Change is in the challenge

Get In the Ring is an international showcase of talented startup companies. There is no monetary prize, but teams compete and gain immensely from the worldwide publicity that this opportunity entails. This experience connects some of the world’s best startup companies with potential high value investors, as well as gaining new connections and clients.

Aftermovie – Get In The Ring Monaco 2017


For every participant we have great opportunities:

  • Lots of potential fans such as investors, corporates, talent and experts involved
  • International exposure and network in 100 countries
  • Exciting and educating process where you learn through experience and get feedback.
  • Win a trip to the Global Final in March 2017!


It’s a 1- on-1 pitch battle between two startups. There are 5 rounds, ending in a Q&A and a vote for the winner by our Champion Judges and the audience. First you get a quick intro, and the 30 sec. rounds are: Team, Achievements, Business Model & Market, Financials & Proposition, and Freestyle.


Can you imagine yourself, standing in the ring, battling head-to-head, making fans and do you meet the requirements below? Then you’re good to go!
  • Innovative and scalable business idea/model
  • Launched less than 8 years ago
  • Pitch fluently in English



Waffer Messenger

Wafer Messenger is the world’s only app that allows its users to reach all their contacts from day one, even those who are not Wafer (yet!).

La neurobox performance

Our company supports students and especially top athletes. Our method is based on neuroscience. Our goal is to develop an application that will allow students to combine study and sports career by managing their daily lives.

Passion Values

Passion values built up the largest, most accurate and comprehensive database for valuing and managing any group of collectibles worldwide. It works like a portfoliomanagement for stocks at your bank - just only for collectibles.On a daily basis we evaluate, manage and trade your vintage collection with more than 150 million auction prices of classic cars, wine, watches, arts, toys, stamps, pens, instrument etc.on one place.

Cheapbus is aiming to *connecting Europe cheaper* as its solgan says. As the name make clear, we aim to connect major European cities with coach buslines. We believe in the efficient combination of new technologies and off line services needed for the increasing mobility within Europe.


Coviago is a revolutionary travel agency : i) it is dedicated to singles (people who are not in a relationship) and ii) it uses astrology and numerology for compatibility ratings between fellow travellers.

Play Outside

Play Outside is a mobile and web application. It helps parents to motivate their kids playing less video games by rewarding them with rewards in their favorite video games.

ONHYS Software

Global urbanization raises many problems of security, mobility, and access to urban services. Public and private actors are looking for new solutions to design cities and their infrastructures. At the age of Big Data, the question is «How can we value the huge amount of data that we now produce and store in a record time? ONHYS cutting edge technologies value this data to optimize facilities for users needs.


Hostnpop is a new platform that gathers private and professional properties for all kind of events and also all kind of services connected to the events world.

The vegan outfit

The website is aiming to unite all vegan designers around the world into one reference platform for cruelty free shopping (shoes, bags, cosmetics).


Hyve is a secured, community-based ticketing solution that adapts to the user’s tastes and helps them to organize themselves for the event.


O’Sol makes solar power accessible to mobile or temporary applications thanks to light, deployable and autonomous electrical networks of photovoltaic generators.


Digital projects made so EASY. ZAPPIK is based on a powerful all-in-one software that handles the hard job. Everything is under control and the platform translates your needs in technical tasks understandable by expert programmers located worldwide.


Thomas Papanikolaou

Director and Principal Advisor at Neos Chronos

Thomas is Director and Principal Advisor at Neos Chronos, a British consulting firm serving senior executives of startups and large multinational companies. He is specialized in strategy, business development and sales growth. Over the course of his international career, he has generated more than 150 million pounds of revenue for the companies he has worked for.


Founder at Partinnov Conseil

Hervé - founder of Partinnov Conseil - is an expert on innovation, business strategy and sales development. Thanks to his 30 years background in SALES area, He is willing to improve the value of innovative companies and falicitates their partnerships and development.



Erik has worked for over 20 years in the field of Information and Communications Technology in various fields mainly as a project manager. Today Erik is an ICT consultant working for various areas and markets such as the Oil and Gas industry, marine environments and NGOs. Erik is graduated of UNSA (Nice) and has several IT certifications.

Isabelle Faggionato

Founderr at SKILL & co

After 25 years, working in different companies as a Manager and CEO, she is now spending her time running the company she found SKILL & co. Being an Entrepreneur herself gives her the ability to be relevant when she coaches managers. Her goal is to accompany leaders and managers to help them to know more about themselves, to anticipate, and to be confident by resolving conflicts. She teaches them how to communicate efficiency with their team or in public, but also how to develop their potentials; keeping in mind the efficient and best Organisation of the company. Isabelle’s coaching is based on the systemic theory of Paolo Alto that is taking care of relationship between actors in periods of changings and transitions, and by regarding future instead of Past.

Christophe LE ROUX

Partner Sales Executive EMEA at Microsoft

During these 20 years of experience in innovation and IT, Christophe has gone through all stages of creating a business service, engineering, project development, product management and sales. Today, at Microsoft, in charge of partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Christophe helps his partners to develop a winning strategy on their territory, using Microsoft technologies and its commercial power.

Alexandre GODARD


Engineering - Web & Devops - Tech & Web Enthusiast After 10 years in the development of web applications and 2 new businesses, Alexandre has been working for 5 years as a consultant in web engineering, automation and consulting in code industrialization. His intervention ranges from large telephony or oil accounts to startups in the launch phase.

Jean-Pierre MOURALIS

Founder at JobOpportunIT

I am versatile, enthusiastic and invested, not just by nature but because I have worked in startups for more than 10 years. After graduating from general engineering school, my first jobs were in microelectronics (in Grenoble and Sophia-Antipolis). I then had the opportunity to discover the technical recruitment industry in which I finally was able use all my assets to find THE ONE, where I could be an essential part in the building of an innovative and long lasting project. I am also a co-founder of MovingPlayer, a startup incubated in 2010 by Incubateur Paca-Est (IPE), composed of 9 partners. I lived inside this human and commercial adventure and watched closely the evolution of dozens of startup neighbors. This is what works best in my opinion: first, the people, if possible with complimentary personalities and skillsets who can roll with the punches for the long haul. And second: the idea, the product, the vision. The technique is not the key. My vision of recruitment is : simplicity. It must always be a logical match - do not try to fit square blocks into round holes.

Delphine Asso

Responsible business at Monaco Business Center Crédit Agricole Provence Cote d'Azur

After obtaining a national banking diploma, I was finally selected to develop the Corporate Business Center of Crédit Agricole Provence Côte d'Azur Monaco. A double hat was then offered to me, to develop once again, my own structure within the bank, while putting myself at the service of Monegasque companies by accompanying them in their development: the equation perfect at the origin of my daily professional development. If I accepted to be a mentor for Get in the Ring, it's that strong of these different experiences and passionate about what is your business development business, I hope I can bring you my experience HR, finance, banking, but especially to share with you this tremendous momentum that is the business creation.


Founder at JobOpportunIT

“To hack the system and the world of recruitment, that is my passion!” After working for 5 years as a computer engineer and gaining a wealth of computer skills, Sylvian now brings a professional recruitment service to both clients and candidates. Winner of best talent sourcer in France 2014 (and 2nd in 2015), he co-founded his company at Sophia Antipolis, JobOpportunIT, which specializes in recruitment for IT professionals. Strong networking skills and social media presence are an intergral part of Sylvians recruitment strategy. While impassioned by his career, Sylvain also finds time to be a blogger, a conference coach in private schools and universities, and a trainer in recruitment 2.0.

Olivier Marquet

Partner Banking & Financial at CMS-PCM

In the field of Banking and Financial law, his expertise covers the creation or acquisition of a bank or financial institution, banking monopoly, bank secrecy, Franco-Monegasque banking agreements and also monetary agreements between the Principality of Monaco and the European Community, the SEPA agreement, measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and corruption, Monegasque Financial law, Monegasque Banking laws, banker's liability law, laws on credit and syndicated loans, credit guarantees, debt restructuring, and the preparation of documents for clients to exercise Banking and Financial activities. He regularly advises clients on asset acquisition and sale transactions (audits, transfer of ownership agreements, warranties, shareholders' agreements, etc.), long-term financing operations (capital increases by new share issues, capital reductions, etc.), internal restructuring operations (mergers, partial asset transfers, etc.), the creation of companies or joint ventures of all forms, business closures and more generally all company law matters. His expertise in the practice area of business law also covers corporate criminal law and data protection law. Olivier has been named among the top law firms in this area of practice, by Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500.


Florence Richardson

Vice-president at Femmes Business Angels

Florence began her career with Crédit Lyonnais (LCL) and spent 14 years in various roles within the corporate division, finishing within the group strategy department. She then co-founded and spent 7 years running a commercial consulting and sales force outsourcing company. She joined the “Femmes Business Angels” network in 2009, and became Co-President in 2014. She has invested in 20 startup and sits on the board of several of them. She is a board member of a financial institution. She graduated from Ecole Centrale Lille (Engineering) in 1986 completed by a Masters degree from ESCP Europe. She also received a certificate from IFA –Sciences Po in 1992 (independent board member).


President of Angels' Bay Invest

48 years old, Italian based in Monaco, Investor and Business Angel. President of Sophia Business Angels club since February 2015 and Board member since 2012. I started my career in Paris within the INSERM, the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research. I managed projects and data collections aimed to improve researches in epidemiology.In 1992 I joined the French group CEGEDIM, then started up and took the reins of the Italian subsidiaries for 15 years.I develop the local and regional business of the CRM and data analysis for pharmaceutical companies and health professionals. I played there the role of an “intrapreneur” bringing “my” companies at the first class rank within the group and in the market. Since 2008, entrepreneur and investor in many startups coming fromdifferent countries and industries.

Justin Highman

Director at Monaco invest

From an international background, Justin Highman is a senior bilingual development professional with strong business acumen and with over a decade of public and private sector experience in business and economic development, international trade and consulting. Justin Highman joined in February 2016 the Monaco Economic Board (MEB) to lead the department Monaco Invest, second component of the entity. Monaco Invest, seeks and accompanies foreign business entities looking to set up in the Principality of Monaco for professional reasons. An important aspect of its role is to work closely with the Monaco Government, and in particular Monaco Welcome Office, to assist newcomers with the setting up process.


Branch manager at Crédit Agricole Monaco

Academic course: Banking Profession Training Center National School of Agricultural Engineers of Clermont-Ferrand


President Directeur General of Montpelier Capital Advisors (Monaco) SAM and Managing Partner of Montpelier Investment Management LLC in London

Nicholas Cournoyer spent the majority of his early career with The Chase Manhattan Bank. After completing the bank's credit training program, Nick worked in the sovereign and corporate debt restructuring teams in Central and South America (1982-1985). In 1985, Nick established its New York based Emerging Markets debt trading group and from 1986 to 1991 he headed a similar unit in London. Nick founded Montpelier Asset Management, an asset management company, in 1992 to focus on investments in emerging markets and distressed assets. Nick resides in Monaco where he is President Directeur General of Montpelier Capital Advisors (Monaco) SAM as well as being the Managing Partner of Montpelier Investment Management LLC in London.