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! Scroll below to see the finalists for the 2019 competition.

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.

2019 MIT SLOAN SPORTS ANALYTICS CONFERENCE Startup Competition & Trade Show


The following companies are competitors in the Fan Experience Track of the Startup Competition:

EV Analytics EV Analytics provides cutting-edge sports analytical data including real-time odds, proprietary predictive models, & advanced software tools
FanAI, Inc. FanAI Revolutionizes the way businesses use data to engage with their fans by building and growing actionable relationships
Event Dynamic Event Dynamic’s technology is the most sophisticated ticket pricing and distribution system on the market. Our technology leverages the power of artificial intelligence and multi-platform distribution to automate pricing updates and maximize revenue by increasing attendance.
FanCheer Interactive, Inc. FanCheer makes watching live televised sports an interactive experience.
StatRookie   StatRookie trains fans and athletes into analytics all-stars. From analyzing box scores to developing algorithms; we can up your game.
Valorafutbol FAN DATA ANALYSIS – We help all football stakeholders in the process of knowing Fans better.
StatsHelix StatsHelix is a technology company that enhances gaming experiences using data from games, with a focus on esports.

The following companies are competitors in the Sports Tech Track of the Startup Competition:

GAMEFACE.AI AI that truly understands sports, fully autonomous real-time statistical and performance data capture from match footage
Perch Perch uses computer vision and machine learning to solve the problems of those who strength train today and will enable the gym of the future, tomorrow
PlatypusNeuro Platypus Neuro translates cutting-edge neuroscience discoveries into practical tools and programs that measurably enhance human performance.
TrinityVR TrinityVR recreates real-life baseball pitchers in VR, allowing players to simulate at-bats and enhance pitch recognition skills.
Optimal Player Solutions LLC OPS is revolutionizing sports with AI software that helps teams bridge the gap between their data & more informed player trade decisions.
Signality AB Signality is an AI platform that powers soccer experiences by delivering unique analytics, insights, and visual overlays in real time.
Output Sports Output Sports shrink athlete performance analytics in to a wearable so coaches can truly understand athletes and optimize performance.
Uplift Labs

Uplift’s Movement Intelligence provides a 360° kinematic view of athletes. Without wearables, we help them achieve peak performance in real-time using
only cameras, where and when it matters most.