Plan9 is an incubator project powered by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). Last year, Plan9 held the National Get in the Ring (GITR) event which proved to be very successful. This year Plan9 will hold the national as well as the regional GITR event with 64 participant countries.
This is the first time that the international event will be held in Pakistan and Plan9 will be the host to the participants from Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Each start up competes at a local level, followed by national and regional competitions which lead to the international final where the global winners for GITR are announced.
What is Get In The Ring?
Get in the Ring is a pitching competition for start-ups to prove that they have the biggest potential to take the world by storm. The competition takes place in 80 countries throughout the world. Promising start-ups make their pitches inside an actual ring and compete under three different weight classes. Pitches are called “live battles” where two representatives from two start-ups face off, inside a boxing ring, in 5 rounds timed at 30 seconds each.
The five rounds comprise of different categories which are taken into account when the start-ups are being marked by the judges. The five categories are team, achievements, business model and market, financials and investment proposition, and freestyle. Participants are also given a minute to tell all about their start up and introduce themselves.
Only start-ups with high potential and ability to impact the industry are eligible to take part in the competition. Start-ups which are at most 8 years old and fit into either Lightweight, Middleweight or Heavyweight valuation categories can take part in the competition. Start-up representatives are required to make their pitches in English.
When Is It & How Do I Participate?
The event will take place on the 19th of November 2015 at the Arfa Software Technology Part. Start-ups can register by filling the form available here. Visitors can register themselves for the event by going through the form available here. Registrations close on the 6th of November so there’s only a week to go before entries close.