Immersive Technology Sports Start-up Shortlist Announced for Verizon 5G Investor Day

As a part of our Immersive Technology Series by Sports Innovation Network we are excited to announce the start-ups short listed to pitch at our Verizon 5G Immersive Tech Investor Day on Monday, November 12.
From a host of early stage companies who applied our judging panel (comprised of some of the leading VC and early stage funds in the Bay Area) selected the following start-ups as some of the most exciting and disruptive in the immersive tech, sports & entertainment space.
Meet the Start-ups...

Visbit Inc

Visbit Inc. is a leading immersive media transmission and playback technology company. With its patented Visbit View-Optimized Streaming (VVOS) technology, Visbit is the world's first that is capable to support stream, live stream, local stream, and synchronically playback 360-degree and 180-degree up to 8K VR videos across standalone VR headsets, mobile, and web over today's internet condition. With the technology, Visbit offers full-scale VR video delivery and playback solutions and services across most mobile VR and AR platforms and have hundreds of clients across industries globally. For more information please go to


Edgybees delivers real time visual intelligence technology to full motion video for the Public Safety, Defense, Sports and Automotive Industries. The technology has been deployed following Hurricane Michael as well as for the PGA Championships, The company is funded by 8VC, Aspect Ventures, Motorola and Verizon.


Stargraph increases the engagement of the fans thanks to a proprietary technology that makes a live event even more unique and unforgettable. Fans, during sports and music live events, receive an authentic and exclusive “Stargraph” on their device, establishing a new type of direct relationship with their idols. Thanks to Stargraph, stars, sponsors and event organizers have a powerful Fan Relationship Management and Loyalty tool, perfect for generating new monetization flows.

Hearo Live

Hearo.Live adds the energy and emotion of a real, live audience to you, your media, and your event. We build, operate and aggregate virtual venues for eSports, sports, media companies, event producers, and more. Visit us here


FanWide ( is the world's largest fan club network! We promote over half a million game watch parties every year for fans of every pro, college and international sports team at over 10,000 sports bars nationwide. Check in for deals from sponsors or to earn FanChain cryptocurrency tokens (backed by the NFLPA, NBA’s David Stern, and other top names in sports), which can be spent on apparel, tickets or other sports experiences. FanWide also measures out-of-home (OOH) TV viewership for tens-of-millions of fans attending these events, which helps broadcasters and leagues increase their total viewing audience size.

ePlay Digital

ePlay Digital Inc. is a mobile game creator and league specializing in sports, esports and entertainment augmented reality titles, including their new flagship title Big Shot Basketball. Big Shot is an augmented reality mobile game described as Pokémon Go meets sports, esports, and entertainment. The first game title in the Big Shot series is targeted at NBA fans around the world. Other professional sports and leagues will become part of the Big Shot product line in the future. ePlay is operated by an award-winning team of sports, gaming and esports leaders as well as broadcast and digital technology industry experts, software engineers and athletes who have brought dozens of game titles to market for companies including Time Warner Cable, ESPN, Sony Pictures, AXS TV, Intel, CBS, and others.


ScoreStream is a crowdsourcing platform for local sports media. We cover over 13,000 games each week with scores, photos, videos and chat. Share scores, photos and commentary with friends and family. Get it

Hit Check

Bring our fast, easy, personalized assessment aid to the sideline, anywhere you play or practice. Assess and monitor your players’ performance over time.
Identify changes that may be cause for concern.


PASSboards sporting experience ties big data from teams, players and fans. By connecting them all with unique In Stadium / In Home / Out of Home experiences via 5G mobile platforms, we enable real-time fan participation and long-term engagement during Pre, Live and Post game. PASSboards disrupts by combining fantasy sports, live games and gaming features, where users can learn, earn and compete for rewards.


8i is a volumetric video technology company on mission to enable people to experience human content and each other in the most realistic way through holograms. There is currently a lack of real human content in immersive computing, and we're solving that problem by providing the easiest way to create, distribute and experience human holograms that look real and feel as if they are in the same room. Our proprietary technology transforms video from an array of cameras into a photoreal hologram of a human with real volume and depth, that can be viewed from any angle, on any device for augmented, virtual or mixed reality. We provide developers and creators with tools to integrate these holograms and enable a broad range of immersive experiences and apps with real people.

The investor afternoon is invitation-only and for senior execs is held in collaboration with our partners Verizon at their 5G Innovation Centre on Spear St on Monday, November 12. We have an incredible group of folk joining us, from the biggest leagues and teams in the US and internationally, traditional and new media companies and broadcast, consumer facing brands, VCs and start-ups. The winner will be announced at the end of the meet.