something a bit more interesting – in my mind at least. Credibility, pride and a community that works together – three things that are often worth a lot more than quick money”

Jury Championship Judges

Stephen Partridge


Jason Daley

Managing Partner, AXIA Strategists

Karla Briones

Karla Briones Consulting

Patrick Charlton

Entrepreneur In Residence, Algonquin College

Fiona Gilligan

Trauma Specialist, Author and Female Founder.

Steve Stanley

Founder and Managing Partner, NewFound Recruiting

Alessandro D’Angelo, CPA, CA

Senior Manager, Welch LLP

Emile Salem

Co-Founder, Collab Space

Thoughts from Our Judges

“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.

"I’ve supported entrepreneurship on an international, national, and local basis, so when a global movement such as Get In The Ring comes to my home town of Ottawa, I am super excited to be involved personally. It’s a privilege to help get local startups get exposure on the global scene. Get In The Ring is a great example of startup empowerment, and their amazing videos, branding, and imagery are a powerful and inspiring fit for the suite of event management tools, so much so that I think I tired to register 10 times to the big event."

-Stephen Partridge, Co-Founder of

“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

Semi-Final Judges

Erin Blaskie

Director of Marketing, L-Spark

Daniel Julien

Managing Dir. of Private Services, NewFound Recruiting

Rob Campbell

Director of Business Development, Ottawa Board of Trade

Emile Salem

Co-Founder, Collab Space

Omer Livvarcin

Chief Executive Officer at Vectors Group

Arno Harmsen

Directeur Grasmeesters - TurfXperts

James Bowen


Collab Space

Startup Ottawa

Axia Strategists

Sandler Training

The Eagle Institute


Karla Briones Consulting

Garage Doors Unlimited Ottawa

Arranmore Holdings

H.U.B. Inc. Ottawa

Vectors Group

Christine Panourgias Social & Digital

NewFound Recruiting


Welch LLP

Whitewater Brewing Co.

North House Foods

Si Señor Mexican Restaurant

Storyline Productions

Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group

Restaurant Bambou

Eva Wong

Ottawa Impact Hub

Bytown Video Productions


Fireside Conference

Algonquin College

Organizing Team

Rebecca Palmer

Head Organizer, Chief Catalyst, EntreLaunch

Jason Daley

Community Connector, Managing Partner, AXIA Strategists

Christine Panourgias

Social Media and Online Presence Lead

Stephanie Wise

Sponsor Support & Volunteer Co-ordinator: Lifestyle Director, Opulence Global

Blair Kilrea

Co-Founder, Collab Space

Abhijit Potdar

Project Manager @ Rideau Community HUB

Jarrod Goldsmith

MC, Get In The Ring Ottawa, Founder, eSAX

Rebecca Palmer

Host, Chief Catalyst, EntreLaunch

DB Business Law

Get in the Ring's Global Pitch Competition invites founders from over 100 countries to pitch their solutions against their opponents in the ring. Get in the Ring is different from any other startup pitching competition. Pitching in the ring creates an undeniable competitive electricity which means founders are forced to up their game and give a pitch they are proud of. 



Shannon Ferguson


Catherine Chan

Riverwood Acoustics

Christa Lentz

Gopher It Deliveries

Jenn Hayward


Andre Hosein

Scantranx Technologies Inc.

Adetunji Adelakun

Trusted Wizard

Jessica Keats

John From

Digital Escrow Services


April 3rd and 4th        

Workshops for Selected Startups & Participants                             

On April 3rd and 4th, the selected startups will participate in advanced pitch training, storytelling and message strategies, mindfulness & more. 

April 4th                     

The Championship Battle

Location: Collab Space, 70 Bongard Avenue, Nepean

6 Finalists will battle 1 on 1 for the Golden Ticket to the global finals in Berlin, Germany and a ticket (worth $2,499) to the amazing invite-only Fireside Conference.

Door open at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7:00 pm.

                                    Light refreshments and cash bar available. ATM on site.

The Battles

The battles consist all of 5 rounds in which the startups pitch alternately. 



      Business Model & Market

      Financials & Proposition


Get In The Ring Ottawa wants to knock out the stigma of mental health. 

Join us at intermission to find out more.


Heroes of get in the ring

Every year we unmask thousands of heroes. Are you next?

LifeSense Group
Heavyweight winner '16/'17

"After winnng Global Meetup 2017, we got investors attention and gained the recognition we needed to close a $3m fund. Being part of the Get in the Ring community has been hugely beneficial for us."

Heavyweight winner '17/'18

"The event was fantastic, from the venues to the atmosphere with founders of over 150 startups. We pitched our solution to people from all over the world, heard great insights and made some promising connections."

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Privacy Policy

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