The application process is now open for Get In The Ring, a global startup pitch competition created by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands and backed by the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The multi-stage competition aims to bring promising entrepreneurs together and connect them to people who can help them scale their businesses. The winning startup is eligible for more than $1 million in angel funding.
To qualify for the contest, startups must submit applications by Aug. 15. From there, the pool of applicants will be whittled down to 20 American semifinalists and then five finalists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Those 15 startups will square off in the North-American Startup Clash in Kansas City in November, and the winner of that contest will travel to the Netherlands and compete against seven other entrepreneurs for the angel funding.
Kansas City-based startup EyeVerify, which makes makes technology that enables smartphones cameras to scan eye veins for authentication purposes, won the global competition.
In order to compete, a startup must be less than five years old, have a scalable business model and have an interest in raising funding.