Sports data startup SciSports raises €1.8 million

SciSports, which specialises in real time on football players, has raised a further €1.8 million in funding from new and existing investors.

The Dutch football data startup, which previously raised €1.35 million, plans to use the funds to roll out its automated player evaluation platform SciSkill Index and the BallJames real time data tool, which generates 3D data from video images of matches.

SciSports will invest in automating these tools for the media, gambling, and gaming industries, said founder Giels Brouwer.

“When BallJames is done, a lot more is possible. Think VR, goal-line technology but for the whole field, think second screen possibilities besides watching football on your TV,” added CTO Gerrit-Jan van Ahee. “It is impossible that we will also deliver the end product in all those markets, but with our engine we will fill the role of pure data supplier.”

The startup is seeking collaborators to partner with. The Polman Stadium in the Netherlands was the first to implement BallJames with a stadium in England currently being set up for beta tests. Also, the startup has a research partnership with the University of Twente, of which the company is a spinout.

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