Hosted annually by the NFL in conjunction with the Super Bowl, the 1st and Future pitch competition is an opportunity for startup companies from across the country to share their ideas and prototypes with an exclusive audience comprised of NFL and industry VIPs as well as a panel of expert judges.
Scott Hanson of the NFL Network emceed the event, which included welcome remarks from Gov. Greg Abbott, who delivered a moving speech about his own experience at the TMC.
Following Abbot’s remarks was a discussion on innovation and industry partnerships between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and GE CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt, moderated by TMC President and CEO Robert C. Robbins.
The company GoRout took home the grand prize in new technologies to help improve athlete communication with their on-field wearable technology and helmet-embedded screens.
The Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) won in the Training the Athlete category. Created by Buddy Teevens, the head football coach at Dartmouth College, the MVP is a remote-controlled, self-righting mobile “virtual player” that removes the need for live tackling during practice and subsequently reduces the incidence of injuries.
Windpact, the winner in the category dedicated to materials for protecting athletes, featured a patented padding system that uses air and foam to both absorb and disperse energy from impacts. The system is intended for helmets and other padding gear and was created under the guidance of NFL veteran Shawn Springs.
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TMCx and the NFL Host 1st and Future Startup Competition

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TMCx and the NFL Host 1st and Future Startup Competition

This past Saturday, nine startups descended upon TMCx, the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute accelerator, to battle it out for best of the best in game-changing technologies and innovative solutions to football’s biggest health concerns. In the end, one company in each of the three categories–Communicating With the Athlete, Training the Athlete and Materials to Protect the Athlete–rose to the top to claim a grand prize of $50,000, acceptance into the TMCx startup program and two tickets to Super Bowl LI.

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