Stadia Ventures Announces Finalists For Inaugural Accelerator Class

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    Stadia Ventures, St. Louis’ new sports accelerator, announced 11 finalists for its inaugural fall 2015 cohort at a launch event last night at T-REX.

    Stadia Ventures Founders Tim Hayden (left) and Art Chou (right)

    Stadia Ventures Founders Tim Hayden (left) and Art Chou (right)

    Cofounded by Tim Hayden, director of St. Louis University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Art Chou, a former Rawlings Sporting Goods exec, Stadia will invest up to $100,000 in five companies every six months, provide mentorship and help them make connections in the sports-business space.

    The accelerator will be managed by Cultivation Capital, who also manages the accelerators for SixThirty, Capital Innovators, Prosper and Yield Labs. The Stadia Academy arm will educate retired athletes and sports executives on becoming better entrepreneurs, investors and business people.

    The 11 finalists for Stadia’s first cohort include:

    Fishidy
    Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Fishidy is a map-based fishing social network that provides hot-spot maps, local reports and tools to help you catch more fish.

    Insight Replay
    This Hanover, New Hampshire company offers portable replay that helps athletes and teams get better faster.

    InstaViser
    The San Francisco-based app helps athletes of all skill levels and ages achieve their dreams by learning from the best coaches and athletes in the world.

    LEIF Technologies
    Leif makes the one and only eSnowboard for year-round shredding anywhere in the world.

    EON Sports
    EON, a Kansas City-based startup, helps athletes take their game to the next level with innovative Virtual Reality technology.

    ProXR
    The St. Louis-based finalist created a proprietary ergonomic knob for baseball, hockey and golf that increases performance and reduces injuries.

    Racenote
    From Omaha, Nebraska, Racenote is a motorsports management platform that makes race teams faster.

    Red Rock Apps
    Based in Minsk, Belarus, this company crested Running For Weight Loss, the only running app designed specially for weight loss.

    Rookies
    The St. Louis-based company creates fully personalized baseball cards for all of life’s big games.

    Tap.In2
    This Los Angeles-based company created an app that allows fans to order their concessions, merchandise and VIP experiences in-seat.

    Winning Identity
    Based in Orlando, Florida, Winning Identity provides golf software solutions to help bring everything golf to one centralized location.

    The five companies selected to participate in the inaugural fall 2015 cohort will be announced on September 16.

    Stadia Ventures on Twitter: @stadiaventures