Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) October 23, 2013
From an initial field of 283 applicants, eight U.S. entrepreneurs are still standing – and they’re ready to do battle in the final round of the first-ever “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash.” The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, host of the U.S. competition, today announced the names of the finalists who will vie for the title of America’s most promising entrepreneur live in Kansas City on the evening of Nov. 18.
Judges, including leaders of prominent incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurship organizations from across the nation, reviewed the applications and video submissions of 40 semifinalists in narrowing the field to eight finalists.
The finalists, hailing from seven states and representing a variety of industries, are:
The final eight will kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities in Kansas City on Nov. 18 by delivering their best and final pitches to an esteemed panel of judges: global fashion mogul Marc Ecko; Dell president Steve Felice; serial entrepreneur, investor and author Lisa Gansky; consumer brand “turnaround” CEO Matthew Rubel; and broadcast and digital media guru Denmark West.
A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the top U.S. finisher, and $5,000 will go to the runner-up. An "audience favorite" will also be awarded.
In addition to the cash prize, the startup crowned U.S. champion will leave Kansas City the very next day to travel expense-paid to the Nov. 22 Get in the Ring global finals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. There, he or she will compete with seven other international finalists, selected from 30 participating nations, for a chance to secure angel investment from a potential pool of €1,000,000, or approximately $1.3 million.
Get in the Ring was founded in 2009 by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands to bring the world's most promising entrepreneurs together with those who can help them succeed and to inspire others to start their entrepreneurial journeys. The international finals are held each November during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The Kauffman Foundation serves as host of the first-ever U.S. Get in the Ring competition, and Sprint is the U.S. national sponsor. Other sponsors include leading online tech news publication VentureBeat, boxing equipment company Combat Brands/Ringside Inc. and Kansas City PBS television station KCPT.
For full details about Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash, visit http://www.kauffman.org/GITR.
Video of the event will be livestreamed at http://www.kauffman.org/GITR.
About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.
About Get in the Ring
For more information about the international competition of Get in the Ring, visit http://www.gitr.nl. Also follow Get in the Ring on Twitter @gitr_gew and Facebook/getinthering.gew.