Apply as a audience

“Get in the Ring” is a startup support event that began in 2012 in the Netherlands. With its unconventional format of having exciting pitch battles, where contestants compete in a “boxing ring,” – it is truly unique. Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH) is going to hold the third selection pitch of the event in Japan this year.
The preliminary rounds are now held in 100 countries around the world, providing a pathway to the “World Final Event” (Berlin) to be held in 17th – 19th June, 2019 with the winners from each country.
We are presently recruiting entrepreneurs who want to participate in the Japan Final to be held in Osaka on Thursday February 28, 2019! We are looking forward to meeting entrepreneurs who wish to take their ideas and concepts forward to the world stage. Come and join us!


How to apply *Registration as a Startup Is Closed.
Deadline date Tuesday January 15, 2019, 23:59
Notification of the results of screening We will contact participants of the results via e-mail by Tuesday February 5, 2019, 18:00.
Entry conditions
  • Businesses was started in the past eight years.
  • Possessing an innovative, scalable business idea and / or business model.
  • Ability to pitch your idea in English.
Entry classes

Valuation (GTIR headquarters comprehensively judge the class for each startups based on investment amount, net profit, growth rate, and so on)

  • Above 500K€: Entry to lightweight
  • Under 500K€: Entry to middleweight
  • 20 companies for each class are recruited (one person from one company)
  • We will inform everyone of the entry class screening results which are based upon entry content and business description.
  • Valuation of startups is based upon “Japanese” standards and calculations.

Selection Pitch

Date February 28 (Thur.),2019,13:00-17:00
Selection pitch venue Osaka Innovation Hub
7th Floor, Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Capital Tower-C, 3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0011
Selection pitch program
  1. 12:30-Start acceptance of contestants
  2. 13:00-16:00Selection Pitch and Speed Dating
  3. 16:00-17:00Coffee break
Selection pitch
  • There is a 3 min. pitch (in English) in front of two judges in an each room.
  • Then, there is a 3 min. Q&A session.
  • In the 3 min. pitch, the business should be demonstrated based on the 5 themes as in Final battle (team, achievements, business model & market, financials & proposition and freestyle).

Final Battle

Date February 28 (Thur.),2019,18:00-22:00
Final battle venue Knowledge Theater
4th Floor, Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Capital Tower-C, 3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0011
Final battle
  1. 18:00-Start acceptance / Doors open
  2. 18:30-20:30Final battles
  3. 20:30-22:00After Party (Venue: Osaka Innovation Hub)
Final battle
  • English only.
  • It’s a 1- on-1 pitch battle between two startups on a boxing ring!
  • There are a self-introduction (1min.) and 5 rounds (30 sec. each), ending in a Q&A by judges.
  • 5 rounds (team, achievements, business model & market, financials & proposition and freestyle).

Final battleThemes of 5 rounds

  • Introduction(1 minute)

    This first part is pretty self explanatory and it is the time where the startups have to introduce themselves when they have entered the ring. The introduction should be 1 minute.

  • Round 1Theme: Team

    This topic covers the team of the startup, why will they make this startup a success? And what have their team members achieved in the past to make us believe they will make it happen?

  • Round 2Theme: Achievements

    In this topic startups will outline their achievements to date (not what they are planning to achieve!). Do they have paying customers? Prototypes? Letters of Intent? Awards? Subsidies?

  • Round 3Theme: Business model & market

    Startups will use this topic to explain their business model, how are they making or going to make revenue? And what is the market potential? Who are their competitors and how do they differntiate.

  • Round 4Theme: Financials & Investment Proposition

    This topic covers the financial situation and the proposition they have towards capital, talent or expertise. What is it they need to grow fast right now? And financials think of cashflow risks, break- even points, revenue projections, cost price and margins. Does it look promising?

  • Round 5Theme: Freestyle

    Finally the startups can and need to be creative. They can fill their remaining time however they feel fit as long as they convince you of their promise even more than before.

Final judges

Mr. Masa Tadokoro

[Serial Entrepreneur] He has extensive experiences in start-up space; 5 start-ups in Japan and 1 start-up in Silicon Valley (Successful exit experience).
[Venture Capitalist] He is in-charge of start-up investment in Japan and South East Asia.
[Other] Adviser/board member of several startups in Japan and US Director of startup management at Pioneers Asia

Mr. Kenta Goto
Professor at Kansai University Faculty of Economics

After engaged in apparel business in Itochu Corporation, Mr. Goto came to be involved in development policy and improvement of private sectors at the United Nations Development program (UNDP) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). Currently, besides working as professor at a university, he is often engaged in projects in connection with the business world, including investment operations in the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), capacity development related to export promotion, and engagement in Kansai Economic Federation. Recently, he has been involved in some projects aiming at enhancing competitiveness in the global value chain by employing main strategies of sustainable development goals (SDGs) which have been adopted by the U.N. Now, as part of these businesses, he serves as a consultant for the ILO/OECD “Responsible Supply Chains in Asia” project funded by EU.

Mr. James Coleman
Co-founder and CTO of Tech Concierge

Mr. James Coleman is co-founder and CTO of Tech Concierge, a Kobe-based company, and an experienced entrepreneur who has a diverse background which includes technology, business and social psychology. He has served as an advisor to companies, including Apple and Sony, and enjoys mentoring other entrepreneurs. James moved to Japan from Southern California to support local and regional entrepreneurship, while enjoying life in Kobe with his wife and two sons.

Mr. David Williams
Global Digital MOJO in Shanghai and Hong Kong

In 2009 Mr. Williams founded Global Digital MOJO in Shanghai and Hong Kong, leading their Digital Brand Strategy / Service Innovation teams, implementing growth of the network in a variety of countries. He also works with education-related NPOs and Social Businesses.

Mr. Williams has 21 years of commercial experience in digital design, innovation, and education. Beginning in 1997, he held senior design and / or innovation positions with: Motorola Labs, Motorola Mobile Devices, Nuance, Razorfish and ETSI.
He has been an adjunct and visiting faculty member at various Universities and design institutes throughout Southeast Asia.

In 2005 he co-founded Asentio Design in Shanghai; China’s first research-to-design digital product and service design studio.
He holds a PhD. in Cognitive Psychology and is fluent in 4 languages.

The ring master

Mr. Nathan Bryan

Please meet our Ring Master extraordinaire … Mr. Nathan Bryan!
This is Nathan’s third year in a row being our ringmaster / maestro for this prestigious event. He has more than 30 years of experience working in Japan within the fields of business and IT consulting to enable business growth and attract new businesses to rural and suburban regions of Japan. In addition to being an event MC, he also has hosted TV programs, and worked as a radio DJ. Since the start of this event here in Osaka, he has been our “one and only” Ring Master for “GET IN THE RING OSAKA!”


Main sponsors
Tech in Asia


Osaka Innovation Hub
Tel: +81-6-6359-3004
(From Monday to Friday, 10:00-18:00, except holidays and during New Year period)

  • We will take photos and videos for information delivery after the event, and may undertake media interviews. Please agree to the possibility of participants’ appearance in these photos and videos.
  • Please note that personal information handled in the event will be shared by Osaka Innovation Hub (operated by Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center) and Get In The Ring Office (headquartered in the Netherlands)