THE SPOT Gains Partners for Start-up Battle -- Conferences & Conventions

Also: Ban Ki-Moon to open SportAccord Summit next week; early bird passes available for Host City 2019

(ATR)ThinkSport announces four dominant award partners who will be involved in the start-up battle at THE SPOT, which returns to Lausanne on May 28-29.

The four award partners chosen are Asics Tenkan-Ten Growth Catalyst, Eurovision Sport, Swiss Timing and UEFA.

"We are thrilled to have such prestigious partners for the start-up battle, which is a key element of THE SPOT experience. All of these four Award Partners perfectly embody the spirit of the event, embracing progress and innovation within their organisations, for the good of sport and society," said Director of ThinkSport Anne Hellman.

The selected partners will supervise various rounds of the start-up battle and help develop the young entrepreneurs skills.

The start-up battle is operated by Venturelab, and will feature 40 young companies pre-selected by THE SPOT.

On the first day of competition, the up-and-coming companies will compete in a total of four rounds.

Each round of competitions will result in one winner who will then progress to the final round which will be held the next day.

The jury will consist of experts from various fields such as academia, business, and sports.

The young entrepreneurs are motivated by the prestige, prize money and possible collaboration opportunities with the partners.

Also, in addition to the start-up battle, the second edition of THE SPOT will feature a Marketplace and Demo Zone. These new additions will allow participants to present and discover new products along with several networking opportunities.

To learn more about last year’s start-up battle winnersclick here.

Soccerex China Focuses on Growing Asian Football

The second edition of Soccerex China will be held May 23-24 in Haikou with over 1,500 delegates across China expected to attend.

The event serves as a platform for delegates to share and develop business knowledge in order to help grow the Chinese sports industry and support its national football team.

Organizers have announced that Chinese Football Association Secretary General Zhang Jian and Asian Football Confederation General SecretaryDato’ Windsor John will address delegates at the opening ceremony.

During the event, discussions regarding future commercial potential for AFC competition will feature Patrick Murphy, CEO of DDMC Fortis.

The company recently signed an exclusive partnership with the AFC that will market AFC property for the next two competition cycles from 2021 until 2028. The FIFA World Cup 2022 Final qualifying round will mark the beginning of the partnership.

Soccerex China will also include presentations ranging from investment and international development strategies to China’s digital landscape and the growth of esports.

In addition to the China event, Soccerex Europe will be in Oeiras, Portugal on Sept. 5-6 and Soccerex USA will return to Miami, Florida for a second straight November.

Early Bird Passes Available for Host City 2019

Entering its sixth year, Host City has become the largest meeting of cities and sports.

This year’s conference from Nov. 25-27 in Glasgow, Scotland will emphasize the importance for sectors to "Innovate, Reformulate, & co-create".

Host City 2019 is urging sectors to use its platform in order to develop new events in addition to announcing them.

This year’s speakers include Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Glasgow Life’s Chief Executive Bridget McConnell.

Register here for the event’s early bird delegate pass.

Ban Ki-Moon to Open SportAccord Summit

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will deliver the opening welcome address at the SportAccord Summit in Gold Coast, Australia on May 8.

"Of 2019 SportAccord programs, SportAccord Summit will be an important stage to share the knowledge and information on the topic of "The Future of Big Data and Analytics" among leaders in the sporting world," he said in a statement.

SportAccord Summit is one of fiveconference streams - along with LawAccord, CityAccord, HealthAccord and MediaAccord - that will take place during SportAccord, which runs from May 5-10.

The former South Korean foreign minister, who is currently a chairperson of the IOC Ethics Commission, will also speak at this year’s United Through Youth Opening Conference taking place May 7 during SportAccord. The conference forms part of the Sports Festival hosted by United Through Sports.

Future events and host cities for the SportAccord organization include Regional SportAccord Pan America which is set to take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from December 10-12, 2019 and SportAccord 2020 in Beijing from April 19-24, 2020.

Other Conferences:

May 23-24: Soccerex China inHaikou, Hainan Province

May 29-30: Urban Sports Summit in Montpellier, France

May 29-30:Intersport Brand Engagement & Content Summit in Chicago

June 13: Sports Digital Business Networking Seminar in London

June 24-26: Los Angeles Sports Summit

June 25-27: Major Events Summit in Birmingham, UK

Aug. 29-31: Sport India 2019 in New Delhi

Sept. 4-7: VISTA 2019 in Amsterdam

Sept. 5-6: Soccerex Europe in Oeiras, Portugal

Sept. 10-12: Esports Business Summit in Las Vegas

Sept. 18: Why Sports 2019 Conference in London

Nov. 14-16: Vietnam Sport Show 2019 in Hanoi

Nov. 18-20: Sports Business Japan/Stadia & Arena 2019 in Saitama, Japan

Nov. 25-27: Host City 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland

Dec. 10-12: Regional SportAccord Pan America in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Written by Gerard Farek

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