NEWS
Health, sport and tech leaders join forces to build ‘startup superhighway’
POSTED 26 Jan 2018 . BY Rob Gibson
Three of the leading bodies from the worlds of sport, health and technology will come together to support digital startups change the physical activity landscape
It’s an exciting time for the sector as the collaborative use of data becomes even more essential to providing the consumer with easy, flexible access to engage with sport and activity
– Dave Newton, director of mass markets, Sport England
Leaders from the sport, fitness and technology sectors have unveiled a dynamic collaboration to stimulate growth for digital startups that help people get active.

Three distinct but complementary programmes by London Sport, the Open Data Institute and ukactive, will now be progressed together, with support from Sport England, creating a more joined-up approach.

The bodies will work together to support startups with the aim of tackling physical inactivity, which is estimated to cost the UK £20bn a year and cause 37,000 deaths.

“The sport and physical activity sector continues to evolve and innovate to keep up with the digital expectations of its consumers,” said Dave Newton, director of mass markets at Sport England.

“The creation of this startup superhighway for physical activity innovators is a strong step in the right direction.

“It’s an exciting time for the sector as the collaborative use of data, both shared and open, becomes even more essential to providing the consumer with easy, flexible access to engage with sport and activity.”

The collaboration means existing and prospective digital startups will benefit from the combined expertise of the organisations, providing an accelerator for growth through mentoring, workshops and access to investors.

Targets for the project include expanding beyond apps to see data used to better integrate physical activities into local services; creating more immersive outdoor fitness experiences using augmented reality; or wearable technology tools that monitor physical health and support GPs with earlier patient intervention.

Prospective startups can apply to whichever programme matches their stage of growth best but also move between programmes as their needs change.

The Sport Tech Hub incubator led by London Sport provides an entry point, nurturing early-stage startups focused on raising levels of participation in sport. Its second incubation cohort will open to new startups in mid-2018.

The Open Data Institute’s OpenActive Accelerator, which launches in May, will support startups using open data to develop and validate ready-to-market digital products and services that make it easier for people to be regularly active.

And ActiveLab, ukactive’s growth programme for digital startups, which launched in September 2016, will cater for businesses focusing on growth and scale at home and internationally, having already validated their product and generated revenue. This year it returns for a second instalment, running for three months from March 2018.

Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, said: “We want this joint vision to become the go-to launchpad for innovative and scalable physical activity businesses, so I'm hugely excited by the dynamic group of organisations that we’ll be working with to offer an end-to-end platform for tech startups.”
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Health, sport and tech leaders join forces to build ‘startup superhighway’...
18 Oct 2019 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

26 Jan 2018

Health, sport and tech leaders join forces to build ‘startup superhighway’
BY Rob Gibson

Three of the leading bodies from the worlds of sport, health and technology will come together to support digital startups change the physical activity landscape

Three of the leading bodies from the worlds of sport, health and technology will come together to support digital startups change the physical activity landscape

Leaders from the sport, fitness and technology sectors have unveiled a dynamic collaboration to stimulate growth for digital startups that help people get active.

Three distinct but complementary programmes by London Sport, the Open Data Institute and ukactive, will now be progressed together, with support from Sport England, creating a more joined-up approach.

The bodies will work together to support startups with the aim of tackling physical inactivity, which is estimated to cost the UK £20bn a year and cause 37,000 deaths.

“The sport and physical activity sector continues to evolve and innovate to keep up with the digital expectations of its consumers,” said Dave Newton, director of mass markets at Sport England.

“The creation of this startup superhighway for physical activity innovators is a strong step in the right direction.

“It’s an exciting time for the sector as the collaborative use of data, both shared and open, becomes even more essential to providing the consumer with easy, flexible access to engage with sport and activity.”

The collaboration means existing and prospective digital startups will benefit from the combined expertise of the organisations, providing an accelerator for growth through mentoring, workshops and access to investors.

Targets for the project include expanding beyond apps to see data used to better integrate physical activities into local services; creating more immersive outdoor fitness experiences using augmented reality; or wearable technology tools that monitor physical health and support GPs with earlier patient intervention.

Prospective startups can apply to whichever programme matches their stage of growth best but also move between programmes as their needs change.

The Sport Tech Hub incubator led by London Sport provides an entry point, nurturing early-stage startups focused on raising levels of participation in sport. Its second incubation cohort will open to new startups in mid-2018.

The Open Data Institute’s OpenActive Accelerator, which launches in May, will support startups using open data to develop and validate ready-to-market digital products and services that make it easier for people to be regularly active.

And ActiveLab, ukactive’s growth programme for digital startups, which launched in September 2016, will cater for businesses focusing on growth and scale at home and internationally, having already validated their product and generated revenue. This year it returns for a second instalment, running for three months from March 2018.

Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, said: “We want this joint vision to become the go-to launchpad for innovative and scalable physical activity businesses, so I'm hugely excited by the dynamic group of organisations that we’ll be working with to offer an end-to-end platform for tech startups.”



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Eden Project targets 2020 start on geothermal energy project
Eden Project targets 2020 start on geothermal energy project   18 Oct 2019

A long-planned project to drill for geothermal heat to power the Eden Project site in Cornwall will finally go ahead, after EU and Cornwall Council .... more>>
Alton Towers announces new attraction based on David Walliams' books
Alton Towers announces new attraction based on David Walliams' books   18 Oct 2019

David Walliams, the comedian, actor and best-selling author, is partnering with the UK's Alton Towers Resort to bring characters from his children's .... more>>
UK government invests £250m into cultural and creative infrastructure projects
UK government invests £250m into cultural and creative infrastructure projects   18 Oct 2019

Funding support for York's National Railway Museum, Coventry's 2021 UK City of Culture programme and infrastructure and maintenance work at local and .... more>>
FIBO reveals details for Southeast Asia event: Singapore picked as host
FIBO reveals details for Southeast Asia event: Singapore picked as host   18 Oct 2019

The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year. Taking place at the iconic Marina Bay Sands from 24 to 26 .... more>>
American journal publishes new exercise guidelines for cancer survivors
American journal publishes new exercise guidelines for cancer survivors   18 Oct 2019

Cancer survivors should undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of aerobic and resistance training each week, according to new guidelines published in the .... more>>
Six Senses adds the fourth lodge to its multi-location Bhutan project
Six Senses adds the fourth lodge to its multi-location Bhutan project   18 Oct 2019

Six Senses has opened its fourth Himalayan guest lodge in Bhutan, Six Senses Gangtey, named the “Traditional Bird Watching Bridge”. This eight .... more>>
Company profile


Proinsight Research Ltd

Our main services are mystery shopping, internal audits and consumer research.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Crown Sports Lockers to launch sector first at IHS 2019

Crown Sports Lockers to launch sector first at IHS 2019

Crown Sports Locker will launch a waterproof locker that will open the door to facilities demanding a sustainable solution for wet changing areas. More>>




in this issue

• CMO report: 10 points to end obesity
• BMF plans to diversify and 'go global'
• UK museum infrastructure is 'crumbling'



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Assistant General Manager - Milton Keynes
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
Company: The Gym Group
Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Derbyshire, England
Company: The Gym Group
Swimming Teachers
Salary: £13.95 per hour
Location: Shipston-on-Stour, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




15-18 Oct 2019

Piscina & Wellness Barcelona

Gran Via Exhibition Centre, Barcelona, Spain



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Trends: Introducing Gen Z
How will this tech-savvy, social media-driven generation affect your business? More>>
  Tourism: Transforming Istria
In Istria, Croatia, tourism firm Maistra is changing the face of hospitality in the region, with a series of intriguing design-led hotels. As its most ambitious hotel project takes shape, Professor Terry Stevens finds out more More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Sports: Play to the crowd
When public sector budgets are tight, crowdfunding is an attractive option More>>
  Green space: Space age
With land at a premium, the definition of public parks and green space is evolving More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd