With the support of leading public institutions, a major event held in Istanbul this week will present prizes to entrepreneurs as part of a cooperation aimed at fostering innovation in all areas related to sport. it was done.
Organized as part of a protocol signed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Industry and Technology to promote scientific research, entrepreneurship and scientific awareness among young people, the Individual Young Entrepreneurs (BIGG) Sports Awards Ceremony is the highest I saw a startup with a sports-oriented tech project. A total of 1 million TL (approximately $53,000) in financial support has been provided.
Minister for Youth and Sports Muharrem Kassapore addressed the event, emphasizing the importance of innovation in sports technology.
“Like all other areas, we need to give particular emphasis to technology-based ventures and domestic production in sports,” Casapour said.
Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced the upcoming launch of a new initiative in sports technology within the BIGG sports program of the Turkish Council for Science, Technology and Research (TÜBITAK).
Varank also proposed to increase the support limit to 450,000 TL in the next edition of the program and increase the amount offered to the winning companies from 200,000 TL to 300,000 TL. .
7 categories and 84 startups
In this competition, 84 technology startups will compete in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Applications in Sports Technology, Artificial Intelligence Applications in Sports, Wearable Technology in Sports, Individual and Team Follow System Analysis, Training, Rehabilitation and Health Technology in Sports, Nationalization I applied for a category that included Imported sporting goods, prostheses and prosthetics technology in sports.
Hasan Mandal, Head of TÜBITAK, also addressed the ceremony, stating, “Through the BIGG Sports Awards Competition, we will develop innovative approaches in all areas related to sports, support technical initiatives, and promote sports technology. We aim to raise awareness,” he said.
Inspiration from national athletes
One of the award-winning companies, Filament Technology, has developed a carbon fiber reinforced composite prosthesis for sprinters. This was inspired by Nurullah Kart, a domestic athlete who bought similar products from overseas at a high price.
“We started with the idea of developing and producing personal prostheses in Turkey in a shorter period of time and at a more affordable price. We are a company founded with the support of TÜBITAK.” said Mert Tezkan, director of the company.
Olympic champion domestic bow
Recep Demirkan, manager of Navek Sportif, which manufactures the domestic bow used by Olympic champion archer Mete Gazos, said: A project with varying success in European, World and Turkish championships.
“I am also a former Kokutai. We started this business because of the difficulties we faced.Our team is our national team and we are a team of about 45 people. I can’t explain my pride,” Demilcan said.
Statistics Solutions for Golfers
Ayşe Yılmaz of Rapsodo Yazılım, who won the award for “Mobile Shot Tracking Technology for Golf Games”, said the project was carried out to improve golfers’ hands-on ability.
“The mobile application computes data from the device and shows maps and videos where the ball will land in the real world. So players can see their shot stats. You can identify your weaknesses.Take points and practice more,” said Yiğit Sevin from the same company.
Technology for soccer players
Sensiball VR has developed technology that can test the cognitive abilities of soccer players and provide training recommendations based on the player’s weaknesses in a virtual environment.
“We have a patented technology that has the potential to be a global pioneer. This technology allows soccer players to feel the point of contact of the ball in a virtual environment using haptic feedback. Yes, in this context, we can test: provide the cognitive, technical and neuropsychological skills of football players and provide appropriate training recommendations using scientific scenarios developed by us. ,” said Ali Onur Cerrah, a member of the company.