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. Those that are selected by the SSAC committee will have the opportunity to present their products and/or services to potential customers, business partners, investors, and employees. This year Microsoft for Startups will be sponsoring the event, with the winner of competition receiving a substantial prize.
This year, the competition will be held in-person and each finalist will be able to pitch to a panel of judges at the conference. The judges will include an executive from Microsoft for Startups,and professionals in investing and academia.
Past participants include successful organizations such as ShotTracker, Noah Basketball, Nex Team, and many others that have leveraged their exposure to industry thought-leaders to successfully raise larger funding rounds.
The application can be found here. We will be accepting applications until February 11th.
The 2022 SSAC Startup Competition and Trade Show will take place on March 4-5th 2022.
Trade Show Booth: Each participating startup will be given a booth to showcase its product or service to conference attendees.
Startup Competition: Each startup will present a 5 minute pitch for the judging panel of industry experts and investors. Startups should explain how their companies are revolutionizing the sports industry. Contestants may field questions from the panel if time permits.
In order to participate in the startup competition and trade show companies must meet the following criteria:
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 prize from Microsoft for Startups.
The SSAC committee will distribute additional Trade Show Booth guidelines to participants.
Please be prepared to 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.
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.