Welcome to Get in the Ring, the Olympics for Startups!
Get in the Ring is an international start-up competition, which first started in 2009 in
the Netherlands. The main concept of the competition is to provide innovative start-ups
with the unique opportunity to present their ideas on the international entrepreneurial
stage and to help them expand their network of contacts with investors, ready to provide
them with funds to develop their products and to assist them in finding new markets and
potential clients. The competition is called “Get in The Ring” because start-ups present
their ideas on a boxing ring in front of a jury.
Within only 5 years, Get in The Ring turned into an exceptionally successful concept
according to the number of applicants. This number was 16 during the first edition, only
on a national Dutch level. In 2014 the number of applicants reached 2000 from 65 countries
from all over the world. The competition is traditionally organized in 3 rounds, starting
with the acceptance of applications on a national level, from which the best are short-listed
for the national final. The winner of the national final proceeds to a regional final
including the winners from neighboring countries. Finally, the winners from all regional
finals receive a priceless quota for the international final, which traditionally takes
place in Rotterdam, but during the current edition it will be held in Colombia.
Get in The Ring in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, the competition first started in 2013. The national final, organized by the
Association of Bulgarian Leaders
and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), gathered the best 6 Bulgarian
start-ups. The winners were HutGrip and Jumpido. Later, during the International final in
Rotterdam, on an official ceremony, ABLE received the prize for best national host and
so obtained the right to organize the regional final for Eastern Europe in the next
edition of Get In The Ring for 2014. During that year, there were more than 60 applications
of which the best eight were short-listed for the national final. The national battle
was won by a company that was developing innovative insoles for runners - Stepsss.
In November 2014, the regional final for Eastern Europe was again organized by ABLE. It
gathered the best 12 start-ups in Eastern Europe coming from Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova,
Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Lithuania.
The winner and representative of the region for the international final in the Netherlands
became the Moldovan start-up ChooChooBabyCarriers. During the international final in 2014,
ABLE was officially awarded for being the best organizer, but this time among the hosts of
all the regional finals.
All the participants should know that this year, the events will be bigger and better! There
will be a mentorship program and a coaching day which will help the start-ups to get in the
ring more prepared. There will be more information, so stay tuned.
The Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) is a non-profit organization,
founded by the alumni of the Bulgarian Young Leaders Program – BYLP. The organization's
mission is to develop an active civil society, to inspire leadership and spread the
entrepreneurial culture and spirit in Bulgaria. ABLE is currently developing more than
10 projects in the field of personal development, leadership and entrepreneurship. It
also has the honor to organize the national and regional finals of Get in the Ring for
Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs member, holding a master degree in Financial
Management. Experienced Relationship Management professional. Passionate about entrepreneurship
and possitive change.
ABLE member. She has a master degree in Public Policy and Innovation and she likes helping people
discovering and developing their true passion. Also, she is a traveller, always ready to go on an
Mentorship Program Planner
ABLE Board Member, passionate about entrepreneurship. He has experience in PR and
entrepreneurship and strongly believes that everything is possible!
Startups Education Visioner
Angel holds bachelor and master degree in Business administration. He has experience in project management
and finance and now works in marketing field and is part of ABLE Board. He is passionate about the
journey of getting one thought or idea into something feasible and real.
International Relations Scout/Sponsorships
ABLE member. Keen on technology, data analytics, consulting, and innovative change solutions. Explorer and seeker.
Energetic ultimate fighter
Startup Enthousiast. High-tech visionary. Passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship, coding and literature.
Head of Miscellaneous stuff
A marketing savvy who does a little of everything. Keen on entrepreneurship (duh!),
psychology, Malcolm Gladwell, travelling, and crazy shenanigans.
Chairman of the board of ABLE and a professional project manager. Slav is passionate about innovation
and technology and has taken ABLE's mission of promoting Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Bulgaria as
a personal goal.
An engineer with a true passion for traveling and inspiring entrepreneurship among students. Always looks
on the bright side of life. Part of Partners and Sponsors' team.
International Project Manager & International Relations Lead
Young entrepreneur passionate about new technologies, health and wellbeing. Co-founder of two
innovative born-global startups - EnWake and Warranty Vault, both based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Project Manager - Bulgaria & Marketing Rockstar
ABLE Board Member, responsible for Projects and Events with experience in starting and managing
various initiatives. Keen on constant self-development with positive and creative approach towards
the changing enviromnemt.
Project Manager - Operational planning & Relationship Mastermind
ABLE Project Manager, passionate about spotting new opportunities and trends. Relationship and Psychology guru.
Chairman of the board at ABLE, responsible for PR&Communications, with background in market research
and data analysis, founder and initiator of many NGO projects, Radost Boycheva gets fired up about
initiatives that help people dare to do what they are passionate about. Impossible is nothing for
this young lady. Personal motto: "The secret of winning? Beginning."
Social Media Groundbreaker
Young and positive, willing to explore and being passionate about Marketing and Social Media.
Innovator Event Management
Results-oriented and enthusiastic professional with extensive experience in event and project
management, corporate communications and public relations.
The Wolf of GITR Street
Procurement professional with knowledge on the technology area. Interested in constant development
of leadership skill in the community.
ABLE projects member, responsible and committed fast-thinker. Passionate about self-development,
different cultures and grasping opportunities for broader experiences.
ABLE member- part of Partners and Sponsors' Team. Keen on sales, event organization, and fundraising.
Energetic, motivated, and constantly seeking for new opportunities.
International Business Student at UDEM in Monterrey, Mexico. Current president of the Student
Organization Enactus in UDEM, using the power of business through entrepreneurial action to
benefit local communities.