Global Innovation in Sports – Startup Awards – Rio 2016

Guest post by HYPE Foundation

With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games just around the corner, we are proud to launch the Global Sport Innovation Competition.

The 'Global Sport Innovation' is an international startup competition bringing together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from all across the globe, focused on building innovative products & technologies that will disrupt the world of sports as we know it.

The competition will take place in Rio de Janeiro, in the midst of the 2016 Olympic Games.

8 innovative startups, each carefully selected to represent a different country, will make it to the finals after going through a rigorous selection and preparation process.

Participating startups will get the opportunity to pitch their ventures before a grand audience comprised of top VCs, angel investors, accelerators, corporate partners and most importantly key players and influential figures from the sports industry.

The winner will be selected by a panel of respected judges and be rewarded with a cash prize and world fame.

Global Sport Innovation Competition – Numbers:

  • 71,000 Innovators
  • 46 Countries
  • 8 Regional Competitions (80 competing start-ups)
  • 8 Finalists at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Event Qualification Date
Applications Open                                  March 25th
Applications Close                                  April 21st
Selection Committee


10 startups selected per region April 22nd
Semi-Finals Regional Acceleration & Training Programs


80 start-ups(8 regions x 10 start-ups each) May 2nd – May 20th
International Regional Competition Events (Semi-Finals)


                               May 23rd – July 1st
Finals International Acceleration & Training Program


8 start-ups(8 regions x 1 winner each) July 4th – July 29th
Global Sport Innovation Finals 2016 Rio Olympic Games August 2nd


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