Who can apply

SportUp focuses on scalable digital technology startups with a practical application in the following sports-related domains:

HEALTH

Physical activity, injury prevention & rehab

PERFORMANCE

Training, analytics & Talent ID

MEDIA

Digital marketing, entertainment & fan engagement

APPLY HERE TO GET GOING

Congratulations! Your application is your first step to success. Carefully review the difference between SportUp Boost and SportUp Start and determine which of the 2 programs matches your situation. Click on one of the 2 links below to be redirected to the right website and proceed with your application. Good luck!

Take a look at Kristof’s tips to make sure your application will be succesful:

Kristof
1
Check the eligibility criteria for each of the two programs
2
Make sure you submit on time.
(Deadline SportUp Boost: end of January and August. Deadline imec.istart: end of January, May and September)
3
Be concise

BOOST IN NUMBERS
  • For early-stage startups with an initial business model idea.
  • Support over 3 months, with essential startup workshops and mentoring.
  • Selected startups pay a fee of 750 euro for a team of maximum 3 people.
WHAT WE OFFER
  • Our coaches and network partners will personally help you develop your business.
  • The program will support you on different aspects such as product-market fit, pitching & personal development,
  • tech development & innovation, business modeling, digital marketing and startup organization.
  • All participating startups will be prepared for an imec.istart submission (however, no guarantees for selection can be given).
FOR WHO?
  • Tech enterpreneurs with a focus on sports and physical activity and an idea at concept-stage.
  • A team of two enterpreneurs with a market- or product oriented view and an additional team member who’s in charge of operations and finance, with an international ambition.
  • Incomplete teams can also be accepted.
  • Those who are ready to submit before end of January or August.

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START IN NUMBERS
  • For mid-stage startups that already have a proof of concept product.
  • Support over 12 to 18 months, with advanced startup workshops, mentoring and events.
  • Selected teams receive an investment of 50,000 EUR and 12-18 months startup support in return for 6% equity.
WHAT WE OFFER
  • Advice and support on organization, technology, finance, community building, talent and market reserach.
  • A strong focus on potential internationalization.
  • The largest network of experienced tech startups, mentors and investors in Belgium.
FOR WHO?
  • Mid-stage startups who already have a working proof of concept for a product integrating innovative technology.
  • International ambitions are a must.
  • Those who are ready to submit in January, May or September.
In February 2018, imec.istart was ranked fourth in the World's Top Business Accelerators – Linked to University, making this program the best ranked European accelerator.