• The Greg Noman Company and University of Miami Announce Finalists for ‘Greg Norman’s Search for the Next Great Sports Entrepreneur’

    Golf Legend and Entrepreneur to Hear Business Pitches and Deliver Keynote Speech at UM Sport Industry Conference

    West Palm Beach, Fla. (February 10, 2017) – The Greg Norman Company (GN) and the University of Miami (UM) today announced five finalists for “Greg Norman’s Search for the Next Great Sports Entrepreneur” taking place at the UM Sport Industry Conference.

    Greg Norman and his team of investors held a worldwide search to discover the next successful entrepreneurs, inventors, creators and innovators in sport. After receiving hundreds of applications from around the world – including eight countries and five continents – the following finalists have been selected to present to Norman and his panel at the University of Miami Sport Industry Conference on March 24, 2017 for a chance to receive the financial backing and investment needed to jumpstart their venture:

    • FIOMET – Scott Rap, MD
    • Spalk – Ben Reynolds & Michael Prendergast
    • Snaptivity – Volha Paulovich
    • Game Cart – Pete Bastawros
    • The Grint – Jose Torbay

    “I am a firm believer in entrepreneurship and the impact it can have locally, nationally and globally. To have the opportunity to discover the ‘next best thing in sport’ and to give a head start to some young man or woman is really special to me,” said Greg Norman. “I myself am an entrepreneur and having made the shift from a professional athlete to a businessman required me to have a vision and also someone in the business world who believed in that vision. It is thrilling for me, almost three decades later, to have the opportunity to do it for someone else.”

    Following the competition, Norman will be delivering a keynote speech on entrepreneurship, brand building, and his pioneering shift from athlete to businessman. Those looking to attend the event can purchase tickets at www.miamisportconference.com. Space is limited.

    "The University of Miami is thrilled that Mr. Norman is dedicating the level of attention and interest in finding, mentoring and providing opportunities for the next great sports entrepreneur during the UM Sport Industry Conference,” said Alicia Jessop, University of Miami Sports Administration professor. “Mr. Norman's commitment to sharing his entrepreneurial knowledge and expertise with future sport business leaders allows the University of Miami to further its mission of creating knowledge.”

    About Greg Norman
    Arguably the most successful athlete-turned-entrepreneur in history, Greg Norman is widely considered a pioneer in athlete brand building. The internationally recognized “Great White Shark” won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including two British Open Championships, and claims the distinction of having held the No. 1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 consecutive weeks.
    Today, the Greg Norman Company boasts a diverse portfolio of more than a dozen well-established and successful companies, all bearing the iconic shark logo, across Consumer Goods and Services, Real Estate and Investments. And with a strong focus on authenticity, passion, confidence and leadership, the Greg Norman Company continues to inspire people to defy boundaries and play their own game.
    About the University of Miami Sport Industry Conference
    Founded in 2016 by the University of Miami Sport Administration program, the University of Miami Sport Industry Conference annually brings together hundreds of sport industry leaders to share ideas, solutions and best practices. Over two days each spring, top executives from every segment of the sport industry descend upon the University of Miami campus to interact and engage in relevant dialogue with professionals, students and scholars. The mission of the University of Miami Sport Industry Conference is to facilitate meaningful connections, produce relevant discussion and generate future innovations within the sport industry.