On Thursday, PUSH took the top prize at the Next Big Idea in Sport Competition, a joint event hosted by Ryerson University and Rogers seeking the best in sports technology.
In the lead-up to the event, as many as 10 startups were incubated for four months at the DMZ to develop their venture by exploring innovation opportunities in the sports industry. Eight startups got the chance to pitch and win one of three cash prizes: $50,000 for first place, $30,000 for second place, and $20,000 for third place.
PUSH took first place with their wearable technology that helps athletes actively quantify their training performance in the gym. Stathletes, a comprehensive online database that analyses hockey players’ performance, providing valuable insights into their game, and VideoGami, a cloud-based platform enabling broadcasters capture live content to share on social media, took second and third place respectively.
“We are passionate about innovation at Rogers, and we want the Next Big Idea in Sport to inspire students and startups to develop new and creative solutions for athletes, coaches, teams, sport media and even professional sports leagues,” Rogers chief brand officer and judging panelist told Sportsnet earlier this year.