Once again, a prestigious jury has been selected for the 2021 version of the FanXP Innovation Challenge, the biggest basketball startup competition in the world which is inviting entries now.
With the aim of offering fans the best experience possible, the FanXP Innovation Challenge – staged in collaboration with N3XT Sports – challenges the latest generation of tech startups to join the sports fan revolution with creative and unique ideas.
A vastly experienced six-person jury has been selected to ensure expertise and insight in the judging of the entries, which can be submitted until 30 April at https://fanxp.euroleague.net
The jury is: Mathieu Lacome (Head of Research and Innovation at Paris Saint-Germain); Didac Lee (Galdana Ventures Co-Founder and former Board Member and Head of Digital at FC Barcelona); Jasmine Robinson (General Partner at Causeway Media Operations); Susanne Timosci (Global Lead Key Account at Bundesliga); Sree Varma (iSportconnect Founder & CEO); Luis Vicente (Group CEO at Eleven Sports).
Lacome believes the event will be beneficial for everybody involved, saying: “The FanXP participation will be a massive boost for the startups, providing visibility, introduction to the relevant stakeholders, and insights about the needs and challenges of the clubs.”
Timosci echoed that view, adding: “Startup competitions such as this one are a great opportunity for startups to get exposure, get closer to the sports ecosystem and be in direct contact with the decision makers.”
Varma is excited to see the ideas presented, noting: “I joined the FanXP Innovation Challenge as a jury member because I love seeing the new creations and new ideas that are constantly popping up. It’s always amazing to see what the ‘next big thing’ could be.”
Any startup with a minimum viable product may apply to take part, and all applicants will receive free registration to attend the FanXP Virtual Pitch Competition.
N3XT Sports, a strategic consulting firm specialized in digital transformation, innovation, data, and investment strategy, will provide continuous advisory support throughout the FanXP Innovation Challenge.
Visit https://fanxp.euroleague.net/ to apply or contact [email protected] for more information.
Alongside the jury of experts, three more partners are supporting the competition. LaSource is a B2B agency based in Paris, focused on sport, digital and technology, helping startups expand their business. As sports organisations undergo a digital transformation, LaSource has created a model giving access to new innovative and digital solutions to meet with strategic objectives. LaSource puts its market understanding, experience and passion to bridge the gap between innovative startups and the reality of the sport industry.
SportsTechX is the number one source for data and insights about startups and innovation in sports. Its mission is to promote and grow the international sports technology ecosystem, working with investors and organisations in various industries, helping them with market analysis and connecting them with startups.
ThinkSport brings together a variety of sports-related expertise and excellence across Switzerland and beyond: from sport organisations, research and development institutes, educational bodies, businesses, health institutions and the public sector to international organisations and NGOs.