Kairos secures place on exclusive US sports tech accelerator

  • Belfast-based sports tech start-up Kairos has been accepted onto the US Techstars Sports Accelerator programme, in which it will have access to executives from top US leagues such as the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

    The 13-week mentorship-driven accelerator will culminate with Demo Day in September, at which Kairos will showcase its progress to an anticipated audience of more than 500 global investors.

    Participating firms will work with almost 200 sports industry mentors to refine their market strategies, better understand their customers, navigate obstacles and accelerate growth.

    This is the latest phase in Kairos' expansion journey, following the company's procurement of £1.5m in investment earlier this year.

    Kairos was established in 2018 by former Irish and Ulster rugby professional Andrew Trimble and Belfast entrepreneur, Gareth Quinn.

    Its platform was developed to tackle challenges experienced by Trimble when it came to receiving the relevant information for planning and executing on game day with a consistent high performance.

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    “Over the past 18 months we have developed the platform to be the most complete solution on the market and have already onboarded some of the biggest sporting names in Europe,” he explained. 

    “Ongoing investment in growing out a world-class team has enabled us to continually enhance the platform and embark on this next phase of our growth journey, which will see us expand our client base to include elite sports teams globally.

    “We are both proud and excited to be part of the 2021 Techstars cohort and confident that this incredible opportunity will help us to continue growing at significant pace in the coming months and years.”

    Jordan Fliegal, Managing Director at Techstars added: “We are thrilled to have Kairos (out of Belfast) in our 2021 class, and proud of the strong progress they have made already in the short time we have worked together.

    "Kairos is innovating in their space with dozens of clients already, by providing a valuable communication app that helps sports teams stay better connected and informed, so that the players can focus on what really matters - their performance on the field and court.”

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