Bhubaneswar:19/1/20: SPORT IT 2020, India’s first sports and innovation festival organised by Xavier Emlyon Business School (XEBS) and Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha, came to a grand end with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik exhorting startups and entrepreneurs to invest in sports sector of the State.
Addressing the Valedictory Ceremony at Kalinga Stadium, Naveen Patnaik said: “I appreciate the unique venture of the Xavier Emlyon Business School, Bhubaneswar and the Sports & Youth Services Department in hosting SPORT-IT 2020, India’s first-ever sports and innovation festival here in Bhubaneswar. With SPORT IT 2020, we want to create an inclusive platform that would not only celebrate sports innovation and entrepreneurship; but also involve sportspersons, sports startups, high-performance centres and students in a significant way. It will encourage the participants from the Sports fraternity to meet, exchange knowledge, and learn from one another.”
The Odisha Government has also invited the startup entrepreneurs who participated in the event for interaction for future association.On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed over the Best Startup Award to Funngage, a curated and integrated sports platform from Delhi, which received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh as announced by emlyon business school, France. Similarly, he also felicitated the team who won the Hackathon contest that included tennis player Chinmay Pradhan, para-athlete Dileshwar Rao, Program Manager, Naval Tata Hockey Academy Debashis Nayak, basketball coach Rajesh Singh, and Professor Sports Sovan Patnaik. They would be flying to Lyon in September to attend the biggest sports innovation festival in Europe, Sports
MSME and Industries Minister Shri Dibya Shankar Mishra, Sports and Youth Services Minister Shri Tushar Kanti Behera felicitated all 12 startup entrepreneurs who participated in the sports and innovation festival.
While the Industries Minister appreciated the unique concept of sports, innovation, and entrepreneurship, the Sports Minister said Government’s endeavours will take sports development to new heights in Odisha.
The valedictory function was also attended by Secretary, Sports, and Youth Services Department Shri Vishal Kumar Dev, Director, Sports Shri R Vineel Krishna, Vice-Chancellor of Xavier Univesity Fr. Tony Uvari, SJ, Founder of SAI International School Shri Bijay Sahoo and MD of Gupta Power Shri Mahendra Gupta.
Chairman of XEBS Ashley Fernandes, who offered the vote of thanks, announced that they were planning an Indo-French Sports Tech Incubator soon. “This is not the end, it’s the beginning of a transformation. At XEBS, we share common values. With the Government of Odisha, together we want to build an efficient and inclusive SportTech. SPORT IT 2020 is the foundation of this Indo-French sports hub. Cross-fertilization, between education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and inclusion is now a reality…only in Odisha!,” he said.
Over 1600 students including differently-abled and intellectually-challenged children also took part in the festival over two days and enjoyed the sports zones while also interacting with the entrepreneurs making SPORT IT 2020 a unique inclusive platform.