A Champions League for Startups
The European Super Angels Club (ESAC) is setting up what football achieved in the 1950s: A “super league”, in which national champions from Europe compete against each other. In figures, this means we evaluated 1.000 startups, out of which 63 were analysed in depth, 21 startups were invited to pitch live, and six finalists have been selected out ouf those 21.
Winning the European SportsTech Award is an achievement and members as well as startups are equally nervous about the finals on 25th November held in Vienna.
Our initiative builds a bridge and eventually aims to connect all European startup hubs. The European venture and startup market is still very fragmented, which is an issue for startups and investors alike. The best talents struggle to gain visibility on a continental level, while investors have a hard time finding strong co-investors. According to the KPMG Venture Pulse Report, the United States invested six times more ($52,7B) in the second quarter of 2019 than the whole of Europe ($8,7B).
We can only tackle this deficit through more collaboration. We shouldn’t argue if Berlin or London is the better hub. Europe should rather join forces and enable more talents to succeed within the continent! That is what European Super Angels Club aims to achieve. We are building bridges between hubs and award the greatest talents in tech year after year.
Expert Jury for the SportsTech Awards
At the finals, investors and sports fans will see all national champions pitch on stage and answer questions of our esteemed jury Alexander Lena, CEO of SportsWorld, headquartered in London, Paul Schif, Managing Director of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in Germany and Austria, Thomas Kolbabek, Business Angel and Former CTO at Greentube, and Benjamin Penkert, founder of Berlin-based company SportsTechX. The jury, with help of the audience, will decide who is going to be the European Sportstech Startup of the year 2019!
SportsTech Award United Kingdom
Our British finalist is Playerdata. The sports data service provider convinced our impartial jury consisting of Prof. Steve Otto (CTO at R&A), Paul Carlyle (Partner at Shepherd & Wedderburn), and David Hunter (CEO of ShotScope).
SportsTech Award France
France was for the first time on our event schedule! In Paris, our jury members Etienne Boutan (Managing Director at Heex Technologies), Olivier Edwards (Senior Counsel at Orrick), and David Lambert (Partner at Angelsquare) choose Runnin’City as the winner. The company will present its smartphone app in Vienna, which enables walkers and runners to discover more than 200 cities around the world.
SportsTech Award Germany
SportsTech Award Switzerland
The last national competition took place in Switzerland. A big thank you to Daniel Dätwyler (Zürcher Kantonalbank), Simon Enderli (Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation), and Françoise Birnholz (Business Angel) for supporting us as jury members.