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Since the inaugural edition of THE SPOT last year and the announcement of a new sport innovation hub for start-ups, ThinkSport keeps welcoming new members to its unique network. The overall number of current members amounts to 124. They comprise sport organisations (43%), academic institutions (10%), and start-ups & established companies (47%) from all over Switzerland and include names like Nagra Kudelski, SAP, Swiss Timing, ASOIF, the IOC, IPC, Lausanne 2020, UEFA, EHL, EPFL, Geneva Business School, IMD and UNIL, to name just a few.
ThinkSport today released a detailed conference programme for the second edition of THE SPOT, to be held on 28-29 May 2019 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne. Following last year’s successful sell-out inaugural edition, the international sport and innovation event will once again bring together a host of talent, original ideas and innovative solutions from both inside and outside the sports industry.
Switzerland will have its very own pavilion at next month’s VivaTech, an international event dedicated to the growth of startups, digital transformation and innovation and taking place in Paris on 16-18 May. Presence Switzerland of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs is inviting innovative companies that are keen to present their smart products and solutions to a large, international audience to apply to be a part of their pavilion, which aims to showcase Switzerland’s capacity for innovation.
Are you a football fan, based in the Lausanne region, and interested in shaping the fan experience at EURO 2024? Then clear your diary for the morning of 30 April, get involved in the IMD Sport Challenge and share your expertise as a football fan.
01.04.2019 In Conversation with Innovation Guru Dr. Caecilia Charbonnier | From Tennis To VR Technology
THE SPOT – meet the guest speakers!
Caecilia Charbonnier, former top athlete and now VR technology pioneer, explains in an interview with iSportconnect how her motion capture technology benefits numerous industries, including the sport sector.
Seven young companies gathered in Lausanne last week in order to kick off their projects within the UEFA Start-Up Challenge, which is conducted by UEFA in partnership with ThinkSport. The exclusive 12-week accelerator programme has been designed for early- and growth-stage start-ups with ambitions to impact football positively. The participating start-ups were carefully selected last month during a keenly contested pitch day. In the coming weeks, they will be on a mission to address and try to solve some of UEFA’s current business needs.
For the first time, the world’s largest inter-company, multisport challenge – the Corporate Games – will come to Switzerland. The event will be hosted by the city of Nyon on 25 May 2019. Participating teams can choose amongst eight sports: football (7-on-7), volleyball, mölkky, stand-up paddle XL, running, nordic walking, beach tennis on grass and and a Summer version of biathlon.
With 10 weeks to go until THE SPOT, ThinkSport is giving away 10 VIP tickets for its extraordinary sport and innovation event. On our “Most Wanted” list: very innovative persons, who may not be very important just yet, but still deserve a red carpet for their innovative mind-set or idea. Tell us in 10x10 words maximum why YOU should be one of the 10 lucky winners of a free ticket to THE SPOT, an experience which may inspire your future projects.
The UEFA Start-up Challenge in partnership with ThinkSport has kicked off this morning.
Let's go back to the Pitch Day during which the 7 start-ups were selected.