90 startups from up to 32 different countries across the globe have submitted their candidacy for the WFS StartCup by GSIC, the international startup competition that aims to locate the best sportech projects and/or startups with innovative solutions that can impact the sports industry in general, and football in particular.
Spain, the UK and the USA are the countries that have submitted most candidacies this year, while Fan Engagement & Experience has been the most popular category. 23 percent of the startups are offering solutions focused on this area.
In the coming days, the jury will deliberate and decide the 16 projects that will be awarded the right to pitch their projects during WFS Live on July 9th. The eight finalists will be announced on July 27th and will have the chance to pitch in the next WFS online summit, in which the winner will be announced.
This will be the fifth edition of the WFS StartCup. In its four previous editions this competition received over 800 applications from startups around all the world. 30 of them had the opportunity to present their solutions to the world’s industry leaders at World Football Summit events.
Thermohuman, 3D Digital Venue, YBVR and GameReady, winners of the four previous editions respectively, have since gained great notoriety in the sportech ecosystem. All four of them are currently working with top international sports entities such as LaLiga, NBA, Ligue 1, Australia Open, MLB, MLS, Mutua Madrid Open, Davis Cup, Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Wembley Stadium or Atlético de Madrid, among others.
“Having had the fortune to participate and win the StartCup has been an immense help for us. It is difficult to measure the impact, but it has certainly helped us improve our positioning and brand image, and that is something very valuable in a project like ours,” said ThermoHuman founder Ismael Fernández in a recent interview.