New Global Golf Innovation Competition Helps Tee Off PGA Merchandise Show Today

An exciting, new “Shark Tank”-style competition for golf startup companies helps kick off the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show today at the Orange County Convention Center. All PGA Show attendees are welcome to watch the inaugural Global Golf Innovation Competition, hosted by HYPE Sports Innovation in cooperation with PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions, beginning at 2 p.m. in Room 414D (fourth floor). The inaugural competition features a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts judging presentations from 10 innovative golf startup companies in today’s finals.

The Shark Tank-style competition — held in Room 414D — will feature presentations by CaddieNow, a national caddie program; Golf Post, a new media house for golf; Khelfie Technologies, golf’s first AI-powered super-wearable; Kinexit, a training system to promote better golf; Players 1st, a program to identify players’ needs and keep them in the game; Shot Scope, a new GPS and fully automatic performance tracking system; Swing King, a program to produce revenue for courses and excitement for golfers; TDJ Golf, which merges on-course play and fantasy golf;  GolfBoo, a comparison website for golf travel; and 6Joe’s, whose slogan is “Play like a Joe. Score like a pro.”

After a reception and keynote speech titled “The Startup Landscape in Golf” delivered by HYPE Sports Innovation, a global platform that facilitates connections and investments in the sports innovation ecosystem, the panel of judges will hear each of the presentations, ask pertinent questions and offer feedback. The top companies are eligible for investment funding, based on the judges’ recommendations, and will continue to be featured in the golf realm by HYPE Sports Innovation.

The panel of judges for the inaugural Global Golf Innovation Competition is scheduled to include: Uli Becker, Chairman, HYPE Capital, Former President & CEO of Reebok; Roberta Bowman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer at the LPGA; Randy Chase Sr. Director of Strategic Alliance Marketing, Electronic Arts/EA Sports; Amy Fischer, Group Vice President Strategy & Insights, Reed Exhibitions; Elisa Gaudet, Founder, Women’s Golf Day and Executive Golf International; Jeehae Lee, Director of Business Development, Topgolf; Ashley Mayo, Director of Brand for Golf Magazine/8AM Golf; Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America; and Eddie Smith, Vice President – Golf, Lagardére Sports.

Global Golf Innovation Competition

The competition will be held in Room 414D of the Convention Center and features the following event schedule:

2:00 p.m. Reception
2:30 p.m. Keynote Session: Startup Landscape in Golf
3:00 p.m. Startup Competition
4:30 p.m. Networking Cocktail (Finalists and Guests) / Judges Discussion
5:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Cocktail (Judges, Finalists, and Guests)