Newsletter – January 2020

Newsletter – January 2020

GSIC Newsletter – January 2020
Sports Summit Mexico 2020 and GSIC organize a new startup competition

Sports Summit Mexico and GSIC organize a competition for solutions applied to the sports industry developed by startups located in Latin America

  • The initiative seeks to detect the best technology-based startups in Latin America with solutions applied to the sports industry
  • The 3 winning startups will benefit from 1 year of free membership in the GSIC powered by Microsoft
  • The call will remain open till February 9. The finalists will be announced on February 18 and the 3 winners will be awarded by the jury during Sports Summit Mexico event on February 26 and 27

Sports Summit México 2020 presents its Startup Competition co-organized with the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC). This initiative aims to create a meeting point before, during and after the Sports Summit for Latin American startups and SMEs that are developing innovative solutions applied to the sports industry. The finalists will present their solutions to the public, media and national and international sports entities. The projects will be evaluated by a jury of the sports industry professionals during pitching that will take place at Citibanamex.

The launch of this Startup Competition reinforces the commitment of Sports Summit Mexico 2020 with innovation, Latin American entrepreneurs, investors, and sports entities.

The competition will be open until February 9. The solutions must be applied to the sports industry in its different scenarios, including Team & Player Performance.,Smart Venues, Esports, Business Insights & Analytics, Media, Fan Engagement. 

The application process will conclude in the selection of up to 10 finalists that will be evaluated by a jury composed of experts from the sector, during the event.

The 3 winning companies will receive a free membership in the GSIC until December 31,
2020 with all the services and advantages provided by the center to its ecosystem: networking, participation in activities aimed at innovation and applied research, B2B contacts, visibility in international media and events, among others. The winners will also be interviewed during the event by national and international media.

Upcoming events
Esports Legal, Financial and Insurance Challenges – February 4, 10:00
On February 4 at 10:00, we will hold the third meeting of our Think Tank organized in collaboration with Global Esports Summit. This time we will host speakers from such companies as Liberbank, Ontier and Mapfre, to discuss with them the main legal, financial and insurance aspects in Esports currently.   

Don’t miss this session!
Virtual Meeting – Tracking devices improving team and player performance, February 12, 17:00
Virtual Meeting – Virtual Reality implementations in the sports industry, February 20, 17:00
Porsche is a new GSIC strategic partner
Porsche, the largest sports vehicle manufacturer in the world and the one with the greatest tradition in motorsports is joining the GSIC as a strategic partner looking for support to their area of Esports as well as their new project, Formula E team.

GSIC will develop a program of activities
such as working groups, workshops and projects with startups to help Porsche with their digital transformation process by connecting them with the latest technology and disruptive innovation. 
Virtual Meeting – Smart Stadium applied solutions
On January 14 we held a Virtual Meeting on “Smart Stadium applied solutions”.

This VM was the last one from the series of sessions with the winners of the Startup Competition 2019 that we organized together with LaLiga.

Our speakers from Solos and Snaptivity shared their solutions applied to security, anti-piracy and fan engagement at the stadium. They also talked about their experience participating in the Startup Competition 2019 and working on the pilots with LaLiga.

Our members can watch the recording of this session in our private members’ area.

Watch video
Business Meeting with Atlético Nacional de Medellín
On January 15 GSIC organized a Business Meeting with the Colombian sports club Atletico Nacional de Medellin where the club’s representatives were looking for innovative technologies in Fan Engagement and Business Insights areas, focused on membership, loyalty and customer services and 12 GSIC members had an opportunity to present their solutions on online 1-to-1 meetings.

With this initiative, GSIC aims to help sports entities in their digital transformation process and promote our ecosystem of startups and sports technology companies, creating new business opportunities.
GSIC visits ISPO for innovative startups scouting

In the last week of January, the GSIC team has attended the ISPO Munich event that gathered from January 26 to 29 more than 2,800 exhibitors who presented their most innovative products for sport at the Munich Fairgrounds.

ISPO Munich is the world’s largest multi-segment sports industry fair, offering a 360-degree view of the market such as winter sports, Outdoor, Health & Fitness, Urban,
Team sports, Vision, Sports Trends, Innovation & Industry Services, Manufacturing & Suppliers.

Our General Manager Iris Córdoba was judging ISPO Brandnew 2020 Overall Winner Pitch where GSIC has offered as a prize for the winner a free membership during this year.

ISPO environment was also a perfect spot to meet the most innovative startups who are working on different smart devices, tracking systems, solutions for performance and wearables that will be joining soon the GSIC network of members in order to work together on improving the value chain of the sports industry.

Save the date for Business trip to Italy!
GSIC is preparing a Business Trip to Italy for its members in order to provide them with opportunity to meet the most relevant sports entities of this country such as AC Milan, FC Inter, AC Roma, RCS Sport, DAZN Italy, CONI, some venture capitals and much more!

This activity will take place on March 3-4 of 2020 ad we will visit two great Italian cities: Rome and Milan.
Pre-register now* and we will share with you more details in the upcoming days.
Don’t miss the opportunity!

*The maximum capacity for this trip is 25 companies.
Microsoft for Startups Europe will be back to Madrid with a special event for all european startups
Our collaboration with Microsoft for Startups moves forward and grows to bring you more exciting opportunities! That’s why Microsoft for Startups Europe team will be back to Madrid on March 31 and this time we are inviting startups from all Europe and all industries to attend.
We will share with you all the details of this program focused on helping new businesses grow with the support of Microsoft technology as well as introduce new possibilities of funding for your company.

Also, this year, we will hold a parallel agenda of activities for startups to offer you special workshops and introduce you to some of the investment funds.

Don’t miss your opportunity!
Save the date for GSIC Summit 2020!
After the success of its first edition, GSIC Summit is coming back in 2020!

This year we will gather all the members for one day of conferences, workshops, and working groups on September 22. This will be a great way to meet other members from 36 countries, share your ideas, meet our strategic partners, look for synergies and do a quality networking.

Save the date and pre-register now!
Microsoft Partner Network programs that will benefit your business
Connect with the largest customer base and marketplace in the industry.
At the GSIC we continue developing our 5th pillar, which as you all know is related to Microsoft Partner Solutions, working closely with Microsoft Sports Team who was supporting the GSIC since its creation in 2015 in all its initiatives and activities, as well as our members’ solutions.

Now, we want to offer you the value of the Microsoft Partner Network, a program designed by Microsoft to enhance technology-based companies’ businesses by facilitating the access to the market, providing free MS technology and services, as well as the power of a network of thousands of partners worldwide.

With Microsoft Partner Network you will have more visibility to the sports industry ecosystem as this will allow you to be included in our MS Sports Solutions Offering, meaning that your solution will be promoted by MS Sports Team to the sports organizations worldwide. Also, you will have priority when participating in some of GSIC’s activities, like Innovation Days, Workshops and Sport Thinkers.

And, above all, you will be provided with a set of:
  • training resources,
  • incentive programs
  • marketing materials
  • access to software for internal use,
  • personalized support.
Microsoft for . Enroll in by completing your company information and start exploring all the resources and possibilities that Microsoft offers. Besides, we can also help you to enroll in this link, by just registering on completely for free, Basic MembershipThere are 4 different models of partnership from which you can choose the one that suits your business the best. You can easily start with the
Startups program that provides companies with free Azure and technical support.

If you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance.
Join the program
GSIC Best Practices
LaLiga to use Sceenic’s Watch Together technology in their OTT platform
Sceenic “Watch Together” software solution for Smart TV and Set Top Box product video

After becoming one of the 10 winners of the Startup Competition 2019, Sceenic´s Watch Together software solution will be integrated into LaLiga’s OTT platform. After the pilot period that was successful, Watch Together will be a feature available for LaLiga Sports TV users, allowing fans to watch together, fulfilling LaLiga’s biggest aim: to build a loyal and strong community.
Minerva Santana, Director of Innovation & Global Development at LaLiga, expressed that “in order to remain leaders” they need to be able to anticipate “the new models of fan engagement and forms of audio-visual content consumption that are supported by technologies such as
Sceenic’s Watch Together”.

This technology will enable the growth of their subscribers and penetration rate, most importantly, be the first choice for fans looking into online sports entertainment.

Jonathan Williams, COO at
Sceenic is confident about what this new partnership brings to the table: “During the past few years all our efforts have been focused in the European market, working along cable operators, broadcasters and telcos, and most recently we started working in the U.S. market as well bringing a new vision to the company that also allowed us to open our offering to the Middle East and Oceania. Working with LaLiga is taking Sceenic
to a whole new level, as the potential reaches a global scale, we are talking about billions of potential users for our technology. This certainly is a big challenge for us as a company, as we will be enabling people all over the world to come together around their biggest passions, and this definitely puts a huge smile on our faces.”

Other activities
   Students from Manchester University in           Ramon Llull University  Master’s in Sports 
Indiana are visiting GSIC for Inspiration Day –      Management students came to GSIC to
                     January 7, 2020                              learn about innovation – January 21, 2020
    EAE Business School on the visit to
    GSIC showroom – January 29, 2020        
Join our new LinkedIn private group for GSIC Members!

At the GSIC we are continually working on the creation of different opportunities for our members in order to help them grow. This time, after a joint design thinking session held during GSIC Summit on September, we have launched a new private group for GSIC members on LinkedIn to provide a new space where they can share their news, interesting feed for the sports tech ecosystem and reach out to other members for networking. 

If you are a GSIC member, you can join the group on the following link.

Join LinkedIn Group
Members Area is available for all GSIC members
All GSIC Members can already access the private Members Area using their unique credentials. Members Area is an intranet, where all the Center’s members can find now more information about each other, share their content and get exclusive news from GSIC and its members.

If you are a GSIC member you can benefit from using this private area where you will find Virtual Meetings, Members catalog, Content shared by members, Working groups, Photos of activities, Microsoft Training, Important documents, Events.

Members Area
New members
         Get to know new members who joined the GSIC in January 2020
Discover new members
Members News
The MEDIAPRO Group installs VAR in Paraguay

The MEDIAPRO Group has been entrusted with the installation of Video Assistant Referee technology (VAR) in Paraguay, where January 16th saw the first round of games of the 2020 First Division (APF) season get underway. The deal sees the Group provide services for the next three seasons 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The First Division features 280 matches, with two games every Friday, Saturday
and Sunday. MEDIAPRO will provide coverage of the six games every weekend with 3 OB vans operated by two technical directors, four certified International Football Association Board (IFAB) operators and two productions technicians. The MEDIAPRO staff have been testing the technology in the lead-up to the start of the season and have satisfied all the demands of the Paraguayan Football Association, as well as holding all the corresponding international certifications for the correct use of the video technology.

In addition to Paraguay, where MEDIAPRO acquired the broadcast rights for matches involving the Paraguay national team until 2022, the Group also provides services for the leagues in Chile, Mexico as well as other countries in Latin America, the UAE, Greece, Kuwait, Morocco
and Portugal. 

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Dynamic ranking of the income of Brazilian clubs

More recently, there has been

For a long time, Sao Paulo and Internacional led the Brazilian market. Corinthians has evolved a lot since 2009, leading for some years.
$ 1.5 billion) per year.US data, Brazilian clubs generate almost R$ 6 billion (Sports ValueAccording to
rapid growth of Palmeiras that led the market in 2018.

In 2019, it will invoice more than R$ 830 million (US$ 197 million) and lead the Brazilian market with ease.

This is the dynamic ranking of the income of Brazilian clubs between 2003-2018, in R$ million.
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Real Madrid Next, innovation and future for Real Madrid
Activities will start in the area of e-health with the first Congress of Medicine and Science applied to Sport in March 2020.
Real Madrid C. F., with the aim of remaining sports industry leaders as well as social and economic leaders, has launched Real Madrid Next.
Real Madrid Next is the new brand for innovation at Real Madrid, with the collaboration of start-ups and companies looking for better performance, features and sporting and economic strength of Real Madrid, as well as making the most of what those involved with the club have to offer.
Real Madrid Next will look at six key areas: e-health, performance, fan engagement, audio-visual content generation, cybersecurity, and technological and social infrastructures. We look for excellence and the best technological advances possible, which helps to create our own, exclusive tools adapted to our way of working. We want better results in every area of the club and in particular, the sporting area, digital transformation and globalization of the entire organization.
Real Madrid Next will start its activities in the area of e-health with the I Congress of Medicine and Science applied to Sport in March 2020. It will be an event where key global experts in sports medicine, as well as people from institutions, industries, sports entities, and top-level universities associated with the sector, will all feature.
NBN23 finalizes a new round of 2.5 million euros to boost its expansion in the US

NBN23 seeks more economic muscle to boost its business in the United States. The Valencian technology company has opened a round with which it hopes to raise 2.5 million euros, which will be used to strengthen its equipment and finance the expansion of Nagi, its swimming software, in the North American market. The capital increase has started during the first days of January and has already aroused the interest of different professional investors.

The round opened in the first days of the year and the first contacts with businessmen and personalities of the basketball sector are still being made. “We have received interest from several investment funds, but we are also looking for private investors,” tells Javier Bosch, CEO of the company.

The executive says that it is an exceptional situation, motivated solely by the rapid expansion of Nagi in the United States, especially at the hands of the YMCA centers. By 2020, NBN23 expects to equip at least one hundred pools of this giant of sports facilities, which has 3,500 centers in this country and more than 7,000 worldwide.
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Inauguration of UAX Fitness Center: #SéUnPro

This infrastructure, located on the Villanueva university campus, is the largest of those available in Madrid universities and one of the great bets of the UAX to become a national reference in Sports Science. This was explained during the inauguration

Joana Pastrana, three-time champion of the boxing world; Javier Ángel Balboa, former Real Madrid soccer player; and Gonzalo Serrano, professional cyclist of the Caja Rural team; These are some of the relevant figures from the world of sport that have accompanied us this morning at the launch of the new UAX gym: the UAX Fitness Center.

Relevant figures from the world of sports have gathered at the Alfonso X el Sabio University to present the new UAX gym in society. In parallel, the university celebrates the UAX Fitness Day, offering free collective classes until 6:00 pm at the facilities of the new gym.
the director of the Sports Area, Raúl Notario Alonso, who has referred to the strategic alliances that are being sealed with the best allies in the sports field to achieve this goal. 

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Stadium surveillance system from ECSA Group

Grupo ECSA made the design, provision and installation of the video surveillance security system for the new space that the Club Atletico Boca Juniors opened for the Customer Service and Culture Department offices.

The installation has fixed cameras, PTZ domes
and access control equipment, which is integrated into the Stadium security system.

The Igoid Group develops the “ACTIVE HEALTH” protocol in the city of Quintanar de la Orden to 400 child athletes.

he City Quintanar de la Orden, aware of the importance of the health of its children and youth population that sports in the Sports Schools, has reached a collaboration agreement with IGOID-SPORTEC (spin-off of the University of Castilla- La Mancha) for the implementation of the ACTIVE HEALTH SPORTEC Protocol to the members of the Sports Schools in their different modalities.

This Protocol seeks to perform a sports health survey that includes several tests, including a measurement of the percentage of fat and muscle mass, the assessment of physical condition through tests of strength and endurance, balance and postural control with pressure platform and respiratory capacity by spirometry. In addition, a simple evaluation of eating and nutritional habits will also be included.

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More info about Active Sporthealth
International Events

Sports Summit México will be back on February 26 and 27 in Mexico city!

One of the biggest sports industry events in LATAM will bring together the industry’s stakeholders again to discuss its main topics: fan engagement, anti-piracy, innovative technologies, digital transformation, and much more.

Our General Manager 
Iris Cordoba will be attending this event with a keynote.

Find out more
Sportbiz Europe is the meeting point for the sports business sector, with a distinctive stamp of qualified networking, in a casual and inspiring atmosphere. a two-day event in the exciting Barcelona, focused on the hottest topics in the industry, in transformation, innovation and in foreseeing the market’s future.

Get now the Early bird tickets with
50% of discount!

Our Director of Business Development and Innovation, Iñigo Bonilla, will attend this event with a keynote
Find out more

LEADERSHIP WOMAN FOOTBALL (LWF), arises out of the need of promoting the leadership and visibility of women in every area of football: decision-making, management, technical, sporting, legal and academic.

Our platform: LWF, is a global tool to share Know-how with every stakeholder of the football world supporting gender diversity. Our congress, Leadership Congress for Women in Football, has become an international reference and is LWF’s main event.

Unique atmosphere, inside a football stadium.

It will bring together the most influential people in the world of football, through a get together that has a structure designed especially to promote the leadership of women in football.

Space with a capacity of 400 people and designed to offer new experiences: +50 speakers and +30 nationalities

GSIC members will be provided with special discounts for tickets and exhibition booths. 

Find out more
Madrid will once again serve as a meeting point for sports professionals in Spain. Global Esport Summit, the great forum for networking, debate and knowledge for the electronic sports ecosystem, will celebrate its second edition on April 1 at Teatro Goya.
After the success of the last edition – attended by more than 43 speakers and 600 participants – # GES20 seeks to consolidate itself as the reference sports congress in our country. Under the motto “The Esports Evangelist” it will be a new place to discover news, data

GSIC members will be provided with special discounts for tickets.

and trends in the sector and bring together industry leaders and professionals from non-endemic entities interested in it.
Find out more
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