CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 22, 1999
SportVu to affiliate with UI Technology Innovation
IOWA CITY, Iowa The latest corporate affiliate
of the University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center (TIC) is SportVu, Inc.,
an Internet communications company that will broadcast sporting and other
events via the World Wide Web.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved a
lease that will enable SportVu to locate in the TIC on the Oakdale Research
Campus in Coralville.
SportVu, established in May 1999, will use some of
the latest developments in broadband technology to broadcast events, but also
disseminate information, training and educational materials.
Norm Wilkerson, president of SportVu, said his companys
goal is to produce many types of Internet broadcasts that are cost prohibitive
for regular television or radio broadcasts.
"We will be a broadcast network that will make
it possible for small to medium or non-traditional events and competitions
to be viewed or heard over the Internet, on a local, regional, national or
international basis," Wilkerson said.
Possible events and programs include distance-based
learning, sports competitions, on-line auctions, concerts, political events,
government meetings, small business programs, and video conferences.
Norm Wilkerson owns Equity Concepts, a Cedar Rapids
insurance firm. He was an assistant wrestling coach at the UI from 1973 to
1977 and has a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University.
He co-founded SportVu with Kevin Wilkerson, Sandy
Wilkerson and Tami McIntyre, who bring background and experience in business,
marketing, and computer hardware and software systems.
One of the Universitys technology transfer programs,
the TIC was established in 1984 to nurture new technology-based business ventures
and to encourage those companies to establish relationships with the UI.
With the addition of SportVu, the TIC will have 17
tenant companies. Some 12 TIC "graduate" firms remain in business
after leaving the incubator.
For additional information, contact Wilkerson at (319)
366-2314, or Tom Bauer, associate director of the TIC at (319) 335-4067.