The Leipzig-based Mindance start-up won the innovation prize for Performance and Health in Competitive Sport as German football aimed to bring sport and healthcare together at the start of the “Innovation Week” from Tuesday (September 3, 2019) in Philips’ “Health Innovation Port”. The Academy of the German Football Association (DFB Akademie), the High-Tech Gründerfonds and the Robert-Enke Stiftung now hope to boost innovations in sports and health care under the patronage of Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg.
Ecosystem for innovation, technology and new ideas
“We always question what technologies and scientific findings can contribute to concrete added value in football,” said Oliver Bierhoff, DFB’s Director of National Teams and Academy. Eleven start-ups had presented their ideas at the opening of the “Innovation Week”. Mindance’s app offers footballers training techniques to boost psychological well-being and performance in a sustainable and preventive manner.
Hamburg bringing actors together
Hamburg offers ideal conditions for staying ahead in an increasingly complex, competitive environment and to be open and innovative. “Our city always brings smart minds and start-ups together with strong companies like Philips to reach the next level together,” said Tschentscher.