Europe Accelerates Innovation In Sport
Non for profit European association (ASBL) based in Brussels (Belgium).
Membership-based networking organisation, focused on innovation in sport, leisure, health, tourism and more.
Striving for a more innovation-friendly environment to stimulate businesses development.
RELEVANCE OF SPORT
Sport is beneficial to both health and social relationships, but its economic significance is growing. A 2012 study calculated that the direct effects of sport, combined with its multiplier effects, added up to 3% (294.36 billions of euros) of overall gross value added in the EU.
Sport, in its different forms, is identified as driver for economic growth and it is embedded with sectors such as tourism, health and transport. For the EU as a whole, total employment generated by sport activities is 7.3 millions and is equivalent to 3.5% of total EU employment.
As a relatively new sector, sport is generally regarded as being an early adopter of new ideas and innovations. Sport can help specific business sectors to develop, depending on the characteristics of sport demand and supply in a specific country.
EPSI business model focuses on the quadruple Helix: business, academia, public authorities and end-consumers.
WHAT WE OFFER
EPSI Legal structure
EPSI is a non profit association (ASBL) located in Brussels (Belgium)
Network of networks
EPSI is a networking organization. Its core is a network of national sports and innovation networks thus representing the ecosystem-sports-innovation partners throughout the EU.
Direct link to Sport Eco-System
EPSI is directly linked to the industrial needs and agenda. It is supported by several national sports and innovation networks. Each of these networks holds direct relations to the sport sector.
EPSI is a membership organization with a president, general assembly and board. Day-to-day activities are lead by two executive directors.
- Alberto Bichi
- Rene Wijlens
Members of EPSI typically come from sports eco-system, universities and academia, Sport research institutes, consumer health and safety organisations, medical and teaching hospitals, educational institutes, public authorities, national sports innovation contact points and other relevant stakeholders.
Since its foundation, EPSI has been characterised by six main values:
- Networking and mutual support;
- Resource efficiency;
- Open Innovation.
We aim to make Europe accelerate innovation in sport. This becomes “real” through:
- trends settings;
- innovation workshops and competitions;
- strategic announcements;
- key facts and figures;
- strategic partnerships;
- forefront of European Networks.