Introducing the Sport Innovation Summit Start-Up Program

The rapid change in digital technology is also spreading to the sports industry, bringing a difference like never before.
Technology is taking sports experience to a whole new level; the concept of smart venues, implementation of referee-assisting technologies, training based on scientific analysis, establishing fan communities through social media and watching sports in VR. These evolutions are to clearly influence the relationship between society and sports.

We at the Sport Innovation Summit (SiS), where latest sports innovations from around the world are discussed, have organized a program that calls for innovative ideas from companies and individuals that will bring change to future of sports, giving an opportunity to present those ideas to venture capitals.

We look forward to your ideas that will bring another revolution to the world of sports.


Sport Innovation Summit Start-Up Program Application Guidelines

■Eligibility requirements
Company with capital less than JPY10,000,000 established within 5 years, or individuals

■How to apply
Send the following to info@sis.news by email:
-Description of the idea you wish to present (in any format)
-Company name (applicant name) and contact information (address/phone number/email address)

■Applicable language

■Application period
Thursday, October 18, 2018 ~ Friday, November 9, 2018

■Screening schedule
At SiS we wish to provide presentation opportunities for as many applicants as possible.
The executive committee will review your ideas and contact you with the confirmed presentation schedule.
Since there is a limit to the number of presentations that can be performed, preliminary screenings may be conducted by the executive committee depending on the number of applications.
Screening results will be sent to you via email by Friday, November 16.

Date: Friday, November 30, 1:30 pm ~ (TBC)
Location: SiS event venue – Academyhills, Roppongi Hills
Presentation slot: 15 min/slot

Omar El Zayat

Le Tremplin

Engineering Graduate from UC Berkeley and Arts & Métiers ParisTech, Omar El Zayat started his career as a Financial Auditor at EY, in Paris before starting his company – KROMMATIK – a music co-creation platform. In 2015, Omar joins LE TREMPLIN – the first sports innovation platform by Paris&Co – as head of the incubation program and is currently the director of LE TREMPLIN. During the past 3 years Omar saw the number of startups grow from 17 to 70 and the number of partners from 6 to 26

Kazuhito Goshima

iSGS Investment Works Inc.

After his career in banking focusing on corporate financing, Kazuhito Goshima shifts to engaging venture capital; scouting and investing in portfolio companies, offering management support, taking on fund management as well as setting up its subsidiaries.
In 2006, he joined DeNA Co., Ltd. where he was in charge of M&A, responsible for the acquisitions of Airlink Co., WAPTXLTD, YOKOHAMA DeNA BAYSTARS BASEBALL CLUB, INC., the spin-off of Minnano Wedding Co., Ltd., and initiating many other investments and acquisitions. At the same time, he participated in post-merger integrations as a member of the executive team for domestic and international corporations.
In 2014, he joined COLOPL, Inc. where he continued to engage in venture investments and M&A, with investment achievements such as LANCERS Inc and Fablic, Inc. In October 2015, he assumed his position as CEO and Representative Partner at iSGS Investment Works Inc.

Vicente Fernandez

SportsManias, CEO & Co-Founder

Vicente Fernandez is the co-founder and CEO of SportsManias, the real-time, personalized app for diehard sports fans and fantasy players. SportsManias is partnered with FIFA, PSG, the NFL Players Association, and other top sports entities, consistently ranks as a Top 10 Sports App in the App Store, and features AI-curated sports news feeds and the world’s first animated sports emoji keyboard.
A University of Chicago graduate, Vicente is an award-winning digital media innovator. He has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Magic Johnson’s 32 Under 32, Inc.’s 20 Young Entrepreneurs You Need to Know, Entrepreneur’s 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch, and as a White House Emerging Global Entrepreneur. Vicente leads SportsManias’ product and vision, recognizing opportunities and building innovative products to engage sports fans.

Eiji Uda

Sport Innovation Summit Tokyo 2018 (Executive Chairperson) 

After graduating from Keio University in 1981, Eiji Uda joined IBM Japan, Ltd. and has since engaged in the IT industry for over 35 years. In June 2016, he joined the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. In 2001, he assumed his position as CEO of SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp., and Senior Vice President of salesforce.com, Inc. (US) in 2004. In April 2014, he assumed his position as President of salesforce.com Co., Ltd. (Japan) as well as other titles. Currently, he is the Representative Director and Chairman of Unified Service Co., Ltd., Chairman and CEO of Yext.com Japan, Director of 4U Lifecare Inc., Outside Director of transcosmos inc., as well as Executive Advisor for multiple international IT corporations and Special Advisor of domestic IT SMEs.