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The summer of 2019 was an exciting time for Toronto. The Toronto Raptors won the NBA World Champion title and the Athlete Technology Summit was born.
This Athlete Technology Summit is Canada’s premier technology conference for pro athletes and entrepreneurs.
Before COVID-19, the team was looking forward to working towards the second annual Summit. They planned on bringing more athletes to Toronto to connect with the technology ecosystem for business opportunities. Now the Summit has planned to go virtual.
After the first annual event ended last August, the Athlete Technology Summit team set up private dinners for athletes when they came to town to play the Raptors. They also became connectors for start-ups in the Canadian technology ecosystem. The team ranged connections from Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerSports agency to meetings with the National Basketball Players Association.
They also made direct connections with a range of athletes that are interested in both technology and partnership opportunities.
The team said that there were a lot of growth opportunities that were in the works and that they had a lot of events planned to merge worlds.
The Summit also launched an advisory board that features athletes such as Angella Goran, Rondae Hollis Jefferson, Trevor Booker, Langston Galloway, and Al Harrington. It also includes members of the tech ecosystem such as Jay Rosenzweig, Dr. Cheri Bradish of Future of Sport Lab, Brady Fletch of the TSX, and Swish Goswami of Trufan.
Due to COVID-19, the Athlete Technology Summit has been transitioning towards a digital event.
They are currently looking to partner with brands and corporations that are interested in being a part of the virtual summit, which will take place in the fall of 2020.
The team has planned for the athletes on its advisory board to be at the Collision at Home conference. There will be an athlete entrepreneurship panel with Al Harrington, Langston Galloway, and Rondae Hollis Jefferson.
Additionally, there will be an athlete performance panel with Kayla Alexander of the WNBA, and a fireside chat with medical school graduate and KC Chiefs Super Bowl Champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to share stories around entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
There will also be a morning workout session led by Langston Galloway before the conference.
The Athlete Technology Summit also launched an Instagram Live Show that takes place weekly. You can tune in on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm. It features athletes and entrepreneurs who will be talking about business, culture, sports during quarantine, and topics around leadership, mindset and resilience.
Each show sees between 7,000 to 18,000 viewers. Special guests include Natalie Achonwa, Norman Powell, Trevor Booker, Miranda Ayim, Enes Kanter, and Jordan Clarkson.