Sports Tech Start-Ups Call for One-Zero

Startups in the sports tech industry are being targetted in an innovative new competition aimed at showcasing this country’s talent in the sector.

‘The Front Runner’ is the latest element of the One-Zero 2019 programme to be unveiled as preparations continue for this year’s major event at the Aviva Stadium on September 17th.

The contest will showcase the work of startups in the areas of Broadcast & Media, Sponsorship, Fan Engagement and Esports – each of which are main pillars of content on the programme of One-Zero 2019.

Enterprise Ireland is providing a €10,000 cash prize for the winner. Dublin City Council and Dublin Business Innovation Centre are also supporting the contest which is open for entries now.

Four finalists will be selected to go before the One-Zero 2019 speakers and audience on September 17th to make a pitch and answer questions about why they should be named the inaugural ‘Front Runner’.

The winner will be selected through a process involving an audience poll and a judging panel including Benjamin Penkert, founder of SportsTechX and representatives from DCC and Dublin BIC.

“We’re thrilled to launch ‘The Front Runner’ in the build-up to September,” said One-Zero CEO Patrick Haslett.

“The SportsTech scene here in Ireland has been going from strength to strength in recent years, and we view this as an opportunity to uncover the next wave of talent. It’s also a great show of confidence from Enterprise Ireland by sponsoring the cash prize, and we’re delighted to have their support.”.

“The Front Runner competition is about building Dublin and Ireland’s capacity and activating our ability to compete in a dynamic global sports market,” added Stephen O’Gara of Dublin City Council.

“We are proud to be supporting One-Zero to deliver this brilliant opportunity and showcase the innovation within an emerging and thriving sector.”

More detail about the competitioon and how to apply can be found here.

Sport for Business is proud to be a partner of One-Zero in 2019 and will carry content with some of the keynote speakers in the run up to next month’s event as well as reporting from the Aviva on the day and hosting one of the discussions.

Among the latest confirmed speakers on a high powered international line up are Mike Downey, Director of Sport Technology at Microsoft, Swan Sit, VP of Global Digital Marketing at Nike and Jordan Udko, VP of Commercial Partnerships for Cloud9 Esports.

One-Zero 2019 combines the original One-Zero, The Fan Engagement Conference and the Irish Sponsorship Summit into one major event for the Irish and International sporting and business communities.

The agenda for the day will see up to 500 delegates enjoy four stages of cutting-edge keynotes, insights and learning around the sports industry’s key issues.

One-Zero 2019 is also proudly supported by IDA Ireland & Failte Ireland.

Tickets for the event are on sale now right here.

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