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The Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator program features 10 early-stage sports technology companies that aim to disrupt and drive innovation in high performance sport, grassroots participation, as well as event and media technology.
The project is a joint initiative between Tennis Australia, American Venture Capital Techstars, LaunchVic and Victoria University, Close to 200 start-ups from more than 40 nations applied to be a part of the program of which 20 were selected to take part in a high-stakes selection process conducted by leaders in venture capital, technology and sport at Australian Open 2020. The Accelerator condenses two years of work into three months, and mentors and industry leaders will work with the companies on their projects to get them to a market ready state.
The company founders hail from various backgrounds including serial entrepreneurs, artificial intelligence and automotive engineers, sport science professors and ex-athletes. The stellar line-up from some of the world’s most innovative brands from sport and tech have signed on to the project and will work as mentors alongside the Tennis Australia team. Venture capital fund Blackbird General Partner Nick Crocker, Barcelona FC Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Javier Sobrino, and video editing giant Grabyo CEO Gareth Capon, are just some of the big name leaders whose expertise will help drive the innovation. Mentors from other sporting organisations have also signed on to the program like Javier from Barcelona FC and Daniel Brusilovsky from Golden State Warriors as well venture capital experts from Blackbird, @M8, Rampersand, Airtree and Reinventure.