Startup Competition & Trade Show

2019 Startup Competition & Trade Show

The application period for the SSAC 2019 Startup Competition and Trade Show is now closed. We received a record number of applicants this year, thank you to all who applied!

Read the rules here.



The Startup Competition and Trade Show provides an opportunity for selected startups and small companies to showcase their innovations in the fields of sports-related technologies, products, and services. This year, startups and small companies will be selected by the SSAC committee to present their products and/or services to potential customers, business partners, investors, and employees.



When and where will the SSAC Startup Competition and Trade Show be?

The 2019 SSAC Startup Competition and Trade Show will take place alongside the wider conference in Boston, Massachusetts, from March 1-2, at the Hynes Convention Center!


What does participation in the Startup Competition and Trade Show look like?

Trade Show Booth: All participating startups will be given an allotment of space, in a prime location of the conference, to showcase their product or service to conference attendees for the full duration of both days of the conference. 

Startup Competition: Each startup will have 5 minutes to pitch their business to a judging panel of industry experts and investors. Startups should explain how their company is revolutionizing the sports industry, and there will be a short Q&A session.


What is the eligibility criteria for the Startup Competition and Trade Show?

In order to participate in the startup competition and trade show companies must meet the following criteria: 

  • Will pay the entry fee to participate ($3,500)
  • Have not raised over $15 million, as of date of application
  • Have participated in one or fewer MIT SSAC Startup Competition & Trade Shows
  • Founders of the applying company retain some portion of ownership in the company


What are the benefits of participating in the Startup Competition and Trade Show?

The Trade Show is a valuable networking and business development opportunity for all startup participants. Stakeholders from across the sports industry such as investors, corporate sponsors, media companies, professional athletes, general managers, customers, and more will be among conference attendees.

Winners of the Startup Competition, as determined by our panel of judges, will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize.


Do you have additional information about the Trade Show Booth?

The SSAC committee will distribute additional Trade Show Booth guidelines early next year, but we encourage startups to indicate in their application any special physical constraints or requirements for an optimal exhibition experience.


Do you need a specific type of format for our company logo?

Please provide high-resolution versions of both color and black-and-white renditions of your logo, in both vector (SVG) and raster (PNG or JPG) formats to accommodate all applications across the conference platforms.


Does the MIT SSAC have a social media presence? If so, how can our company interact with the MIT SSAC?

Yes, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Once payment is confirmed, the MIT SSAC will be able to engage with your startup (e.g. follow, retweet) on social media. Therefore, we recommend any public disclosure of your organization’s attendance to be announced after the payment confirmation.


Can you share feedback as to why our organization was not accepted into the Startup Competition & Trade Show?

Unfortunately, our committee cannot provide individual feedback to each organization. Please know that our committee reviews each application and the corresponding application information carefully (e.g. website, startup stage, etc.).

We also evaluate an organization’s alignment with our conference’s mission for advancement in sports analytics. We apologize that we cannot provide additional information, but we encourage that your organization consider applying to future SSAC Startup Competition and Trade Show events, if eligible.



2018 MIT SLOAN SPORTS ANALYTICS CONFERENCE Startup Competition & Trade Show


The following companies are competitors in the Technology Services Track of the Startup Competition:

Fansure Fansure provides fans reassurance that their favorite players will play in the game – or get 50% of their ticket cost back!
FanWide FanWide helps sports fans find the closest watch party or fan club, for any team in any city, while measuring out-of-home TV viewership. LogoBase leverages league and team brand assets, enabling data analytics at the logo level, product automation, and brand compliance.
PlayersVote PlayersVote provides fan-based performance ratings to organizations + teams, bringing the fan much closer to the live game via FB Messenger.
Timecode Archive Inc. We build Narrative Graph – the world’s largest timecode archive on sports and entertainment.
Zegami Zegami is a revolution in data and image exploration that uncovers insights in your player data.

The following companies are competitors in the Performance Devices Track of the Startup Competition:

Boston Biomotion Proteus system revolutionizes the way athletes train and recover, while providing automated tools to monitor and manage player health.
Fit Tech Wearables FTW can visualize human joint kinematics over time, allowing for real-time biomechanical analysis to prevent injury and enhance performance.
MentalRep MentalRep is an AI football playbook simulator that enables a player to practice off the field and will analyze their mental performance.
NEX Team Inc. Built by ex-Apple engineers, is a mobile AI app which understands your basketball shots and games in real time!
Protxx, Inc. Precision wearable sensor platform monitors and reduces cumulative sub-concussive head impact exposure and related orthopedic injury risks.
ShotTracker ShotTracker is a sensor-based solution that autonomously captures real-time statistical and performance data for basketball teams.
TritonWear Inc. Our advanced sports wearables bring the power of sports science to the masses to maximize performance gains and minimize the risk of injury.