A new partnership has been signed between the first Italian sports tech incubator and the Qatari startup acceleration programme run by Startupbootcamp in view of the 2022 Football World Cup.


Thanks to this 3 year memorandum of understanding, Wylab, the Italian private owned sports incubator and Qatar SportsTech (QST), a startup accelerator ran by Startupbootcamp, one of the leading startups accelerators globally, become strategic partners.

Qatar SportsTech is an initiative led by Qatar Development Bank and with all relevant players in the local and international sports ecosystem.

The agreement has been signed with the aim to create new connections and networking opportunities between both countries, in particular through the participation to the respective selection processes, by offering guidance and mentorship to startups, access to innovative solutions for partners and introducing startups to the respective networks.

This collaboration has already been put into effect with Startupbootcamp visiting Wylab headquarters in Chiavari, Genova, in Dec 2018 to scout for startups for the new acceleration programme that commenced February 10th and Wylab participating to the QST selection days in Doha, Qatar, last January. Two very important steps towards this formal partnership.

“The meaning of this important agreement – says Federico Smanio, Wylab CEO – is to become a more appealing incubator for sports startups, on one hand by offering new commercial and business development opportunities to Wylab startups and on the other by providing an effective entry point to the Italian sports industry to the most innovative international companies. Creating new connections with top world sports tech players, like Startupbootcamp, is a necessary step for us in the attempt to become disruptive in bringing innovation into Italian sports.”

“The partnerships with top notch sports players and entities, the knowledge sharing with the friends of Startupbootcamp can definitely help Wylab become a benchmark for the sports tech world not only in Italy.”

Koen Bosma, Director for Qatar SportsTech added to this: ”Sports is universal. We see that the Sports(Tech) industry is fragmented and we are working towards building bridges. Technology will have a big impact on the improvements in sports and we share the same vision as Wylab; empowering sportstech startups to create the future of sports. Wylab is leading in Italy and the exchange of knowledge, network and expertise will only add value for both of our programs. ”

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