Haseltine Lake announces two-year sponsorship of the UK's first-ever sports business incubator

03 February 2017

Haseltine Lake, announces it has agreed an exclusive two-year sponsorship deal with the UK’s first-ever sports business incubator, The Sport Hive, which was officially launched at the University of Stirling Innovation Park yesterday (Thursday 2 February) in Scotland.

Building on the University of Stirling's excellent reputation for sport, The Sport Hive will be a hub where entrepreneurs, students and businesses come together to develop ideas that enhance the world of sport. It is the latest venture by the Sporting Chance Initiative, which was set up in 2010 to create and support Scotland’s next generation of sports entrepreneurs. The project has already helped over 700 Scottish companies realise their business potential.

Dr John Rogers, Lynn Blaikie, Magnus Johnston and Ryan Carenduff

Haseltine Lake is establishing its first Scottish office, led by Partner Magnus Johnston. Magnus comments, “Supporting grass-roots innovation is at the core of what we do at Haseltine Lake. When we heard about a first-of-its-kind sports business incubator opening on the doorstep of our newly launched Scottish presence, we knew we had to be involved.

“Sports technology and design is a sector we have considerable experience in, so the fit is perfect. We see the sector as a huge growth opportunity against a backdrop of uncertainty, with questions surrounding Brexit and Scottish independence. We want to help entrepreneurs make their business a success in Scotland and beyond, and show the world that Scotland is open for business.”

The Sport Hive was officially opened yesterday at a celebratory reception which saw over 50 guests attend.

The Sport Hive Incubees

Head of Stirling University Innovation Park, Lynn Blaikie adds, "Having Haseltine on board as our sponsor is a tremendous boost for the new Sport Hive. The investment will help us nurture and develop our incubees who are brimming with ideas for sports products, services and technologies. As leaders in the field of patents and trademarks, Haseltine's IP experience will be invaluable in getting the innovative ideas of our young entrepreneurs to market."

To download the full press release, click here.

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