The Fourth Edition of Taiwan Sports Innovation Accelerator showcased its achievements at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

Taiwan Sports Innovation Accelerator, HYPE SPIN ACCELERATOR TAIWAN, is a collaborative effort between the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, the Industrial Accelerator Center of National Chiao Tung University, and HYPE Sports Innovation, an international sports innovation industry alliance from Israel. The results presentation of the fourth edition of the accelerator was held in conjunction with the 2020 Taiwan Sports Industry Expo at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

A total of 12 promising domestic and international sports startups shared their business models during the event, including 6 teams from around the world, including France, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Malaysia. These teams are looking to receive guidance and support from Taiwan Sports Accelerator to inject new energy into Taiwan’s sports technology ecosystem.

The fourth edition of the training program lasted for 2.5 months and featured a digital online acceleration curriculum for the first time. It invited domestic and international experts, scholars, and mentors to participate, effectively increasing the chances of team consultations. Additionally, this edition of the training program provided suitable sports innovation teams with the opportunity to collaborate with Taiwan’s Decathlon and the Wei Chuan Dragons professional baseball team for market validation of their product concepts.

During the results presentation of the fourth edition, the 12 sports innovation teams participating in the program showcased their fruitful achievements through presentations. International guests such as Amir Raveh, the founder of HYPE, and Zvika Popper, the COO, along with five international sports innovation teams, joined the event through Cisco Webex online platform.

The event also featured a special sharing session by industry leaders, inviting Mr. Fan Hongzhang, the Head of Innovation Design and Prototyping at Decathlon Taiwan, to share the importance of innovation in the sports industry and the experiences of collaboration between Decathlon and startups.

The best sports startups of this edition were selected through voting by multiple experts, and the following awards were given: Uniigym (Taiwan) and BiiB (Malaysia) received the IAPS Awards, which included media exposure opportunities. MbranFiltra (Taiwan) and Wave Wear (South Korea) received the HYPE Awards, providing them with opportunities to engage in discussions with investors and sports industry mentors from HYPE. Uniigym (Taiwan) and MbranFiltra (Taiwan) received the Sports Administration Awards, granting them the opportunity to participate in international sports technology-related events.