Sports Innovation League
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Sports Innovation League

Sports innovation league is a sports innovation program where up to ten startups get the support needed to drive meaningful change in both active and passive sports engagement in the Netherlands. The program takes place from July 8th to October 11th.

🙌 We are thrilled to announce the official line-up of the Sports Innovation League 2024

May 31, 2024 - After months of interviewing founder teams, NOC*NSF, Rockstart and Nederlandse Loterij are excited to announce the startups joining the first edition of the Sports Innovation League program. Read on to learn what makes them exceptional choices for driving the future of sports towards the Dutch Sportagenda 2032.

Champ
Champ's mission is to activate, motivate, and inspire employees to become more active in sports through their proprietary tech platform and sports marketplace. Through a network approach that involves various stakeholders, they offer four distinct services: a Corporate Wellbeing Program, Sports with Advantage, Sporty Team Outings, and the Champ SportCadeau gift card.

Courtclub
Sports are just as much about building connections as they are about getting active. Courtclub's mobile app transforms public basketball courts into accessible entry points for neighborhood sports. Communities are formed around each court, creating relevant and localized connections between players. For existing organized groups, the app offers an efficient alternative by eliminating the need for administrative tasks.

Equip
The future of sports is something we build together, and it’s our job to ensure it's sustainable, fair, and circular. Equip's offers a circular solution through sports equipment rental via connected lockers. Their mobile app allows players to access equipment anytime, anywhere, with the ability to book and unlock stations via their phones. By promoting physical activity and providing real-time data to cities, they help communicate and encourage active lifestyles.

FC Urban
FC Urban breaks down barriers for participating in football matches through their app that fits games into your schedule. By removing fixed team obligations, they provide flexibility with unique spots reserved for 5-a-side games. Their algorithm dynamically forms teams, ensuring fun and balanced matches. Players can track comprehensive stats, including goals and wins, for a personalized football experience.

JOIN
JOIN's platform empowers cyclists to enhance their performance and track their progress with tailored training programs. Their platform engages users by offering a range of activities and programs tailored to different fitness levels and interests. JOIN’s platform adapts to show how fitness develops over time and provides insights on workout execution for continuous improvement.

Mingle Sport
Mingle Sport's app cultivates camaraderie among amateur athletes, making grassroot games even more enjoyable. They combine grassroots apps, hardware, and all the necessary tools into a single app offering team management, enhanced stats, AI tracking, and content sharing for all. This comprehensive app covers the full social network of a team, including players, staff, parents, and fans.

Monkey Moves
Monkey Moves understands that the love of sports and activity begins early in life. They offer hands-on tools for parents and programs for children starting at 18 months of age. They provide multisport classes aimed at one hour of play and coaching. Their Play app helps parents stay active with their children at home. Additionally, they offer an After School Program and a Physically Active Learning program for schools to promote physical activity throughout the day.

Renewaball
Renewaball is making racket sports more sustainable. They repurpose old tennis and padel balls to create new, circular ones. Made from 100% sheep wool from Yorkshire and Norway, Renewaballs are fully biodegradable and contain no microplastics. These balls are ITF, FEP, and IPF approved and have a 29% lower carbon footprint than other brands. Renewaball is also B Corp certified.

Sport BUFF
Sport BUFF‘s interactive platform elevates the fan experience, fostering connections and enriching sports engagement. They offer a next-generation fan experience by developing a solution for real-time engagement with fans. They enable viewers to interact with content through polls, quizzes, trivia, chat, and ratings, fostering a sense of community.

Sportall
Sportall is an end-to-end content management and streaming platform dedicated to sports events, offering professional services for operating digital streaming platforms. By enabling rights holders to become their own media through innovative business models, Sportall revolutionizes the sports streaming market. Their platform empowers sports organizations to reach a global audience, increasing sports engagement and visibility.

The start ups joining the Sports Innovation League kick off the program in July, where they’ll receive training and workshops, mentorship, and ecosystem support. The program will culminate in a final event in October to showcase their progress.

About Sports Innovation League

At Sports Innovation League, we’re committed to working with innovative startups that are ready to tackle the challenges the Dutch sports industry faces. That’s why we’ve teamed up with NOC*NSF, the umbrella organization for sports in the Netherlands, and Rockstart, a leading VC-accelerator, to launch a four-month sports innovation program. Together, we're on a mission to discover top-tier solutions that empower and inspire Dutch society to embrace and enjoy sports.

The program supports up to ten startups in their commercialization and growth journey, leveraging Sports Innovation League’s extensive network, capabilities, and resources. We guide these startups through challenging growth phases, with potential financing or further investment opportunities. Our program is tailored to elevate innovative startups, empowering them to drive meaningful change in active and passive sports engagement across the Netherlands.

Why apply?

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Commercialize with Sports Innovation League

Tap into NOC*NSF’s extensive network, including 77 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and 17 associated organizations. This network represents more than 24,000 sports clubs and 5,2 million Dutch people involved in sports to plug your innovation

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Access Funding Opportunities

Explore opportunities with Sports Innovation League and Rockstart, as well as their respective networks of international investors.

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Leverage Industry and Strategic Expertise

Access a network of experts tailored to your needs, who will support you throughout the program.

Who should apply to Sports Innovation League?

Sports Innovation League seeks European-based startups with existing hardware or software solutions or an internationally proven concept that can be localized to the Dutch market. We’re interested in sports and movement initiatives that have undergone validation and are ready for scaling. These initiatives should have a lasting impact on both active and passive sports experience in recreational sports, elite sports, and/or self-healthcare. Additionally, they should make a measurable contribution to the selected goals of the Dutch Sportagenda 2032:

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Elevate Dutch sports participation

12 million Dutch people engage in sports and physical activities at least 3x a week.

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Expand Dutch sports engagement

14 million Dutch people enjoy games, races, matches, competitions, and events weekly as either participants or supporters.

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Increase enjoyment of sports

Dutch sports lovers, volunteers, supporters, and elite athletes demonstrate higher levels of enjoyment in sport.

Key dates

Registrations open March 26th - April 23rd
Selection interviews
May 6th - May 15th
Onboarding June 10th - June 17th
Deep dive week 1 July 8th - July 12th
Deep dive week 2 August 5th - August 9th
Deep dive week 3 September 9nd - September 13th
Deep dive week 4 October 7th - October 11th
Final event October 11th
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