Leaders in Sport, the premium, global events and media organisation announces today it’s partnership with IPL Franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), to host the official first edition of Leaders Meet Innovation in Bangalore, India. The event will take place 29-30 November 2023.
Having previously delivered premium Summits for senior executives in sport across the globe in places including London, New York, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai over the past 15 years, Leaders is excited to land in India for the first time.
Leaders Meet Innovation: India, in partnership with RCB, will convene global leaders in sports and media as they share ambitious plans to propel growth in the international sports market, both on and off the field. The vision for the long-term partnership is to catalyse discussion that will drive the future of sport forward in India.
This is an alignment with the launch of the RCB Innovation Lab, which is based on two principles, to bring sports innovation to as many people as possible and to collaborate with innovative organisations.
The event will be the convergence point where performance meets business and explore how growth, both on and off the field, is fueled by fresh thinking. Content topics will cover innovation in sports technology, media, business and performance.
Leaders’ Managing Director, Laura McQueen, commented “India is an exciting and thriving market with endless opportunity. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the team at RCB to bring Leaders to India to be part of the innovation happening here and showcase this to global sports business and performance executives around the world”
Rajesh Menon, Head & Vice President of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said, “RCB has this highly engaging fan base across the globe, and it has been numbered around 30 million. In 2022, we had touched a TV reach of 262.6 million, highest among all the IPL teams. As RCB is returning to their home turf after a gap of 3 years, we want to make it memorable in more ways than one. We want to break down the international barriers and showcase India as a thriving market. With the RCB Innovation Lab, it will be an attempt to take Sports Tech to next level in India. We, as one of the most popular sports teams in India, want to contribute and create meaningful footprints in sports in India which just do not confine to the playing arena alone and we believe if sports has to grow, then all aspects of the sports has to grow as well and we are on that journey with this vision.”
Key Dates & Location
• Tuesday 28 November 2023 (7pm – 9.30pm); Opening VIP Reception & Dinner; Bangalore, India.
• Wednesday 29 November – Thursday 30 November 2023 (9am – 5pm); 2 Day Leaders Meet Innovation Summit; Bangalore, India
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About Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited, a subsidiary of Diageo India. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (often abbreviated as RCB) are a franchise cricket team based in Bangalore, Karnataka, that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). One of the original ten teams, the team has made three final appearances in the IPL (in 2009 to the Deccan Chargers, in 2011 to the Chennai Super Kings and 2016 to the Sunrisers Hyderabad) for which they finished runners-up in all and reached the Playoffs for three consecutive years in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The squad consists of a fine blend of proven stars of the international arena and emerging talent. The international stars include the likes of Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga and Josh Hazlewood, the team over the past few years has also nurtured and developed top domestic talents. Two outstanding fast bowlers, Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj have gone on to become a regular feature for Team India across different formats, while more recently Shahbaz Ahmed and Rajat Patidar have earned a maiden national team call-up.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the rights to own and operate a team in Women’s Premier League with a bid of 901 Crores in January 2023. RCB shaped a bold squad in the auction with the buy of distinguished Indian opener Smriti Mandhana (INR 3.40 CR), who also happened to become the most expensive buy not only at WPL but among all other women’s cricket leagues in the world. Following the acquisition of the two-time ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the team proceeded to add notable international names to their squad including the Australian duo of all-rounder Ellyse Perry (INR 1.70 CR), and medium pacer Megan Schutt (INR 40 lakh), New Zealand’s captain Sophie Devine (INR 50 lakh), England’s skipper Heather Knight (INR 40 lakh) and South African all-rounder Dane Van Niekerk (INR 30 lakh).The young and emerging talented wicket-keeper Richa Ghosh (INR 1.90 crore) and right-arm pacer Renuka Singh (INR 1.50 crore) were among the significant Indian additions to RCB’s star-studded roster.
RCB is one of the most followed and loved T-20 teams and is recognized as one of the most engaged sports teams on social media platforms. RCB has evolved in their journey of brand building with multiple business ventures like RCB Hustle (a fitness product by RCB), Dash of RCB, a premium line of non-alcoholic mixer which is launched as an extension to already successful venture, RCB Bar & Café. Dash of RCB is the first of other Fast-Moving Consumer Goods options that the cricket brand has launched. The next in line in Dash of RCB – Bar Snacks, Uncut by RCB – a plant-based meat product, soon to be launched.
RCB has adopted the philosophy #PlayBold which resonates both on and off the field – Defeats don’t defeat us, the Challenger Spirit keeps us alive’. Download RCB Mobile Application to know more.