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

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.