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EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth to think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next 5 years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth, women and those re-entering the workforce build a brighter future through informal learning programs, workshops and entrepreneurial education. We have a powerful story to tell, and we’d love to share it with you!

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2019

For Immediate Release – March 29, 2019 (OTTAWA, Canada)

Startups are Getting Ready to Rumble! Who will deliver the knockout punch?

In less than a week (April 4th), Get in the Ring Ottawa will take place at Collab Space, Nepean. 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, achievements, and business model.   

Introducing Get In The Ring Ottawa https://youtu.be/VQ1wwb5ubEM

2018 GITR Global after movie https://youtu.be/oDFCHF6J6gg

“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.”

-Eli Fathi, Mindbridge Analytics Inc.

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).

The Grand Champion of Get In The Ring Ottawa will be flown to Berlin, Germany for the Global Final.

The Finalists

It is a pleasure to announce that our finalists for Get In the Ring consist of a variety of business models ranging from social enterprise to AI. Additional details on our finalists can be found on www.gitr.co/ottawa.

“We are honoured to jump in the ring. Chance of a lifetime! Riverwood is ready for the world to hear our old growth timber come back to life. Riverwood Acoustics hear the experience!”

– Christa Lentz, Riverwood Acoustics

The Jury

Get In The Ring Ottawa has brought together an amazing group of leaders in a variety of industries to work with our startups and validate their businesses through the pitch competition. We are especially delighted to announce that Stephen Partridge, co-founder of Events.com, will be returning to Ottawa where Events.com was launched to participate in the Awards show. More information on our amazing Jury members can be found at www.gitr.co/ottawa.

Get In The Ring Ottawa Award Show

Tickets are now on sale to attend Get In The Ring Ottawa finals on April 4, 2019 at Collab Space, Nepean. Participants are encouraged to cheer for their favorite startup. Tickets can be purchased at gitr.co/ottawa.

This event will be live-streamed via Facebook and other media platforms.

Partners

Get in the Ring Ottawa has partnered with a wide range of amazing sponsors and co-organizers to put Ottawa on the global entrepreneurial stage. It is a coming together of the community without silos. Our team, partners and sponsors consist of people involved with various parts of the local ecosystem including Startup Ottawa, L-Spark, H.U.B. Inc., eSAX, Collab Space, Invest Ottawa, The Ottawa Network, The Rideau Community HUB and more. Our food partners include an array of local food and beverage providers.

Our amazing sponsors include: NewFound Recruiting, Welch LLP, THINK Virtual CFO, The Eagle Institute, Sandler Training, Vectors Group. For a full list of sponsors, please refer to the press kit attached.

“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.

“Get In The Ring Ottawa is a true collaboration of private individuals and local entrepreneurs working together. Our team of volunteers has worked tireless over the last few months to remove silos, encourage collaboration and plan an engaging event that will excite the community and inspire innovation on a global level.”

– Rebecca Palmer, EntreLaunch Inc.

“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

About Get In The Ring Ottawa

Get in the Ring was started in 2012 by 5 Dutch entrepreneurs to shake up pitch competitions. Since then it has grown into an international phenomenon with annual global competition hosted this in a year in Berlin, Germany on June 17th to 19th 2019. Get In The Ring brings together 150 selected startups from around the world with a group of innovation professionals and investors. The goal is simple: to unlock business opportunities together. Oh and of course to enjoy life and have a lot of fun.

Since the start of Get in the Ring we have been developing a global network of support organizations, corporations and governments that want to make an impact. Together with them we organize activities and support programs around the world. We identify promising solutions developed by startups and connect them to opportunities and resources that enable them to show the impact that they can make.

History in Canada

In 2014, Canada received its first taste of Get In The Ring through regional finals organized by Futurpreneur (formerly CYBF). The regional champion went on to battle in the North American finals before going on to the Global event in 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. After winning a place in the Regional North American Final in Mexico in 2015, Ottawa-based startup HYRE (Eropa Stein) represented Canada at the Global Get In The Ring event in Medellin, Colombia, March 2016.

“Participating in GITR helped me establish the validity of my newfound idea and motivated me to fully pursue Hyre.”

– Eropa Stein, Hyre

Since 2016, just 2 events in Canada have both occurred in Quebec (2017 and 2018) produced by: RJCCQ – Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec. The winner of Get in the Ring – La Coupe provinciale (Quebec) des Start-up 2018 was Maple 3. Find out more about Maple 3 at https://www.facebook.com/maple3maplewater/

The winner of the April 4, 2019 Get In The Ring Ottawa event will be joining Maple 3 in Berlin, Germany.

“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.

Get In The Ring Ottawa supports mental health.

In addition, Rebecca Palmer, founder of EntreLaunch and presenting partner for Get In The Ring Ottawa, will be announcing a new initiative – the EntreHealth Fund – a fund designed to help entrepreneurs struggling with mental health to access therapy in times of need. Too often our entrepreneurs suffer silently and when your company is falling apart, the cost of therapy may be out of reach. More details will be available at the Get In The Ring Ottawa event on April 4th.

Social Media Links

Global Get In The Ring Page: https://www.facebook.com/getintheringglobal/

Ottawa Get In The Ring Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/309328653112540/

Get In The Ring Ottawa: https://twitter.com/GITROttawa

Get In The Ring Global: https://twitter.com/GITRGlobal

Get In The Ring Ottawa: www.gitr.co/ottawa

Get In The Ring Global: https://getinthering.co/

Get In The Ring Ottawa: https://www.instagram.com/gitr_ottawa/

Get In The Ring Global: https://www.instagram.com/getintheringglobal/

Additional information for media

Special tickets are available for representatives of the media. For inquiries related to interviewing startups, jury members, sponsors or organizers and/or being involved in the full 2-day program please contact Rebecca Palmer.

PRESS CONTACT

Rebecca Palmer

gitr@entrelaunch.org

  1. 613.462.2320  M. 705.791.2320

For the latest updates and more information go to www.gitr.co/ottawa.

Get in the Ring Ottawa – April 4, 2019, Collab Space (Nepean)

In less than 1 month from today, Get in the Ring Ottawa will take place at Collab Space, Ottawa. During the 3-day program, the most promising startups in our region will battle for the local title and make valuable connections with investors and business leaders.

20 selected companies from across Ontario will be chosen to participate in a 2 day workshop on April 2-3rd culminating in semi-finals selection. Only 6 of these teams will go on to the final live battle on April 4, 2019. Startups may apply to pitch until March 10, 2019 at gitr.co/ottawa.

Limited tickets are available to the general public for workshop participation and can be purchased through the event site.

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, achievements, and business model.

 YOUTUBE Video introducting Get In The Ring: https://youtu.be/VQ1wwb5ubEM

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).

The Grand Champion of Get In The Ring Ottawa will be flown to Berlin, Germany for the Global Final.

Get In The Ring Ottawa Award Show

Tickets are now on sale to attend Get In The Ring Ottawa finals on April 4, 2019 at Collab Space, Nepean. Participants are encouraged to cheer for their favorite startup. Tickets can be purchased at gitr.co/ottawa

Partners

Get in the Ring Ottawa is powered by EntreLaunch Inc., Collab Space, Startup Ottawa, Sandler Training, L-Spark, Garage Doors Unlimited, Events.com and more.

Additional information for media

Special tickets are available for representatives of the media. For inquiries related to interviewing startups, jury members and/or being involved in the full 3-day program please contact Rebecca Palmer (contact details below).

Complimentary wifi is available at all locations.

Special areas for media will be available upon request.

Representatives of the media joining activities will be provided with food and drinks.

More information and contact

For the latest updates and more information go to www.getinthering.co and www.getinthering.co/ottawa

For media inquiries please contact Rebecca Palmer via gitr@entrelaunch.org or call +1.613.462.2320.

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2018

EntreLaunch participates in “Launch of CAMP in BPR “Dimitrie Cantemir”

November 2-3, 2018

http://www.crungheni.md/lansarea-camp-in-incinta-bpr-dimitrie-cantemir/?fbclid=IwAR0crFNqkt4DV4c3yEn3IgsoZH3kMWpY0LgXTV5NiIQunJP8Hi3Nv-VesAE

2017

November 17th, 2017 – EntreLaunch Founder heading to Estonia as finalist in the 2017 Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 – EntreLaunch Founder, Rebecca Palmer, is heading to Tallinn, Estonia today as one of four finalists for the Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. The award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The award is one of three Startup Nations Awards that will be presented at the Startup Nations Summit (summit.startupnations.co) on Tuesday, November 21. The other two Startup Nations Awards are Groundbreaking Policy Thinking and National Policy Leadership.

The Selection Committee evaluated nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the identification of the bottleneck(s) affecting the local ecosystem
  • Level of innovativeness of the specific policy lever(s) or program idea(s)
  • Level of personal commitment to shifting local government thinking on entrepreneurship
  • Extent to which the local effort helped set the example for national level action
  • Availability of metrics or evidence to show the impact of the policymaker’s efforts
  • Extent to which it is possible to replicate efforts, adapting to other policy areas or other ecosystems

This year, the four finalists for the Local Policy Leadership Award hail from four different countries, and have contributed to their community as a startup champion through a variety of initiatives ranging from ecosystem coordination and collaboration, to promoting entrepreneurship education and innovative skills building in local communities.

Rebecca has focused on access to skills by providing entrepreneurial education, workshops and events to youth aged 10-24, many of which in collaboration with the local government authorities, particularly in the Simcoe County. Ms. Palmer works with ecosystem actors including Startup Barrie, the City of Barrie, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and Georgian College’s Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. She is also currently working on developing a new microloan program that provides access to capital to youth under the age of 19 and online entrepreneurship programs that will reach youth in rural areas and worldwide via a mobile platform.

While in Tallinn, Ms. Palmer will also visit nearby countries including the cities of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk to discuss entrepreneurship with European entrepreneurs and experience the local ecosystem.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Palmer
Chief Facilitator and Founder, EntreLaunch Inc.
M. 705-791-2320
E. Rebecca@entrelaunch.org

October 15, 2017 – EntreLaunch is pleased to announce that our Founder, Rebecca Palmer, is one of four finalists for the Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. The award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The award is one of three Startup Nations Awards that will be presented at the Startup Nations Summit (summit.startupnations.co) on Tuesday, November 21. The winner will be the third recipient of the award, which was previously received by Bart De Wever, mayor of Antwerp, Belgium, and María José Vengoechea, executive president of the Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce in Colombia.

The other two Startup Nations Awards are Groundbreaking Policy Thinking and National Policy Leadership.

The Selection Committee evaluated nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the identification of the bottleneck(s) affecting the local ecosystem
  • Level of innovativeness of the specific policy lever(s) or program idea(s)
  • Level of personal commitment to shifting local government thinking on entrepreneurship
  • Extent to which the local effort helped set the example for national level action
  • Availability of metrics or evidence to show the impact of the policymaker’s efforts
  • Extent to which it is possible to replicate efforts, adapting to other policy areas or other ecosystems

This year, the four finalists for the Local Policy Leadership Award hail from four different countries, and have contributed to their community as a startup champion through a variety of initiatives ranging from ecosystem coordination and collaboration, to promoting entrepreneurship education and innovative skills building in local communities.

Rebecca has focused on access to skills by providing entrepreneurial education, workshops and events to youth aged 10-24, many of which in collaboration with the local government authorities, particularly in the Simcoe County. Ms. Palmer works with ecosystem actors including Startup Barrie, the  City of Barrie, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and Georgian College’s Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. She is also currently working on developing a new microloan program that provide access to capital to youth under the age of 19, and as such continues to test programs that could be then scaled by public sector agencies.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Palmer

Chief Facilitator and CEO, EntreLaunch Inc.

705-791-2320

Rebecca@entrelaunch.org

September 20, 2017: The Dynamo Show with EntreLaunch Founder Rebecca Palmer

The DYNAMO Show hosted by James Erdt, Chief Architect of WOW for DYNAMO Entrepreneur, interviews visionaries, thought-leaders and game-changers who are ‘Living Well & Doing Good’ in their communities and around the world. Episode 53 – Merav Richter – Sarah Fisher Durst – Rebecca Palmer. Full episode here.

EntreLaunch recognized as a leader in global entrepreneurship

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/entrelaunch-recognized-as-a-leader-in-global-entrepreneurship-643205

June 13, 2017 – EntreLaunch is pleased to announce that they are a recipient of the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. These funds will go to sponsoring over 80 youth at two IMPACT Cup events this year.

IMPACT Cup is a multi-day event designed to help attendees develop ideas to solve local, regional or global issues. The first event will be held at Georgian College, Barrie Campus on July 5-7. Registration is free for teens aged 13-19. Youth are encouraged to register early as each event has a capacity of 40 teens. For more information about IMPACT Cup or to register, please go to www.entrelaunch.org/impactcup/.

With an emphasis on end user benefit and uptake, this program will ensure attendees learn how to develop a business plan and how to validate the idea for its target market.

Learning sessions preceding each work day will provide an overview on various tools and ideas (including how to identify end user needs) to benefit attendees as they design the ultimate pitch. Attendees will be engaged in an active learning process throughout the event. IMPACT Cup encourages teams to identify what impact their project will have in the world through a MISSION to create an impact at a local, regional or global level.

EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth to
think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next
5 years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth build a brighter future
through informal learning programs, workshops and entrepreneurial
education.

For younger youth, EntreLaunch is running summer programs for kids age 9-14. Please find more information about these programs at www.entrelaunch.org.

Startup Canada, the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurs, and Export Development Canada announced June 9 the three recipients of the 2017 Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. The Fund invests in high-impact initiatives that advance the prospects of Canada’s globally-oriented, entrepreneur-led companies.

“We are pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients,” said Dan Mancuso, Vice-President of the International Growth Capital group at EDC. “The diversity of these initiatives really reflects the talent and inclusive spirit of Canada’s entrepreneurship community, of which Adam Chowaniec was a vigorous champion.”

The Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship was established in 2015, in memory of Dr. Adam Chowaniec, the Founding Chairman of the Startup Canada Board of Directors and a former EDC Board Member. Dr. Chowaniec was known in Canada’s tech community for his involvement in starting, growing, and selling more than a dozen companies and creating the Amiga Computer.

Dr. Chowaniec championed Canada’s grassroots entrepreneurship movement with a particular goal of encouraging and supporting more Canadian entrepreneurs and business to anchor deeply in Canada and grow strong, global companies.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Palmer

Chief Facilitator and Founder, EntreLaunch Inc.

705-791-2320

Rebecca@entrelaunch.org

About EDC

EDC helps Canadian companies go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies.

For more information about how we can help your company, call us at
1-888-434-8508 or visit www.edc.ca.

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community for Canada’s entrepreneurs. Through flagship programs, digital platforms, and cross sector partnerships between entrepreneurs, private sector, and government, Startup Canada offers training, resources, and a peer network to give every entrepreneur equal opportunity for success. As members of Startup Canada, entrepreneurs are championed by the community and are given a national voice to media, industry and government. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca or the Startup Barrie site http://www.startupbarrie.ca/

February 2, 2017 Green Hackathon this weekend in Barrie (Barrie Today)

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/green-hackathon-this-weekend-in-barrie-524872 via @barrietoday

November 2015 Celebrate Failure with Entrepreneurs in Barrie (Simcoe.com)

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/6113290-celebrate-failure-with-entrepreneurs-in-barrie/

Canadian entrepreneurs tackle key issues at G20 youth summit (Globe and Mail)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/treps-down-under-canadians-tackle-entrepreneurship-issues-at-g20-youth-summit/article19912615/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

July 4, 2014 Barrie delegate working to help young entrepreneurs (Simcoe.com)

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4611134-barrie-delegate-working-to-help-young-entrepreneurs/#.WeOSVH8lsb4.twitter