Terms and Conditions – The 2020 STA Startups
- Definitions and Interpretations
1.1. In these terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”), unless the context otherwise requires, the following words shall have the following meanings:
“Awards” – means the competition known as The STA Startups for sports technology businesses, comprising the Category Awards and Live Pitch Awards;
“Category” – means each particular category within the Category Awards Programme listed and detailed on the Website;
“Category Awards” – means the first stage of the Awards, as more particularly described in paragraph 3;
“Category Awards Programme” – means, collectively, the Categories as listed and detailed on the Website;
“Category Winner” – means the winner of a Category in the Category Awards;
“Closing Date” – means the deadline for entry to the Category Awards as conveyed on the Website;
“Entrant” – means an individual or team that submits an Entry for a Category;
“Entry” – means the material submitted for a Category by the Entrant;
“Entry Fee” – means the relevant fee, payable by the Entrant for the corresponding Category, which is set out on the Website. Entry Fees must be paid by credit card via the Website;
“Fee Rate” – means the applicable rate set by the Organizers in accordance with the Entrant’s date of payment of the Fee (e.g. Early Bird, Regular or Late Submission);
“Live Pitch Awards” – means the second stage of the Awards contested by Category Winners, as more particularly described in paragraph 3;
“Overall Winner” – means a Category Winner who becomes the winner of the Live Pitch Awards;
“Multiple Entries” – means more than one Entry per Entrant;
“Organizers” – the Sports Technology Awards Ltd;
“Rules” – means these Terms and Conditions, as set out on the Website, and additionally any special terms and conditions agreed in writing between the Entrant and the Organizers; and
1.2. The Organizers reserve the right to cancel and/or amend all or any part of the Awards and/or Rules. Any changes to the Awards and/or Rules will be posted on the Website. It is the responsibility of the Entrant to keep themselves informed of any changes.
1.3. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant shall be deemed to have accepted and agreed to comply with the Rules.
1.4. In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules, conduct or results of the Awards, the decision of the Organizers shall be final and unchallengeable.
- Entrants for the Awards
2.1. The Awards are open to all Entrants, regardless of location or organizational type.
2.2. Each and every Entry will be for the Category Awards. The judges may deem an Entry successful such that the applicable Entrant becomes a Category Winner. Only Category Winners will be eligible to receive an invitation to participate in the Live Pitch Awards.
2.3. All Entries must be submitted online via the Website. No hardcopy entries will be accepted.
2.4. An Entrant can submit Multiple Entries, provided that each Entry is for a different company.
2.5. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant hereby warrants that all information submitted is true, accurate and complete. The Organizers reserve the right to verify any information contained in the Entry and the Entrant’s eligibility to submit an Entry.
2.6. While submitting an Entry, Entrants should supply the Organizers with updated and reachable contact details. Any changes to contact details supplied should be emailed directly to the Organizers.
2.7. An Entry must be accompanied by the relevant, high-quality company logo(s), in vector graphic format. The Entrant retains all rights to the logo but permits the Organizers the use of the same on its Website and other marketing collateral in perpetuity.
2.8. In case of technical difficulties, Entrants are advised to save a version of the Entry in a saveable document prior to submitting their Entry.
2.9. On receipt of an Entry, the Organizers will confirm its arrival via email. If an Entrant does not obtain such a receipt within three days, it is the Entrant’s responsibility to contact the Organizers to confirm its arrival with the Organizers. Unless confirmation has been received verbally or in writing, the Organizers cannot guarantee the arrival of an Entry or that the Entry will be accepted by the Organizers.
2.10. All Entries must be submitted in the English language and must be accompanied by the appropriate Entry Fee.
2.11. Each and every Entry must be completed in full, including all mandatory sections of the entry form, submitted with the applicable Entry Fee and received before the Closing Date. No Entry will go forward for judging unless full payment of the Entry Fee is received by the Organizers prior to the Closing Date with all mandatory sections of the entry form completed with the relevant information, as indicated in the entry form.
2.12. Word and/or character limits are to be strictly observed. Judges will only receive the exact number of words and/or characters requested.
2.13. All Entry Fees are non-refundable (save in the exceptional circumstances set out below at paragraph 5.2), regardless of whether the Entry has been completed in accordance with paragraph 2.11 and put forward for judging. An Entrant will not be eligible for a refund of the Entry Fee paid for an Entry that remains incomplete at the Closing Date.
2.14. Amendments cannot be made to an Entry once submitted. If an Entrant has any concerns about information included in an Entry after it has been submitted, they should contact the Organizers directly.
2.15. In the event the Organizers have reasonable grounds to believe an Entrant has attempted to influence the decision of the judges, by any means outside or in addition to the official Entry, the Entrant will be disqualified from the Awards and will not be eligible for a refund of the Entry Fee paid.
2.16. Subject to the Closing Date, the Organizers may, at the Organizers’ discretion, apply Fee Rates for Entries. In order to be eligible for the applicable Fee Rate, Entries must be submitted and paid for by the corresponding payment deadline which is set out on the Website. Entries which are not paid for by the relevant payment deadline will then be charged at the higher Fee Rate, albeit subject always to the Closing Date.
2.17. The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify an Entrant if the Organizers have reasonable grounds to believe that an Entrant has breached any of the Rules or any applicable law (including any copyright law), has committed any act that has caused or could cause reputational damage to the Organizers, or has otherwise infringed the intellectual property rights of any third party.
- The Awards
3.1. The Awards are judged by a panel of independent judges without the interference or influence of the Organizers or any representative of the Organizers.
3.2. If a Category Winner and/or Overall Winner is disqualified from the Awards, the Organizers will select an alternative winner (as applicable) in the same manner as the original winner and such selection will be subject to the Rules.
3.3. Details of the Category Winners and Overall Winner will be published on the Website and other collateral using the information provided in the ‘Company Overview’ section of the Entry. Entrants must ensure that this section of the Entry is concise, informative and of a sufficiently high standard for publication. The Organizers reserve the right to charge an additional editing fee, limited to £100, if significant editing and correction is required prior to publication. Information about an Entry that is not a Category Winner will not be revealed.
3.4. The Category Awards will involve the provision of awards in relation to each Category, in each case resulting in a Category Winner. The judging process will take place in a one-month period after the closure of Entries, or as otherwise decided by the Organizers. The judges assign scores to each of the Entries in the particular Category, and the Entry with the highest score is the Category Winner. In the case of a tie, the tied Entries are submitted for further judging to ‘tie-breaker’ judges.
3.5. Category Winners will be announced on or around 4th November 2020 via streaming on the Website. Each Category Winner will receive a trophy, marketing across the Organizers’ channels and Category Winner collateral to use when promoting their brand.
3.6. Upon becoming a Category Winner, Entrants agree to feature the Awards logo on their Website and all collateral as appropriate.
Live Pitch Awards
3.7. The Live Pitch Awards will take place after the Category Award Winners are announced. Each Category Winner will be sent an invitation by the Organizers to participate in the Live Pitch Awards, for no additional fee (without prejudice to paragraph 3.14). The invitation will be accompanied by a brief containing the technical details of the Live Pitch Awards and confirmation of the judging process. The invitation and brief will be sent to Category Winners on or around 10th November 2020.
3.8. No Category Winner shall be obliged to participate in the Live Pitch Awards. Category Winners who would like to participate in the Live Pitch Awards must communicate in writing their acceptance of the invitation (the “Acceptance”) to the Organizers by no later than 25th November 2020. On receiving an Acceptance, the Organizers will confirm its arrival via email. If a Category Winner does not obtain such confirmation within three days, it is the Category Winner’s responsibility to contact the Organizers to confirm the arrival of the Acceptance. Unless confirmation has been received verbally or in writing, the Organizers cannot guarantee the arrival of Acceptance or that the Category Winner will be entered into the Live Pitch Awards.
3.9. The Live Pitch Awards will involve a live pitch process and Q&A session with the judges (“Pitch Process”). At the discretion of the Organizers, the participating Category Winners may be invited to appear in front of the judges ‘in-person’, but shall otherwise be required to appear via video link.
3.10. The Pitch Process will be followed by a period of review, research and due diligence by the judges. During such period, the judges’ (at their sole discretion) may contact any participating Category Winner to clarify certain points relating to that Category Winner’s pitch. The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any Category Winner who attempts to canvass or influence the decision-making of the judges outside of the Pitch Process.
3.11. The Overall Winner will be announced on or around 24th February 2021. In the event that the judges determine a ‘tied’ result for the Overall Winner, the Organizers reserve the right to announce two Overall Winners and to divide equally between them the prize outlined in paragraph 3.12.
3.12. The Overall Winner shall become eligible to receive the prize of a package of business advisory services from Sightline Ventures comprising: (i) marketing strategy; (ii) business strategy; (iii) business development; (iv) M&A; and (v) fundraising, worth £40,000 together the “Advisory Services”. The Overall Winner shall be free to decide the composition of the aforementioned Advisory Services, subject to a cap of £14,000 per service category. For the avoidance of doubt, there shall be no cash alternative available for the prize. To claim the prize, the Overall Winner may be required to enter into a separate agreement with Sightline Ventures’ on its standard terms of business.
3.13. Following the announcement of the Overall Winner, any Category Winner who participated in the Live Pitch Awards (excluding the Overall Winner) may request feedback on their performance at the Pitch Process by submitting such request in writing to the Organizers by no later than 15th March 2021. Any feedback requests submitted after 15th March 2021 will not be considered.
3.14. Any and all costs incurred by a Category Winner who participates in the Live Pitch Awards (including but not limited to costs relating to travel, accommodation, printing, presentation and production) shall be borne by that Category Winner and not the Organizers. Category Winners are advised not to incur unnecessary costs during the Pitch Process and/or any part of the Live Pitch Awards as pitches will be judged on the quality of their content and not the quality of the Category Winner’s presentation materials.
- Force Majeure
4.1. The Organizers will not be liable or responsible to Entrants for any failure or delay in performing any obligation under these Terms and Conditions regarding the Awards in the event of any circumstance not within the Organizers’ reasonable control including, without limitation acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disaster, epidemic or pandemic, terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots, war, threat of or preparation for war, armed conflict, imposition of sanctions, embargo, or breaking off of diplomatic relations, nuclear, chemical or biological contamination or sonic boom, any law or any action taken by a government or public authority, including without limitation imposing an export or import restriction, quota or prohibition, or failing to grant a necessary licence or consent, collapse of buildings, fire, explosion or accident, any labour or trade dispute, strikes, industrial action or lockouts, non-performance by suppliers or subcontractors and interruption or failure of utility service (a “Force Majeure Event”). Any resulting suspension or cancellation of the Awards shall not constitute a breach of contract between Entrants and the Organizers, nor will Entrants be entitled to claim for any loss or damage howsoever arising as a result of a Force Majeure Event. Personal arrangements including travel, subsistence, hospitality or accommodation relating to the Awards which have been arranged by Entrants are at their own risk. The Organizers will attempt to re-organise the Awards as soon as practicable after the Force Majeure Event ends. In the event that the Awards are not re-scheduled, any Entrant will be entitled to a refund of a proportion of the applicable Entry Fee (limited to the face value of the individual Entry, less any discount applied) paid by the relevant Entrant, and less any non-refundable costs and expenses that have been incurred by the Organizers including staffing costs and Website platform-related licences and fees.
- Limitations on the Organizers’ Liability
5.1. Where the Awards are cancelled for any reason, the Organizers will not be liable to any Entrant, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions or the Awards for any delay or failure to comply with its obligations under these Terms and Conditions where the Awards are subsequently rescheduled.
5.2. Subject to paragraph 4.1, if the Awards are cancelled and not rescheduled, any Entrant will be entitled to a refund of the applicable Entry Fee (limited to the face value of the individual Entry, less any discount applied) paid by the relevant Entrant. In such circumstances the Organizers’ total liability to any Entrant arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, will be limited to the Entry Fee (limited to the face value of the individual Entry, less any discount applied) paid by the relevant Entrant.
5.3. The Organizers will not be liable to any Entrant, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions or the Awards for any:
- loss of profits;
- loss of sales or business;
- loss of agreements or contracts;
- loss of use or corruption of software, data or information;
- loss of or damage to goodwill; and
- any indirect or consequential loss (including non-refundable travel and accommodation costs).
5.4. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall limit any liability of the Organizers which cannot legally be limited, including liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
6.1. Any views and opinions expressed by the judges do not purport to reflect the views and opinions of the Organizers. We are not responsible for any offence caused by the judges.
6.3. If the Organizers do not insist that any Entrant perform any of their obligations under these Terms and Conditions, or if the Organizers do not enforce their rights against any Entrant, or if they delay in doing so, that will not mean that the Organizers have waived their rights against any Entrant or that any Entrant does not have to comply with those obligations. If the Organizers do waive any rights, they will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that they will automatically waive any right related to any later default by any Entrant.
6.4. The Organizers may assign or transfer the Organizers rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions to another entity. Entrants may only assign or transfer their rights or obligations under these Terms and Conditions to another person if the Organizers agree in writing (in the Organizers’ sole discretion).
6.5. Each paragraph of these Terms and Conditions operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them is unlawful or unenforceable, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
6.6. The contract created by acceptance of these Terms and Conditions is between the Organizers and the relevant Entrant (as the case may be). No other person has any rights to enforce any of its terms.
6.7. All intellectual property rights in or arising out of or in connection with the Awards (other than intellectual property rights in any materials provided by Entrants) will be owned by the Organizers.
- Governing Law and Jurisdiction
7.1. The Rules and any dispute or claim arising from or in connection to them or their subject matter, existence, negotiation, validity, termination or enforcement (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.
7.2. The Courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute or claims arising out of or in connection with the Rules, their subject matter, existence, negotiation, validity, termination or enforcement (including non-contractual disputes or claims).
Sports Technology Awards Ltd, trading as The Sports Technology Awards Group and/or The STA Group
Company Registration Number: 9424310
Registered Address: 85 Great Portland Street, First Floor, London, W1W 7LT, United Kingdom