The Global Sports Symposium (GSS) Pitch Competition gives sport start-ups crucial exposure to top agencies, teams, leagues, and entrepreneurs in the sports industry plus the chance to win up to one month’s worth of advisory services from 1010 Capital, a global merchant bank that focuses on incubating, advising and investing in consumer brands and ventures across the sports, entertainment and lifestyle industries.
ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
Established in 2006 by Chris Chaney at Princeton University, the Ivy Sports Symposium is a non-profit organization that sets the standard for college-based sports business conferences. I must note that this event has the look and feel of a for-profit event but apparently this is not the case. Perhaps the International laws differ in the UK in terms of the definition of a non-profit, however, with the kind of money raised for this excusive event, I would be interested to let you know in another blog where all collected money goes.
Global Sports Symposium 2014
@ Emirates Stadium on Thursday, May 15th, 2014
» Big Data and Sport
» Cross-Cultural Exchange: Exploring International Opportunities
» Entrepreneurship in Sports – Pitch Competition
» Fan Engagement at a Cost: Sports Sponsorship Valuation and Measurement
» Power Play: The Future of Media in Sport
» Sports Clubs as Brands
» Supercharge Your Career in Sport – Workshop
» The Great Economic Divide: Differences Between League Revenue Models
» Matthew Baxter – Chief Media Officer, Liverpool FC
» Lucien Boyer – President and Global CEO, Havas Sports & Entertainment
» Phil Carling – Head of Football, Octagon (UK)
» Kevin Carpenter – Sports Lawyer, Hill Dickinson LLP
» Michael Cunnah – Chairman, iSportconnect
» Kristian Dobrev – Sales & Marketing Executive, Soccerex
» Tom Fox – Chief Commercial Officer, Arsenal FC
» Eric Guthoff – CEO, GlideSlope
» Ben Hatton – General Manager (Europe), Raptor Sports Properties LLC
» Fredda Hurwitz – Global VP Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications, Havas Sports & Entertainment
» Chris Ingram – Founder/Investor, Sports Revolution, Ingram Enterprises
» Abeed Janmohamed – Commercial Director, RadiumOne
» Nick Keller – Founder/CEO, Benchmark Sport
» Mark Lamping – President, Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)
» Glenn Lovett – President of Global Strategy, Repucom
» Dan Markham – SVP Media Distribution & Emerging Markets, NBA
» Huw Morgan – Chief Executive Officer, England Basketbal
» Stephen Nuttall – Senior Director, Sports You Tube EMEA
» Jim O’Toole – Commercial Director, London Irish Rugby Club
» Adam Paker – Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games England (CGE)
» Bob Reeves – President, Rugby Football Union
» Marc Reeves – International Commercial Director, NFL
» Matt Rogan – Managing Director, Two Cicles
» Aaron Schatz – Editor-in-Chief, Football Outsiders
» Alexander Thorpe – Consultant, Deloitte Sports Business Group
Four GSS Finalists
Four finalists were selected from a competitive pool of global applicants. The finalists, PlayEnable, Togeva, MatchPint, and Fiarfly, represent exciting innovations in the world of sport. Each presents exciting new ways for fans and athletes to connect to their favorite teams, brands, and activities.
PlayEnable.com is the Shopify and eBay for the sports and fitness activities market. Fitness facilities can use PlayEnable’s simple shopify-style system to manage their clients, payments, and schedules in one place. At the click of a button, they can promote their classes on their own website as well as on PlayEnable’s marketplace. People, at the other end can find and book these classes instantly.
MatchPint connects sports fans, pubs and select brands. It is the leading sports marketing platform in the UK leisure industry, and gives consumers up-to-date information regarding sports events being broadcast in pubs. MatchPint helps:
- Sports fans to locate their most convenient pub to view a sports fixture, and earn rewards in doing so
- Pubs to organize and effectively market their sports offering
- Select Brands to engage and communicate with a highly targeted audience via an innovative media platform
Togeva® is a mobile development company located in London’s East End. Our Patent Pending Live Events platform provides a simple but effective way for venues and sponsors to connect with fans, harnessing the power of mobile. Live Events connects large numbers of fans to venue screens – their device becomes the controller allowing for an endless number of interactive games, polls and digital content to win sponsored prizes. Fans download the app and enter their details when they connect to the venue screen – meaning venue owners and managers can offer unique opportunities for fan engagement to sports sponsors.
Fiarfly is a UK tech start-up on a mission to enhance live sport experiences with augmented reality apps. Fiarfly’s SpecData app provides in stadium fans a richer digital experience. Using smartphones we overlay unique graphical augmented reality information that fans in the stadium have never received before such as record lines for athletics events, the distance a free kick is from goal in football, or how far from the posts a penalty kick is in rugby. Our technology is adaptable across stadium sports and the fan chooses the information they want to receive. Our app is free to the fan and integrates social media to allow fans to share their in stadium experience with those outside through check-ins, postings and photos.
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The Global Sports Symposium is considered one of the global sports industry’s premier events. The Symposium enables the industry’s leaders and successful executives to share invaluable knowledge with their peers and potential successors.
Follow all four startup finalists on Twitter to find out more about their impressive sports tech products, systems and solutions.
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