EPSI is a Non for profit European association (ASBL) located in Brussels (Belgium).
The European Platform for Sport Innovation is a Membership-based networking organisation focusing on innovation in the areas of physical activity, sport, leisure, health and many more.
EPSI Vision: “Leading Sport Innovation Globally”
the European Platform for Sport Innovation is an Accelerator of innovation in the area of physical activity/sport, related to Leisure, transport, education, turism environment, construction and health in Europe.
– EPSI strives for a more innovation-friendly environment to stimulate businesses development with a focus on the quadruple Helix: business, academia, government and end consumers –
- To Influence Policy makers at European, National and regional level to increase political attention to world Sport
- To Increase public investments into sport
- To Inform its members on European/national financial opportunities through call for proposals and public tenders
- To Kick start, coordinate and manage European/national project developments and project execution.
- To Create business opportunities among its members and other relevant stakeholders
3 NETWORKING and EVENT ORGANIZATION
- Event Management: EPSI is a benchmark within the European Sport sector for the organisation of international Conferences, Summits and Matchmaking Events crucial for its Networking activities. Below ( or HERE) an Aftermovie of one of the event to give a practical overview on the quality of contents.
- Networking Organization
EPSI functions as a networking organization for and between its members. In the coming years activities will be focused on following items:
- Organizing activities and events to tackle and harvest chances and needs for innovation for the sector. Sources for innovation will be based on the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) but also on public health needs and on innovation opportunities provided by the organization of top sport events
- Share and disseminate information (e.g. project results, new knowledge, innovation programmes and innovation chances) to the members by e.g. organizing of workshops, seminars, website and newsletters.
- Elaboration of the network (by strengthening the connections to the sports industry and by increasing transparency in the knowledge network)
- Putting forward the sports industry agenda on innovation and research towards the European Commission and national governments
EPSI will be flexible and open to providing other activities and services which may be required to achieve its primary aim.
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 industry-sports-innovation partners throughout the EU. Members of EPSI typically come from sports industry, 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 stake holders
Direct links to industry
EPSI is directly linked to the industrial needs and agenda. It is supported by FESI (Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry) and 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
“Leading Sport Innovation Globally”
EPSI strives to achieve a more innovation-friendly environment for the sports industry in the EU in order to stimulate technological innovation and establish businesses based on innovation technology. To accomplish this, EPSI does the following:
- Encourages networking between high tech companies, SMEs, universities and research organisations as in addition to other interested parties
- Develops and fosters a durable and innovation friendly / innovation stimulating environment for the entire EU Sports movement
- Initiates activities among its members to respond to regional, national and European calls for proposals with the aim of finalising certain innovation projects
- Contributes to the dissemination of new knowledge and innovation opportunities / trends for its members
The platform focuses its activities on innovation in the area of physical activity related to sport leisure and health such as:
- Sporting goods, footwear/ apparel and hardware
- Performance, monitoring and enhancement apparatus
- Sports facilities, sport surfaces and equipment
- Sports nutrition, health and physical activity
In 2006, organisations from the Sports industry, Sports and R&D organisations throughout the EU joined together in a European project, entitled the Innosport.eu initiative (www.innosport.eu). This project was established under the European sixth Framework Program (FP6) in order to deal with the challenges that the EU sports sector faces, by carrying out:
- Ways of dealing with fragmentation and focus research
- Increasing innovative power in the sector
- Combining national and European approaches in Sports R&D&I
- Incorporating opportunities which come out due to emerging technologies
Within the Innosport.eu project, a position paper of the sector and an innovation roadmap with trends and innovation lines for future developments in the sector was conceived. The information was brought together in a joint vision for the sector looking towards 2015, resulting in a strategic research agenda (SRA). The Innosport.eu project created an awareness that innovation and collaboration throughout the EU in the sports sector is of paramount importance and that a link has to be made between commercial/economical and public goals within the EU community concerning health, sustainability and innovation. But most of all: the Innosport.eu project created the positive energy and collaborative attitude of key organisations throughout the EU, which enabled them to participate in further development and innovation.
The results of the Innosport.eu project were summarised in a booklet “building a future of Europe Sports Innovation”. The end of the Innosport.eu project marked the start of the European Platform for Sport and Innovation, EPSI.
EPSI was initiated from the Innosport.eu partners at the first European conference on Sports and Innovation in the spring of 2008. Since than EPSI has organised a series of workshops which have lead to several innovation projects and international collaborations. EPSI is the official representative of the sports industry on innovation and research to the European Commission.
In December 2010, EPSI became an ASBL (Association Sans But Lucratif, non profit association), under Belgian law with founding members from several organisations and institutes from all over Europe. An ever increasing number of members have since joined the EPSI network.