Exercise Professionals - Fit-tech startups invited to shape future of physical activity sector...
22 Nov 2017 Exercise professionals: News, jobs and training
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

08 Nov 2017

Fit-tech startups invited to shape future of physical activity sector
BY Deven Pamben

ActiveLab will help finalists produce their solutions to the global physical activity crisis

ActiveLab will help finalists produce their solutions to the global physical activity crisis

Fledgling fit-tech startups will have their products and services nurtured in the second round of ukactive’s ActiveLab programme.

Now in its second year, the mentoring initiative aims to revolutionise the way we move by matching startups with leading players in business and the exercise industry.

Last year's scheme saw 12 finalists take part in a three-month accelerator which has helped the cohort raise more than £3.1m (US$4.1m, €3.5m) in early-stage funding and launch pilots with blue-chip firms.

The scheme is open to teams that can demonstrate a high level of month-on-month growth through key business metrics.

With developments in data, social media, virtual reality and wearable tech impacting on the exercise landscape, ActiveLab will help selected finalists produce their solutions to the global physical activity crisis, which in the UK alone costs £20bn (US$26.3bn, €22.7bn) each year and causes 37,000 deaths.

"With technology helping to dissolve the physical barriers that have traditionally dictated how we move, we're entering a brave new world of innovation with exciting opportunities to get more people, more active more often,” said Steven Ward, ukactive chief executive.

Ward said he wants ActiveLab “to become the global launchpad for innovative and scalable physical activity businesses”.

This year, equipment company Life Fitness, international technology firm Jonas Software and Sport England have signed up to be partners of the programme. They join founding partners AXA PPP and Tech City UK.

The companies will mentor, coach and support successful applicants through workshops on scaling a business.

Last year's cohort delivered several success stories. Imoves, a digital teaching platform to help get schools active, won last year’s event. The platform consists of online PE and dance packages to help schools deliver PE plans.

And finalist, Connected Fitness Labs, a mobile app development company, was snapped up by virtual fitness provider Wexer last month.

Startups have until 22 December to apply, with the 12 finalists due to be announced on 28 February 2018. The winner will be revealed in June next year.



Connect with
Exercise Professionals
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Apple’s GymKit debuts in Fitness First Australia clubs
Apple’s GymKit debuts in Fitness First Australia clubs   21 Nov 2017

Fitness First Australia has become the first operator in the world to introduce cardio equipment to its gym floor that pairs wirelessly with Apple .... more>>
More women swimming as rethink over classes sees numbers triple
More women swimming as rethink over classes sees numbers triple   21 Nov 2017

Women-only swimming sessions could hold the key to improving numbers, according to an initiative by leisure centre operator Serco. The number of .... more>>
Report highlights workforce challenges for employers in physical activity sector
Report highlights workforce challenges for employers in physical activity sector   21 Nov 2017

A third of fitness professionals are considering or have considered leaving the physical activity sector, an industry report is set to reveal. .... more>>
Which is the fittest university in the UK? Warwick reveals £49m plan to claim the crown
Which is the fittest university in the UK? Warwick reveals £49m plan to claim the crown   20 Nov 2017

The University of Warwick is building a £49m (US$64.6m, €54.9m) sports and wellness hub in a bid to become the “most physically active higher .... more>>
Details of Lake Nona’s ‘performance resort’ and spa revealed
Details of Lake Nona’s ‘performance resort’ and spa revealed   17 Nov 2017

A ‘performance resort’ and spa are coming to master-planned wellness community Lake Nona, outside of Orlando, Florida, in 2020. The Lake Nona Resort .... more>>
Everyone Active reports rising profits as confidence in outsourcing market grows
Everyone Active reports rising profits as confidence in outsourcing market grows    17 Nov 2017

The demand for outsourced leisure management services will continue to grow, according to operator Everyone Active, which has reported rising turnover .... more>>
Company profile


TAC | The Assistant Company

The modularity of software, possible integration into existing IT infrastructure and TAC’s 24/7 support have convinced more than 1.200 customers of 54 countries.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Final opportunity to enter the Gold Standard Fitness Awards 2018

Final opportunity to enter the Gold Standard Fitness Awards 2018

Optimum Nutrition is proud to announce that the Gold Standard Fitness Awards returns for 2017 to acknowledge the outstanding work of fitness professionals across the UK. More>>




in this issue

• Pure Gym sold to US investors LGP
• 1Rebel secures £6.6m for expansion
• Admiralty Arch set for hotel conversion



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Prospector
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Warrington
Company: fit4less
Personal Trainers
Salary: Self-employed
Location: Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Company: Everyone Active
Personal Trainer - Paid Hours
Salary: £7.50 P/HR
Location: East, London, United Kingdom
Company: energie group
Sports Centre Co-Ordinator
Salary: £16,000 to £17,500 pa, depending on skills and experience
Location: Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
Company: Epsom College
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

21-22 Nov 2017

Sleep: The Hotel Design Event

The Business Design Centre, London, United Kingdom


22 Nov 2017

Postgraduate & Professional Open Evening

Bucks New University, High Wycombe, United Kingdom



Health Club Management magazine 2017 issue 11
Health Club Management
2017 issue 11

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Supplier showcase: Cohesive integration
Life Fitness partners with Edinburgh Leisure, Technogym transforms university gym and DFC assists Oldham Community Leisure More>>
  Talking point: No pain, no gain?
Are DOMS-free exercise programmes needed to get more people moving? More>>


Health Club Management magazine 2017 issue 10

Health Club Management
2017 issue 10

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  IHRSA update: Staying Competitive
Catherine Larner looks at how a UK country club is staying competitive with IHRSA’s support and resources More>>
  On the cover: Lee Mullins
The founder of Workshop Gymnasium on global growth and working with Bulgari Hotels More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd