History

Early 2010 Stakeholder consultations commence to explore the concept of IT and Sports as part of the regional IT cluster (ICT Geelong) based in Geelong, Victoria (southwest to Melbourne Metropolitan region)

Early 2011 Partnership between ICT Geelong, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) incorporate an IT and Sports' stream into annual pitching competition. Melbourne Business Angel, Bob Beaumont is instrumental in guiding the ASTN early on by facilitating introductions to UCLA and UC Berkeley in the USA including Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of the lean launchpad methodology, Steve Blank, and venture capital and cluster of innovation expert, Prof. Jerry Engel at the Haas School of Business (https://executive.berkeley.edu/bob-beaumont).

October 2011 Federal Government's Department of Industry and Innovation (via Enterprise Connect Innovate Region Centre) hosts workshop with Prof. Jerry Engel, University of California in Berkeley (USA), Industry Advisor with the Department of Industry and Innovation, Mark Kelly, assists James Demetriou, Craig Hill and ICT Geelong to establish a business plan which combined with significant stakeholder support, gets submitted for funding request to the Federal Minister of Sport.

2012 Australian market in GDP from sports tech (based on ABS-data, Australian Bureau of Statistics) AUD250m and around 2,500 employees in the sector.

April 2012 Senator Kate Lundy, Federal Minister for Sport and Assisting Minister for Industry and Innovation announces a 2-year funding grant to establish the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN)

August 2012 Australian Sports technologies Network (ASTN) is officially established as a not-for-profit membership organization. Craig Hill is appointed the first Executive Director and James Demetriou become inaugural Chair

October 2012 ASTN holds the first-ever Australian Sports Technology Conference including the inaugural Sports Technology Innovation Bootcamp in Geelong. The 2-day event, which is attended by over 300 delegates and 30 industry expert speakers, is opened by Senator Lundy and the Chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) John Wylie https://www.ausleisure.com.au/news/australian-sports-technologies-network-to-host-inaugural-national-conference. Prof Danny Samson from The University of Melbourne releases an industry market study on behalf of ASTN. A Special Australian edition of the International Sports Technology Journal is issued featuring Australia's leading sports technology research.

June 2013 Australian Sports Commission (ASC) underwrites ASTN membership for more than 70 national sporting federations and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in a 2-year partnership. Under the partnership, the ASTN provides digital transformation masterclasses and workshops to sports federations.

August 2013 ASTN holds second Australian Sports Technology Conference attended by over 350 delegates. The former Head of Innovation at Nike, Erez Morag holds keynote presentation and facilities innovation bootcamp sessions attended by sportstech firms, sport federations and universities.

Early 2013 Under the Federal Government's Department of Industry and Innovation Industry Innovation Precincts (IIP) support program, the ASTN in partnership with ASC, AIS, Australian Football League (AFL), Tennis Australia and a number of leading sportstech firms like Catapult Sports, Champion Data, Fusion Sports and universities secure bid-support for AUD $6m in-principle funding to be matched with third party contributions. After change in Federal Government in late 2013, the IIP program is formally abolished by new Federal Government in early 2014.

Mid 2014 During transition, Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce Australia (META) supports industry partnership and Australian Sports Technology Conference with ASTN in 1-year funding grant before META is officially wound up in June 2015. ASTN facilitates first accelerator program called 'HeadStart' based on a funding grant extended by the City of Greater Geelong https://www.ausleisure.com.au/news/sports-tech-businesses-get-a-headstart-into-300-billion-market/

November 2014 State Government of Victoria announces funding support to the ASTN under the Manufacturing Productivity Networks (MPN) scheme. With MPN assistance ASTN extends program offering to develop export strategies, facilitate business matching and trade missions to Europe, India and USA. High potential sportstech firms also gain access to the Global Access Program (GAP) delivered at UCLA in California (USA).

January 2015 Appointment of Professor Franz Fuss (Swinburne University) to the ASTN Board of Directors

Early 2015 ASTN extends corporate partnerships with PwC and newly founded early-stage venture capital form The Australian Sports Tech Company (TASC).

Mid 2015 ASC and AIS renew partnership with ASTN for 2-year period

Early 2016 ASTN relocates from Geelong to Melbourne and co-locates offices with Madgwicks Laywers in Melbourne's CBD as part of partnership agreement

May 2016 First Australian Sports Technology trade mission to India and pre-Olympic Games sports innovation trade visit to Brazil

May 2016 Appointment of Dr Martin Schlegel (Lead Mentor for Accelerator and Pre-Accelerator Programs) to the ASTN Board of Directors

Mid 2016 ASTN received funding under Victorian Government startup agency LaunchVic under inaugural, 2-year funding agreement to facilitate acceleration programs. https://launchvic.org/rounds/round-1

https://launchvic.org/programs/astn-accelerator

October 2016 ASTN hosts sportech delegation from The Netherlands visits Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and Dutch Sport & technology sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

March 2017 Australian Sports Technology trade mission to the USA including visits to MIT Sports Analytics in Boston plus business matching in San Francisco and Los Angeles with the likes of the San Francisco 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, Red Bull, the US Olympic Committee, Stanford, and UC Berkeley

2017/2018 ASTN and STWS form partnership\nAppointment of John R Persico to ASTN Board of Directors

2018 Victorian sports tech sector grows to $8.3 billion GDP (via KPMG report)

May 2018 Australian Sports Technology trade mission to Europe including visits to Amsterdam and Eindhoven (Netherlands), Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich (Germany). Meetings and business matching as part of the Sports Innovation Summit hosted by the German Bundesliga, sports equipment and apparel tradeshow ISPO and visits to universities, research institutes and sportstech accelerator leAD (grandchildren of adidas founder).

February 2019 Appointment of Shaun Bajada (Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association) appointed to the ASTN Board of Directors

March 2019 Australian Sports Technology trade mission to the USA including visits to Boston MA, Atlanta GA, San Antonio TX and San Francisco CA\nhttps://astn.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/usatrademission.jpeg

May 2019 ASTN is invited to participate in SportAccord 2019 and ASTN Members are selected to present sportstech at the Gold Goast event

June 2019 and October 2019 Australian Sports & Sports Technology trade mission to China including invite-only attendance of Annual Internet Conference in Wuzhen https://astn.com.au/global-expansion/

August 2019 Victorian State Government via its startup agency LaunchVic announce further funding support for ASTN Accelerator program

August 2019 ASTN collaborates with Sports Tech World Series (STWS), organizers of the Australian Sports Tech Week https://sportstechweek.com with Hackathon, Innovation Masterclass, Partner Workshops, Sports Tech Startup Day, Australia Sports Tech Conference and plenty of networking opportunities.

November 2019 Inaugural ANZSTA https://anzsta.com.au/

February 2020 ASTN and Varcis Group form partnership for market entry in Asia

June 2020 Natalie Cook OLY (Executive Director "Elite Success and Partnerships" Queensland Academy of Sport) Appointed to the ASTN Board. ASTN QLD Node.

July 2020 ASTN and GSIC powered by Microsoft start the ASTN-GSIC pre-accelerator program with cohort 1 commencing live-online in September 2020 supported by Pitcher Partners (Finance), Madgwicks (Lawyers), M&J Creative (Marketing), Sports Tech World Series (Market Research and Validation) and VARCIS Group Ltd (Investment and Asia Market Entry Partner)

July 2020 Appointment of Cameron O'Riordan (Director od Sales and Marketing at Game Day Sports) to the ASTN Board of Directors. ASTN NSW Node.

November 2020 Varcis-GSIC-ASTN announce program delivery partnership for Asia. Appointment of N Cook OLY and C O'Riordan as QLD and NSW State Node representatives to ASTN board

December 2020 LaunchVic announces refunding agreement for ASTN accelerator program and new open innovation pathway collaborating with the 'father of open innovation', Prof. Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley (see https://www.astn.com.au/open-innovation)

September 2021 ASTN and Queensland Government (Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport) mentoring program commences

September 2021 ASTN receives a AUD $4m grant from Victorian Government to establish and manage the Australian Sports Innovation Center of Excellence (ASICE) https://www.astn.com.au/asice-centre.