HYPE Global Virtual Accelerator – Loughborough (UK) for Sustainability in Sports

Take your sportstech business from startup to game changer

June 2, 2020
Loughborough University, London



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Up to 25 startups will participate in a 2 day Bootcamp, where they pitch in front of the selection committee


Program Kickoff

Up to 12 startups will be selected to take part in the HYPE SPIN® Virtual Accelerator


Demo Day

Pitch your startup before a crowd of global sports brands, clubs and investors as part of the 28th EASM Conference!

Key mentors

Jordi Cruyff

Head coach, Ecuador national football team. Advisory board member, HYPE Capital

Ralf Reichert


Michael Broda

Chairman, Delta Capital

Sebastien Audoux

Head of Digital Sport Canal+

Gerard Klein

Former GM Asics Footwear

Uli Becker

Ex President & CEO Reebok

Bernd Wahler

Ex CMO adidas, Ex President VfB Stuttgart

Yair Seroussi

Ex-Chairman Bank Hapoalim

Gayatri Sarkar

Fund Managing Partner HYPE Capital

Amir Raveh

President & Founder HYPE S.I.

James Skinner

Director: Institute for Sport Business Loughborough University

Ryan Mccumber

Founder & CEO at Sports Tech.ai

Yossi Sela

Managing Partner, Gemini Ventures

Alain Krzentowski

Founder Krzentowski finances

Federico Winer

Innovation Consultant, HYPE Board member

Steve Schuster

CEO Rainier Communication

Marion Reichel

1.FC Köln Innovation Management

Philipp Klotz

CEO & Co-Owner SPONSORs Verlag GmbH

Philipp Liesenfeld

FC Köln, Head of Corporate Development and Internationalization

Alexander Müller

CEO, SK Gaming E-Sport

Sam X. Li

Head of International Business Strategy, Sina Sports

Danny Fok

Head of Business Development Asia, Sportradar

Etienne Fretault


Marco Villela

Innovation Design & Prototyping Leader, Decathlon
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Absolutely. Applications are welcome from outside the hosting region and country. If you see yourself as high potential company in the areas of sports-innovation, do apply. Some of our programs may offer travel and support assistance as well.

We are looking for sports innovation companies with the highest potential for growth and return on investment. Selected startups cover a wide range of sectors, product stages and sizes. Whilst significant revenue is a strong validation of your business model, we still value other metrics to assess your growth potential.

We are excited about working with founders who are really passionate about solving a big problem and have taken the first steps to building something that customers find valuable. While we have found that teams with multiple co-founders are able to dramatically improve their positioning and offering following the program, we do occasionally invest in single founders. Typically a single founder has a product with customer traction and is actively seeking a co-founder, which is something we can also help you with.

We are looking to identify great founders who are proposing products that solve real problems or create meaningful innovations. We rate applications mainly according to your market segment and potentials, quality of founders and teams, revenue model and a technical assessment.

The duration of the accelerator program is 5 month, including the Bootcamp period. In some of our programs, after this period, few teams may be invited to stay in the accelerator premises and will enjoy our facilities and networking for an extended duration.

While HYPE SPIN Accelerator is a major commitment, we do not require that you be primarily based onsite during the entire program. The program is made up of components of onsite and virtual support. In most programs, we expect up to 4 onsite visits will be required for the Bootcamp, Program kickoff, mid-program reality checks and the Demo Day. All other activities, seminars and mentoring will be supported virtually.

In most programs, co-working space for the program duration (within certain team size constraints) will be available.n

We typically don’t directly provide accommodation as part of the program. However, we do provide in-depth support to help you find accommodation so the moving process as painless as possible.

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