Networking event held to connect students and start-up businesses

Last week, the Institute for Sport Business hosted the second online networking event to connect Sports Innovation start-ups from around the world with students from the Institute.

Students were invited to find out more about each of the start-up entrepreneurial journeys and to discover global job opportunities within these organisations. Students were put into small groups and then invited to spend a short time with each company to ask questions, develop their networks and expand their understanding of innovative sports businesses.

Start-ups included AquaBloom, Dribble Stick Training, OnePlan, Sports Loft, Sportlyzer and Vilike who are based in the China/Hong Kong, Finland, Thailand, the UK and the USA. To provide our Institute for Sport Business students with a breadth of knowledge and opportunities in a range of areas, the start-up organisations covered e-sports, sporting education and learning, sports event organisation and planning, and sports media.

MSc Sport Business and Leadership student, Tarryn, said:

"The Institute for Sport Business Networking event hosted by Loughborough University London served as a great opportunity to engage with and develop potential connections within the sports business industry. As a soon to be graduating student, having access to this event has allowed me to take initiative, gain a better understanding of the innovative sports industry that continues to grow, and contact potential companies for future work experience. This event was both eye opening and helpful allowing me to explore and get a foot in the door towards a professional career."

Paul Foster, Founder of OnePlan a digital sporting events platform, said:

"It was great to come along to this virtual event. Connecting to talented students from a university like Loughborough is a great opportunity to meet those just entering the industry. It was really insightful to chat about their research, ideas and career plans. Some of the students have followed up with me and I look forward to seeing future collaborative opportunities."

Loughborough University London has an unrivalled network of rapidly scaling companies looking to offer work placements, internships, and research opportunities to students. This event was held online as part of Loughborough University London’s Future Space careers and employability support for our students. For more information about the Future Space team, take a look at the information online or e-mail