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Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy Hosts 2nd Annual Demo Day Bringing New Jobs and Economic Growth

Posted by: Ian Park
Posted: October 8, 2020
Categories: IndyHub

Ten promising sports-tech startups are sharing their vision virtually to investors on October 8 at 1 pm EST through Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy Demo Day. The startups will share how their companies plan to further disrupt their respective industries by validating their ability to generate returns on investment. Additionally, for the first time in Techstars Demo Day history, it’s open to the public, allowing locals to stay up to date on what’s going on in the city, while young professionals and industry leaders alike can learn about Indy’s startup, sports, and tech innovation at hand. 

Demo Day is the perfect culmination to bring together the 20- and 30-somethings of Indy to hear about promising startups who’ve gained traction by utilizing local resources and networks, including Techstars’ founding partners Next Level Fund, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, NCAA, and Indiana Sports Corp, and supporting partners the Indianapolis Colts, NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

From eSports, fan engagement, fitness and nutrition, AI and robotics, sports media and athleisure- these 10 startups are an exciting mix of technologies seeking to revolutionize the sports industry for years to come. Each company was carefully selected to participate in the 3-month Techstars Sports Accelerator program that teams them up with over 175 sports industry experts to help them grow their companies. 

Consistent with most of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind for the Techstars Sports Accelerator, as they sought out startups that have the potential to thrive in, and be adaptable to the ongoing struggle many companies have faced. The Techstars Sports 2020 class includes six startups located in the United States, two companies based in Europe, and two more from Tel Aviv, Israel and Bogota, Colombia. The founders include a diverse group, including several women-led companies, immigrants, Latino CEO’s, and former professional athletes.

The 2020 Techstars Sports Class includes:

  • ZoneIn: The first platform that is customized to the workout schedule and body needs of every athlete. 
  • Fitnescity: Fitnescity partners with leading labs, hospitals and local clinics nationwide to offer consumer-facing lab tests for fitness, nutrition and performance —both at home and in-person throughout all 50 states. 
  • Tennibot: Patented robot using AI to automatically find and retrieve tennis balls, saving players and coaches to spend 20% more time. 
  • Beastcoast: an eSports organization that puts a focus on player interests, well-being, and happiness while offering a wide variety of esports titles. 
  • Esportudo: Sports media company focused on the underserved Latino sports fan, the first platform to focus on Spanish and Portuguese sports fans. 
  • Reza: Cutting edge high-tech, high-fashion sneaker that connects to Bluetooth for color-changing heels. 
  • F2K: Professional eSports and streaming entertainment organization. 
  • Locker: Reinventing sports media for dedicated fans. 
  • SensSwim: The first and only company to record, measure and analyze swimmers metrics in real-time, using video only. 
  • Rebus: Helps events, and sports teams, generate revenue and increase fans through unique ancillary experiences. 

The accelerator decided on the Indianapolis location after a push from the local government and some of Indy’s incredibly accessible (and give-first oriented) startup community, partnered with its significant-tech industry job growth, more than double the U.S. average at 18.4%- a great opportunity for young professionals to launch their careers. With Indianapolis is ranked as the #6 fastest growing metro across U.S. & Canada and it’s established a reputation as one of the top sports hubs in the U.S, many of the Techstars Sports Accelerator companies are utilizing the Indy market to help launch their companies, including Beastcoast, Rebus, Tennibot, and more. 

Not only will Demo Day allow you to hear from the founders, but also from Indy leaders such as Pacers Owner and NBA alternate governor Steve Simon, President of Indiana Sports Corporation, Ryan Vaughn, and Senior Vice President of 50 South Capital, Aaron Gillum. 

To join Demo Day and get a firsthand view of the latest sports technology companies and the new economic opportunity coming to Indy, you can register here.

Meet Ian Park

Ian is an Indy local who graduated from IUPUI’s Sports Management program and has worked with multiple Indianapolis Sports organizations, finding his role within sports tech startups.

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