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SIE and the Sports Innovation Challenge!

Over the last few months, SIE have been supporting the Sports Innovation Challenge; an exciting new start-up competition for students and recent graduates who have a passion for sport. Our Enterprise Assistant, Matthew Gardiner, explains more about the challenge and SIE’S involvement.

I’ve been delighted to have been involved in the launch of the Sports Innovation Challenge over these past two months along with the rest of the SIE team. Our Interns have assisted with the marketing activities to promote the competition to fellow students and the Innovation and Enterprise team was tasked with creating a new sports-themed ideas lab.

My first task was to ensure the successful completion of a video project that would form the core of a new idea generation workshop. In terms of design, the video was to depict the experiences of sport and exercise through the perspective of two pairs of young adults – both male and female – as well as a mature married couple. It was fitting – given that the challenge itself is underpinned by research from the University of Stirling – that the video opens with an introduction by Professor John Taylor who does an excellent job setting the context. All in all, the experience developing this video was immensely rewarding and I’m thankful to everyone involved.

When the video was in place, the ideas lab quickly began to take shape and within one week we were confident enough to trial it at Queen Margaret University and University of the West of Scotland. The results of the new workshop were nothing short of outstanding with students producing many high quality ideas. Subsequent workshops in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling have continued to yield similar, very encouraging outcomes.

Having had the pleasure of working with these students first-hand, I think it is safe to say that competition’s judges have an unenviable task in selecting the top three entries.

The Sports Innovation Challenge is still open for entries so be sure to visit the website in order to submit your sports-related start-up idea.
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Sports Challenge 2 With special thanks to:

David Sherman (Sporting Chance)

Ryan Carenduff (Sporting Chance)

Kyle Murdoch (Fatbuzz Ltd)

Professor John Taylor (University of Stirling)

Liz McKenzie