Accelerator – Stadia Ventures

Accelerator An immersive bootcamp surrounded by mentors

Apply Now for Fall 2017 Cohort

Stadia Accelerator helps established sports business startups get to the next level through the combination of up to a $100,000 equity investment, intensive mentoring, and connecting you to the top sports business executives in the country. We leverage our network of industry executives that includes senior leadership at teams, leagues, sponsors, manufacturers, marketers, investors, business services, etc. And we finish the delivery by helping companies close their next deal, land their next investment round, or find an exit partner.

Our success is determined by your financial success!


  • Application
  • Selection
  • Acceleration
  • Graduation
  • Post-Graduation
Twice a year, Stadia Venture conducts a private and public call for submissions around the world. We are looking to invest up to $100,000 for equity in up to five of the best, established sports business startups. If you have an existing product or service, have traction, and are generating revenue proving that you are solving a pain, we want you to apply for the Fall Cohort or Spring Cohort.
There are two rounds of evaluation for the Stadia Accelerator cohort. First, applications are reviewed by several Partners and Advisors of Stadia Ventures, whom are hand-picked by the Stadia Ventures staff based on industry experience, expertise in the stage of your company, or other relevant characteristics. Next, the application and feedback from the initial judges are reviewed by the Stadia Capital Investment Committee, which is a group of the most experienced entrepreneurs, sports business executives and investors who are invested into the Stadia Capital fund. Finally, a select group of founders will be invited to pitch their businesses to the Investment Committee at a Finalist Pitch Day, which will be followed by an opportunity for in-depth Q&A. The Stadia Accelerator cohort is usually announced soon after the Final Pitch Day.
Founders come to St. Louis on Wednesdays through Fridays for 6-sessions over 12-weeks. They are immersed in our business development accelerator, which is an intensive business boot camp, while being surrounded with some of the best sports business talent in the world. Our team’s strength is the network of senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors we bring to bear for every founder.
Graduation culminates with a Demo Day, which is where each founder pitches investors, potential customers and the media. The goal of this day is to secure additional funding, new partners, customer sales, or an exit.
But it doesn’t end with your Demo Day. As a member of the Stadia Ventures family, you will always be family. Therefore, we will be on the lookout to help our founders for the life of their company (and well beyond). Whether you are looking for additional resources (human and capital), business development inroads, or strategic board advice, Stadia Ventures and our network will be here for you.

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