SA’s top 100 entrepreneurs to Get in the Ring

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:03

SA’s top 100 entrepreneurs to Get in the Ring

Jump-starting an entrepreneurial venture in South Africa just got a whole lot more exciting! The so-called Olympics of entrepreneurship – Get in the Ring, is about to hit the South African shores, and young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete with their global counterparts.

Get in the Ring (GITR) is a start-up competition that connects start-ups with global investors; partners; coaches and mentors; training opportunities; potential customers and the media. In short: innovative start-ups are provided with the ultimate platform from which they can pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to a global audience and by doing so possibly securing invaluable investments. This year yet again sees the bHive EDC (Enterprise Development Centre) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University joinig forces with several high-level partners - both locally and internationally, to host this competition in South Africa.

Get in the Ring – South Africa 2015

This year will see various events being hosted throughout South Africa, starting with the City Finals. Start-ups will subsequently progress through the GITR competition to the national and the regional finals.  Local finals will be hosted throughout the year – in all major cities, starting from August.

On the 19th and 20th of November, during the Global Entrepreneurship Week, the three hosting partners will host the national finals which will see the top 100 South African start-ups coming together for a two day event. The national finals will see an audience of 300 investors, seed funders, equity funders and corporate partners in attendance as well as GITR international representatives.

The winning start-ups  from all the participating Southern African countries will also be hosted for a two day event and include the likes of Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola, Cameroon, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ethiopia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.  As was the case with the South African finals, the first day of the event will take the form of a pitch training and investment negotiation day. The second day will consist of one-on-one pitches for each start-up, and the grand finale in the ring. More than 800 guests will be in attendance during the Southern African finals of which 200 will be investors, key representatives from partner organisations and funders.

Get in the Ring – South Africa


GITR-SA was launched in 2014 with national finals being held in Cape Town and Johannesburg, in collaboration with the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) and Silicon Cape. Shalton Mothwa (EpoChip) and Justin Coetzee (GoMetro) emerged as the winners and subsequently represented South Africa at the African Regional finals in Kigali, Rwanda in September 2014.  The GoMetro venture conquered the winning title at the African finals, progressing to the International final in Rotterdam in November, where it was named the runner-up of the international competition.

In 2014, GITR was hosted in collaboration with the Real Entrepreneur Institute, the NWU Vaal, the Innovation Hub, Silicon Cape, the Hookup Dinner, and the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship and, SAB Kickstart.

More about GITR

Get in the Ring is a non-profit event concept, initiated by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, to bring the most promising entrepreneurs from around the world in contact with investors and to ultimately inspire young people to start their own entrepreneurial ventures. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, GITR boasts numerous international partners and in 2015 the event will be hosted in over 100 countries worldwide.