InCrowd shortlisted for the BT Sport Industry 2016 Cutting Edge Award

Sport Industry Group has unveiled the Official Shortlist for the BT Sport Industry Awards 2016, featuring a variety of outstanding campaigns, sponsorships, programmes, brands and activations from across 13 different categories and we very pleased to announce InCrowd has been shortlisted for the BT Sport Industry Cutting Edge Sport Award.

The nomination is testament to the industry leading work by InCrowd’s technology team, who are based in “Silicon Beach” Brighton. 

We are facing some formidable competition in the form of DNAFit, Football Foundation, Formula E, Hawk-Eye and Henley Royal Regatta. The full list of nominations can be seen here

Nick Keller, chairman, Sport Industry Group, commented: “The wide variety of work on the Official Shortlist is proof once again that the UK sport industry leads the way in creativity and innovation. We are delighted by the incredible level of high-quality work to be found across the board.

“Throughout a thorough steering process, overseen by our official adjudicators EY, the Steering Committees had as tough a job as ever narrowing down the list, with any piece of work making the Official Shortlist representing a truly stellar achievement.”

The Official Shortlist was selected through an extensive Steering Process -involving more than 70 key industry figures and 40 hours of intensive judging, fully overseen by EY – and will now go forward for consideration by the main Judging Panel, who will decide the winners in each category.

The industry’s flagship event will see over 1,750 major players from the world of sport, business and entertainment come together for an unforgettable night celebrating the standout work from across the sporting world.

BT is the Headline Partner of the BT Sport Industry Awards, joining EY as an Official Partner.

Albion Ventures invests in InCrowd

Albion Ventures LLP (‘Albion Ventures’), one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, has led a £1.65m funding round in the mobile fan engagement and sports marketing company InCrowd Sports (“InCrowd”). Albion Ventures are investing alongside Sky and a number of angel investors.

The management team is led by Aidan Cooney who previously set up the world’s leading sports data company, Opta, also backed by Albion Ventures. He is joined by two IMG executives and a technology group borne out of the University of Sussex Innovation Centre.

InCrowd develops mobile apps for professional sports clubs underpinned by the unique technology solution developed by the team at the University of Sussex. The technology solves the problem of poor connectivity in crowded places and allows phones to share all available connectivity, rather that compete for it.

InCrowd apps contain real-time content, match analysis and interactive fan games which directly engage sport’s most committed fans. InCrowd currently works with 10 football clubs including Middlesbrough and Watford and will be investing heavily in technology to create digital sponsorship rights for clubs and leagues. With over 50% of the UK’s advertising spent on digital, this will be a major growth area for sport sponsorship over the next five years.

Ed Lascelles, Partner at Albion Ventures said:

“We are delighted to be working with Aidan again after our successful time together with Opta. He and his team at InCrowd have a huge opportunity to transform and enrich fans’ experience at live sports events, while at the same time offering rights holders and brands hyper targeted access to a large and valuable market.”

Emma Lloyd, Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Investments at Sky, said:

“This is the latest in a series of Sky investments in pioneering technology companies, which we know bring real benefits to customers. We’re really looking forward to working with InCrowd, a company that shares our passion for innovation, and for finding new and exciting ways to deliver content.”

Aidan Cooney, CEO of InCrowd said:

“This round of funding not only enables us to invest in the technology needed to improve experiences for fans, clubs and sponsors but also brings with it a number of incredible people who will help us on our journey.”


For further enquiries please contact:

Patrick Evans / David Sells (for Albion Ventures)

+44 (0)20 7282 2863 or /


Archie Woodhead (for InCrowd)

+44 (0)20 3137 9873 or


About Albion Ventures

Albion Ventures LLP is a leading venture capital investor which has been managing investments in small unquoted UK companies since 1996. Albion has over £270 million under management across six Venture Capital Trusts and a portfolio of around 60 businesses.

Albion Ventures looks to invest £1-10m in growing businesses within a variety of sectors including healthcare, technology, environmental, travel and leisure, and asset-based businesses. Our approach is to provide strategic advice as well as financial resources in order to realise the full potential of the business invested in and so create returns for our shareholders.

Albion Ventures is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

About Sky

Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 21 million customers across five countries: UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Sky offers the best and broadest range of content, deliver market-leading customer service and use innovative new technology to give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose.

Sky has annual revenues of over £11 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of £4.9 billion. The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

About InCrowd

InCrowd is a sports marketing company that uses technology to bring fans closer to the teams they are passionate about. They build club apps based on proprietary TribeHive Connect software, which networks all phones with the app installed, boosting connectivity in sports stadiums, dramatically improving fan’ access to data.

InCrowd enables fans to directly participate via their smart phone, expressing their views, opinions and predictions to each other and via the stadium’s big screen. This also provides a platform for clubs to build one to one relationships with their fan base, whether they’re watching from the stands, the pub, or their home.