Friday, January 11, 2019

Hype Sports Innovation Announces Finalists and Judges for Global Sports Innovation Competition

Competition taking place at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show

(London, UK) — The inaugural Global Golf Innovation Competition, a new "Shark Tank"-style competition for golf startups, announced today the finalists and judges who will participate at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-25, in Orlando, Florida.

HYPE Sports Innovation, an established global platform which facilitates connections and investments among the sports innovation ecosystem, will host the competition in cooperation with PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions to showcase up-and-coming innovators and cutting-edge technology in golf to an esteemed panel of judges on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County Convention Center. The judges for the competition are:
- Uli Becker, Chairman, HYPE Capital, Former President & CEO, Reebok
- Roberta Bowman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer, LPGA
- Randy Chase, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliance Marketing, Electronic Arts/EA Sports
- Amy Fischer, Group Vice President Strategy & Insights, Reed Exhibitions
- Elisa Gaudet, Founder, Women’s Golf Day and Executive Golf International
- Jeehae Lee, Director of Business Development, TopGolf
- Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America
- Eddie Smith, Vice President-Golf, Lagardére Sports

The finalists for the startup competition are:
- CaddieNow – The nation’s most trusted caddie program
- Golf Post – New media house for golf
- Khelfie Technologies – Golf’s first AI-powered super-wearable
- Kinexit – Train better. Play more.
- Players 1st – Know your players’ needs – keep them in the game.
- Shot Scope – Shot Scope V2 is the world's only GPS and fully automatic performance tracking system.
- Swing King – New revenue for your course and excitement for your golfers
- TDJ Golf – Merging on-course play and fantasy golf
- GolfBoo – The comparison website for golf travel
- 6Joe’s – Play like a Joe. Score like a pro.

The Global Golf Innovation Competition will be held in Room 414D of the Convention Center and features the following event schedule:
2:00 p.m. Reception
2:30 p.m. Keynote Session: Startup Landscape in Golf
3:00 p.m. Startup Competition
4:30 p.m. Networking Cocktail (Finalists and Guests) / Judges Discussion
5:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Networking Cocktail (Judges, Finalists, and Guests)

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