What You Missed if You Missed Stadia Ventures Demo Day

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Stadia Ventures celebrated the end the Stadia Accelerator’s second cohort June 16 at Gateway Motorsports Park with presentations from this spring’s companies, a panel discussion and networking opportunities with national sports companies and investors.

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Panel discussion photo courtesy of Stadia Ventures

A sports innovation hub headquartered in St. Louis, Stadia Ventures connects business professionals who are passionate about sports with necessary resources, including capital, networking, education and mentorship. ITA accelerator invests up to $100,000 in 8-10 sports-related startups annually, providing mentoring, networking and growth.

With the theme of Sports + Investing, the event included a panel discussion on sports investing with Demian Costa, managing partner of Sagamore Ventures and Plank Industries; Collin Meador, San Francisco 49ers New Ventures; Akshay Khanna, Director of strategy for Philadelphia 76ers and founding partner, 76ers Innovation Lab and Steve Griffin, Founder & Partner of G5 Capital.

In attendance were representatives from UnderArmour, STATS Inc., Gatorade, Houston Rockets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Haas F1 Racing and the St Louis Cardinals in addition to representatives from the investment community.

Along with the panel discussion, the event featured the final presentations from this spring’s cohort companies:

Behind the Picks
Scottsdale, AZ
Behind the Picks uses an incredibly accurate algorithm to predict the winner of NFL, NBA & MLB games. Their average is “better than the S&P 500.”

EZ Waves
Charleston, SC
EZWaves has created an opportunity for you to “step out of your world and be inspired by beautiful sunsets, feel the wind on your face as you sail the harbor or chase your favorite fish in as little as 3 hours.”

Leaguer
New York, NY
Leaguer is a commerce and communications hub for recreational sports that streamlines operations for organizations and participation for players.

Meridix
Chicago, IL
Meridix allows anyone to create ESPN-like live webcasts using a smartphone–without a production truck.

Senaptec
Portland, OR
With elite athletes and teams using their system, Senaptec provides solutions to assess sensory performance, compare the results to others with similar demographics, and then improve capability.

Stadia's Tim Hayden makes opening remarks at the even. Photo courtesy of Dan Lohman.
Stadia’s co-founder and managing director Tim Hayden makes opening remarks at the event. Photo: Dan Lohman via Twitter.

“Our spring cohort represents the breadth and quality of our sports tech deal flow,” said Stadia managing director Art Chou in a statement. “And the interest level from the industry is represented by the quality of our attendees. The road to sports innovation runs through St. Louis.”

The day concluded with an expo featuring all five Spring 2016 companies as well as Stadia Next companies Boditrak Sports and Rapsodo plus several invited Stadia prospects.

Applications are currently open for the Fall 2016 cohort. Apply before July 26.