After three intense selection days, the first cohort for the Qatar SportsTech Accelerator Program has now been selected. The level shown by each of the 21 shortlisted startups has exceeded our expectations in every way possible.
Aside from the 21 startups, we had the pleasure of hosting 40 mentors from the most influential sporting and innovation organisations in Doha as well as international supporting programs, such as Le Tremplin, Wylab and Startupbootcamp. The local players include our valued partners from QDB, the Supreme Committee of Deliverance and Legacy, Aspire Zone Foundation, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and QFC as well as other supporting organisations such as Qatar Tennis Federation, Qatar Football Association, Al Shaqab, The Olympic Committee, Qatar Airways, IBM, Ooredoo, Aspetar, Aspire Academy, Workinton, QCRI, and QBIC.
Mentors and startups got together for one-on-one sessions where they delved into their business models and professional aspirations. The excitement that we have seen from both partners and startups has been encouraging and we look forward to exploring these collaborations further.
So who were selected?
As the name suggests, the ultimate goal of the Selection Days is to select the top 9 startups to join us for the three-month program starting on February 10th. After two packed days of presentations, mentor rotations and networking, we were ready to cast our verdict. Here are the 9 startups that we will be accelerating during the coming months:
Olympia – While digitalization has been changing the world in drastic ways, the practice of recreational sports has remained largely analog. Olympia is working towards revolutionizing the way individual practitioners engage with each other and their sports. Olympia’s AI governed and decentralized platform enables players to easily facilitate matches with each other. By introducing a universal rating system for all players orienting the focus on “Play” rather than fitness.
Horse Analytics – The two apps provided by Horse Analytics empowers horse enthusiasts to improve the health, fitness, and well-being of their horses. PacerApp is a training app that utilises the movement sensors of smartphones to objectively analyse and improve the training of horses. The VitalCam permanently tracks vital signs of horses in a clinic. In case of an emergency, the owner will be immediately alerted.
Performance by P.U.R.E – Millions of children dream of becoming professional athletes. Through a broad assortment of data gathering devices, including a smart ball, P.U.R.E makes it easier than ever to track your progress as a player. P.U.R.E has developed a unique methodology and a facilitating platform that brings together the knowledge, skills, and experience of seasoned professional football players.
Moduu – Combines vital body data tracking and active muscle stimulation to increase the effectiveness of rehab and fitness. Moduu’s sportswear can be worn in everyday life to measure body data and give smooth activation of muscles help the body stay fit and relaxed.
StarsLeague – Centralizes all the most popular football fantasy under one app, identity, and network.
TieSports – A complete set of software tools for racket sports management and engagement. The three tools, Tie Club, Tie Player, and Tie Coach, gives clubs all they need to increase their visibility and manage their activities.
MinglVision – Interactive and personalised live and on-demand streaming solution for sports and music. MinglVision gives viewers direct control over the camera angles used during a match letting them experience the game how they see fit. Through the platform, viewers can seamlessly switch between camera angles, receive real-time notifications and make social interactions such as voting messaging and sharing.
FindaPlayer – A sports participation network which helps the users to organise, find and play sports in their local area. Through the platform, users can rate other players, customize their own availability, build their own local sports network, automatically pick their team, and connect with sporty colleagues and friends.
Creative Bot – A dedicated platform for building, managing and distributing sports chatbots on messaging apps. Sports teams are currently using social networks to engage with their fans. However, organic reach on social media is dead and they don’t own any data. Chatbots offer the unique opportunity to create engaging conversations with the 6 billion users on messaging apps and Creative Bot give sports teams the means to build their own.
Time to look ahead
Now that the team has been set and the sports environment has been primed it is time to look forward to the actual program. Qatar SportsTech will not only be supporting the startups with a top-tier network but also with intense training and mentoring. Our philosophy is to work with each startup from a starting point based on their actual needs.
The program will be customized for the particularity of the individual startups while setting aside generalities and over simplification. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome these world-class teams to Qatar and, in collaboration, boost the SportsTech ecosystem of the region.