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The SPOBIS is much more just than a series of presentations and discussions. In addition to our two-day stage programme, the SPOBIS also offers countless opportunities for networking, working, brainstorming ideas, developing careers – and naturally also having fun.

Captain's Dinner

On the organiser’s invitation!

On the eve of the official start to the SPOBIS, our managing directors invite selected guests to attend the Captain’s Dinner. This very special side event offers representatives from our top partners and other leading industry representatives optimal opportunities to exchange in a unique atmosphere.

Participation is by personal invitation only.


To get in the mood for the two-day SPOBIS, partners, exhibitors, speakers and other guests are invited to our “Pre-Opener” on the eve of the official conference start. We have decided to once again host this event at Tim Mälzer’s Restaurant Hausmann’s in Düsseldorf’s old town.

Participation is possible through a limited VIP-Ticket or by personal invitation only.


Two full days of content – you might just need to let it all sink in first. Ideally, in relaxed surrounds during the traditional get-together. The major gathering of the sports business scene!

There will be plenty of time and opportunity to exchange with all of the other conference participants and to make new contacts over some tasty snacks, beer, wine and cocktails.

Get-togethers will be held on both SPOBIS evenings and are an absolute must for all those active in the sports business industry!

*NEW* Elevator Pitch

With the Elevator Pitch, the SPOBIS 2019 gains a valuable new networking format. Upon prior registration, rights holders, agencies, start-ups and service providers can present their innovative concepts and ideas directly to the industry’s marketing and sponsorship decision-makers during a pitch lasting a maximum of 10 minutes.

*NEW* Career Day

In order to further reinforce the SPOBIS platform and networking concept, we will host a SPOBIS Career Day as one of our many side events.

Interested participants will have the opportunity to meet with and introduce themselves to top employers from the sports business industry.

On the second SPOBIS day, Thursday 31 January 2019, a whole host of personnel decision-makers from companies and institutions that are well-known within the industry will be available for confidential discussions.

*NEW* WhatsApp live meetups

During the SPOBIS, we will host meetings on different topics with the aim of bringing like-minded people together. Ideally, a WhatsApp group will then be set up that group members can also use to exchange after the SPOBIS.

SPOAC Inside

Prof. Dr. Sascha L. Schmidt will provide exclusive insights into the Esport case study on FC Schalke 04

The case study, which is also taught as part of the General Management Program in Sports Business (GMP) at the SPOAC, outlines the central challenges for the club in terms of its Esport commitment. Participants discuss the management decisions most critical to success in the typical SPOAC format. Strategic decision-making in dynamic markets will be discussed during the interactive discussion.

At the end of the session, Prof. Schmidt will answer participants’ questions. In short: he’ll give the SPOAC “inside scoop”.


On your marks, get set – network! Use the networking rounds for surprise encounters and make up to 15 new contacts in just 30 minutes. Places are limited: first come, first served!


In the masterclasses, it is our partners who set the tone. Held in smaller rooms with a maximum capacity of 150, the masterclasses run for 60 minutes. They are organised individually and independently by the SPOBIS partners. From champagne receptions to customer meets and classic presentations – the options are endless.

In parallel to our own stage programme, all participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in specific aspects of an additional variety of topics in exclusive surrounds.

Please note: In 2019, all masterclasses will take place on the first conference day (Wednesday 30 January). The number of participants per masterclass may be limited.

Open Presentations

The Open Presentations are another interactive format being offered at the SPOBIS. Their USP: they’re short, interactive, personal and above all subject-specific.

They will be held by exhibitors in the Expo area on both conference days. The focus will be on the topics of digitalisation and technology in sport in particular.

11mm meets SPOBIS

During the SPOBIS 2019, there will be a cooperation with the world’s largest football film festival 11mm from Berlin for the first time according to the motto of “Football romance meets sports business”. One catalyst for the cooperation is the huge increase in sports documentaries on streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon and DAZN, which recently released extremely costly productions on Manchester City, Juventus Turin and Mario Götze. Together with 11mm, we will present a number of short football films at the SPOBIS during the intervals between programme items. This new format is supported by Volkswagen.


In order to further reinforce the SPOBIS platform and networking concept and to establish the event as an annual meeting place for the entire industry, we are creating space for a whole variety of meetings by associations, clubs and commissions for the first time on the second conference day. The following meetings will take place during the SPOBIS:


Students and alumni of the German Sports University Cologne use the SPOBIS to exchange on the latest scientific findings. The two topics of “The role and potential of footballers in internationalisation” and “Internationalisation of the Bundesliga: The curse and blessing of acquiring international football fans” will be presented and discussed by graduates and employees of the German Sports University Cologne. The event is organised by alumni of the sports media and sport management programme (ASS).


Fit for work together!

The event kicks off a two-year project by streetfootballworld to promote social cohesion through football and facilitate access to the subject of career preparation. The project aims to establish a network of organisations in Germany that use football to prepare disadvantaged young people with and without flight experiences for a professional career, to establish an exchange of methods and knowledge on the subject, and to expand existing programmes or set up new ones. During the kick-off event at the SPOBIS, the cooperation partners will get to know one another, exchange information, and identify synergies and needs in order to define activities and milestones for the joint project.


German Golf Association (DGV e. V.) – members roundtable

Discussion to assist DGV members in strategy development, in particular on member communication, association financing and golf development. The DGV board of directors will advise in direct dialogue with its members in order to develop sustainable content.


KIM ALUMNI meets: hosted by the network for the future of sports management

As part of the internal KIM ALUMNI event, all members of our career incubator as well as selected guests and friends of our network will meet at the SPOBIS 2019. We will discuss the future direction of the largest German-speaking network of young sports managers and forge further plans for our 1,000 members during a small workshop. 


Meeting of the Association of German Stadium Operators (VdS)

The forty-second meeting of the Association of German Stadium Operators (VdS) will also take place during the SPOBIS. The VdS sees itself as an alliance for the exchange of information and advice between stadium operators and also represents their interests. Founded in 2007, the VdS currently has a total of 46 members.


Meeting of Working Group III of the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC)

The EVVC represents around 750 event and convention centres, arenas and special event locations in Europe. The original aim and concern of the EVVC is to facilitate an exchange of experiences between the individual centres, exchange knowledge and information, support members and lobby for the industry’s interests. The members of Working Group III will meet at the SPOBIS for one of its two to three annual working group meetings.


PUSH - Sport e.V. - Meeting

Im Rahmen des PUSH- Sport e.V. Meet-Ups treffen sich einmal mehr Medaillengewinner, weitere Spitzensportler und der PUSH-Sport e.V. zum jährlichen Austausch mit Fokusthemen wie Athletenförderung- und Vermarktung. Hinter dem Verein stehen Persönlichkeiten und deren Netzwerk, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt haben, Spitzensportlern pragmatischen und unbürokratische Unterstützung zukommen zu lassen.


Sports Maniac Community MeetUp

Digital meets analogue. This is the motto for the Sports Maniac community’s meetup at the SPOBIS. Whether you’re a community member or simply interested in digital trends and innovations in the sports business industry, the Sports Maniacs meetup is just the place to broaden your digital horizons, and to exchange and network with the community on the most important future topics in sport.


SPO-MAN get together

The non-profit association SPO-MAN currently brings together around 650 students, graduates and employees from the sports management programme at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences. During the visit to the SPOBIS, the focus will be on current issues in addition to further training in the exchange between members.


VSD meeting of working groups and regional managers

The professional association of German sports managers (VSD e. V.) will begin its twenty-second year by launching a new working group on “Digitalisation in Sport”. The working group’s spokesperson, Soufiane El-Bali, will give a keynote speech, and the working groups and VSD regional groups will also have the opportunity to present and agree the association’s activities in 2019. At the same time, the meeting will also kick off the new annual “VSD goes SPOBIS” format that aims to enable coordination between the working groups and regions during a face-to-face meeting. 

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