Minnesota-based Starting 11 Scores $5M Investment

by Valerie Lockhart

Starting Eleven IndiaGlobal is the name of the game for local startup, Starting 11. Since they were founded in 2016, they have been on an upward trajectory, which has just landed them a $5M investment from international company, Brand Capital. In a twist of fate, Starting 11 was given an opportunity through Forge North to attend the 2019 Collision conference in Toronto. There, founders Amanda Heyman and Teague Orgeman had a conversation with a rep from Brand Capital International. As Orgeman said, “The Collision experience was an amazing opportunity at critical time for our company.” Today, that conversation has paid off and Starting 11 is well on their way to becoming a major player in the fantasy-sports market in India, which is the fastest growing in the world.

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BETA Startup Showcase: Equiscribe

by Valerie Lockhart

BETA Startup: Equiscribe LogoThe TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hardwork, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The next company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: Equiscribe

Equiscribe is a platform that streamlines horse show judging and logistics.
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Local E-Sports Meetup Hosts All-star Panel

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MN E-Sports Meetup ArtworkE-sports is not a “just sit around and watch players on TV” kind of scene. Unlike traditional sports fans, those interested in e-sports are typically also players of their favorite games. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of times when enthusiasts will sit and watch other players on a Twitch livestream, getting overly excited about how differently they would have done that move, or thwarted that attack.  Between sponsorship deals and marketing revenue, some of the more well-known e-champs get paid just as much as their professional physical-sport counterparts. Read More »

Leadership Changes at SportsEngine, Brian Bell Named New CEO

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Brian BellEarlier this week Twin Cities based SportsEngine announced a major leadership transition with co-founders Justin Kaufenberg, Carson Kipfer, and Greg Blasko stepping down from their roles. Brian Bell, who joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer in 2015, and became President last year, has been named as the new CEO. 

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SportsEngine, Inc. Completes 1 Million Background Checks to Ensure Youth Athlete Safety

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MINNEAPOLISAug. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and the leading provider of sport relationship management software, announced today it has completed the processing of 1 million background screens through its background check company, National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) demonstrating its ongoing effort to help ensure youth athlete safety.

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Player’s Health Closes Series A Investment Round to Transform Risk Management and Insurance in Amateur Sports

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Image result for Player's Health Logo“Minneapolis, July 1, 2019 – Player’s Health has secured funding to support growth and capitalize on existing and new opportunities. The investment was made by Eos Venture Partners, a specialist insurance venture capital investor with offices in London and Philadelphia and Boston-based Sports-Tech focused investor Will Ventures.”

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SportsTech Startup TeamGenius Partners With TeamSnap

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“Boulder, CO and Minneapolis, MN (June 12, 2019) – TeamSnap, the household name in integrated sports management, announced today it has partnered with TeamGenius, the leading athlete evaluation app for tryouts, feedback and player development. With the new partnership, TeamSnap will integrate TeamGenius’ innovative team evaluation tools across its industry-leading platform reaching more than 2 million coaches, teams, clubs and leagues.”

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