Education, food and health-tech are the future

LifeSense group, a Dutch startup that brings a solution for urinary incontinence for women through wearable technology, outcompeted 5,000 startups from over 100 countries at the Global Conference of Get in the Ring in Singapore last week.

In a packed Club Millian in Singapore, 600 innovation lovers witnessed the intense competition in the lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight category. LifeSense Group won the prestigious competition in the heavyweight category while helping women with their solution for urinary incontinence.

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Valer Pop, CEO & Co-founder LifeSense Group:

“As the winner of the Get in the Ring Competition, LifeSense Group is sending ripples around the world that will make an impact in the life of every woman and change the way we view and understand a secret women have been keeping for years.  Winning the prestigious Get in the Ring competition, LifeSense Group has transformed the largest women’s health secret today into the largest spoken solution.”

LifeSense Group has found a solution to a problem that most women will experience in their life. Using their product named Carin they can “seamlessly combine comfort, style and technology to create a solution for women suffering from urinary incontinence, a once taboo subject for women everywhere.” - Valer Pop

The 2017 winners of the middleweight and lightweight categories are Hargol FoodTech and Edupass. The Israeli company Hargol FoodTech found a way to reduce the incubation period of grasshoppers, creating the world's first grasshopper farm! They then turn the grasshoppers into a sustainable protein source for food manufacturers.

Dror Tamir, CEO & Co-founder of Hargol FoodTech:

“It is still hard to believe that a grasshopper farming startup can beat all the rest. It is a significant symbol that agri-tech and food-tech are becoming mainstream as humanity starts to understand its importance. Also, I am proud to represent the israeli Startup Nation that is developing fast into a leading vertical in the Israeli Eco-system” 

Edupass is a platform which links latin american students who cannot afford to go to university to grants and scholarships so they can achieve their dreams.

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The three winners were awarded a suitcase full of meetings. They will have the opportunity to meet with some of the world’s leading companies as well as gain exposure within the startup and investor communities, all co-ordinated by the Get in the Ring Foundation in collaboration with the startups.

Luis David Sena, CEO of Edupass:

“Winning the 2017 Get in the Ring Global Startup Competition was a fantastic moment in our startup Journey! Not only winning has been important for the validation of our business model but also winning has helped us give to all those entrepreneurs back home who believe in the power of their ideas to positively impact the world.”

A jury consisting of three ‘champions’ chose the winning startups out of 6 participants in the final. Jeffrey Seah, Venture Partner of Quest Ventures was responsible for the judging together with serial entrepreneur Jay Krishnan and Singaporean angel investor Shao-Ning Huang.

CHAMPIONS:

Meet Jeffrey Seah,Venture Partner of Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities.

Jay Krishnan is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 year experience and is currently CEO of T-Hub Hyderabad, India’s biggest startup incubator.

Shao-Ning Huang was the Managing Director/ Group Deputy CEO of JobsCentral Group. Now she is an angel investor and startup advisor.

The Get in the Ring battle format

The Get in the Ring Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to connect startups with leading investors and corporates in order to accelerate innovation. The foundation started in 2012 and now conducts over 150 events per year in over 100 countries.

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 the valuation of the startup.

The other major participating and supporting partners: Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, YourSingapore, EY, ACE, theCo, JustCo, Bash, DHL, SGInnovate, Quest Ventures, Expara, VenturesOne, KK Fund, Life.Sreda, Golden Gate, East Ventures, 2Sherpa, Startup Autobahn, Coent Ventures, Reapra Ventures, OCBC and 500 Startups.

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About Get in the Ring Foundation

The Get in the Ring Foundation is an organization that gives startups a fun and global podium to make valuable connections to innovators to grow and scale up their business. We are active in 100 countries and work together with leaders of entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. Get in the Ring is known for its innovative format where startups face off in a boxing ring.

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