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Why Two Canadian Sports Startups Are Setting Up Shop In St. Louis

Why Two Canadian Sports Startups Are Setting Up Shop In St. Louis

10/05/16
“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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St. Louis Ties Pay Off For Canadian Sports Entrepreneur

St. Louis Ties Pay Off For Canadian Sports Entrepreneur

08/26/16
“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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Five Companies Selected to Compete in SFIA ‘Start-Up Challenge’

Five Companies Selected to Compete in SFIA ‘Start-Up Challenge’

07/21/16
“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 -- Demo Day At The Racetrack

Stadia Ventures -- Demo Day At The Racetrack

06/19/16
“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 Announces Spring 2016 Accelerator Demo Day Highlights Five Sports Tech Companies

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

06/16/16
“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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Stadia Ventures Has Added These Five Startups To Its Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator Program

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

04/06/16
“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 Canadian sports startups move to St. Louis

02/19/16
“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 -- Investing in Sports Technology Start-ups

12/13/15
“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

Nicklaus: Sports Startups Find Warm Welcome In St. Louis

12/11/15
“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

Sports Accelerator Stadia Ventures Holds First Demo Day

12/10/15
“”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

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

12/03/15
“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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Busch Stadium To Host Sports Business Venture Demo Day December 10

Busch Stadium To Host Sports Business Venture Demo Day December 10

11/30/15
“Stadia Ventures is taking a classic vertical industry specific approach to venture investing by leveraging the high growth of sports business – growth that is three times faster than the economy as a whole.”

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Stadia Ventures Announces Inaugural Cohort in Sports Business Accelerator

Stadia Ventures Announces Inaugural Cohort in Sports Business Accelerator

09/16/15
“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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People Are So Interested In the Business of Sports

People Are So Interested In the Business of Sports

07/05/15
“We’re talking Stadia Ventures, which is just a really cool name. They’re a new accelerator here in St. Louis focused on the business of sports. It’s an accelerator and an investment fund, and it’s all getting matched together.”

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

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

06/19/15
“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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Sports Business Accelerator Launched By SLU Entrepreneurship Director

Sports Business Accelerator Launched By SLU Entrepreneurship Director

06/19/15
“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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Stadia Ventures Launches Accelerator and Expects to<br />
Invest $10M in Sports Startups

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

06/19/15
“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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