Now in it’s second year, The No.1 Draft Pick is the only sportstech competition which provides early stage startups with cold hard cash, €5,000 provided by Journey Partners.

Last year’s competition saw the top three finalists, coming from Ireland, Canada and Finland, pitch to an international judging panel at the One Zero conference.  The winners, social gaming startup Matchday, through the raised finance and exposure of the event used the competition as a launchpad to further successes.


This year’s competition will be open to international pre-seed companies who will have until the 22nd of September to send their 60 second video on how their technology revolutionises the sporting arena.  The top 10 videos will go to a public vote, with the winner going forward to the Top 3 pitch off battle at the half time show at this year’s One-Zero Conference, which is partnered by Sportstech Ireland and supported by Iconic Offices

Clyde Hutchinson from Journey Partners & Advisory Chair of Sportstech Ireland says “The 1st Draft Pick competition cements Ireland’s position as global leader in Sports tech as shown by the SportsTech Ireland emergence.  Journey Partners creates pathways for innovators in the Health, Sports and Wellbeing, and Aviation spaces, so are proud to support One-Zero in funding the journeys of sports innovators.

To enter click the link below and submit your details, entries close on 22nd September.

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#1 Draft Pick Startup Competition


Journey Partners works at the cross section of people and innovation. The company works with entrepreneurs to develop successful companies, as well as larger companies to develop internal innovation programmes. For further information, please contact Clyde Hutchinson, Partner., or +353 86 2033 553.


SportsTech Ireland was set up to promote Ireland as a world-leading destination for Sports Innovation & Technology. The organisation achieves this through the creation of dedicated programs for companies at all stages of development, providing education, research, mentoring and a network of contacts nationally and internationally to help them to incubate, commercialise and grow. Find out more at


Iconic Offices is Ireland’s leading flexible workspace provider, operating 16 locations in Dublin, with spaces ranging from 1 to 500 desks and prices to suit starts ups right through to billion dollar companies. The company was founded in 2013 with a vision to create high quality, inspirational, affordable workspace for SMEs. Iconic Offices is the number one flexible workspace provider in Ireland, offering members; private offices, hotdesks, dedicated desks and meeting rooms in collaborative environments. Find out more at

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