Sportradar and HYPE Sports Innovation Partner to Fuel Industry Innovation
Sportradar, the global leader in unlocking the power of sports data, has announced a strategic partnership with HYPE Sports Innovation, a global platform which facilitates connections and investments among the sports innovation ecosystem, in order to provide the company’s best-in-class data and market leading expertise to promising sports tech start-ups operating under the HYPE Sports Innovation global SPIN Accelerator network.
“We are really looking forward to working closely with HYPE Sports Innovation and their array of SPIN Accelerator sports tech start-ups,” said Dave Abbott, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Product Integration at Sportradar.
“It is a real privilege to be in a position today, after so much growth and development, to be able to provide our unique resources and industry insights to these companies. I can’t wait to meet so many entrepreneurs from around the globe and to help them blaze a trail in this exciting space.”
Featuring sports industry leaders as lecturers, HYPE Sports Innovation’s SPIN Accelerator network is a tailor made program for sports technology startups, designed to address their specific market needs. HYPE Sports Innovation currently operates three accelerators, hosted by leading universities: Loughborough University, UK; University of Queensland, Australia; and the University of Trento with Trentino Sviluppo in Italy. By 2020 HYPE Sports Innovation aims to operate twenty such accelerators globally.
As part of the partnership, Sportradar will also support HYPE Sport Innovation’s global competitions, held in conjunction with leading global sports events, via judging roles and hosting workshops. Selected startups from the competitions will have the opportunity to be invited to participate in Sportradar’s Acceleradar program, where they will benefit from access to a wide range of Sportradar’s industry-leading products and services, as well as additional coaching and guidance.
“Partnering with Sportradar goes hand-in-hand with our objective to develop a world-class program that addresses the unique needs of sports technology start-ups,” said Amir Raveh, Founder and CEO of HYPE Sports Innovation. “As more SPIN Accelerators open up over the next 3 years, we aim to grow the next generation of startups that will make a real difference in the world, and partnering with the top sports industry institutions and brands dramatically supports this goal.”
Since it was founded 16 years ago, Sportradar has served as a trusted resource to the most influential and notable sports and leagues. The company has partnered with the NHL, NFL, NBA, ITF, esports tournament organizer ESL, and many others worldwide. Leading broadcasters, digital publishers, app developers, teams and brands use Sportradar’s feeds and solutions to connect with fans. In December 2016, Sportradar introduced Acceleradar, the industry’s first free data program to support early stage startups. Eligible participants are granted free data access, up to one year, via Sportradar’s industry leading API.
About HYPE Sports Innovation
HYPE Sports Innovation is the largest sports innovation ecosystem with over 26,000 leaders and key decision makers, including sports and global technology brands, academia, investors and startups.
HYPE Sports Innovation has teamed up with Google, ASICS, Microsoft, PUMA, Silicon Valley Bank, UEFA, SKY Sports and Spalding among many others, and is managing 3 main activities: 1) Core – The Global Top 50 program for sports startups, and global sports innovation competitions alongside major sporting events. 2) SPIN Accelerator – global network of sports acceleration programs 3) CLUB.ONE – the company’s investment arm. HYPE Sports Innovation’s mission is to impact people’s lives through the power of sports and innovation.
More information can be found at www.hype-foundation.org.