Entries have now closed for the 2021 version of the FanXP Innovation Challenge, and 38 applicants have thrown their hats into the ring to take part in the biggest basketball startup competition in the world.
Those entries will now enter a review period by the jury panel, and the top ten will be selected to join a virtual final event in June. The identity of the finalists will be revealed on Saturday 29th May during the Basketball Innovation Summit, an online event coinciding with the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four.
The members of the jury are 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).
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.
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.
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.