YOUR TICKET TO A PILOT 

WITH TOP SPORTS BRANDS

Secure your place in the Global Virtual Accelerator 2.0

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In this new reality, sports need innovation more than ever. 

Early 2020, HYPE Sports Innovation teamed up with the biggest sports brands to create 

the first GVA with the mission of solving the Sports industry’s real challenges in this new reality. 

Our GVA 2.0 Partners

ALL PARTNERS ARE COMMITTED TO SELECTING 1+ WINNING PILOT

SPORTS TECH VERTICALS

(Click on each vertical to see their specific challenges)

Clubs & Federations

Media & Broadcasting

Esports & Gaming

Motorsports

Performance & Fitness

Sports Betting

Winter Sports

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

A Focused 

3 month Program

Unprecedented Opportunity to Scale Fast

Secure a Pilot

with a leading sports brand

Connect with investors and VC's

1-on-1 Sessions with

Expert Mentors in your field

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Borja Varela

Marisa Reich

Ryan McCumber

Gerard Klein

Alberto Garriga Bugallo

Former Head of Events

Infront Sports & Media

Founder and CEO at

SportsTech.AI

Former GM Footwear at

ASICS

Former Director at

Liberty Global

Former Manager a

Red Bull Air Race

Media & Broadcasting

Clubs & Federations

Verticals

Performance  & Fitness

Vertical

Esports & Gaming

Sports Betting

Verticals

Motor Sports

Vertical

Winter Sports

Vertical

LEAD MENTORS

Meet the lead mentors amongst the 50+ mentors that will accompany the startups during the program

Claude Ruibal

Chairman of the Board

HBS

Jason Chung

Executive Director of Esports

University of New Haven

Jerome De Chaunac

Managing Director Americas

Paris Saint Germain

Sarah Lewis

2000-2020 Secretary General

International Ski Federation

Chris Golier

Vice President

National Hockey League

Brian Esposito

Founder

Esposito Intellectual Enterprise

Jerome Hiquet

Former CMO

Formula E

Jean Leclercq

Former GM

NIKE

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Sebastian Soria

CCO at

Cruzados SADP

Lorin Hamlin

Innovation Partnerships at Under Armour

Jimmy Lynn

Co-founder and Vice-President at Kiswe Mobile

Marion Reichel

Innovation Management, at 1.FC Köln

Sean Walker

CTO at 

Philadelphia Phillies

Ivan Filletti

Chief Operating Officer at GamingMalta

Alexander Müller

Owner at

SK Gaming

Moritz Michael Mücke


Head of Digital Innovations at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga

Tom Waller

SVP Advanced Innovation, Chief Science Officer at lululemon

Ralf Reichert

Co CEO at

ESL

Juan Iraola

Chief Innovation Officer at Real Sociedad and Sports Innovation Alliance

Philipp Liesenfeld

Head of Corporate Development and Internationalization, 1.FC Köln

Wim Sweldens

Co-Founder 

at Kiswe Mobile

Matt Gardner

Vice President, Digital Media & Emerging Technology at St. Louis Blues

Guido Murguia

Director / CFO 

at Caliente Interactive

Christoph Winterling


Commercial and Marketing Director presso at 

FC Bologna

Jonathan Krumholz

Partnership Sales Executive at Wolves

Pietro Marini

Group Head of Innovation 

at Deltatre

Trees De Bruyne

Director Bark.today, Startup Mentor, VRT

François Vasseur

Marketing Director at Federation Française de Football

Glen Killane

Executive Director at Eurovision Sport

Richard Pepper

Head of Digital at Wolves

Ricardo Zapata

Marketing Director at 

Club Atlético Nacional

Kris Knief

Director of Business Intelligence, Vegas Golden Knights

GVA 2.0 TIMELINE

1

Startup Selection - January

Applications reviewed by selection committee based on specific verticals criteria

2

Shortlist Reveal - Early February


Startups selected for the GVA 2.0 shortlist are invited 

to the partners challenges presentation 

3

Partners Challenges Presentation - February

The partners present their club’s / team/federations 

specific challenges to startups for potential pilots

Startup Pitch Days - End of February


The startups present their pitches, with their 

specific solutions for the GVA 2.0 Partner

4

5

Selection Show - Early March

The big announcement! Which start ups advance to the next round of the program and are selected to scope out potential pilots.

6

Program Begins - March 15th


Selected startups begin their GVA 2.0 Journey with HYPE 

and begin 1-1 session with selected partners.

7

Demo Day - TBD

Celebration of all startups, partner pilot 

selections and program highlights