2018 at the epicenter of sports and tech

At SeventySix Capital, we had an exciting 2018. As a venture capital fund focused on the convergence of sports and tech, one of the most significant moments of the year occurred on May 14th.

When the United States Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting, casinos and sports betting companies were enabled to expand their operations across America into states that passed sports betting legislation. Excitedly, this also opened the door for entrepreneurs to build companies in this industry.

In 2018, the team at SeventySix Capital sourced opportunities from entrepreneurs around the world and invested in companies in the data collection, data analytics, media and broadcasting industries, adding to our existing portfolio of sports tech and esports startups.

Finally, we launched our SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group (“AVG”) to leverage the financial and social capital that professional athletes have to offer. The AVG allows players to invest, learn, and work directly with top sports tech startups and entrepreneurs. AVG members include Ryan Howard (Chairman), DeMarco Murray, Ralph Sampson and Brian Westbrook.

We’re passionate about the future of sports tech and proud to support the top entrepreneurs who are building it.

New Portfolio Company Investments

Last year, we expanded the SeventySix Capital portfolio and invested in 5 companies led by game-changing entrepreneurs. Check out the new members of our portfolio below, including tech-enabled basketballs, robotic cafes, and a sports betting media network.

SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group Launched

In its inaugural year, SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group (“AVG”) members worked hands-on with our portfolio companies in several impactful ways.

For example, both Ryan Howard and DeMarco Murray have appeared on VSiN, our sports betting media network portfolio company, while Ralph Sampson, Basketball Hall of Famer, attended the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City to help showcase ShotTracker’s basketball technology.

Click here to learn about our Athlete Venture Group and Athlete in Residence program.

Ryan Howard

DeMarco Murray

Brian Westbrook

Ralph Sampson

Brendan Harris
Athlete in Residence ALUMNI

Leger Douzable
Athlete in Residence ALUMNI

Knowledge Sharing

In 2018, SeventySix Capital team members delivered impactful speeches at over 40 conferences, universities and on panels. Our insights were valued by major media networks across the nation, including Forbes, Inc, ESPN and more.

Our proudest moments in knowledge sharing came in the form of our own sports tech conferences – The Future of Sports Tech and Sports Betting Conference in Philadelphia and the Sports Betting Summit in Las Vegas. Both sold out events allowed our portfolio company founders to have meaningful conversations with top executives and leaders in the sports business.

The Future of Sports Tech and Sports Betting Conference

Sports Betting Summit



John Fazio, N3rd Street Gamers CEO, Ryan Howard and Wayne Kimmel



Ryan Howard and Wayne Kimmel


Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference

PSU Head Football Coach James Franklin & Wayne Kimmel

Portfolio Company Growth

From Inc 5000 Awards to strategic partnerships and follow-on investments, our portfolio companies saw exponential growth in 2018.

We’re excited to continue working with our entrepreneurs to support them in any way possible – from marketing to business development and more.

Strengthened Partnerships

We’ve continued to enhance our strategic partnerships in the sports business world, namely with Rubicon Talent and the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University.

Through these partnerships, we’re committed to bringing together athletes, entrepreneurs, and academic leaders for business opportunities and informative events that will strengthen the sports tech industry.

Rubicon Talent

Rubicon Talent is a sports and entertainment agency based in New York City. Led by sports marketing veterans Dave Maryles, Peter Raskin, Jonathan Salant, and Brandon Swibel, Rubicon represents a wide range of clients including NFL and NBA stars, Hall of Famers, MVPs, Heisman Trophy winners, Olympic icons, media personalities, and celebrity chefs.

Global Sport Institute at ASU

The Global Sport Institute is where diverse disciplines come together to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport. Led by Kenneth L. Shropshire, adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport, GSI is bridging the gap between academic research and real-life implications by translating our findings into meaningful information that is easily understood and actively sharing that knowledge with the audiences who need it most.

It Takes a Team

Three of our team members were honored in 2018 for their outstanding accomplishments in their professional careers. Please join us in congratulating Wayne, Ryan and Chad!

Wayne Kimmel

Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100, again

Ryan Howard

Reading Fightin Phils Hall of Fame

Chad Stender

Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40

SNJ Business People 40 Under 40

Coming Up in 2019

We couldn’t be more excited for what 2019 has in store. We hope you’ll join us at these upcoming events to meet the team, share your journey with us, and find ways to help one another in the future.

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