A development platform offering mentorship, resources and exposure.



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Helping startups achieve breakthrough growth by focusing on three key areas:

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- Showcasing Startup Companies at our NBA All-Star Demo Day


- Connecting Startups with Influencers


- Providing Mentorship and a Bootcamp Style Training Event


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*Application Deadline December 15th

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SHOWCASING STARTUP COMPANIES AT OUR NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND DEMO DAY

Our five finalists will be showcased during NBA All-Star weekend with a Demo Day to gain access and exposure to the sports industry’s biggest executives, athletes, brands and more. We secure key influencers and industry experts to produce a one of a kind platform for funding, new partners and future customers.

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SHOWCASING STARTUP COMPANIES AT OUR NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND DEMO DAY

Our startups will be showcased during NBA All-Star weekend with a Demo Day to gain access and exposure to the sports industry’s biggest executives, athletes, brands and more. We secure key influencers and industry experts to produce a one of a kind platform for funding, new partners and future customers.

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CONNECTING STARTUPS AND INFLUENCERS

We help startups connect with influencers (industry experts, athletes) who align with a shared vision.

A strategic partner’s intangible resources include experience, relationships and influence. These can be more valuable than any investment made.

CONNECTING STARTUPS AND INFLUENCERS

We help startups connect with influencers (industry experts, athletes) who align with a shared vision.

A strategic partner’s intangible resources include experience, relationships and influence. These can be more valuable than any investment made.

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MENTORSHIP AND CONSULTING

We will provide hands-on advising, consulting on business development, partnerships and market strategy. Startups will receive monthly mentorship as well as an intensive boot camp at the culmination of year one in Charlotte, NC.

Companies will also have access to the Sports Tank network of investors, industry executives and events.

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MENTORSHIP AND CONSULTING

We will provide hands-on advising, consulting on business development, partnerships and market strategy. Startups will receive monthly mentorship as well as an intensive boot camp at the culmination of year one in Charlotte, NC.

Companies will also have access to the Sports Tank network of investors, industry executives and events.

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Innovation Studio Timeline

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Influencers

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Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers) meeting with portfolio company Hookit (San Diego, CA) at a Sports Tank event.


Investors

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Investors from Peak6 Sports, Rosecliff Ventures, Courtside VC, Chaifetz Group & SeventySix Capital on hand.


Industry Experts

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Under Amour's Lorin Hamlin (Innovation Partnerships) awarding a previous Sports Tank participant.

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Jake Ireland Hickory VC

“We’re excited to be back at Sports Tank after making an investment and building countless relationships. Sports Tank allows us to leverage our network and help these companies grow globally. There’s no event like it out there.”

 -Jake Ireland, Hickory VC

Jake Ireland Hickory VC

“Sports Tank was a perfect opportunity to not only raise capital, but to raise capital with strategic partners. We ultimately came to terms with one of the VCs and someone on the sports advisory panel. And since we’ve raised capital, TPG Sports Group has been incredibly helpful opening their vast network. I recommend Sports Tank to any company seeking truly strategic growth capital.”

 -Andrew Menter, Physmodo

Jake Ireland Hickory VC

“Sports Tank is so extremely important to our business because I work with corporate clients who are always looking for the opportunity to be kind of first to market with new technology, new digital platforms and new opportunities to engage fans.”

 -Megan Hughes Allison, Genesco Sports Ent.

Jake Ireland Hickory VC
“Sports Tank separates itself from others in the industry based on the unique access to sports industry executives and sports specific venture investors. I’m proud to be part of Sports Tank and look forward to learning about the latest sports innovations each year.”

 -Brian Kopp, Stretch 4 Advisory

Portfolio Companies

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