Our sports business accelerator family
Upgraded (Fall 2017)
Upgraded converts traditional event tickets into secure digital assets that are deployed onto an Ethereum Blockchain. These tickets work with existing entry systems while delivering digital encryption, enforceable sales restrictions, stored value capabilities, customer data, and other dynamic elements that turn any ticket into a “smart ticket”.
ACQUIRED BY: Ticket Master and Live Nation
Fishidy (Fall 2015)
Fishidy created the most advanced location-based fishing social network that provides hot-spot maps, local reports and tools to help you catch more fish. With over 1,000,000 users, they are ranked #2 on World Fishing Network’s list of “Top Mobile Fishing Apps.” In addition, they are ranked on World Fishing Network’s list of “Top Mobile Fishing Apps.”
ACQUIRED BY: FLIR Systems
Winning Identity (Fall 2015)
Winning Identity provides golf software solutions to maximize athletic performance potential and heighten motivation for new generations of golfers in one centralized location. Leveraging partnerships with the Golf Channel, Golf Channel Academy and Golf Now, they are helping athletes and teams achieve their goals.
ACQUIRED BY: Blast Motion
Wearable X (Spring 2019)
Wearable X designs and engineers smart textiles that incorporates patented sensing and feedback platform invisibly integrated into clothing. Nadi X is the most sophisticated product that is considered the “Peloton of Yoga.” It pairs their sensor and vibrational feedback built into yoga pants with a sophisticated analytics platform that allows the customer to practice their yoga and recovery on their own terms with the guidance of a “virtual” instructor. It offers better quality, personalized feedback in the comfort of their own home and costs less than a personal instructor.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Launched with Saks in the US and Selfridges in the UK, they have sold over 1,000 units direct to consumer.
VNTANA (Spring 2017)
VNTANA’s social augmented reality technology creates shareable group experiences by placing the digital in the real world. They are the leading social augmented reality company empowering brands through realistic holographic experiences.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Intel, LA Clippers, LA Dodgers, Lexus, Marvel, Mercedes, Microsoft, NBC Universal, NFL Hall of Fame & Museum, Nickelodeon, Nike, Pepsi, San Diego Padres
Spalk (Spring 2018)
Spalk’s remote sportscasting studio empowers broadcasters, content owners, leagues, schools and teams to grow their audience by letting viewers choose a commentator to suit their preferred language, style or team bias, while driving audience growth and digital fan engagement.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: FIBA, Seven Network, Rugby Canada, Maori Television
Senaptec (Spring 2016)
With elite athletes and teams using their system, Senaptec provides solutions to assess sensory performance, compare the results to others with similar demographics, and then improve capability.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Confidential; teams in Argentine Football, Australian Rugby, MLB, NFL, NBA, NCAA, NHL. Additional clients in U.S. Military and Optometry
Satisfi Labs (Fall 2016)
Satisfi is an intelligent engagement platform that combines the speed and accuracy of automation and the personality of a live person. Satisfi’s unique location-based, mobile solution enhances the on-site and online experience by introducing features like AI and bot technology to capitalize on previously unknown information and insights.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Atlanta Falcons, American Express, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Herschend Family Entertainment, Hilton Worldwide, Indiana Pacers, Jujamcyn Theaters, Kansas City Royals, Macy’s, Mall of America, MLBAM, New York Mets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Red Bull New York, Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Tampa Lightning, USTA
Rookies (Fall 2015)
Rookies creates fully personalized trading cards for all of life’s big events. Within minutes, users can edit everything about a baseball card; the photos, the text, and the color. Fans can share their digital cards or send to print a pack of physical baseball cards that rival the ones you opened as kids.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Minor League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Under Armour
RockDaisy (Fall 2017)
RockDaisy is a data visualization platform for front office staff, coaches and scouts. Built by former senior technologists at the NFL.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: NFL, NHL, and NBA teams as well as global brands like National Geographic
Rival.ai (Fall 2018)
Rival.ai is an esports technology company that provides advanced industry standard scouting reports for teams, trainers, and the betting community through the use of artificial intelligence.
Reely (Fall 2017)
Reely uses a proprietary computer vision and artificial intelligence platform to provide professional video production and distribution capabilities at a fraction of the cost. Their cloud-based platform automatically detects video highlights at 10x the speed of real time with over 95% accuracy in field sports.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Major League Lacrosse, EverSport Media, RMN Wrestling, Sky Sports, Yokal Sports
RC21X (Spring 2017)
RC21X created a human performance assessment tool that uses fun, easy-to-use video games to monitor brain performance, enhancement programs while improving on-field performance.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Over 600 NFL Athletes through the NFL Concussion Settlement, NovaCare, American Amateur Baseball Congress
Pledge It (Spring 2019)
Pledge It is the leading sports crowdfunding platform empowering professional athletes, high school teams and fitness enthusiasts to earn donations based on their athletic performance.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Teams and athletes (like James Harden, Mike Trout, Lindsey Vonn and Russell Wilson) have raised more than $12M for causes from nearly 100,000 users, and Pledge It is trusted by the world’s top brands like adidas, CBS Sports, American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Pico (Spring 2017)
Pico.Buzz has created a SaaS platform that makes it easier to communicate with fans before, during and after games while allowing properties to drive new revenue through sponsorships, ticket, concessions and merchandise sales.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Hapoel Jersualem F.C., Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C., Israel Football Association, Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C., Philadelphia Marathon, Samsung, Sport1, Scottrade Center, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Surge, Universal Music, University of Illinois, Wilmington Blue Rocks
Outdoor Access (Fall 2018)
Outdoor Access is Airbnb for land and outdoor recreation. Their platform “Unlocks the Outdoors” by connecting landowners with outdoor enthusiasts for short-term land rental for recreational activities like hunting, fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding.
CURRENT CLIENTS: Since its 2016 launch, Outdoor Access has signed up nearly 3,000 members who have accessed 500+ listings and spent almost 10,000 days pursuing their outdoor passions.
Nix (Fall 2016)
Using proprietary technology developed at the Harvard School of Engineering, Nix is developing a single-use wearable hydration sensor for athletes. Removes the guess work of when to drink, what to drink, and how much to drink.
CURRENT STAGE: Testing prototype
Meridix (Spring 2016)
Meridix allows anyone to create ESPN-like live webcasts using a smartphone – without a production truck. Schools, sports teams, universities and other organization can webcast their events through live streaming audio and video, real-time game scores and data, text message or email alerts, and mobile content tools.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Calvert Hall, ESPN Williamsport, Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL), Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL), Texas Sports Radio Network (TSRN)
MaxOne (Fall 2016)
MaxOne is the all-in-one coaching platform for coaches to train, communicate, and build more effective athletic programs. They allow coaches develop skill and strength workouts, post calendars, send texts and emails, and share strategies.
TRACTION: 1,000 paying customers, 2,000+ coaches using, 15,000+ athletes using, 45 states, 14 sports
LEIF Tech (Fall 2015)
LEIF makes the one and only patented-electric skateboard that shreds like a snowboard. With a successful Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign and hitting 5X of that goal in online pre-sales, they created a board that allows you to shred year-round…anywhere in the world.
Leaguer (Spring 2016)
Kadho Sports (Spring 2017)
Kadho Sports creates cognitive training tools for athletes based on the latest in neuroscience to help athletes make faster, more accurate decisions.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Confidential; teams in MLB, NBA, NCAA, and US Olympic program
INFLCR (Fall 2018)
INFLCR is a SaaS platform for sports team properties to store, track and deliver their content across their influencer network of athletes, coaches, former athletes, media and more.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: 20+ college, high school, and professional teams, including the University of Miami Football and the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball teams.
IdealSeat (Spring 2018)
IdealSeat provides ticket companies and ticket departments for teams and universities the ability to identify better leads—and convert those leads at significantly higher rates—because they are offering fans more experiential data to make more informed ticket buying decisions.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Arizona State University, Bandwagon, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Storm, StubHub
GymDandy (Fall 2016)
GymDandy is building solutions that put athletes in their place.
Within the sports software landscape, there are tools to help parents become more organized, coaches become more effective and athletes to become bigger, faster and stronger. But none of these functions can happen without a space to play. Enter GymDandy, the industry solution for managing and reserving athletic space.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Madison Parks & Rec
GoWild (Spring 2019)
GoWild is the fastest growing social media and activity tracking platform for outdoors enthusiasts.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: In only 18 months, the GoWild community has grown to more than 60,000 users, and developed partnerships with over a dozen brands, including Garmin, National Wild Turkey Federation, First Lite, ALPS OutdoorZ, and more.
GamerzArena (Spring 2018)
GamerzArena hosts daily video game contests where users can compete across a variety of different game titles such as Fortnite, PUBG, League of Legends, Overwatch for cash and prizes while offering brands and video game studios a marketing activation platform to engage with new and existing customers in an organic fashion.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Barstool Sports
FocusMotion (Spring 2018)
FocusMotion combines a smart garment with a motion algorithm to create the only clinically validated, patented method for physicians, therapists, and insurers to assess and monitor orthopedic patient recovery both before and after the operation.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Cleveland Clinic, LuLu Lemon, NIOSH, RhinoCo, GolfLogix and Zenjuries, and they were one of Fast Companies’ 2017 World’s Most Innovative Companies
Fancam (Spring 2019)
As the world leader in high resolution event photography since they pioneered the medium in 2010, Fancam is evolving from their zoomable, 360º images to their new CrowdID platform, which combines computer vision and artificial intelligence to extract facial analysis data from large crowds.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Atlanta Braves, Boston Celtics, Daytona 500, D.C. United, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Twins, New England Patriots, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays, Champions League Final, MLB World Series, NBA Playoffs, NCAA Final Four, NHL Stanley Cup, NFL Super Bowl, Rugby World Cup
EZ Waves (Spring 2016)
Yachts and private fishing expeditions are usually reserved for the 1%. EZ Waves allows the other 99% the same opportunity – to be on the water in less than 3 hours.
TRACTION: BoatU.S., Global Sportsman’s Network (GSN), Harvey Magazine, Kastking, Guy, OutdoorsFIRST Media, U.S. Sailing
Boost (Spring 2019)
Boost uses artificial intelligence to level the playing field in sports scouting and recruiting. The platform extracts millions of data points from video and turns them into player comparisons and insights about skillset, performance, and sports IQ.
TRACTION: 7 college basketball teams and is an official data provider at The Portsmouth Invitational, which is the first of only two NBA pre-draft camps.
Block Six Analytics (Fall 2016)
Block Six Analytics fuses together technology and analytics to enable buyers and sellers of sports sponsorship to clearly communicate using data to make better strategic decisions.
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Gatorade, MLS, New Jersey Devils, Pepsi, Philadelphia 76ers
Blinder (Fall 2018)
Blinder is a call scheduling and recording tool for PR managers. It allows them to provide great access to their ‘talent’, without compromising privacy or performance.
CURRENT CLIENTS: Olympic champions, Grammy winners, and teams from the Premier League of English football to the NCAA
Behind The Picks (Spring 2016)
ACE (Spring 2019)
ACE is improving athletic performance by boosting an athlete’s brain performance. Scientifically proven by NASA, DARPA and the Israeli Air Force, the computer-based training system, IntelliGym, has shown a 20%-30% improvement.
CURRENT CLIENTS: Used by over 40,000 athletes, the platform has improved on-field performance by professionals all the way down to 10 year olds.
Aireal (Fall 2018)
Aireal is a geospatial AR-platform that allows digital content to be instantly placed anywhere in the world and interacted with through mobile technology as if it were part of the real world.
CURRENT CLIENTS: Dallas Mavericks, College Football Playoff, Discovery Channel, and more
For sports startups moving to the next level
BodiTrak Sports is a leading-edge sports technology company, focused on the interaction between an athlete and the ground. BodiTrak Sports builds tools to help coaches and athletes improve performance.
What People are saying
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.