PHILADELPHIA, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HYPE Foundation, a global platform connecting and investing in sports innovation, announced today its "Sports Innovation Final (SPIN)" competition, with a focus on American football and sports innovations, will take place on April 25 & 26, at Temple University, the hosting and participating partner. This competition will crown the Most Innovative Sports Startup leading up to the grand prize, mega exposure and the opportunity to impact the world of sports. The application is open to sports startups that bring innovative solutions to this arena. Registration will be closed on April 7th. Click here to apply.
The ten chosen innovative startups will pitch their companies to leading figures from top Sports and Tech Brands, Investors, the NFL Community, and a Jury that will include Mrs. JoAnne A. Epps, Executive Vice President & Provost at Temple University, Mr. Rod Nenner, Vice President at Washington Redskins as Head of the Jury, and Mr. Benjamin Alamar, Director of Sports Analytics at ESPN, among others esteemed members.
The event will incorporate two days dedicated to promoting innovation in sports; the first day will hold an on-campus hackathon, with student mentoring in the ideation process, to present solutions that will better the world of American football and sports. The second day will include a networking and poster session prior to the main competition that will include sports tech as well as NFL influencers and leaders, taking place at the Temple University Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The final is located near the venue of the 82nd Annual NFL Draft to select newly eligible football players, to be held April 27-29 in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
HYPE Foundations' CEO, Amir Raveh noted: "HYPE is excited to initiate its first 2017th SPIN FINAL, out of six competitions planned", He added, "Our mission is to impact the world of sports through innovation and we are thrilled to collaborate with Temple University and to discover the technologies that the participating startups will bring, that will surely make a difference."
"Temple University and innovation go hand-in-hand," said Alan Kerzner, assistant professor and director of Temple's Entrepreneurship Academy. "Our Entrepreneurship programs are nationally ranked, and our students have built a reputation for turning their ideas into thriving businesses. That's why we are proud to align with HYPE Foundation to provide students with this unique opportunity."
Sports related startups are invited to apply for the competition in this link: http://www.hype-foundation.org/spinfinals-nfl
Students teams are invited to apply for the ideation hackathon in this link: http://lp.hype-foundation.org/nfl-hackathon-apply/
Watch HYPE Foundation's Game Plan for 2017 video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_1466tOYGY&t=4s
About HYPE Foundation:
The HYPE Foundation formed the largest sports innovation ecosystem with over 20,000 leaders and key decision makers in the field of sports, including sports and tech global brands, academia, investors and startups. HYPE initiates global competitions, teaming up with Google Asics, Microsoft, and Sky Sports among others.
In 2017 HYPE Foundation will conduct 6 global Sports Innovation (SPIN) Finals alongside major global sports events, acceleration programs, running the TOP 50 Program, that incorporate the most innovative startups in the world of sports. HYPE Foundation is the impact division of MG Equity partners, (EMGI), a British investment house, operating since 2003, a Member of the IHUB.EU - A European Union organization.
For more information visit: www.hype-foundation.org
About Temple University
Temple University is a top-tier public research university, powered by academic excellence and innovation. It is home to the Sport Industry Research Center and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, among other research and student-based centers. Temple also houses undergraduate- and graduate-level Entrepreneurship programs ranked in the top 10 nationally by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship Magazine.
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