Enterprise Fellow scores partnership with Homeless World Cup

Enterprise Fellow Roy Hotrabhvanon and his start-up PlayerData have partnered up with the global social enterprise, Homeless World Cup to bring their wearable tech to their games and players.

PlayerData will be providing tracking systems to capture data from over 500 players and 40 countries at the 16th annual Homeless World Cup in Mexico City later this year in November. PlayerData’s products monitor athlete’s biometrics, performance and technique and helps to give insight to individual and team performance.

Roy Hotrabhvanon was awarded an RSE Scottish Enterprise Enterprise Fellowship in 2017 and co-founded the start-up PlayerData in 2015 with University of Edinburgh colleague Hayden Ball. He’ll be finishing his RSE Enterprise Fellowship in September this year. Since founding the start-up they’ve gained backing from Mike Welch of Full Circe Partners and Sir Terry Leahy and have won awards from Scottish EDGE, SIE and Made in Scotland.

The Homeless World Cup Foundation is holding it’s 16th annual event in the Mexican capital this year in front of an estimated 200,000 spectators as well as millions online.

Mel Young, co-founder of the Homeless World Cup Foundation said: “We are really excited to be partnering with PlayerData. Their tech will offer our teams and fans an insight into teams’ performances like never before and I believe that this is the first of many exciting collaborations with them. We look forward to seeing the devices in action.”

Speaking about the new partnership, Roy Hotrabhvanon commented: “We’ve got big plans to make a real impact in wearable tech, in sports to begin with but we’re already examining other markets. It’s an exciting time for the team and our investors and as we close in on the end of beta testing with paying clients, and it’s an honour and privilege to be partnering with such a well-respected global tournament as the Homeless World Cup.”

The next RSE Enterprise Fellowship application deadline is 31st October 2018 – find out more about RSE Enterprise Fellowships and our current and former awardees here.