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‘Get in the Ring’ start-up competition is launching its own university


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2018

Get in the Ring (GITR), an international start-up competition that literally puts founders in a boxing ring, is planning to launch its own university.

GITR is active in over 100 countries, with more than 200 licensed partners. Over 25,000 start-ups have pitched from the GITR boxing ring, and around 400 of them have gotten further support from the competition in the form of mentorship and networking opportunities.

According to the competition’s co-founder Hendrik Halbe, the ring isn’t just a gimmick.

“Pitching in the ring forces founders to really think about their solution, and work hard on perfecting their pitch,” he says. “Nobody wants to get in there and flop. Our sessions beforehand are dedicated to improving entrepreneurial skills and unlocking business opportunities. We decided early on to focus on a retreat style setting so you are able to connect to everyone who is attending in both a work and social setting building more valuable connections.”

Now GITR is launching its own university, in which most of the faculty is composed of entrepreneurs. There will be multiple campuses across Europe and eventually in other countries, and students will be able to learn within different businesses and accelerator programs. Students won’t be tested on memorization, but rather on practical application of entrepreneurial concepts and principles.

“The current education surrounding entrepreneurship is outdated,” says Halbe. The first class is slated to start in September this year. A Masters and MBA program is also being created.

Source: Forbes

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