Ticketmaster Acquires Blockchain
Ticketing Solution

10.18.18 // Upgraded (Fall 17)

“Ticketmaster has acquired blockchain ticketing solution, Upgraded. Upgraded converts traditional tickets into secure interactive digital assets protected by blockchain which prevents fans from purchasing fraudulent tickets and provides event creators with more control over ticket distribution…”

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America East Conference Automates
Highlights League-Wide With Reely

10.08.18 // Reely (Fall 17)

“The NCAA America East Conference has adopted technology built by Reely to enable league-wide automated video highlights. The Division 1 conference, which includes colleges in the northeast such as the…”

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Nix Biosensors Wins Sports & Fitness
Industry Association’s Start-Up Challenge

10.03.18 // Nix (Fall 16)

“Boston-based Nix Biosensors recently won the grand prize at the third-annual Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s (SFIA) Start-Up Challenge, held in Denver on Sept. 26. The company received a $15,000 check via Black Lab Sports and an all-expense-paid trip to visit the Under Armour Innovation Team…”

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Greg Norman Invests In Alternate
Sports Commentary Provider Spalk

10.02.18 // Spalk (Spring 18)

“Spalk, a company that allows viewers to choose their preferred language, style, or even team bias for commentary, has announced a $1.5 million seed round. Former professional golfer Greg Norman and his business, the Greg Norman Company, led the investment…”

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VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder Will
Talk Holograms At TechCrunch

09.22.18 // VNTANA (Spring 17)

“VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder calls the company’s technology, ‘the world’s first scalable, affordable and interactive hologram.’ The startup’s tech has certainly wowed crowds in recent years…”

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Reely Taps Into ‘Inevitable Future’
Provides Instant Highlights Using AI

08.29.18 // Reely (Fall 17)

“For most sports organizations, highlight videos are the bread and butter of digital content. With so many hours of game film, however, it can be difficult keep up with the demand for highlights…”

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Strobe Light Technology Helps Bills WR
Andre Holmes Train Eyes

08.21.18 // Senaptec (Fall 16)

“To be a successful wide receiver in the NFL, it goes without saying that you need to have a reliable pair of hands because without those, you’re basically a nail with no hammer to pound you into place. But Andre Holmes, the Bills’ veteran backup receiver and special teams’ contributor, is a firm believer that eyesight is just as important…”

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Madison FishingStartup Hooked
By Oregon Marine Electronics Firm

06.16.18 // Fishidy (Fall 15)

“Five years ago, Fishidy launched its app as a way to help anglers keep a record of their catches and share tips with their friends on the hot fishing spots…”

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Jaguars Partner With Fan
Intelligence Platform, IdealSeat

06.12.18 // IdealSeat (Fall 17)

“The Jaguars announced a partnership with IdealSeat, a leading provider of sports fan experience data…”

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Mental Medicals & Light Mosaics
Football’s Technological Revolution

05.31.18 // Senaptec (Spring 16)

“Why do England choke in penalty shootouts? There’s been no way of knowing…until now…”

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Fishidy, Developer of Tech That Aids Anglers,
Sold to Flir Systems

05.24.18 // Fishidy (Fall 15)

“Fishidy, a startup that has developed map-based tools to help fishing enthusiasts document and share information, was acquired in April by Flir Systems, a developer of thermal imaging cameras and sensors…”

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MiLB, Satisfi Labs Partner
To Enhance Fan Experience

05.14.18 // Satisfi Labs (Fall 16)

“Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced a new collaboration with Satisfi Labs to create a bilingual customer service AI conversation platform for more than 30 MiLB teams…”

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New Hydration Technology To Be Worn
By Boston Marathon Participants For First Time

04.12.18 // Nix (Fall 16)

“Racing into Marathon Monday, your training is on point, your sleep is on point, and your nutrition is on point…but what about your hydration?…”

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Reely Will Help Kansas Jayhawks
Create Automated Highlight Videos

03.20.18 // Reely (Fall 17)

“The University of Kansas is expected by many to continue to advance through this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. But some in the school’s athletic department are already focused on baseball season with an eye toward a new technology partnership…”

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St. Louis Blues Sign Deal With Reely
For AI-Generated Highlights

02.16.18 // Reely (Fall 17)

“Whether it’s a slapshot goal by rightwing Vladimir Tarasenko or a stick save by goalie Jake Allen, the next St. Louis Blues highlight reel will be created by a computer. That’s because the Blues have inked a deal with Santa Monica-based Reely…”

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SXSW Startups:
Nix Senses Sweat

02.08.18 // Nix (Fall 16)

“The 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event has selected 50 startups in 10 categories to show off their skills on March 10 and 11. Winners in each category will be honored at the Accelerator Award Ceremony. The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event takes place within the Startup & Tech Sectors track of programming…”

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SXSW Startups:
UPGRADED Smart Tickets

01.24.18 // Upgraded (Fall 17)

“At the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event in Austin, 50 diverse startups have the chance to impress a panel of industry experts. Half will pitch on Saturday, March 10, and the remaining 25 will pitch on Sunday, March 11. Winners in 10 categories will be honored at the Accelerator Award Ceremony. The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event takes place within the Startup & Tech Sectors track of programming…”

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NFL Sideline Tech Tour & More
From The Week In Sports Tech

10.07.17 // Block Six Analytics (Fall 16)

“Startups to watch: I was impressed with presentations from Daniel Chao from Halo Neuroscience and Adam Grossman from Block Six Analytics — two sports tech companies with impressive traction…”

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Forces of the Industry:
Brian Jensen, Fishidy

10.03.17 // Fishidy (Fall 15)

“Brian Jensen, Fishidy’s founder and CEO, has an educational background in the technology field, but a lifelong passion for the sport of fishing…”

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‘My Whole Life Was A Mess’:
Rehabbing Vision After Concussions

10.03.17 // Senaptec (Spring 16)

“Only the unidentified voice remains. The baseball game is gone. The drive to the field vanished. That morning’s school day disappeared. The previous weeks, too. Just four words, maybe from the catcher, linger in Jared Schwartz’s memory. “Are you OK, Jared?…”

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Ticket Touting & Fraud Is Soaring.
Blockchain Might Be The Fix

10.01.17 // Upgraded (Fall 17)

“Last year, Christopher Plant, a real estate agent from Philadelphia, paid $1,000 to buy four tickets to the hit musical Hamilton from an agent on Craigslist. However, when he tried entering the Richard Rodgers Theatre to watch the event with his family, he was turned away because his tickets were counterfeit…”

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Startups are Using Ethereum’s Blockchain to Combat
Ticket Touting and Fraud

09.30.17 // Upgraded (Fall 17)

“To combat increasing ticket touting, fraud, and counterfeiting, startups are utilizing leading blockchain networks including Bitcoin and Ethereum to create immutable and unalterable platforms to process the sale and distribution of tickets…”

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A New, Artificially Intelligent
Hologram Was Just Born

09.26.17 // VNTANA (Spring 17)& Satisfi (Fall 16)

“VNTANA and Satisfi Labs have announced a new platform that will allow businesses to develop a hologram concierge to be used in business. The project fuses artificial intelligence (AI) with augmented reality (AR) technology to produce a 3D persona that can interact with customers…”

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Even College Baseball Teams Are Now
Embracing The Big Data Approach

09.25.17 // Senaptec (Spring 16)

“The Hawkeyes have transitioned from a non-entity to one of the best programs in the Big Ten conference since head coach Rick Heller took over in 2013. “I do believe that some portion of our success can be attributed to the technology we have and how we implement it…”

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Tech Crunch Disrupt 2017
Reely Sports Highlights Clipping

09.28.17 // Reely (Fall 17)

“Reely is for sports fans that want to capture highlights realtime and share with their community.”

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Lightning, Satisfi Labs Partner
To Launch ThunderBot

04.18.17 // Satisfi (Fall 16)

“The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a partnership with Satisfi Labs to launch a customer service artificial intelligence chat bot for the Lightning. The bot is designed to help with simple fan questions about attending events at AMALIE Arena…”

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Kadho Sports Welcomes Legendary Football Coach
Bruce Rollinson As New Sports Advisor

04.05.17 // Kadho Sports (Spring 16)

“ Kadho Sports announces that Head Coach Bruce Rollinson of Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) will be joining the company as a sports advisor. Kadho Sports has previously developed a cognitive sports training platform for…”

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Greg Norman Invests In Alternative
Sports Commentary Provider Spalk

10.02.18 // Spalk (Spring 18)

“Spalk, a company that allows viewers to choose their preferred language, style, or even team bias for commentary, has announced a $1.5 million seed round. Former professional golfer Greg Norman and his business, the Greg Norman Company, led the investment. Stadia Ventures, Ice Angels, and Sparkbox ventures also contributed…”

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5 Companies Picked For
Stadia Ventures Fall Cohort


“Stadia Ventures announce its Fall 2018 cohort for its sports and esports business accelerator. Based in St. Louis, Stadia Ventures is an early-stage, sports- and esports-focused venture capital firm with an accelerator program. Since 2015, Stadia Ventures has invested in 30 portfolio companies…”

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Sports Startup Accelerator Stadia
Launches New $25 Million Fund


“Stadia Ventures, the St. Louis-based business accelerator for sports startups, has started raising toward a new $25 million venture fund. According to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission…”

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Stadia Ventures’ Spring 2018 Cohort Graduates
With Hometown Demo Day


“After fourteen-weeks of intense mentoring and business development, the four sports business startups—FocusMotion, GamerzArena, IdealSeat, and Spalk—in the Stadia Ventures Spring 2018 cohort finally graduated from the Stadia Accelerator on June 15th…”

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Fishidy, Developer of Tech That Aids Anglers,
Sold to Flir Systems

05.24.18 // Fishidy (Fall 15)

“Fishidy, a startup that has developed map-based tools to help fishing enthusiasts document and share information, was acquired in April by Flir Systems, a developer of thermal imaging cameras and sensors…”

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St. Louis Sports Accelerator Launching
Program In Frisco, TX


“A St. Louis, Missouri sports startup accelerator is making its move into North Texas. Stadia Ventures announced Friday that it’s aligning with LaunchPad City in Frisco to launch its first accelerator program in the region, which will debut a new esports-focused track…”

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Stadia Ventures To Launch
Esports Accelerator Program


“Stadia Ventures, a St. Louis-based sports innovation hub, has announced it’ll launch an esports accelerator and expand its sports accelerator program to Frisco, Texas. The sports-focused venture capital firm has teamed up with LaunchPad City, a business incubator in Frisco, for the new esports-focused accelerator program…”

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St. Louis Will Share Stadia
Accelerator With Dallas Suburb


“Stadia Ventures, which has run its sports accelerator program in St. Louis since 2015, is branching out to Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Beginning this fall, Stadia says, the five or so startups it selects for a 14-week accelerator program will split their time between St. Louis and Frisco…”

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Sports Startup Firm Considers
Frisco A Home Run


“The Texas trip was hosted by LaunchPad City, which works with startups and has been in talks to bring a branch of Stadia Ventures to town. Its vision focuses around sports and e-sports.”

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3 Los Angeles-area Sports Startups
Get Investments From Stadia


“Stadia Ventures, the St. Louis-based accelerator that invests in sports startup companies, has bought into four new companies. Each of the four companies — three of which are located in the Los Angeles area with the other from Pittsburgh…”

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St. Louis Ties Pay Off
For Canadian Sports Entrepreneur


“Joe Shuchat is the founder of sports software firm Winning Identity, which he sold in 2016 to Blast Motion of Carlsbad, Calif. Blast Motion’s software shows analysis of a golfer’s putting stroke on a smartphone…”

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Why 2 Canadian Startups Are Setting
Up Shop In StL


“They say growth begins where your comfort zone ends. A pair of Canadian entrepreneurs are applying that advice to the business of sports data. John Thorp and Joe Shuchat have taken their startups, Winnipeg-based BodiTrak Sports and Toronto’s Winning Identity, to St. Louis in order to explore global markets and accelerate business growth by joining innovation hub Stadia Ventures…”

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5 Companies Selected for SFIA
‘Start-Up Challenge’


“A select group of five finalists have been awarded entry to the inaugural Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) ‘Start-Up Challenge,’ to be held this fall at the 2016 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit. The SFIA collaborated with Stadia Ventures Founder & Managing Director Art Chou, to carefully vet and select five finalists.”

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Stadia Ventures Announces Spring 2016 Accelerator Demo Day Highlights Five Sports Tech Companies


“Stadia Ventures celebrates the completion of its second sports business accelerator cohort with a Demo Day at Gateway Motorsports Park. The theme of the event is Sports+Investing and is headlined by a panel discussion on sports investing that includes…”

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St. Louis Ties Pay Off For Canadian
Sports Entrepreneur


“Joe Shuchat didn’t move his company to St. Louis as intended, but he gives this city credit for the big break that changed his plans. Shuchat’s Toronto-based startup, Winning Identity, was one of the first participants last year in a sports-business accelerator launched by Stadia Ventures.”

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Stadia Ventures–Demo Day at
the Racetrack


“When you talk about the legacy of St. Louis and the passion for sports combined with what’s next, you get Stadia Ventures. We’re going to take another field trip to Gateway Motorsports Park for Stadia Ventures, investment fund and accelerator for sports technology startups, for their Demo Day.”

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Stadia Ventures Has Added These Five Startups To Its Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator Program


“Stadia Ventures, the growing sports accelerator out of St. Louis, has announced the selection of five sports startups that will be entering their Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator program. Here they are in alphabetical order…”

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Two Canadian sports startups
move to St. Louis


“Two sports technology firms from Canada are moving their headquarters to St. Louis to be close to Stadia Ventures, an investment and consulting firm. Winning Identity is moving here from Toronto and Boditrak Sports is moving from Winnipeg.”

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Stadia Ventures — Investing in Sports
Technology Start-ups


“Stadia Ventures is a first-of-its-kind investment fund for sports-related technology start-ups and its based in St. Louis. Michael and Travis talk with the co-founders, some of the start-ups in the first cohort, and representatives from IBM Watson and Under Armour, who are supporting the fund.”

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Nicklaus: Sports Startups Find Warm
Welcome In St. Louis


“Joe Shuchat founded his company in Toronto and participated in a business incubator in Orlando, Fla., but he says two dozen days in St. Louis have been his most productive time as an entrepreneur.”

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Sports Accelerator Stadia Ventures Holds
First Demo Day


“We hope someday we’ll be building an office building in Ballpark Village for one of these companies,” Bill DeWitt III (President, St. Louis Cardinals) said. “For us it’s a wonderful opportunity to seed and support these young companies, and we’re rooting hard for them to succeed.”

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St. Louis Sports Accelerator To Demo Their Startup’s Success At Busch Stadium


“Besides the Dodgers and RGA joint accelerator, there is another sports accelerator that is worthy of the sports industry’s attention. It is called Stadia Ventures and it is based in downtown St. Louis.”

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Stadia Ventures Announces Inaugural Cohort in Sports Business Accelerator


”After receiving over 175 applications from all over the world in 30-days, Stadia Ventures, the Sports Innovation Hub, is excited to announce their inaugural cohort for their Stadia Sports Business Accelerator.”

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New St. Louis Accelerator Will Invest In
Sports-Related Startups


“St. Louis already has accelerators for technology firms, agribusiness, biotechnology, women-owned startups and financial firms. On a per capita basis, we may be the accelerator capital of the world. Since we claim to be a great sports town, it makes sense to add fun and games to the mix.”

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Stadia Ventures Launches Accelerator and Expects to Invest $10M in Sports Startups


“Stadia Ventures, the Sports Innovation Hub, announced the launch of Stadia Accelerator, a business development accelerator for sports-related startups. Stadia Accelerator expects to invest $10M over the next five years to help sports startups get to the next level through the combination of up to $100,000 in equity investment, intensive mentoring, and connections to the top sports business executives in the country.”

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Sports Business Accelerator Launched By SLU Entrepreneurship Director


“Tim Hayden, Saint Louis University’s director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, has launched a new sports business accelerator called Stadia Ventures that will publicly launch Friday night at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cortex.
Stadia, also founded by former Rawlings executive Art Chou, will invest $100,000 in sports related startups twice a year and pair them with mentors in the region.”

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Most notable was the broad range of expertise the speakers brought to the table. We had consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists - just about everyone that you would want to get advice from as you're growing a business. Our company specifically used financial recommendations, improved the clarity of our brand messaging, and changed our partnership strategy, all resulting from advice given by the speakers.

Tyler Feret, Founder and CEO


I can definitely say the program is invaluable to my company and my professional development. Each week we focus on different important elements related to creating great brands and businesses.We have thought leading speaking guests, beneficial exercises and we receive very constructive critiques that make our businesses better.

Brian Jensen, CEO

The weekly content from Stadia has been substantial, the keynote speakers have been influential, and the mentorship has been invaluable. Stadia hasn't just surrounded our group with big-thinkers; they're also individuals that have experienced success. Amongst the companies that we've personally interacted with: Under Armor, Getty, Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Blues - just to name a few.

Matt Sebek, Founder/CEO

The Stadia Accelerator has been a game changer for our business. The guest speakers they’ve brought in have been world class industry leaders. The mentor team has put us in a position to take our business to the next level. I would strongly recommend Stadia to any and all sports startups.

Joe Shuchat, Founder and President

Winning Identity (now owned by Blast Motion)

GolfNow always has been a company with a start-up spirit, so it’s great to see accelerators like Stadia helping entrepreneurs down the path to realizing their full potential as a business. With GolfNow’s investments in sports and technology, we understand the importance of entrepreneurship and fully support programs like these.

Will McIntosh, SVP of Business Development & Strategy

Stadia has opened my eyes to some great avenues for thought and innovation. This exposure is a great help in directing the USGA’s activities.

Hunki Yun, Director, Strategic Projects

Stadia is creating a powerful program to fuel activity in the sports entrepreneurial marketplace. Great resources, advisors and a passion for innovation makes the Stadia program an invaluable launch pad for emerging concepts.

Chris Zimmerman, President & CEO

Stadia Ventures truly fills a void by helping entrepreneurs bring innovation to the world of sports. The St. Louis Cardinals have enjoyed partnering with Stadia and their cohort companies as they develop new sports technologies and innovations. We look forward to helping Stadia transform St. Louis into one of the leading sports innovation hubs in the world.

Dan Farrell, SVP for Sales and Marketing

The Stadia Ventures Demo Day was an incredible experience. Getting to see their broad network of advisors and mentors, and understanding the guiding role they've played in the success of the startups in their program was an inspiration for new accelerators such as ours. I look forward to continuing to work with Stadia- they've been amazing partners and have been instrumental in helping to set up the infrastructure here at the Sixers Innovation Lab.

Akshay Khanna, VP of Strategy

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