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Following the global success of the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards, the Startups meet the need for outstanding young businesses to gain commercial advantage through third-party endorsement of their work.
Entries close December 5th, 2018. Winners will be announced February 14th, 2019.
Celebrating Innovation from Inception

The Sports Technology Awards Startups is a celebration of early-stage businesses in the sports technology sector, from seed funded to Series C.

New and Improved

Following feedback from the inaugural awards in 2018, this year also sees the introduction of categories for best Deal, Senior Executive and Crowdfunded Business. Provided your company is less than five year’s old, there’s a category perfect for you.

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In collaboration with our global legal partners, international law firm, Charles Russell Speechlys, whose specialist sectors include Sports and Technology, the next 50 entries to the Startups will receive a free legal Scalable Business Appraisal. 
This will help you determine the scalability of your organisation by focussing on the legal and IP aspects of your business.
Why Your Business Needs Help

Critical to the successful growth of any startup is ensuring their proposition is supported with expert legal advice. Startups and early stage businesses often don’t embrace legal advice early in their business planning, but this approach risks them facing serious issues later on...

How the Appraisal Works

To qualify, all you need to do is complete and pay for your entry. If your company is one of the first 50 companies to do this, you qualify for the free Scalable Business Appraisal Full details of the Charles Russell Speechlys’ Scalable Business Appraisal and next steps will be forwarded after entries close on 5th December 2018 The offer is subject to terms and conditions, full details of which are available on request

Our Categories

Select a category to find out more. Additional entries can be used to give entrants a higher chance of winning or being shortlisted.

Best New Concept by a Startup

This award celebrates the best new technology-led concept in sports, created by a Startup business.

Best Seed Funded Business

(Annual Revenue < £2m / US$3m) - This award celebrates startup businesses creating technology or tech-led solutions for any facet of the sports sector which have raised funding from company owner savings, crowdfunding platforms, government funding or third-party investors.

Crowdfunded Startup Business

This award celebrates startup businesses creating technology or tech-led solutions for any facet of the sports sector which has been funded by a crowdfunding platform.

Deal of the Year

This award celebrates the best business deal completed by or with a startup business, in sports technology, that closed between 30 June 2017 and 30 December 2018. The deal can span commercial partnerships, acquisitions, sales and mergers.

Senior Executive of the Year

This award celebrates the senior executive, working in a full-time position, in a startup business in the sports technology sector, who demonstrated outstanding commercial vision and leadership throughout the period of 30 December 2016 to 30 December 2018.

Series A Funded Businesses

These awards celebrate startup businesses creating technology or tech-led solutions, for any facet of the sports sector, which have achieved Series A funding. This category will be streamed into two awards based on annual revenues, one awarding businesses with annual revenues of less than £2m / US$3m, and one awarding businesses with annual revenues of more than £2m / US$3m.

Series B Funded Businesses

These awards celebrate startup businesses creating technology or tech-led solutions, for any facet of the sports sector, which have achieved Series B funding. This category will be streamed into two awards based on annual revenues, one awarding businesses with annual revenues of less than £5m / US$7m, and one awarding businesses with annual revenues of more than £5m / US$7m.

Series C Funded Businesses

These awards celebrate startup businesses creating technology or tech-led solutions, for any facet of the sports sector, which have achieved Series C funding. This category will be streamed into two awards based on annual revenues, one awarding businesses with annual revenues of less than £10m / US$13m, and one awarding businesses with annual revenues of more than £10m / US$13m.

Why You Should Enter

Start-up businesses, more than anyone, need to be mindful of how their marketing budgets are spent but entering Awards can make great commercial sense. Here’s why.

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Our Judges

Ensure industry experts find out about your brand - simply by entering. Our judges include people firmly in your target market and see all entries in every category they judge. This means they see what you do and gives you the chance to really impress them.

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Shortcut to Commercial Success

Successful brands from the inaugural Awards reported that success in the Startups converted into tangible commercial results. If you too are looking for a similar business advance in a crowded market, seriously consider an entry for your business.

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Opportunities for Exposure

Entering the Awards also gives you the opportunity to post to our Tech Hub video portal, exposure to the Awards database and digital network, and a chance to be seen by some of the most significant leading figures of the sector.

Our Judges

Committed to innovation in sports

The Startups are serious about honest, authentic and authoritative scrutiny and this is reflected both by the outstanding profile of our judging panel and the process by which entries are judged.

All judging is completed online, independently of and without reference to any other scorer; each judge marks every element of the entry form, then submits a total score for each shortlisted entry. In the case of a tie, at least one other judge is asked to evaluate these in the same way to determine the winner.

More judges to be confirmed. 

Stephane Schwander Startups Judge

Stéphane Schwander Head of Digital, Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Melissa Brenner

Melissa Brenner Executive Vice President, Digital Media, NBA

David Lampitt Startups Judge

David Lampitt Managing Director of Group Operations, Sportradar AG

Tom Hill Startups Judge

Tom Hill Chief Commercial Officer, World Rugby

Daniel Marion Startups Judge

Daniel Marion Chief of Information and Communication Technology, UEFA

Roser Queralto Startups Judge

Roser Queralto Chief Business Officer, Euroleague Basketball

Cynthia Mumbo Startups Judge

Cynthia Mumbo Founder and CEO, Sports Connect Africa

Richard Bevan Startups Judge

Richard Bevan Chief Executive Officer, The League Managers Association

Winning third-party endorsement via the Awards means

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Elevated Customer Conversations

Winning a Startup Award makes you a frontrunner amongst your peers. Being seen by industry leaders, influencers and potential investors opens vital doors to conversations you wouldn’t have had before.

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Reduced Sales Periods

Making sales is easier when your brand has elevated visibility in the industry. Knowledge of your success benefits your reputation as well as market interest.

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Staff Recruitment and Retention

Recognition of the hard work your team put in goes to show that the effort hasn’t gone to waste. A win will only drive your team to further success.

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Investment

Investors want to support the strongest brands in their sector – a Startup Award marks you as one of those brands.

Our Testimonials

For us, it’s a great achievement – we’re a niche company where in other places we may not shine as brightly, but here we’re given fair representation. It feels great to be able to get recognition for our hard work.

Hassan Rajwani CEO and Co-Founder, REFSIX

This is a really important win for us as we’d like to broaden our business overseas and globally. This is a great opportunity to show our technology to the world.

Maria Lodolo D'Oria Presales Executive, Metaliquid

It’s always fantastic to get third-party validation, and for experts and peers to assess your work whilst getting a chance for big brands to see your products.

Jim Law Founder and CEO, Find a Player

Our Previous Winners

2018’s winners are listed below, for more information please visit our Past Winners pageWill your name be amongst them in 2019?

Entering is Easy

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Create an Account

Follow the link on this page, register your details and create an account. Here you will be able to manage all your entries for this year’s awards.

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Select Categories

Choose the category or categories you'd like to enter.

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Fill in the Form

The form takes you through a series of questions, which ensure our judges are fully informed about your work.

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Submit

Submit your entry fee payment online – and you’re done!

Entry Pricing

Entry Fee

Early Bird Rate £200+VAT (Expires 23.11.2018, Noon GMT)

Regular Rate £300+VAT (Expires 05.12.2018, Noon GMT)

Seed Funded Category Discount Fee

Early Bird Rate £100+VAT (Expires 23.11.2018, Noon GMT)

Regular Rate £200+VAT (Expires 05.12.2018, Noon GMT)

Final Entry Deadline: December 5th, 2018

 

 

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