Australia The Silicon Valley of Global Sports Technology

One of the fastest growing industry sectors – Sports Tech, will become the focus of the business and sporting world, during the Australian Sports Technology Week in Melbourne on August 9th and 10th, 2018.

Sports technology is one of Australia’s emerging export economic giants and Australian’s will come to understand why during two days of interaction and education showcasing Australia’s greatest Sports Tech companies and emerging start-ups. A Sports Start-up Day, Awards ceremony, and the largest Sports Tech conference in Asia, all form part of the Australian Sports Technology Week. With 1,500+ attendees across all events, the Week will lay the foundations for Australia’s own "Silicon Valley" of Global Sports Technology by 2030 - pioneering jobs and economic growth throughout the Asia-Pacific. At the intersection of what looms as one of the country’s major export earners, are Data, Digital, Technology, Sports, Media, Entertainment, Performance and eSports companies all contributing to a new world of economic growth and prosperity for Australia.

James Demetriou, Executive Chairman of the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), said the Australian Sports Technology Industry continues to evolve into a thriving and emerging economic powerhouse. “We have demonstrated globally through our innovative smarts and ingenuity, why Australian Sports Tech companies are the most sought-after companies in the world.

Companies like Catapult Sports, 2xU, Rosterfy, Champion Data, Fusion Sports, DorsaVi, Genius Sports Tech, Sponserve, Vald Performance and KangaTech to name some, are global companies leading the way in sports technology and science and human performance are all part of the ASTN ecosystem.

“We continue to demonstrate globally why we lead the way in sports tech and why other countries like the US, European countries, Israel and China seek to lure our talent away. As a nation, we have to support and nurture our home-grown talent. Our knowledge in how we develop start-ups to grow the way they have as amazing companies is testimony to how successful our programs are,” Mr Demetriou said. Mr Demetriou added that the ATSN manta, “born global or die local” also reflects the importance of this growth mindset and the pathway that ASTN has built and used by many of its sports technology companies.

John Persico, CEO of Vumero Sports & Founder of the Australia Sports Analytics Conference, said the growth of sports tech in Australia has delivered outstanding outcomes and amazing companies that have scaled globally.

“Australia has seen a progression of brilliance amongst some of the most shining lights, and this is all due to the establishment of a start-up culture and ecosystem that places support, development and investment as its key priority,” Mr Persico said. According to Mr Persico, the skies the limit for Australia’s Sport Tech industry and what is required is strong support and further investment from both State and Federal Government and Corporate Australia.

“If sport tech in Australia is to continue to maintain its global status of eminence then we can’t take our eyes off the ball.” Media enquiries: Tarik Bayrakli 0488 900 575

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09 Aug 2018