Newsletter – February 2019

Newsletter – February 2019

Startup Competition 2019 gathers applications from 25 during the first months of the call
Startup Competition 2019 call launched by LaLiga and the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC) on January 29th is still open and there’s 1 month left to apply.
Companies from 25 countries have already applied and the participants are presenting solutions based on four cornerstones:

Media: OTT, broadcasting, social media, digital content, new media, digital marketing, second screens, graphics, analysis, piracy.
Fan engagement: fan profiles, social media, electronic sports, gamification, social listening, community, commercialization, VR/AR/MR, digital games.
Smart venues: security, fan engagement, ticket sales, fan experience, food and beverages, connectivity, cashless payments, access control, and guest management. Sports performance: analysis, sports training materials, injury prevention, health and lifestyle, research.
Others such as big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc.
The 10 finalists of the competition will enjoy numerous advantages such as a pilot project with LaLiga, an acceleration program with the GSIC and facilitated access to the Microsoft for Startups program.
We encourage you to get more information on the official web site and to apply HERE.

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Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft and Mediapro announce the winners of the Sport Thinkers eSports competition

On February 1 and 4, 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.

This competition for technology-based companies had helped Mediapro to identify and select
of initiatives that offer:
• Development of new business models both in the amateur and professional field of eSports (cross-selling, segmentation, price estimation, etc.).
• New modes of monetization of digital assets.
• Generation of personalized content (video, image
• Profiling of users, visualization of information and statistics.
• Experiences connected to immersive technologies and 360º audio.

Next March 18 to 20, all the three winners will come to Barcelona for the immersion week with Mediapro.

Upcoming events
Virtual Meeting – Video as a tool for player performance
March 12, 10:00
Networking for GSIC Members –
March 22, 12:00
Exploring Microsoft for Startups
March 26, 09:00
4th General Assembly of GSIC Members – April 2
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Participate in GSIC study on Digital Transformation of the sports industry!

The Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft is preparing a paper on “Digital Transformation of the sports industry in 2025: Envisioning the future”, based on the knowledge and experience of our members to keep our global leadership and positioning in the digital transformation of the sports industry, and also as an entity who helps to envision the future of sports worldwide through digital innovation.

The outcome (collective answers of the questionnaire) will become the pivotal content for a “paper” that GSIC will put together, and that will be presented to the sports industry to
tangibilize the global leadership of GSIC in this field and, thus, the global leadership of the members of GSIC in this space. The “paper” will include the names of all the companies and entities that will participate in the survey.

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.

Register for the event HERE

You can also book your 1-1 session with MS for Startups or Microsoft Ibérica

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Virtual Meeting – Fan Engagement Monetization
On February 12, our members Cool Tabs, FanWide and Pressenger shared their solutions for monetization of fan engagement. Here’s what they’ve talked about.
(The complete video of the session is available only for GSIC Members)
New members
Get to know new members who joined the GSIC in February 2019
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WFS Asia Startcup call is open!

World Football Summit (WFS), in partnership with MaGIC | Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre and Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC), are launching the Asian Edition of the 2019 STARTCUP to locate the best sportstech projects and/or startups across the Asian continent transforming the football and sports industry. For this reason, WFS and MaGIC announce a joint call for projects and/or startups that offer solutions that impact the football and/or sports industry. The technological areas of interest that will be evaluated are distributed in 7 tracks: Quantified-self, sport digital platforms, smart & immersive facilities, fan engagement & experience, media & rights, next generation of sponsorship, eSports, emerging sports, virtual currencies & betting.
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Guests can now hold their mobile phone up to enter venues – and tickets are more secure

The SKIDATA solution now includes a certified, complete NFC solution: from eTicket-creation to access control for venues and stadia worldwide

SKIDATA now offers a contactless, barcode-less tap of the phone for fast, frictionless entry- with no touch of a button.

Tap+Go allows users to simply hold their phone near the reader for entry, eliminating the search for tickets and need for an aligned barcode scan. NFC-enabled devices act as secure identifiers, bringing a revolutionary user experience for fans in the world of access control.

Last spring, Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, opened its doors for the newly stated Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Throughout their inaugural season, LAFC showcased new SKIDATA event installations, including pedestrian and parking access in addition to their SKIDATA-powered NFC ticketing system.

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management and provides solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure.

iXpole raises the bar(s) and partners with Flanders Horse Event

Flanders Horse Event is an international horse event, organized each year in the middle of the summer. It takes place in pittoresque Beervelde (near Ghent) in Belgium. FHE focuses on 2 central activities: the exclusive Belgian Warmblood Foal Auction and the CSI3* jumping, which is in the top 3 of the Belgian jumping competitions.

Visitors, companies, horse breeders and top athletes from more than 20 countries meet around this event. It is one of the most notable outdoor horse events in Belgium. Not in the least thanks to the exclusive VIP experiences and the great atmosphere. VIP arrangements are sold out months before the start of the event. To offer its VIP’s and sponsors an even better customer journey before, during and after the event, Flanders Horse Event has decided to implement iXpole.

iXpole is a cloud platform developed specifically for the management of sponsorship and VIP hospitality operations. iXpole is a total package offering features like CRM, contract management, ticketing, stock management, marketing automation, and billing.

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International Events
Next March 11, the Global eSports Summit will take place in Madrid.

Our General Manager Iris Córdoba will be one of this event’s speakers where she will share togeher will our strategic partner Mediapro, the experience of Sport Thinkers eSport cometition.
GSIC members can benefit
a special price for VIP tickets. You can get yours for only 120€ instead of 170€. Hurry up, the number of tickets is limited!

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Valencia hosts the INTERREG INNO4SPORTS event and the CLUSSPORT meeting

From March 25 to 28 the experts in the field of sport will work in Valencia on the
sport ecosystems of the participating regions.

The Valencian partners, the
Institute of Biomechanics (IBV) a nd the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (
IVACE), the Inno4Sports project will receive participants from Holland, Hungary, Poland and Belgium to star in a four-day meeting of intense work on innovation in sport and its capacity to generate socio-economic development in sectors such as tourism and health.

The days are organized in several blocks, the first three days in the framework of sports and the last day is dedicated to the conclusions and the meeting with the regional partners of the Valencian
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LWF – Leadership Congress for Women in Football, will take place on March 28 and 29, at the WANDA Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid, Spain. The event is organized by Bellver Sports and Full On and has the support of the main sports entities and institutions in the country. The Congress is international, with lectures in English and Spanish, aimed at all stakeholders (whether men or women) in the promotion and promotion of women’s leadership in football in all areas, executives, managers, management and women’s football
All the GSIC members can benefit
on a special 20% discount on early-bird tickets that will be on sale since January. Right now you can pre-register to benefit on this offer.
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TheStadiumBusiness Summit celebrates its 10th edition on 4-5 June 2019 in Manchester, UK by bringing together the global stadium, arena and major sports venue industry.

#SBS18 hosted global names such as Seattle Seahawks, Eden Park, Adelaide Oval plus many more and we’re sure our 10th birthday is going to be even bigger. Alongside the international conference programme, TheStadiumBusiness Summit incorporates a compact boutique marketplace of specially-selected suppliers.

The GSIC members can benefit on an exclusive offer of £995 including 2 hotel nights, a total saving of over £450.

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