The Nominees For The 2017 SportTechie Awards Are…
Blue Star Sports
Blue Star has purchased or invested in nearly two dozen companies in a short period of time to complement its youth-sports ecosystem of products and services. It’s transitioning from a simple investment firm with a knack for acquiring companies to a full-blown technology company that’s underpinning youth sports.
Led by five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and his partner, Jeff Stibel, the $100 million venture capital fund has spearheaded investments in The Players’ Tribune and more than a dozen other media, technology and data startups.
A backer of early-stage media, technology and sports startups, the seven-person Courtside team has invested in sports technology companies ranging from the Drone Racing League to FanAI and The Athletic.
Greycroft has invested in a wide range of different industries, including sports technology, and counts major brands Venmo and Braintree among its exits. Some of its recent sports investments include StatMuse, FanAI, ShotTracker and Overtime.
With the recent addition of former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard as a partner, Philadelphia-based SeventySix Capital invests within the niche of sports technology. Its investments range from Whistle Sports to N3rd Street Gamers.