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Stadia Ventures Announces Finalists For Inaugural Accelerator Class

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

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)

Co-founded 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 The Yield Lab. 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, ProXR, 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 App

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

Rookies

St. Louis-based company, Rookies, 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.

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Before selling the publication in 2017, Kelly Hamilton co-founded EQ with the ALIVE Media Group (where he was a co-founder too). After earning an M.A. in literature at Washington University in St. Louis, Kelly cofounded ALIVE in 2002. He believes becoming an entrepreneur can change not only the life of that entrepreneur, but also his/her community and the world, and that being able to tell stories of transformation like that is the best job one could have.

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