The Future of Investment in Sports

Building partnerships for a dynamic sports economy

An Investopia event aiming to drive global investment, accelerate innovation, and shape the future economy of sports

7-8 December, 2022

In Partnership with

World Corporate Summit

About The Future of Investment in Sports

Following the inaugural edition of Investopia on March 28, 2022, at the Expo 2020 Dubai, “Investopia: The Future of Investment in Sports” was an exclusive event that brought together key decision makers from the world of football and the world’s top sports investors with the mission of building partnerships that would shape the future economy of sport.

“We were proud to start a discussion to drive global investment, accelerate innovation, and contribute to the growth of future generations. We wanted to create a dynamic business ecosystem where today’s economies grow and tomorrow’s are born. We came together to mark a new beginning,” said H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Ministry of Economy.

Investopia: The Future of Investment in Sports was an exclusive gala followed by a day of curated, closed-door, and peer-to-peer dialogues and networking within the context of the World Corporate Summit and the FIFA World Cup 2022. The World Corporate Summit served as a platform for impact with an overarching theme of sport that brought together key business leaders at the crossroads of international business for discussions and collaborations on changing industry dynamics, challenges, and opportunities.

Event Program

Investopia organized high-profile dialogues with prominent speakers and influencers to help accelerate innovation and drive investments in sports

πŸ•˜ 10:00 β€” 11:00 Room 1

Harnessing the Media Power of Sports for Business

With over 5 billion viewers expected to tune in to watch the 2022 World Cup, sports collectively benefit from a captive audience and more media coverage than the Fortune 500 companies. How can sports clubs and corporations benefit from the exceptional media power of sports?Is Professional Football dedicated to billionaires: Is the sports ranking established only according to the financial power of a football club? What places for each club, from the most modest to the richest?

Session Speakers

Santiago Zuza Fernandez

Santiago Zuza Fernandez

Cyril Linette

Cyril Linette

Moderator

Philippe Bruet

Philippe Bruet

πŸ•˜ 10:00 β€” 11:00 Room 2

Building the Smart Stadiums of the Future

What will the stadiums of the future look like? What are the most modern stadiums in the world? How can we still innovate? What will be the sustainability criteria?

Session Speakers

Alberto Colombo

Alberto Colombo

Robert Eenhoorn

Robert Eenhoorn

Moderator

Jerome Perlemuter

Jerome Perlemuter

πŸ•˜ 11:00 β€” 12:00 Room 1

Sports: The Next Big Thing for Private Equity

Football: The Next Big Thing for Private Equity: Private equity is playing an increasingly major role - club finance, transfer finance, league finance, opportunities and risks, arms race or brand development.

πŸ•˜ 11:00 β€” 12:00 Room 2

The Intersection of Technology and Health in Sports

Technology has the power to disrupt every sector, including sports health, from powering players to sports nutrition to avoiding injury and increasing recovery time. What are the key technologies that will revolutionize health in sports in the next decade?

πŸ•˜ 13:00 β€” 14:00 Room 1

The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Blockchain, including cryptocurrency and NFTs, has the opportunity to revolutionize all sectors, including sports, generate new revenue and solve a plethora of business challenges. What is the future of this new technology?

πŸ•˜ 13:00 β€” 14:00 Room 2

Achieving Sustainable Development through Sports

πŸ•˜ 14:00 β€” 15:00 Room 1

Unique Assets: Alternative Opportunities in Sports Finance

How can we regulate football investors which can win a slice of the action as the game looks at new funding tactics? Hedge funds, PE, alternative investment firms, asset managers and insurance companies).

πŸ•˜ 14:00 β€” 15:00 Room 2

The Future Now: Innovation in Sport

Technology can be harnessed to improve the game through development and innovation, enhancin the sports experience on and off the pitch. What are the key innovations revolutionizing sports and how can investment accelerate adoption?

πŸ•˜ 15:00 β€” 16:00 Room 1

Kingmaker: Creating Global Champions in Sport

Creating Global Champions: What is the best methodology? Is it through the football pyramid? Starting from the bottom and going to the domestic leagues, or is it with the Super League? How to ensure the life of football from the base to the top?

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