By Todd Deacon, Managing Director of Techstars SportsTech Melbourne
Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator focuses on early-stage sports technology companies that aim to disrupt and drive innovation in high performance sport, grassroots participation, as well as event and media technology.
Our 2020 cohort is truly diverse. It boasts a global list of companies, ranging from Australia, Spain, Germany, Austria, India, USA, and Canada. On top of this, our founders hail from various backgrounds including sports science professors, automotive engineers, film production, ex-athletes, photographers and previously successful startup entrepreneurs.
Amidst the current global climate, Techstars’ top priority is our network’s health and safety. We will continue to do all we can to minimize the risks of COVID-19 and work together to get through this worldwide crisis. We are actively adjusting how our organization is operating, working hard to minimize disruption to our programming and events. As part of these adjustments, we’ve decided to take the necessary and responsible measure to ensure the safety of our founders and mentors by delaying the official start of Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator to June 1st.
At the same time, we’ve selected the 10 companies that will be joining us for the inaugural year of our program and we are thrilled to begin our work with them. Over the course of the next 2 months we will be working with these companies to provide programming, mentor connections and other resources between now and when officially begin our program.
Like all Techstars accelerators, our goal is simple - we will turbocharge our companies' development with their customer growth, fundraising, and other fundamental business functions. Our corporate partners - Tennis Australia, Victoria University and LaunchVic - share this vision, and we’re excited to collaborate our resources together in helping build ten world class SportsTech companies. Join us in welcoming the following companies to the Techstars worldwide network.
MODU is creating the first immersive network for visual and audial media. Captured and created from any camera-enabled device in the world.
ELANATION is the largest e-learning sports app for children where they learn, share and compete in fun physical activity skills each day. With over one thousand videos produced by professional Olympians, athletes and coaches spanning 15+ sports, daily fitness competitions, sports-watch integrations, weekly leaderboards, social video sharing, health data and analytics, e-shopping and more.
Swing Vision is a mobile A.I. platform for athletes, providing real-time video analysis and coaching using proprietary machine learning and computer vision on just a single smartphone.
Snapscreen Have you ever tried sharing what's on TV? Snapscreen is the sharing revolution for TV and streaming services, enabling viewers to take a photo (or snap) of a TV with their mobile and instantly get a broadcast quality clip to rewind, personalise and share legally.
A-Champs is getting people of all ages and fitness levels to move with engaging training solutions that are based on a unique mix of IoT tech, gamification and sports science.
str8bat (www.str8bat.com) is a Sport Tech company with a vision to democratize technology in sports to empower all consumers who play sports to get better and help them engage with peers and experts in a contextual manner. We capture motion without cameras and have started with cricket as our first line of business.
gameSense Sports is an interactive HD video-based player sports training platform helping both coaches & athletes (novice thru expert) to develop an entire team or individual player's fast reactive skills 500x more efficiently.
Fitmind is an AI-powered coach that improves youth athletes’ mental wellbeing and performance.
TENX is a global tennis equipment Brand setting new benchmarks in racquet playability and online price value.
MyFavorito is a platform for digital sport sponsoring, fan engagement and CRM. Solving the existential problem for sporting clubs worldwide to become financially stable.