Athletes Unlimited hosted its second annual Innovation Collective Summit in Rosemont, Ill. from August 24 to August 25.
The event showcased innovation, technology and a new model for sports partnerships. It is the only one of its kind dedicated to technology and innovation in women’s pro sports.
Panels covered a variety of topics, including Impact of Sport, Innovation and Tech, Sports Data and Analytics, and the Female Athlete Experience. Speakers included Howard Wright (VP Global Head of Startups, Amazon Web Services), Sarah Reinertsen (Sports Marketing Manager, Nike), Rich Kleiman (Co-Founder, Boardroom), Jenny Nguyen (Owner, The Sports Bra), Sameer Ahuja (President, GameChanger, SVP DICK’S Sporting Goods), Elizabeth O’Brien (Program Director, Sports & Entertainment Partnerships, IBM), Sarah Spain (espnW Writer, ESPN Radio Host & TV Personality), Javier Altamirano (Global Head of Startups, Sportradar), and Nancy Hensley (Industry leader in data and analytics and data science).
“[This] is an incredible opportunity for all of our key stakeholders to come together and for pro women athletes to network with leaders in the sports industry and some of the most cutting-edge companies focused on technology and performance,” said Jon Patricof, CEO and Co-Founder of Athletes Unlimited. “We are thrilled to host the only innovation forum exclusively focused on women’s pro sports.”
Take a look at the 2023 Athletes Unlimited Innovation Collective Summit.
In 2022, Athletes Unlimited and underdog venture team partnered to launch the Innovation Collective with the goal of creating a testing ground for startups and technology companies to trial their products and services with high-level, professional women’s athletes.
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