Tennis ‘Innovation Challenge’ to be Held at NYC Event

Visionaries with new, innovative products, software or services designed to grow the sport of tennis with consumers and fans can submit their pitch in the “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—NYC 2017.”

This unique competition will take place at the 10th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be held in New York City on Aug. 28, the first day of play at the US Open.

From now until July 1, companies and individuals can complete a short application form at tennisindustry.org/innovation describing their new, innovative product or service. There is no charge to apply for the Innovation Challenge.

Finalists from the online application process will have the opportunity to present their new product or service to a panel of judges—and in front of an audience of tennis industry leaders—at the Tennis Industry Association’s Tennis Forum in a “Shark Tank”-like competition. The Innovation Challenge will be moderated by Carlos Salum, president of Salum International Resources and the tennis industry liaison to the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley. 

This year’s TIA Tennis Forum will be at the Intercontinental New York Barclay, the official hotel of the ATP Tour, at Lexington Avenue and 49th Street in New York City. (While the Forum is free to attend, space is limited, so registration is required. Visit TennisIndustry.org or click here to register.)

Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge finalists will receive media exposure through the TIA leading up to the Forum. The winner of the Innovation Challenge will receive $1,000, a one-year TIA membership, a national press release, coverage in Tennis Industry magazine, additional exposure through TIA marketing and social media channels, and a plaque.

This past March, the TIA held its inaugural Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge at the Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Orlando, Fla. The winner of that competition was Tennibot of Auburn, Ala. Tennibot (www.tennibot.com) is a robotic tennis ball collector that detects tennis balls on the court using cameras, sensors and complex algorithms.

For more information on the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—NYC 2017, view the application at tennisindustry.org/innovation or email innovation@tennisindustry.org.