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Call to all Nordic sports technology startups

Silicon Valley - California

SportsTech World Cup (STWC), a global initiative by N3XT Sports to discover most innovative sports technology startups is heading to the Nordic region in partnership with Nordic Innovation House and Smash.

The contest targets the top sports technology startups from the Nordic region: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Startups can submit projects under one of the five selected tracks: wearable technology and smart clothing, virtual reality and augmented reality, sports analytics and artificial intelligence, fan experience, and eSports.

APPLY NOW - The deadline for online applications is October 20

After the deadline, the projects will be screened by a carefully chosen group of judges with deep understanding of sports and technology. The judges are coming from highly respected organizations, such as Sweden Football Association, Gatorade, Google, Samsung, FC Barcelona and Cruyff Institute.

The finalists for each track will be announced at Nordic Innovation House in the end of October and they will have an opportunity to pitch on stage in Helsinki during the Smash summit November 28-29 where the winners will be chosen. The track winners will be invited to Silicon Valley to participate in a program and showcase their innovations at an exclusive event organized by N3XT Sports and Nordic Innovation House in March 2018.

The Nordic sports technology companies can learn more at the local SportsTech World Cup - Nordic Edition launch events organized in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland late September - early October time frame. The dates and times of the events are following:

Sweden Launch Event
September 27, Stockholm
In partnership with Peak Innovation

Norway Launch Event
September 28, Trondheim
In partnership with NxtMedia, Spark NTNU, Trondheim 2023, Ski Region Mid Scandinavia

Denmark Launch Event
October 9, Copenhagen
In collaboration with IDAN

Finland Launch Event
October 12, from 14:00-17:00, Helsinki, Crowne Plaza, Mannerheimintie 50

 

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N3XT Sports, a global organization that identifies and develops the world’s most promising sports technology opportunities by connecting startups, sports teams, athletes, technology corporations, sports brands, and investors. Based in the world's epicenter of innovation in the Silicon Valley, and with offices in Europe and the Middle East, N3XT Sports team counts on tens of years of experience in the sports technology and business market.


Nordic Innovation House is the Silicon Valley headquarters of the Nordic Startup Community. It is a unique collaboration between the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and it hosts more than 170 Nordic companies. Serving as a bridge between the Nordics and Silicon Valley, Nordic Innovation House is exemplary in its exceptional shared values, vision, and support for the Nordic tech community. It offers accelerator programs, office space and a link to the local ecosystem for Nordic companies with the help of Nordic government agencies responsible for business growth within their respective countries. Read more at


Smash is a new official Slush side-event dedicated to sport, technology and start-ups. Smash is an arena for curiosity, meeting and developing, where new perspectives, ideas and partners are waiting to be found. Smash is based in Finland.

Contact information
Company name: N3XT Sports
Website: www.n3xtsports.com
Email:  info@n3xtsports.com
 

 
 

 
 
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N3XT SPORTS, Nordic Innovation House, and Smash Announce the Launch of Sports Technology World Cup - Nordic Edition

By Layal Zok

Silicon Valley, California

N3XT SPORTS, in partnership with Nordic Innovation House and Smash, announce the launch of the first ever sports technology contest in the Nordic region, SportsTech World Cup - Nordic Edition. The contest will be kicked off and open applications online on July 31, followed by a live pitch for selected startups at the Smash Event, a side event to Slush, in Helsinki on November 29th with a grand finale in the Silicon Valley in March 2018.


SportsTech World Cup (STWC) is a global initiative to discover most innovative sports technology startups with groundbreaking projects.
The contest targets the top sports technology startups from the Nordic region: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Once the application phase opens this summer, startups will submit projects under one of the five selected tracks: wearable technology and smart clothing, virtual reality and augmented reality, sports analytics and artificial intelligence, fan experience, and eSports.

Selected startups will have an opportunity to pitch on stage in Helsinki during the Smash summit and the track winners will be invited to the Silicon Valley to showcase their innovations at an exclusive event organized by N3XT SPORTS and Nordic Innovation House. 

“Initiatives such as the SportsTech World Cup are essential to build the global sports technology community, identify global innovations and foster collaborations in the sports technology and innovation industry”, says Mounir Zok - Executive Advisor to N3XT SPORTS.


Zok continues “STWC was born out of a very simple idea that was generated over dinner in the Silicon Valley: let’s put the best sports technology startups on an international podium and connect them to some of the leading brands in the world.”

“Our mission at Nordic Innovation House is to support technology startup companies from the Nordics. This Nordic Edition of SportsTech World Cup provides a huge opportunity for our high quality SportsTech companies to get connected with the American sports ecosystem. At the same time, it also enables us to increase the visibility of Nordic sports technology here in the U.S.”, says Nordic Innovation House Board Member Hartti Suomela. “We are extremely happy to join forces with N3XT SPORTS and Smash to bring this exciting new opportunity in front of all Nordic SportsTech start-ups.”


"We at Smash believe that sport is the world's greatest source of passion and enthusiasm. Passion also unites start-up communities. We want to provide a platform where these passions, skills and business-sense can meet," Smash CEO Tommi Kolehmainen says. "SportsTech World Cup will be a great booster and open new opportunities for start-ups and the whole sports community - it is exactly what we are aiming for at Smash!" he adds. 


For more information about the SportsTech World Cup, visit www.n3xtsports.com


About N3XT SPORTS
N3XT SPORTS is a global organization that identifies, educates and develops the world’s most promising sports technology talent by connecting startups, sports teams, athletes, technology corporations, and investors. Based in the world's epicenter of innovation in the Silicon Valley, and with offices in Europe and the Middle East, N3XT SPORTS counts on tens of years of experience in the sports technology and business market. Read more at
www.n3xtsports.com


About Nordic Innovation House
Nordic Innovation House is the Silicon Valley headquarters of the Nordic Startup Community. It is a unique collaboration between the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and it hosts more than 170 Nordic companies. Serving as a bridge between the Nordics and Silicon Valley, Nordic Innovation House is exemplary in its exceptional shared values, vision, and support for the Nordic tech community. It offers accelerator programs, office space and a link to the local ecosystem for Nordic companies with the help of Nordic government agencies responsible for business growth within their respective countries. Read more at www.nordicinnovationhouse.com


About Smash
Smash is a new official Slush side-event dedicated to sport, technology and start-ups. Smash is an arena for curiosity, meeting and developing, where new perspectives, ideas and partners are waiting to be found. Smash is based in Finland. Read more at http://sportsmash.net/ 
 

Contact information
Company name: N3XT SPORTS
Website: www.n3xtsports.com 
Email:  info@n3xtsports.com