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Data analysis for the European Outdoor Market: value, volume, and growth!

Data analysis for the European Outdoor Market: value, volume, and growth! To provide member-company manufacturers, brands, and distributors with a detailed overview of the sales trends for the outdoor sports market, Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) contacted the international market research giant, the NPD Group, to conduct an in-depth study on the European outdoor market. This study covers 2016 and 2017. The details of this market study are confidential and reserved solely for OSV active members. Nevertheless, NPD and OSV would like to share a few key market trends* that every company and stakeholder should take into consideration: - The European outdoor market (34 countries including Russia) posted an average annual growth rate of +2% from 2008 to 2016, - Overall sell-out revenues for the European outdoor market reached 18.4 billion euros in 2016 (+4% over 2015), - Frane is the only country in Europe's "Top 5" (DE, FR, GB, IT, ES) where outdoor and ski apparel revenues grew from 2016 to 2017. For a few more details, download the official press release (in French). To obtain the full results for the study, which includes the in-depth analysis presented at the Annecy Base Camp Invitational on March 9, 2018, and detailed sales data for the major product catagories (apparel, footwear, hard goods for summer/winter outdoor sports), please contact Darin REISMAN (darin(at)outdoorsportsvalley.org) if you do not already have the study in hand (reminder: for active members only).  *Source : NPD Sport Consumer tracker & NPD Global Sport Estimate

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For year 3, another increase in the number of applications for the Annecy Base Camp business incubator

The six-week call-for-projects to join the Annecy Base Camp business incubator in 2018 came to a close last Friday, March 23.   For the third straight year, the number of applications increased. More than 49 qualified candidates from France and abroad submitted their projects for review with the hopes of entering the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program.   Innovative gear, services, applications, and web platforms figure among the projects. This year the youngest applicant is just 22 years old and the most experienced person hoping to earn their slot is 72. These motivated entrepreneurs are from Paris, Brittany, Marseille, Morocco, and of course the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region. For the first year of our partnership with Cluster Montagne, we also received 5 projects related to mountain development and participation in mountain sports.   We will now begin the first step in the selection process to determine which applicants will present their projects in person on April 24 and 25.   The 2018 call for projects highlights the rising interest in entrepreneurship in the sports, outdoor sports, and mountain development industries.

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Kicking off the future: Annecy Base Camp & ABC INVITATIONAL

One week ago, it was our pleasure to host a 2-day event just for you to inaugurate our new office building. On Thursday evening, March 8, the official inauguration for the Annecy Base Camp building marked both the culmination and the next phase of an entrepreneurship program launched by OSV and the Greater Annecy Area (Grand Annecy) in 2016. On Friday, member companies and key partners were invited to spend time at this new hub for the outdoor industry. The day's program, from dawn until dusk, included guided tours of the building, several conferences, and plenty of time to network. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate this important new beginning for OSV and to have made your contribution to not only the event’s success but also to the overall success of the association. View photos of the event: >> Photo album << This building is now a rallying point for the industry and its partners; the door is always open if you would like to meet with the OSV executive team or with one of the startups in the business incubator. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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OSV Master's and Bachelor’s programs are now recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year!

Are you, your kids, your friends, or someone in your wider network interested in entering a bachelor’s or master's program specifically designed for students who would like to work in the outdoor sports industry? The application process for 4 such programs is now open! Do not wait another minute, send in your application now. The first round of interviews (there will be others) will be held from February 27 through March 3. In 2012, OSV, in partnership with Université Savoie Mont-Blanc’s IUT Annecy Technical Institute and emlyon business school, established several Bachelor’s programs and a Master’s program to meet the specific needs of an ever-changing outdoor sports industry. The 3 bachelor’s programs start with 6 months of classwork (100% in English) followed by a 6-month internship. The master's program starts with 10 months of classwork (100% in English) followed by a 6-month internship as well as a master's thesis. Are you interested in product design and innovation? Then product management might be just what you are looking for… The Bachelor’s program in Performance Sports Textile & Footwear (PSTF) is designed to train the product managers of the future. Gain genuine knowledge and experience by taking courses in biomechanics, R&D, textile industry economics, product design, and so much more! For more information and to apply Are you a natural-born storyteller? Do you dream about a career developing communications and marketing tools for the world’s most incredible outdoor gear? Become a Go-to-Market manager… The Bachelor’s program in Sports Design & Communications (SDC) is designed to train future go-to-market specialists capable of finalizing a product range, writing the core backstory, and overseeing the market launch. Gain genuine knowledge and experience by taking courses in digital communications, design tools, innovation, go-to-market, and so much more! For more information and to apply Are you a people person? Do you enjoy a good challenge? Does a career in sales and negotiations appeal to you? Become a sales specialist in sports… The Bachelor’s program in Sales Specialists in Sports (I3S) is designed to train future international sales representatives and managers. Gain genuine knowledge and experience by taking courses in sports marketing, sales techniques, negotiations, product innovation, and so much more! For more information and to apply Are you interested in project management? Become a manager or project manager in the sports industry… The Master of Science in Sports Industry Management is designed to train future sports industry executives and managers. Gain an overall view of the ever-changing international sports market as well as the specific skills and tools to succeed in a highly sought out and competitive industry. For more information and to apply Joining the outdoor sports industry means joining a dynamic, innovative, and passionate industry focused on excellence. So what are you waiting for?

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Calendar

OSV COCKTAILS & NETWORKING x MAXI RACE

OSV COCKTAILS & NETWORKING x MAXI RACE

Friday 25 may
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Maxi Race

Maxi Race

Saturday 26 may
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Alps Bike Festival

Alps Bike Festival

Friday 15 jun - Friday 16 feb
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OutDoor Show Friedrichshafen

OutDoor Show Friedrichshafen

Sunday 17 jun - Wednesday 20 jun
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OUTDOOR SPORTS VALLEY - OSV

"Outdoor Sports Valley - OSV" designates both a region and industry cluster dedicated to outdoor sports. This region covers the entire Alps and ecompasses thousands of employees who work in the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planet’s most unique playgrounds.

The Outdoor Sports Valley concept, developed in Annecy in 2009, became an official association in 2010, and a certified industry cluster (Grappe d'Entreprises) in 2011 by the French state (DATAR). Annecy, exceptional geographic and strategic location, is the official capital of the Outdoor Sports Valley.

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