The sports technology sector is like the space race of decades past. What is created to enhance human performance in the sporting arena will have a huge impact on other areas of society.

Great strides are taking place around the world, including here in Ireland.

Each week we will bring you a round-up of the latest stories that are making a stir.

Today we look at a new Irish Sports Tech pre-accelerator, a major deal between the NFL and Verizon and how a move in Australia could be a model for Ireland…

 

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SPORTX ACCELERATOR READY TO LAUNCH

 

SportX is a new pre-accelerator programme for founders of tech companies in the sports and wellness sector, based across the south east of Ireland.

Backed by UPMC and Waterford Institute of Technology, it has been launched by Resolve Partners and NDRC at ArcLabs Fund.

The purpose is to enable those with ideas or early-stage companies to meet mentors and stress test their assumptions with guest speakers over a period between the end of next month and early November.

Applications for the programme are open until 1st October.

The programme will be delivered by consulting team Resolve Partners in association with ArcLabs, Waterford Institute of Technology’s fitness facility WIT Arena, and UPMC Ireland.

Resolve Partners has run a number of pre-accelerator programmes in Ireland before and the partnership gives it access to significant resources such as the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at WIT Arena.

Find out more and apply here.

 

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NFL SIGNS 10 YEAR 5G EXTENSION WITH VERIZON

In stadium experiences are driven by access to broadband and the NFL in the United States has committed itself to the latest advances by signing a ten-year extension to its partnership with technology giant Verizon.

“Our longstanding relationship, and swift delivery of 5G connectivity in 90 per cent of stadiums, has created new ways to bring fans even closer to the action,” said Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

Verizon is now the Official Technology Partner and the Official %G Network of the NFL.

The partnership will extend to advances in broadcasting, stadium management, team training and operations and fan engagement.

 

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VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT INVESTS $4 MILLION IN SPORTS TECH CENTRE

 

The Victorian Government in Australia says the State aims to be the home of Australian Sports tech, creating up to 2000 new jobs in the sports technology field over the next four years.

It has invested $4 million to create an Australian Sports Innovation Centre for Excellence to help local companies expand internationally.

Considered as Australia’s sports capital and the tech hub of Melbourne, the centre will be based in Cremorne, connecting to Victoria’s existing digital hub.

Victoria is already home to Catapult Sports, a wearable technologies company, Champion Data, Genius Tech Group and Rosterfy.

It is a model that has plenty of merit and could be an important way for Ireland to do likewise in a European context.

Read more about the initiative here.

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