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Call for Swiss start-ups to join in Sports Tech World Cup

Swiss start-ups specialised in sports technology are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for the Sports Tech World Cup. This new start-up competition, launched by Venture capital fund Podium Silicon Valley (SV), uses continental qualifiers to choose the world-wide winner for the most revolutionary idea. Young companies specialising in six key areas, including in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, New Sports, Platforms, Smart materials and Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality, are invited to submit an application for the “Euro finals”.

Deadline for applications is 11 October, and from there, 15 European finalists will be selected. These companies will pitch their ideas and products during the Sport Business Day, which will be organised on 9 November 2017 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This event will also feature a conference on sport and innovation with high level speakers as well as an exhibition presenting 70 pioneering start-ups.

The winner of the Euro edition will be awarded with € 3.500 and the runner-up with € 1.500. More importantly, in the next stage, the final event will be held in Silicon Valley in March 2018 to select the world-wide winner. Click here to learn more about the competition.

Switzerland regularly makes headlines because of its economic growth and strong innovative spirit. The latest edition of the Global Innovation Index, published in June by Cornell University, business school INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), ranked Switzerland the most innovative country for the seventh consecutive year. In the past years, it has scored particularly high in knowledge and technology output, an area also leveraged by sport stakeholders.

In this light, any Swiss start-ups dealing with sport and physical activity in the six key areas outlined above are suited to submit applications for the Sports Tech World Cup. Start-ups from the Canton of Vaud can even receive financial support for their participation provided that they fulfill certain conditions. For more information please contact ThinkSport. Stephane Mottaz from ThinkSport will act as country ambassador for Switzerland for the Sport Business Day.

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