Millions of soccer fans worldwide find themselves riveted by this summer’s World Cup – and while Israel isn’t among the teams competing in the quadrennial tournament this year, the Start-Up Nation is not entirely absent. Israeli technologies are helping shape the World Cup experience, leveraging the country’s surging sports tech sector.
From innovative platforms that redefine fans’ viewing experiences to tools for honing athletes’ performance, Israel has witnessed a boom in sports tech startup activity in recent years. Five years ago, the country was home to 61 sports tech companies, compared to 103 today – a 69 percent increase.
Israel’s game-changing sports technologies will be showcased this week during a U.S. roadshow, with 12 Israeli companies visiting teams, stadiums, broadcasting companies, tech partners, and venture capital firms in New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Organized by the Israeli Economic and Commercial Mission to the West Coast and in New York, and the Israeli Export Institute, the delegation features companies working in a range of sports tech spaces, including:
The U.S. trip comes on the heels of an Israeli delegation to Barcelona in May. Participating companies were active in a wide array of fields, including AR/VR, healthcare, and athlete performance. A sampling of companies in the delegation underscores the breadth of Israel’s sports tech spectrum:
The secrets to Israel’s sports tech success? They’re not all that different from the mainstays of the world’s top athletes: Dogged persistence, a commitment to excellence, and a vibrant support system – from world-class R&D facilities to robust public and private sector support for innovation.
Fans, athletes, and team owners alike are among the beneficiaries of Israel’s tech ecosystem – and that’s cause for fans of all stripes to cheer.
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