CARDIFF, Wales, June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HYPE Foundation, a global platform connecting and investing in sports innovation, is announcing that SciSports has won the "Sports Innovation (SPIN) Final" competition alongside the UEFA Champions League Final. The competition crowns the most innovative startup in the football and sports spaces. The startup was chosen by a jury of leading figures from UEFA, sports and tech world, headed by Mr. Bernd Wahler, Ex-Adidas CMO, VfB STUTTGART President. The competition took place at the Postgraduate Teaching Centre of Cardiff University Business School, the hosting and participating partner. Additional partners and prize givers are Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft and Amazon Launchpad. This competition is the second out of series of global Sports Innovation Competitions HYPE Foundation is conducting in 2017, alongside major sports events, among them the NFL Draft and 2017 Summer Universiade.
The winner, SciSports, makes scientific progress accessible and available for any professional football organization. SciSports advises and builds solutions to provide professional football organizations with the competitive edge they need to maintain or improve their ranking and status. SciSports won the Philips Innovation Award and was selected by the prestigious Kairos Society as one of the fifty most innovative startups in the world.
The top ten innovative sports startups were chosen from hundreds of applicants to pitch their companies in the competition, also broadcasted LIVE on social media. The SPIN Final jury was led by Mr. Bernd Wahler, Ex-Adidas CMO, VfB STUTTGART President and included Mr. Guy Laurent Epstein - Marketing Director, UEFA; Professor Laura McAllister - Cardiff University; Jamie Heywood - Director Electronics, Amazon; Teresa Aguilar - Management Board, Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft; Marco Suvilaakso - Chief Strategy Officer, Polar; Stefan Wagner - SVP, Global General Manager, Sports & Entertainment, SAP; Nathalie Iannetta Sabattier - Govern & Social Affairs Chief Advisor, UEFA; Claus-Peter Mayer - VP Global Sports Marketing Football, Adidas; James Skinner - Director, Institute for Sport Business, Associate Dean Enterprise, Loughborough University; Javier Sobrino - Strategic Planning & Innovation Director, FC Barcelona.
HYPE Foundations' CEO, Amir Raveh noted: "This event demonstrated the near future - where innovation will be integrated as a natural part of any football game and will enhance all aspects of it! I'm thrilled to celebrate the future of sports with top startups and industry leaders that push for this change to happen."
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
SOURCE HYPE Foundation