Starting 11 Wins The 2017 Minnesota Cup High Tech Division & Picks Up $30k

Three division finalists gathered last night for their moment of truth in this year’s Minnesota Cup business competition.

Judges chose daily fantasy soccer app Starting 11 as the High Tech division winner, topping Extempore (2nd) and Team Genius (3rd).

Formed in and led by cofounder/ CEO Teague Orgeman, the sportstech venture was formed by six core partners in 2015 to bring fantasy sports into the game of soccer, making it more “active and exciting.”

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Top Three Takeaways From The Ultimate Guide To SportsTech In Minnesota

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It doesn’t take an emotional attachment to the team, a “love for the game” or a real understanding of sports at all to appreciate what’s happening right now within Minnesota SportsTech cluster of companies.

The founders and operators of some 26 unique companies featured in The Ultimate Guide To SportsTech in Minnesota v2 share a passion that goes beyond the bleachers. They are in the game and on the field of business, playing a part in what has undeniably become a major part of American culture and economy.

The guide is specific by company, yet general for the 20,000 ft. view of things; based on the latter, aggregate data, three takaways stand out from this version:

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Sports Franchises Flock To Sportsdigita

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By Patrick Thomas, Star Tribune

“Working for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Angelina Lawton found herself surprised at the number of professional sports teams who were still using PowerPoint, the PC presentation software, in presentations to potential sponsors.

She hatched an idea for a company [Sportsdigita] that would create customizable presentation designs for sports teams, which, at both the pro and collegiate level, have back offices filled with people ginning up sponsorships, ticketing promotions and fan engagement events.”

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MN SportsTech Vets Rob Phythian & Paul Charchian Are Bringing Fanball Back

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Reach, relationships, money, tech, team, and experience — many of the big boxes are already checked for SportsHub Technologies. The new holding company formed and operated by legendary local entrepreneur Rob Phythian includes the resurrection of Fanball, an earlier career win with partner Paul Charchian.

“This is our coming out party,” he begins by saying.

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Minnesota SportsTech Startup Player’s Health Closes A Big International Deal

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Things are beginning to accelerate for Player’s Health, a local startup in the sportstech scene. The company just closed a deal with U Sports in Canada to become the official health record for the nation’s first widescale collegiate injury surveillance study.

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Minnesota SportsTech Startup Prevent Biometrics Bites Into $6m

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Via News Release

“Minneapolis (April 27, 2017) — Prevent Biometrics today announced $6.0 million in new financing, marking the successful completion of the company’s Series B round. Prevent has now raised a total of $8.5 million in two rounds of financing. The new capital will be used for additional technical development and to support the launch of its head impact monitoring system.”

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