Kenyan startup, UmpireRef to represent Africa at Global Sport Innovation Competition in Rio 2016


UmpireRef, a Kenyan startup aiming to improve the visibility of amateur sports through data capturing services, will represent Africa at the Global Sport Innovation Competition in Rio 2016.

The international startup competition seeks to bring together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from all across the globe that are disrupting the world of sports as we know it through innovative products & technologies.

UmpireRef, which, among other things, is addressing organizational challenges faced by amateur sports professionals and related parties, made it to finals of the competition after winning a semi-final regional competition.

Making it to finals with UmpireRef are 8 other innovative startups, each representing a different country. The startups will be provided with a training & acceleration program, provided by the HYPE Start-Up Foundation.

Also, they will be provided hands on fund raising services for six months through the organizer’s partnership with MG Equity Partners Ltd.

These services include coaching and training in the art of fund raising, connections to potential investors, assistance in creating killer investments collaterals and building a great pitch, and road shows.

Together with UmpireRef, all the startups will pitch before a grand audience comprised of top VCs, angel investors, accelerators, corporate partners and key players and influential figures from the sports industry.

A world class jury will select a winner, who will win a sum of €100,000. The final will take place in Rio de Janeiro, right in the midst of the 2016 Olympic Games, on August 24, 2016.

The competition is organized by HYPE Start-Up Foundation in partnership with Microsoft, Accenture, Google Developers, Saucony, the European Commission and others.

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