Club | 17/06/2019

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Start-up programme enters second round

1. FC Köln are offering another chance to innovative start-ups to gain professional backing with their support programme.

Young companies from the area surrounding sports that are interested can apply for the new 1. FC Köln HYPE SPIN Accelerator. The closing date for applications is 30th August 2019.

The world of sports is undergoing a chance. Digitalisation is changing how players train and performance evaluation, just like in communication, the experience in the stadium or sponsoring. 1. FC Köln wants to promote this development and support innovative and creative companies to develop ideas and gain a foothold in the world of sports.

Do you have what it takes?

The motto of the second round is “Do you have what it takes?”. The four-month programme starts in September 2019 and is targeted around the need for sport start-ups, and offers numerous workshops, workspace and methodical training. There are also mentors available and there will be guests from many international branch leaders. To achieve this, FC are working with HYPE Sports Innovation, a unique sports tech platform that combines sports innovation worldwide and completes the entire offering with the Hype Capital Fund for investment opportunities.

"The first run of our programme was exciting and successful for us as FC, and for the participating start-ups. With Digifood we tested the first delivery service to your seat in a German football stadium. With Kiss my Score we launched the first Social Betting - a prediction community - in Germany and introduced innovative technological approaches to our business partners," said FC managing director, Alexander Wehrle. "We will continue to bring our know-how to support those ideas that we can benefit from as a club and the entire sports industry. The start-ups, in turn, have the opportunity to test their product in a vibrant, real-world environment, with everything that goes with it."

A concept, which brings advantages for both sides. Kevin Prinz, Head of Business Development of the start-up, Tracktics, was part of the first batch of support programme, said: “It was a superb experience to take part in the programme. The atmosphere was very inspirational. FC have passionate founders and helped start-ups with experienced mentors and, during the entire time, we felt like a team and not competition.”

About HYPE Sports Innovation

HYPE Sports Innovation have built a huge, global ecosystem for sports innovation, with over 29,000 members, amongst those are brands, clubs, associations and schools. 9,000 start-ups are part of the platform. Since inception, HYPE Sports Innovation has created and expanded numerous sporting industry offerings and services to investors, partners and consumers. UEFA, Adidas, Spalding, Silicon Valley Bank, Asics, Google and many more belong to their list of customers.

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