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Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 12 May, 2015
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Comunidad de Madrid
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Other Label: 
NA
Please Specify: 
NA
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Microsoft Innovation Centers
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Iris
Córdoba
Cluster Manager
+34 649 602 355
b-irisc@microsoft.com
Female
Iñigo
Bonilla
Internationalisation Responsible
+34 653 999 985
i.bonilla@sport-gsic.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Communications Equipment and Services
Technology fields: 
Cloud Technologies
Education and Training
S3 EU priority areas: 
Sports activities
Programming & broadcasting activities
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
232
Number of SME members: 
193
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
110
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
14
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
40
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Microsoft
Larger Company
LG
Larger Company
Panasonic
Larger Company
Minsait
Larger Company
Real Madrid
Mediapro
Larger Company
Prosegur
Larger Company
Atos
Larger Company
LaLiga
Wizink Center
Universidad Camilo José Cela
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

 

  • Global Sports Innovation Center (GSIC) has a primary goal of improving the value chain of the Sport industry by leveraging the most advanced technologies, enabling business connections, and becoming a worldwide reference for the sports industry, from start-ups to enterprise organizations.
  • Located in downtown Madrid, the Center provides technology services, solutions and programs that meet the needs of many audiences, including students, entrepreneurs, governments, and industries. With this aim, Global Sports Innovation Center facilities have different areas focused on their specific needs.
  • At its core, the Global Sports Innovation Center is set up as an open space for innovation, demonstration of innovative solutions both Business to Customer and Business to Business, collaboration, networking & business development, job creation and the foundation of a robust sport ecosystem by fostering start-ups incubation and growth thanks to venture capital`s funding and programs.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Israel
Mexico
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Spain
Switzerland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Microsoft Innovation Centers
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

Application submitted to Erasmus+ Not-for-profit European Sport Events

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 
  • GSIC is member of Microsoft’s world innovation centers network.
  • GSIC has more than 232 partners, located in a different countries all over the world, representing a wide range of activities in sport sector.
  • Accredited as Innovative Business Grouping (Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora – AEI) by the Spanish Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism.
  • Conferences:
    • Wearables, healthier sport through technology (included in the European Week o Sport 2015 program).
    • European programs in support of sport entrepreneurs.
    • Microsoft and the technological transformation of sports industry.
    • Biomechanical technology to revolutionize the practice of sports.
    • Legal protection of software and intellectual property.
    • Day of Innovation GSIC-FC Barcelona.
  • Alliance with Spanish Mountain Tourism Cluster.
  • First International Investment Forum for Sports Entrepreneurs.
  • Demostration Solution Center located in our headquarter (Madrid-Spain) showcasing to general public and sport professionals and organizations the most innovative technologies and developments applied to sports.
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

GSIC is acting as a catalyst and hybridizer of innovation in sport and leisure industries promoting connections and cross-sectorial collaborations with other industries both in national and international context, namely health (including sport and healthy life), tourism and ICT. Thus, the GSIC has consolidated as a reference meeting point for international companies, institutions and every type of economic activities linked to sports and technology.