Believe the HYPE: Sportradar supports innovation events
While Innovation Week may have drawn to a close following the Innovation Challenge Demo-Day in Vienna last weekend, Sportradar continues to play a key role in supporting next-generation talent.
Thursday saw Sportradar support partners HYPE Sports Innovation at the Spin Accelerator UK Demo Day in London, with Dave Abbott, Sportradar’s Senior Vice-President for Innovation, Technology and Operations, among the judging panel, while the company was also represented at STARTERCreative’s Demo Day in Tallinn, Estonia.
Sportradar first partnered with HYPE back in March in order to provide high-level data to promising sports tech startups and this week saw the end of a 16-week boot camp as 12 teams from across Europe pitched their ideas to a six-person judging panel.
Products ranged across various sports tech fields, with the companies having raised more than £1.3m in seed funding during the last two months.
The overall winners were ARION – who were also named Best Coaching, Athlete Performance and Welfare winnners in the Sportradar-sponsored Sports Technology Awards earlier this month – with Abbott offering his expertise in a speech as well as serving as a judge.
“This is a really unique situation that we have here, it seems easy to have 12 great startups here but back in Minneapolis I do some mentoring and I can tell you it’s not easy. To have 12 cohorts, startups, of such a great standard is a big deal,” he said during the event at Lee Valley Velo Park.
“I’ve worked with a lot of startups and people always ask me what I see as trends – honestly this is the most exciting time to be in the sports tech industry. There’s so much going on in the industry and so much opportunity. A lot of that is down to the huge level of disruption going on and startups obviously play a big part in that.”
On the same day in Estonia, Sportradar added to its longstanding partnership with Tallin University as part of the Sportradar University Programme by supporting STARTERCreative’s Demo Day – an event that brings together students from various Estonian universities and vocational schools as well as programme partners and international business mentors to help make their ideas a reality.
After companies took part in a three-month development programme, Sportradar Project Manager Andrey Lisitsyn was among the judges who selected Team Catchers as winners.
Their team building app was selected as the best and the partcipants will now be offered the chance to visit Sportradar’s offices in Tallinn and receive business coaching from the company’s expert network.