Next up on the IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute podcast is a conversation with Dr. Cheri Bradish from Canada’s Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Bradish is the Director of the Future of Sport Lab, which is the focus of this episode. Dr. Bradish explains the concept of both incubators and accelerator programs and, in doing so, discusses the importance of having a community and network of sport innovators as more companies look to be entrepreneurial in the sport industry.
The Future of Sport Lab (FSL) is a collaborative lab and incubator for sport innovation and research. The lab is a vision supported and co-managed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), one of the world’s premier sport and entertainment companies, and Ryerson University, Canada’s most vibrant educational institution. The objective of the FSL is to be Canada’s global leader in sport innovation, creating a sport ecosystem anchored by innovation and entrepreneurship, that will connect premier Canadian sport properties, industry partners, experts, faculty and students. FSL fosters innovative sport solutions and technologies as well as related insights and programming across a variety of disciplines, from fan engagement to sport science.
FSL just announced the newest five companies to join their accelerator program. Click the company links below to learn more about these innovative companies working with the FSL.
- ProWire (Toronto / New York) – Delivers in-venue, real-time audio channels streamed directly to a fan’s phone
- Zone7 (Tel Aviv, Israel / Palo Alto, CA ) A human performance platform that empowers and protects the health, potential and longevity of athletes through Artificial Intelligence
- Mission Control (St. Louis, MO) – An esports platform where people can create and join recreational video game leagues with friend
- Feidao (Montreal, PQ) – A mobile e-commerce, ticketing and travel platform designed to help Chinese visitors make the most of their stay in Canada
- StreamLayer (Chicago, IL) – An audience engagement platform for OTT services