On April 29th and 30th, the World Football Summit Asia took place in Kuala Lumpur. The congress offered quality conferences in its two stages, where world-class speakers discussed and debated the key topics of the industry with a special focus in the region and it closed its first edition in Asia with more than 1,600 attendees and a hundred accredited journalists in its international debut, which will continue next year.
We’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to bring you the biggest international event for our network and here it is! We are organizing our first Summit for GSIC Members in order to bring you all together for 2 days full of intensive work, networking, knowledge transferring and also catching up with our team!
On April 23rd, the Global Sports Innovation Center held the 4rd General Assembly, in which both the management aspects related to 2018 and the action plan for the year 2019 were approved unanimously. The General Manager of the GSIC, Iris Córdoba, presented the key figures corresponding to the operational and economic activity during the last fiscal year, which are included in the Activity Report of the GSIC.
Startup Competition 2019 had already completed its first phase closing the call for applications on March 30th. Since the launch of this project we are developing together with LaLiga, we have received application from 55 different countries and now we are moving toward the screening of all the companies who entered the competition. This process will be developed on different stages including the evaluation on behalf of GISC, LaLiga, Microsoft Corporation and major sports industry experts. We will know the list of 25 pre-finalists by the end of April.
On March 26th the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft organized together with Microsoft for Startups Europe and Microsoft Ibérica, and hosted the event ‘Exploring Microsoft for Startups’. This was the fourth session offered by Microsoft for Startups Europe team who came to Madrid to connect with local startups from different sectors. The event took place during the whole day and consisted in two main parts: presentations and getting in touch and one-to-one sessions where companies could personally talk to Microsoft for Startups Europe team.
On the week on March 18th, the tree winners of the competition Sport Thinkers eSports had attended to Barcelona to spend 3 days of intensive working session with the company and to continue building their projects that will be implemented within Mediapro eSports Area.
GSIC members will have a new opportunity to generate synergies in a new edition of the GSIC Networking Meetings, to be held on March 22, 2019, starting at 12:00 am at the headquarters of the Center (c / Goya, 90 - Madrid). The GSIC regularly organizes these types of meetings, which aim to facilitate mutual understanding. Through a very dynamic methodology of short interviews, all participants in these networking meetings have the opportunity to meet and become known among other partners with whom they can explore synergies and opportunities for collaboration. GSIC members settled outside Spain and unable to travel, will have the opportunity to send a presentation video that will be shown to the attendees or join by Skype. Let us know which way would suit you better. Also, we will offer you a short working session where our paetner Digital Branding Ltd who built our intranet, will share with you how to use it.
GSIC and Microsoft Ibérica organize a meeting between Spanish startups and Microsoft for Startups program
The third event of Microsoft for Startups Europe will take place on March 26 at the facilities of the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC). The GSIC organizes this session in Spain to offer an open space for dialogue, where Spanish startups can establish direct contact with European division of the program, as well as with the subsidiary Microsoft Ibérica, which also joins the call. Preceded only by Brussels and London, Madrid will become the meeting point between Spanish companies and the Microsoft program that was designed to support the development and growth of technology-based companies with B2B business models (business - to - business) and that are in the initial phase.
On February 1st and 4th, the finalists of Sport Thinkers eSports competition had presented their solutions online to Mediapro and the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC) and after two intense days of online presentations, the winners of the call are: HERO, Brintia and TTSRTS from Argentina, Spain and Chile.
The company YBVR (Yerba Buena VR) joined the GSIC in April of 2018 and since that moment the US / Spanish startup has been making success wherever it went. They have collaborated with the Madrid Mutua Open, they won the Startcup Challenge 2018 (the startup competition that took place at the World Football Summit 2018), they have been winners of Sport Thinkers Smart Stadium and now they are planning a pilot with the Real Sociedad football club, and this January they have been at the Australian Open producing contents for exclusive virtual reality experiences in 360 live video. We interviewed Hector Prieto, the CEO of the company, while he was at the Australian Open. Hector shared details of the experience he was living during the days of the championship, as well as the history of the path he took along with his start-up towards Melbourne Park.