EPSI invites you to the Sport Innovation Conference

CO-INNOVATE IN SPORT 2019 – In July a collaboration by the European Platform for Sport Innovation (EPSI) and the Enterprise Europe Network – will explore innovations in relation to new technologies in the sports ecosystem.

It will explore how innovation can be achieved in order to keep up with the continuous quest for performance improvement, how stimulation of active lifestyle can provide business chances, how public authorities can contribute to the innovation ecosystem in the sports sector and aims to support and develop small and medium enterprises (SME), setting up in the sector to achieve innovation in their product and service offerings and provide them with new opportunities for the establishment of joint strategic projects, partnerships and business opportunities.

The registration for this event has two elements:

  • STEP 1: Registration of your attendance through eventbrite
  • STEP 2: Registration to the match-making sessions through EEN Website. 

Please be sure to complete both the steps!!

Through the following link, you can get the tickets for the event. EPSI Members are entitled to a special 50€ discount:


Get your tickets for the EPSI Conference through eventbrite

SportTechMatch by Enterprise Europe Network

The conference will also feature business matchmaking activities (SportTechMatch) powered by the Enterprise Europe Network – also known as business ‘speed dating’ – bringing together businesses and other organisations looking for partners to take their strategical development and projects forward. This formula has a proven track record and is an ideal opportunity to enable participants to share their partnership offers. 

STEP 2: Register to the match-making

Get access to the business “speed date” sessions through EEN Website

Creativity has no limits and in the sports ecosystem, innovation is constant, whether it is to improve the performance of athletes themselves, the stimulation of a healthy and active lifestyle or the fan experience.

Public authorities have grasped the relevance of industrial modernization in the sport sector and the importance of sports for vitality of people. Industry-leading companies – together with their entire valuey chains – invest incessantly in their R&D to keep up in the race to innovate, and new projects with the support of public financing emerge seeking to meet needs that remain to be covered. But if there is something they all have in common, it is technology.

What are the key trends in sports tech innovation and how can public authorities support this? What should a startup have to be considered innovative and successful in the sports ecosystem  today? What are the challenges that an entrepreneur must face in the sports sector? How can new business models be created in the need to stimulate healthy active lifestyle? How can Public Private Partnerships shape the future of business developments in the sport sector? How can businesses matchmaking events kick-start economic growth and employment? What economic spill over effects can be sparked by sport in the associated sectors such as tourism, health, transport, nutrition infrastructure building and others.

Co-Innovate in Sport 2019 will be the place in July 2019 to discuss all these issues, to explore innovations and to meet future partners for cooperation in the sports ecosystem.

Registration and fees

To register your attendance to the conference organised by EPSI, you need to do it through two different steps:

On this page you can find in details this two-steps procedure:

*Payments must be done on forehand through the online payment module: it is a mandatory passage to get access to the conference venue.  EPSI Members are entitled to a special discount of 50 €.

Event language

The event language is English.


The full programme of the conference is available here (Agenda).

Accomodation Info

The Co-innovate in Sport 2019 event will take place during an overcrowded week in Brussels. In order to save accomodation costs, we kindly invite participants to book their hotel in advance. Here you can find useful information about how to proceed:

  • Creating an innovation-friendly environment in sports
  • Technology innovation in sports and its impact on business
  • Sports equipment manufacturing innovation process
  • E-sports innovations
  • Big data & digital in sports
  • Funding innovation in 21st century sports
  • Sports innovation and the future of the human-technology interface
  • How stimulation of active lifestyle can provide business chances
  • Public authorities facilitating innovation in the sports sector
  • What does a Startup Need to SUCCEED in the Sports Industry?
  • Early Stage Innovation and Industry-Academia Collaboration
  • Wearable technologies in sports

For whom?

Why to participate?

  • Companies
  • Showcase your most favourable products and projects
  • Research and innovation organisations
  • Meet face-to-face new partners and customers
  • Universities
  • Initiate cross-border contacts and cooperation
  • Sports organisations/associations
  • Find new commercial/technological/research partners
  • Public authorities
  • Present, discuss and develop new projects.
  • SportTechMatch

    An ideal opportunity to initiate promising contacts in pre-arranged meetings

    Here you can find all the useful information about the match-making sessions.

    The conference will feature business matchmaking activities (SportTechMatch) powered by the Enterprise Europe Network – also known as business ‘speed dating’ – bringing together businesses and other organisations looking for partners to take their strategical development and projects forward.

    You can register to the matchmaking sessions through EEN WebsiteThe SportTechMatch organized by the Enterprise Europe Network is free of charge. However for the conference which is organised by EPSI a participation fee is due.

    Before registering to the match-making sessions, remember to register your attendance to EPSI Conference here.

      De Markten

      De Spiegelzaal

      Oude Graanmarkt 5 
      1000 Brussels

      Contact for the CONFERENCE

      European platform for sport innovation

      Alberto S. Bichi
      +32(0)497 477 298

      Contact for the Sporttechmatch

      Enterprise Europe Network partners
      Barbara Andreani

      Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland
      Stan Francke
      +31 (0) 88 042 52 59

      Enterprise Europe Network Vlaanderen
      Pascal Verheye
      +32(0) 2 209 27 38

      EEN Wallonia
      Charlotte Bouillet
      +32 81 71 71 40

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