SportUp Meet #1: this is what you missed

14th Jun 2019

Wow. One month ago, on May 7, we had our first SportUp Meet event, and what a fantastic evening it was!

With well over 120 attendees, the room -at MeetDistrict, located in the Ghelamco Arena in Ghent- was packed. We got to celebrate our first 3 startup accelerator graduates (all from the Boost program), introduced exciting new sport startups, held a pitch competition and showcased Belgian based sportstech entrepreneur Koen Vercauteren and his business Ledsreact.

Our first small party after we launched SportUp 7 months earlier, backed by imec, Sport Vlaanderen, and Victoris/Ghent University.

Read on to get a short recap of the evening!

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The reason of this SportUp meet event, was... well, we'll let program manager Kristof De Mey explain:

Only happy faces to start:

The Boost program delivered 3 graduates: Smart Mind, WhizzGolf and Winnovators.

All 3 of them were up for the challenge to win the pitch competition, and every attendee had a chance to vote.

And the winner was... Smart Mind!

Next up was Koen Vercauteren, owner of Ledsreact, who developed a smart training device. He shared his business story and announced great news: he got selected for the SportUp Start program which offers 50K pre-seed funding and a year long customized support to further expand his business.

At the end, Cronos and Sport Vlaanderen showcased their new project called 'Panega Sports'; a platform that centralizes, analyzes and visualizes (elite) sports data.

Some of the Boost graduates also received a strong wake-up call during the program. They learned some valuable lessons, which they shared with us during the Meet event:

And so... how about you?

Do you have a sports tech startup idea but don’t quite know how to turn it into reality? Or are you a mid-stage startup looking to scale up your business and even go international?

Don't hesitate and apply NOW for one of the 2 SportUp accelerator programs, Boost or Start!

SportUp Boost season 2 starts September 2019. (The call for applications is open now, and ends August 31.) SportUp Start runs 3 times a year; a new application process starts every January, May and September. (Next open call is September 2019.)