Press Releases

ASTN unveils ‘Sportstech Gold Coast Growth Plan’ propelling industry growth in the region for Brisbane 2032 and beyond

Date: 11-Jun-2024
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) – the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation, today launches its ‘Sportstech Gold Coast Growth Plan’ in partnership with the City of Gold Coast as it forges ahead with its mission of strengthening the region’s rapidly growing sportstech ecosystem.

New program to help Queensland sportstech kick growth goals

Date: 7-Jun-2024
As the Maroons demonstrate Queensland’s sporting dominance on the field, a new accelerator program is set to have Queensland sportstech startups kicking growth goals backed by Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).

ASTN launches Venture Capital Partner Network alongside Gandel Invest

Date: 20-May-2024

Forging targeted business matching between sportstech startups and VC firms.

The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) – the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation – is proud to announce the launch of ASTN’s Venture Capital Partner Network, signing Gandel Invest as the inaugural partner.

ASTN builds momentum through strategic leadership restructure

Date: 28-Mar-2024
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) – the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation – today announces key changes to its leadership team and Board of Directors, as it forges ahead with its vision of strengthening Australia’s sportstech ecosystem.

ASTN and etrainu open the doors to new on-demand online sportstech innovation program

Date: 29-Feb-2024
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation, has teamed up with etrainu, the leaders in community education solutions, to announce that enrolments are officially opened for the first program in its new ‘SportsTech Startup Series’.

ASTN and Honan Insurance Group partner to enable sportstech startups to be 'risk ready'

Date: 14-Feb-2024
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and Honan Insurance Group (HIG) have signed a 12-month Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see HIG share expertise with ASTN’s member base of budding sportstech businesses, whilst the ASTN will support HIG with its strategic business direction.

ASTN and Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) launch Open Innovation Challenge to support wheelchair athletes

Date: 20-Dec-2023
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has today announced that Australian sportstech startups have the opportunity to pitch their technology to the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) under ASTN’s Open Innovation Pathway Program, to help support wheelchair athletes.

New report: Fostering connections between Australian universities and local sportstech businesses

Date: 9-Nov-2023
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) releases inaugural ‘Power of University Partnerships’ report.

ASTN Masterclass Series: Calling all Queensland-based female founders

Date: 6-Oct-2023
Applications are now open for ASTN’s Female Founders Masterclass Series – designed to give female founders the tools to start and grow a successful sportstech business.

ANZSTA 2023: Industry awards celebrate innovators from the regions A$4.25 billion sportstech sector

Date: 30-Aug-2023
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND – WEDNESDAY, 30 AUGUST 2023: The Australia and New Zealand Sports Technology Awards (ANZSTA), presented by the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and STWS recognises excellence in the regions rapidly growing sportstech ecosystem.

ASTN receives funding under the Advance Queensland Initiative to accelerate female founders in QLD

Date: 31-Jul-2023
MELBOURNE – MONDAY, 31 JULY 2023: Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has received funding under the Advance Queensland Initiative to increase the success of female-founded sports technology and innovation (sportstech) businesses in Queensland.

ASTN, Visory and Findex partner to give sportstech entrepreneurs specialist business support

Date: 27-Jul-2023
MELBOURNE – THURSDAY, 27 JULY 2023: Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation, has today announced a strategic partnership with Visory and Findex to provide ASTN members access to a full suite of financial management solutions tailored for Australia’s rapidly growing sportstech industry.

ASTN announces changes to its board of directors

Date: 26-Jul-2023
James Demetriou has retired from the ASTN Board, after founding ASTN in 2012. ASTN welcomes Angela Dahlke to the Board of Directors and Cam O’Riordan steps down.

ASTN partners with WA Government to accelerate the WA Sportstech Ecosystem

Date: 5-Jul-2023
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has today announced a new partnership with the Government of Western Australia to accelerate the development of Western Australia’s sports technology and innovation ecosystem.

New report reveals Australia’s sportstech Sector is now worth A$4.25 billion

Date: 24-May-2023
ASTN releases its latest Sports Innovation Report for 2023 – revealing the sportstech sector is now head-to-head with Australia’s well established fintech sector.

ASTN appoints two Aussie sporting greats to represent Australia’s billion-dollar sportstech industry on the global stage

Date: 27-Apr-2023
Lydia Lassila and George Gregan, both legends of Australian sport and sportstech entrepreneurs, are appointed as global ambassadors for ASTN.

etrainu and ASTN create exclusive on-demand content for new wave of sportstech entrepreneurs

Date: 13-Apr-2023
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation, has partnered with etrainu to offer three key ASTN pre-accelerator eLearning modules to Australia’s newest sportstech entrepreneurs – allowing them to tap into a rich ecosystem of world-class industry backed and endorsed content, from anywhere at any time.

ASTN and GIS partner to bring industry-ready qualifications to current and future sportstech leaders

Date: 21-Mar-2023
A new global partnership designed to take Australian sports administrators to a new level of innovation and excellence was jointly announced today.

Paving the way: ASTN-WiST power 100+ list of leading women in sports innovation

Date: 28-Feb-2023
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and Women in Sports Tech (WiST) have today released a new report ‘Paving the way for Sports Innovation in Australia’ to recognise and celebrate more than 100 women who are leading sports innovation across Australia within government, industry, sporting institutions, universities and high-performance sport within Australia.

Leadership changes for ASTN’s Innovation Centre as it approaches its second birthday

Date: 9-Dec-2022
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation, has today announced that Kathy Coultas, former Director of Digital Economy and Strategic Technology Partnerships at Jobs, Precincts and Regions the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DJPR), will join the Australian Sports Innovation Centre of Excellence (ASICE) Advisory Council.

ASTN’s Open Innovation Challenge reimagines fan engagement for Melbourne Renegades

Date: 5-Oct-2022
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and the Melbourne Renegades have today announced that Sparkup Studios has been selected as the winner of its “Pitch to the Renegades” Open Innovation Challenge. The Challenge gave sportstech startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the Melbourne Renegades as part of a new Open Innovation Pathway pilot program facilitated by ASTN.

ASTN gears up for growth with senior leadership shuffle

Date: 5-Sep-2022
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the leading industry body for sports technology and innovation, today announced several changes to its executive leadership team with esteemed founder James Demetriou taking a back seat after more than a decade of championing Australia’s sportstech industry.

New report shows the future looks fit for Australia’s $3.1bn sportstech industry

Date: 27-Jul-2022
MELBOURNE - 27 JULY 2022: The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has today released its inaugural Sports Innovation Report 2022, proving that Australia’s sportstech industry is only just getting started, but is quickly building to be one of the most mature and interconnected sportstech industries in the world.

ASTN and Melbourne Renegades launch Open Innovation Challenge “Pitch to the Renegades”

Date: 29-Jun-2022
MELBOURNE – 29 JUNE 2022: The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has today announced that Australian sportstech startups will have the opportunity to pitch their tech to the Melbourne Renegades as part of a pilot opportunity in a new Open Innovation Pathway program facilitated by ASTN.

ASTN and WiST partner to change the ratio in Australia of women in sportstech

Date: 9-Jun-2022
MELBOURNE – 09 JUNE 2022: Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and Women in Sports Tech (WiST) have today announced a long-term partnership to work together to increase representation of women in the sportstech industry in Australia.

The new Landing Pad for European Sportstech Firms – welcomes Sports Cloud Australia Pty Ltd

Date: 31-May-2022
MELBOURNE – 31 MAY 2022: Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the governing body for sports technology and innovation, has welcomed Sports Cloud Australia Pty Ltd – market leaders in digital sport marketing – in an industry first to connect sportstech firms in the Netherlands to Australia’s sportstech sector

Golden Triangle partnership to empower and enrich Asia’s sports innovation ecosystem

Date: 19-May-2022
17 MAY 2022: Hong Kong-based Varcis Group, Melbourne’s Australian Sports Technology Network (ASTN) and Mumbai-based HiG Sports join hands to enable APAC market access for companies across Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan.

Victoria home to new ‘Super Cluster’ of Sport Innovation

Date: 30-Mar-2022
MELBOURNE – 29 MARCH 2022: This week marked the official opening of Victoria’s world-class Australian Sports Innovation Centre for Excellence (ASICE). The ‘super cluster’ of sport innovation brings together sports tech founders, entrepreneurs, and leading sports tech companies to accelerate local sports tech growth and attract national and international partnership opportunities for Victoria.

ASTN and Sportradar join forces to accelerate Australian inspired sports technologies

Date: 28-Mar-2022
MELBOURNE – 28 MARCH 2022: Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) – the governing body for sports technology and innovation – and Sportradar (Nasdaq:SRAD) – the leading global sports technology company creating immersive experiences for sports fans –have today announced a two-year partnership to facilitate growth in sports technology, in Melbourne, Victoria.

Sportstech Pre-Accelerator Program invites new round of entrepreneurs as doors open for 2022

Date: 18-Mar-2022
MELBOURNE – 17 MARCH, 2022: Australia’s newest entrepreneurs with a passion for sports technology will be able to tap into a rich ecosystem of world-class knowledge, mentors, and industry connections with Australia’s preeminent ‘Business of Sport’ Pre-Accelerator program opening its doors for 2022.

ASTN and XT Ventures collaboration marks significant step for sportstech in Australia

Date: 10-Mar-2022
A new partnership between the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and Sports Technology focused Global Investment Firm, XT Ventures, will support young Australian entrepreneurs take their product to the world stage.

ASTN powers sports innovation with new appointments

Date: 10-Feb-2022
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the governing body for sports technology and innovation, today announced two new key appointments as it prepares for substantial growth. Cam Vale steps into the role of General Manager Operations and Hayley Priestnall to Alumni Office Manager, highlighting a new leadership approach at ASTN to help accelerate Australia’s sportstech industry.

ASTN and Outerspace Design join forces to support local sportstech start-up & scale-up success Melbourne

Date: 20-Jan-2022
Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2022. Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and Outerspace Design today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Tech entrepreneurs and sport science professionals unite to drive innovation

Date: 11-Nov-2021
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), effective from November 2021.

Powering the local sportstech community to get more Queenslanders moving

Date: 21-Oct-2021
Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) and the Queensland Government Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS) haveannounced anewpartnership to accelerate Queensland’s sports innovation economy, as part of the Department’s commitment to innovation under the ActiveKIT program.

ASTN to welcome international sportstech student group to Pre-Accellerator

Date: 6-Oct-2021
The University of Bayreuth Melbourne Gateway Office and the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) have confirmed a collaboration as part of the ASTN-GSIC Pre-Accelerator program. The entrepreneurial education program will see a group of students from the University of Bayreuth, who are part of the Master’s Programme in Sports Technology at the University in Germany, take part in the live-online cohort between September and December 2021. The Bayreuth-based student group, who have developed a 3D-printed foot prothesis for children and made it to the finals of the German 3D-Printing Challenge, will take part in the program alongside other Victorian- and Australianbased sportstech founders, athletes, researchers and practitioners to expand their knowledge on innovation commercialization.

ASTN to establish Advisory Council for new Innovation Centre

Date: 22-Sep-2021
The Australian Sports Technologies Network has great pleasure in announcing the establishment of the Australian Sports Innovation Centre of Excellence (ASICE) Advisory Council.

ASTN to establish new world-class Sports Innovation Centre in Melbourne

Date: 9-Sep-2021
The Victorian Government Minister for Innovation, Medical Research, and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford yesterday announced support for Victoria’s growing sports technology sector with a $4 million investment to establish the Australian Sports Innovation Centre for Excellence (ASICE) in Cremorne, Melbourne’s global innovation and technology precinct.