‘Innovation’ finalists to present in NYC

August 8, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Just as the upcoming US Open Championships will showcase the best competitors in tennis, the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will put some of the most brilliant new and innovative sports products and services center stage for a unique competition in New York City.


The Innovation Challenge will follow the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, which starts at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel on Monday, Aug. 28, which is the first day of play at the US Open.

During the Innovation Challenge competition, three finalists will present their innovative tennis product or service to a panel of judges and an audience of tennis industry leaders in a “Shark-Tank”-like competition. The winner will be announced at the end of the morning session. While the Forum and Innovation Challenge are free to attend, space is limited, so registration is required. Visit

The three finalists were determined by the judges from the more than 30 companies and individuals that submitted applications to be a part of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge. The finalists, who will each have five minutes to present, are:

The Innovation Challenge will be moderated by Carlos Salum, who is president of Salum International Resources and a member of the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley (SCSV), which is co-sponsoring the Challenge. The judges are:

The new products and services in the Innovation Challenge are designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans. The finalists were chosen from the more than 30 companies and individuals who completed an online application. The winner of the Challenge will receive $1,000, a national press release to thousands of news outlets with a potential reach to millions of consumers, coverage in Tennis Industry magazine, a one-year TIA membership, and additional exposure through industry marketing and social media channels.

Following the Tennis Forum and Innovation Challenge, SCSV will present Future of Tennis & Tech sessions on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 and 29, at the InterContinental New York Barclay. Tech companies can display their products and services at a “Tech Fair” event held on Monday. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

The Monday afternoon Future of Tennis & Tech session will include a panel of startup tech companies and focus on how technology can help the tennis business. As of early August, startup companies that will participate include ASAP-Sport, Bluefox, Compression Kinetics, Hexoskin, Kitman Labs, Lucid VR, Mas-Tech srl, VKTRY, VREE and Brick Simple. (Startup tech companies interested in participating should contact Julien Blin at [email protected].) The Monday afternoon session also will include small-group discussions in a “world café” format, moderated by Salum.

The Tuesday morning Future of Tennis & Tech session will include a sports & tech keynote speaker, Q&A discussions with tech and tennis celebrities, small-group meetings and networking. Topics will include wearable tech, virtual reality, data analytics, e-sports, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, drones and more.

For more information on the 10th Annual TIA Tennis Forum and Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, and to register, visit

About the TIA

The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the business of tennis by working closely with its industry partners and in support of the USTA in their development of initiatives to increase tennis participation. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 U.S. and global research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, managing the largest relational database, along with hosting annual TIA Tennis Forum, Leadership meetings and the T.O.M. Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit or call 866-686-3036.

About SportsCouncil SV

Headquartered in the heart of the Silicon Valley, SCSV is an exclusive and global elite network of sports team executives, sports scientists, athletic trainers, team owners, VCs, large tech companies, with a decade of experience in sports, business development, fund raising, and across various leagues (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS, European soccer, pro rugby, pro tennis), sports (soccer, hockey, basketball, American football, tennis, rugby). Visit