Among the ten finalists battling in the international final of Get in the Ring (GITR), the world’s most exciting pitching, eFishery convinced the jury of four top investors, and an audience of over 1,000 people – that their ‘smart’ fish feeding system will change the world of aquaculture. eFishery’s fish feeding system is set to transform the lives of fish farmers by making fish feeding easier, more sustainable, and more efficient.

In the iconic Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam’s new Unesco heritage site, eFishery proved to be a favourite with the voting audience as well as the four top investors who made up the jury, beating out such tough competitors as Dutch national winner SnappCar, and startups from the US, South Africa, Bolivia, Egypt, Denmark, Greece, Moldova and Morocco.  eFishery Founder Gibran Chuzaefah Amsi El Farizy (25) was both ecstatic and overwhelmed with the startup’s win and confident that the exposure resulting from GITR will  help him to make eFishery a success. Next to the honour of winning this international title, eFishery also took home a prize package worth €25,000, including the priceless potential to meet several top investors to help grow the company.

Preliminary National Finals in 64 countries followed up by Regional Finals, resulted in the ten finalists – selected out of 2,000 startups worldwide – battling in competition. GITR was initiated a couple of year ago in the scope of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and is now part of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE). It pits startups against each other in five key elimination rounds. The International Final of Get in the Ring in Rotterdam attracted over 1,000 visitors, including VIP guests from ING, BDO, APM Terminals and STC, and was watched by thousands of people around the world via livestream.

Hendrik Halbe, Founder of Get in the Ring, expressed his pride about the event at the end of the evening: “This year we doubled the number of countries which participated in Get in the Ring, and we’ve connected many more startups with investors and launching customers as a sourcing tool for innovation. As an example, this year one of the partners of Get in the Ring, APM Terminals, awarded an innovation award to startup DriveMarvin who had the most innovative solution related to key challenges within the harbour and logistics sector. They have developed a 'black box' that can be used in vehicles. It analyses driving behaviour, gives feedback for improving the driving experience and enhances passenger safety.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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