Michigan Sport Business Conference adds student startup competition, tech showcase


Organizers for the sixth annual Michigan Sports Business Conference have added a sports startup competition for student entrepreneurs and tech showcase.

This year’s installment of the student-run conference is set for Oct. 6 at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The startup competition will allow student entrepreneurs in the sports business arena to apply for a chance to present to a panel of venture capitalists for potential investments that includes Vasu Kulkarni, a partner of New York City-based Courtside Ventures, and Rohit Gupta, a partner of New York City-based Sterling.VC, MSBC Co-President Brandon Kosikov said.

“We are looking for ways to further our mission of inspiring innovation and creativity,” he said. “It’s available to University of Michigan students and students across the country who have a sports-related startup company or game-changing idea to share with the audience.”

The tech showcase will highlight existing technology companies in the sports business industry. Kosikov said his team is looking to showcase up to a dozen companies at the conference, with 750 people expected to attend. MSBC has confirmed Detroit-based football helmet supplier Xenith LLC for the showcase.

The event offers students the opportunity to network and learn from sports business professionals. The lineup of speakers will be announced in coming weeks, Kosikov said.

Tickets for students, which is not limited to UM students, are $35 and alumni/industry professional tickets are $80. Professionals can purchase a $100 ticket, which includes access to the industry professional tailgate for the annual Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines football game the following weekend. Tickets are available at umsbc.com.

By Tyler Clifford

Published by Crain’s Detroit Business on July 27, 2017

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