Jam @ GEM’s ‘Sport Innovators: Shaping the Future’ discourse held last August 27!

Taking place at the KL Forest Eco-Park, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 27, the Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM) organized another one of its substantial discussions in the region, this time focusing on the innovation for sport entrepreneurs and what can be done in the future.

Among the panelists were Mr. Jin Tan, CEO of Sportsplay.asia, a one-stop resource for all things sports and fitness, Mr. Nik Erman, a sports lawyer and member of the Sports Law Association of Malaysia (SLAM), Ms. Juliana Ali, a multisport athlete, blogger, and HR practitioner, and Mr. Nicholas Mak, Under Armour brand athlete, Astro Arena host, and cofounder of KOA Fitness. Mr. Jeffrey Ong, regional commercial director at PGA Tour and former Malaysian national swimmer, served as moderator.

Ms. Geraldine Bernardo, founder of Sport Management Council of the Philippines (SportPhil), also had the privilege of being invited as editor of PACE Magazine x Freyo.

Each discussed the role of innovation and technology in advancing sports especially how data-driven science can help innovate sports and help sport organizations make better management decisions.

Participants are composed of various sport entrepreneurs involved in sport events management, coaching academies, and other enthusiasts who want to get into the sport business. GEM sponsors such events, where they also invite members of the government and venture capitalists, who would like to fund these startup entrepreneurs.

To conclude, the moderator and panelists noted many alignments between their respective entities and the participants, and have opened to the possibility of future collaborations to address sport management issues besetting the Southeast Asian countries.

The Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM) is a non-governmental organization that aims to build, promote, internationalize and connect Malaysia-based entrepreneurs and the Malaysian entrepreneurship ecosystem to the global movement of entrepreneurs.