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Top ten teams selected for final pitch event of the 2022 Sport Innovation Challenge

The final pitch event of this year’s Sport Innovation Challenge by Haskins Sport Society, organised in partnership with the Freeride World Tour (FWT), is approaching rapidly. Following the semi-finals last week, the best ten sport management student teams, out of a 30 in total, have now been revealed. 

Click here to discover who they are, where they come from, their mentors, and which one of the following challenges they have been tackling:  

  • Business Model: How can the FWT diversify their revenue streams and ensure a safe economic growth?
  • Marketing: How can the FWT offer more value and make themselves an attractive partner for mountain resorts?
  • Inclusion: How can the FWT engage more girls and women as both athletes and spectators?
  • Fan engagement: How can the FWT adapt and interact with their audience through new communication efforts?

Guess what? You can even meet the ten finalist teams in person and find out more about their innovative ideas at the final pitch event later this week. It’s open to the public!

When?            9 December 2022, 4 pm
Where?           House of Sport in Ittigen, Bern
On the top?     Networking and cocktail dinner as of 6 pm

Participation is for free but requires registration via this link. Please note that space is limited.

The jury will be composed of the following renown sport industry experts:

  • Dominik Pürro, Swiss Olympic
  • Martina Van Berkel, Swiss University Sports             
  • Hubertus Devroye, ADECCO
  • Joris Vautier, Freeride World Tour
  • Astrid Cheylus, Freeride athlete

Background information on the Challenge
Organised by students for students, the annual Challenge invites and engages young academics in the development of innovative solutions to current and future challenges of the sport industry. The student teams of four to six participants are each assigned a mentor to help guide them throughout the Challenge. These professionals from the sport industry contribute years of experience and knowledge to the Challenge, helping students develop feasible and impactful ideas. This year, the participants come from six different schools in the field of sport management (FFHSHSLUAISTSSMS, EPFL, HES-SO Valais), located across Switzerland.

For the third time now, ThinkSport has been a proud supporter of the Challenge. Other partners include the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Swiss University Sports.

Learn more about this year’s Challenge here.