Business set to take part in accelerator programme
A Belfast-based sports tech firm, headed by former Ulster Rugby star Andrew Trimble, is gearing up for US success as it begins a three-month accelerator course there.
Andrew Trimble’s firm Kairos, which he runs alongside business partner Gareth Quinn, is poised to access top decision-makers at major US leagues such as the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.
Kairos is a communications platform for elite sports teams. It says it can “take the cognitive load off” professional athletes and allows them to focus on performance. It is used by Norwich City Football Club, Stoke City, Barnsley, Scotland Football Association and more recently, Portsmouth FC as well as several other high-profile clubs in the UK and Ireland.
But the company hopes to beckon more transatlantic clients following the US Techstars Sports Accelerator, Powered by Indy, Class of 2021 - a 13-week mentorship-driven programme ending with a ‘Demo Day’ in September.
At that event, Mr Trimble and Mr Quinn will showcase their progress to an anticipated audience of more than 500 investors from around the world.
The firm will also work alongside 200 respected mentors within the sports industry to refine their operations, including their market strategies, challenges and goals as part of the programme.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Trimble said: “So far we’ve done everything remotely and hopefully we will get out to meet the guys in person. This programme has helped us massively. We’ve already met with a number of sports organisations including non-traditional sports so there are many new opportunities for us.”
The accelerator programme is the latest phase in Kairos’ expansion. It completed a £1.5m investment in early 2021 following a few product releases.
Speaking about its products, Mr Trimble said: “As an athlete I know how bogged down players can get with things like scheduling, group chats, PDFs, whiteboards, screen grabs and the number of different sources we have to access. But our product allows athletes to be concerned with their performance by keeping all those necessary requirements that come with the professional sporting environment together.”
The company also has plans to further expand its team. According to accounts for the year up to November 2020, it has eight staff, including its two directors.