OpenBall, one of Plug and Play‘s resident startups, is an online platform designed to bring basketball enthusiasts together on the court. Their solution enables organizers to coordinate tournaments and keep track of multiple team and individual stats in real time using a simple mobile app.
OpenBall founders Ken and Yuk met each other during college in Hong Kong where they were the captains of their school’s basketball team. At the end of their college career, the two friends were disappointed to discover that there was little opportunity for them to continue playing organized basketball at the amateur level. Realizing this, they set themselves to the task of organizing their own league.
In an effort to find teams for their league as quick as possible, Chris and Yuk looked for an online platform that could help. When they were unable to find the solution they were looking for, it occurred to them to build their own. It was at this time that they began to work on OpenBall, and their idea quickly snowballed into popularity.
Chris and Yuk started OpenBall because they “wanted to make the amateur experience more professional.” When they started this project, they knew that they wanted to provide more than a simple way for players to organize basketball games. Once their platform was operational, they started contacting players, coaches, and league commissioners in the United States to determine the best way to expand their market. They also began to work on a reliable way for players to track their performance throughout each game.
OpenBall’s complete platform includes an auto-scheduler, score-tracking, and a mobile tournament bracket that can be updated from anywhere. Their scheduling solution accounts for factors such as gym and team availability, and their app enables coaches and organizers to post and update scores in real time.
OpenBall’s team was introduced to Plug and Play’s accelerator through our joint initiative with Cyberport Hong Kong. Cyberport, founded in 2002, is a “creative digital community with a cluster of technology and digital content tenants” that is owned by Hong Kong’s SAR Government. Their 100,000 square meter operation is host to a number of established companies in addition to an incubation program.
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