Orlando Magic Innovation Challenge 2023


Fri Feb 03 2023 at 05:30 pm to Sun Feb 05 2023 at 10:30 pm


CNL Tower II | Orlando, FL

PITCH ideas or JOIN a team, and experience innovation in action at one of Orlando's favorite brands!
About this Event

The Orlando Magic Innovation Challenge is a 3-day event where developers, students, marketers, startup enthusiasts, graphic artists, and sports business professionals pitch new and innovative ideas at the state-of-the-art Orlando Magic offices. This program is powered by HyperValidation - a team that has delivered global award winning events.

How does it work? Orlando Magic will present you six (6) business problems that will give you visibility into the world of professional sports such as fan engagement, international outreach, partnerships, eSports etc. Executives will share their unique perspective on the issues and YOUR job (or the team that you join) has to pitch a startup idea that would solve that problem for the Magic and by extension other NBA teams or maybe even across sports.

Over the weekend, participants like you will form cross-functional teams around those ideas and develop a working prototype for presentation on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend you will work closely with leaders from the Magic, as well as experienced mentors and facilitators.

Not only that - you'll interact DIRECTLY with potential customers, get training in innovation methodology and pitch to a highly accomplished panel of judges on Sunday evening.

And check this out - The Winning team will be recognized AT CENTER COURT during halftime of a Magic game!

What else? ALL participants who participate for the entire event will get free tickets so you can watch the Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets . This will be a private suite with snacks included!

So - who can participate? Age requirement is that you be 18 and older, apart from that you need no specialized skills, experience or qualifications required!

This will be an unforgettable experience. So join us to:

LEARN innovation methodologies and tools

NETWORK with sports industry thought leaders, potential employers and high quality talent

ENJOY Seven (7) catered meals, unlimited snacks, drinks, and a ton of swag

FREE tickets to an Orlando Magic game post-event!

NOTE: If you are economically disadvantaged, you could qualify for a 100% scholarship! Email the organizers at [email protected] to request more information.

All you need to bring are your ideas, skills, and passion. Oh yeah, and your laptop!

Want to know what it feels like? Here's a taste of last year's event. :)

Here is how the weekend will go down:

Friday 2/3/23- 5pm-10pm

  • Registration & Welcome
  • Opening speakers
  • Instructions and overview
  • Networking
  • Pitching
  • Voting and Team formation

Saturday 2/4/23- 9am - 9pm

  • Breakfast
  • Mentoring to finalize value prop design
  • Lunch break (training: Value prop design and Customer discovery)
  • Team breakout on Value prop design
  • Teams plan customer discovery
  • Mentoring to finalize customer discovery
  • Teams to begin outreach to clients
  • Dinner: Team check in and updates
  • Teams breakout and continue work discovery/idea mockups

Sunday 2/5/23- 9am-6pm

  • Breakfast: Plan for the day, distribute slide template, and pitch training
  • Team breakout: Customer discovery, mockups and slides prep
  • Lunch: team check in and pitch practice sequence
  • Team breakouts: slide prep
  • Practice pitches and Tech check
  • Final pitches
  • Dinner & Judging
  • Prizes
  • Celebration

So grab your tickets now!

Not sure yet? Check out our fantastic judges below.

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Ryan DeVos is the Vice President of Shareholder Engagement with the Orlando Magic. Prior to serving in this role, Ryan was the Director of Magic Gaming and also worked in the Magic’s Business Strategy department as a Strategy Specialist. Ryan also has worked for the NBA league offices and received his International Business degree from Rollins College in 2013.

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Judge: TBA

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Judge: TBA


Where is it happening?

CNL Tower II, 420 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


USD 20.00 to USD 140.00

Ashley Elliott

Host or Publisher Ashley Elliott

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