Competition to showcase new products and services designed to grow the sport and business of racquet sports to be held Jan. 23 at Racquet & Paddle Sports Show in Orlando, Fla.
ORLANDO, FLA. (Dec. 19, 2019) — A high-powered panel of judges has been selected for the fifth Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, which will culminate in presentations on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show (RPSS) in Orlando, Fla.
From the dozens of online applications received, three finalists will be selected on Dec. 23 by the Innovation Challenge Selection Committee. The finalists will then have the opportunity to present their new product or service to the panel of judges—and in front of an audience of racquet sports industry leaders—in a “Shark Tank”-like competition that will take place on the show floor during the RPSS, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. A New Product Zone (NPZ) has also been added to the show floor of the RPSS to help showcase start-ups and innovative products/services.
The Innovation Challenge winner will receive $1,000, a national press release to thousands of news outlets with a potential reach to millions of consumers, coverage in Racquet Sports Industry magazine, a one-year TIA membership, and additional exposure through industry marketing and social media channels.
The Innovation Challenge will again be moderated by Carlos Salum, who is president of Salum International Resources, a leadership performance strategy consultancy based in Charlotte, N.C. Salum, who organizes leadership events as founder of TheSircle Executive Club, also consults in sports technology with the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley, N3XT Sports and leAD Sports Accelerator. He also has coached professional tennis players, including Grand Slam champions Gabriela Sabatini and Sergi Bruguera.
The panel of judges for the fifth edition of the Innovation Challenge will include:
* Mike Barrell, coach for more than 30 years and the director of evolve9, an international company that helps national tennis federations and providers design and implement tennis programs for children.
* Louis Foreman, the founder and chief executive of Enventys Partners, an integrated product design, engineering and marketing firm. He is also the founder of Edison Nation, and Edison Nation Medical.
* Dr. Stuart Miller, the senior executive director of Integrity & Development at the International Tennis Federation.
* Keith Storey, president of Sports Marketing Surveys and one of the world’s leading authorities on sports market research, with nearly 30 years of experience in the field.
* Maik Burlage, a former ATP tour player who is the CEO and co-founder of smart-court technology company Wingfield, which recently received $1.2 million in investments.
(All entries in the Innovation Challenge also will be considered for a separate, special prize of $5,000 worth of consulting services from Enventys Partners, based on Enventys CEO Louis Foreman’s assessment of potential impact in the consumer market.)
The Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will be held during the 2nd Annual Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, which runs Jan. 21-24 and will be co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The RPSS, organized by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and Reed Exhibitions, is a business-to-business event will bring together the global racquet sports industry to drive forward the business of the sport through merchandise sourcing, product testing, educational programs and professional networking events. Visit racquetpaddlesportsshow.com or thetomconference.com for more information.
About the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show
The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show is a future-focused B2B event, bringing together racquet sport professionals, industry leaders, facility suppliers, and wide-ranging product manufacturers from around the world for four days of merchandise sourcing, product testing, education and professional networking in the beautiful climate of Orlando, Jan. 21-24. The multi-faceted event includes a curated ONE2ONE buying summit; Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience; comprehensive exhibits of racquet, paddle, tennis and facility products/services; industry presentations; complimentary education programs; and the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference. The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show is organized by Reed Exhibitions, with support of the Tennis Industry Association, and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show. For more information, visit RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com.