– 10 innovative startups to pitch their concepts for a chance to become the next portfolio company of the first athlete-driven business accelerator –

WHO: Hosted by the NFL Players Association and its groundbreaking athlete-driven accelerator, OneTeam Collective, the third annual pitch competition provides an opportunity for early stage companies to share their businesses’ strategies to align more closely with sports and the professional athletes who play them.


WHAT: A select group of 10 innovative startups (listed below) will descend upon Atlanta to make their case to become the next portfolio company of the OneTeam Collective and potentially gain access to funding, mentorship and the NFLPA’s exclusive group licensing rights.


Each company will have six (6) minutes to pitch their innovative and game-changing technologies/products to the exclusive audience consisting of Athlete Advisory Board members Kelvin Beachum, Jr., Marques Colston, Mark Herzlich, Dhani Jones, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Ryan Mundy, Ryan Nece and Russell Okung; OneTeam Collective Board of Directors; investors; and executives from sports, entertainment and technology.


Presentations will be judged by a panel comprised of Malaika Underwood, VP, Licensing for Brandr Group and USA Baseball Women's National Team star; Eric Winston, former NFL player and NFLPA president; Teri Smith, NFLPA Deputy Managing Director and Special Counsel; Matthew Berry, ESPN Senior Fantasy Analyst, and Founder, Fantasy Life app; and Rouz Jazayeri co-founder and managing director of Catapult Ventures. The two winning pitches will claim various prize packages including combination of cash, player marketing investment, and consulting services from CSM LeadDog.


ESPN anchor Michele Steele will serve as event moderator. Additional event highlights include tech investor and co-founder of Premier Lacrosse League Paul Rabil in a featured conversation about entrepreneurship and investment, and a fireside chat with NFL player Glover Quin and USA Rugby star Kimber Rozier around tech, startups and financing from the athlete’s perspective. 


WHEN: Wednesday, January 30 – 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST


ABOUT ONETEAM COLLECTIVE: The sports industry’s first athlete-driven business accelerator for innovative companies seeking to incorporate sports strategies to drive growth. OneTeam Collective (oneteamcollective.com) is comprised of founding partners –NFLPA, BlackRock, Harvard Innovation Lab, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, CSM LeadDog, Madrona Venture Group and Sports Innovation Lab. The collective offers access to the NFLPA’s player membership via licensing, marketing and content rights, research and development, funding and mentorship for product development and marketing support. OneTeam Collective, which features an Athlete Advisory Board, is the first program providing rights to sports-related intellectual property, highlighted by the NFLPA’s exclusive group licensing rights and access to more than 2,000 current NFL players. Currently, nine partners are within the portfolio, spanning blockchain, wearables, voice recognition, digital media, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, health and wellness, active gaming and live video streaming.


MEDIA RSVP: Jenna Sobray, NFLPA, jenna.sobray@nflpa.com / (202) 572-7458




The following 10 companies have been selected to pitch:



Founder: Dave Yoken

Mobile-first sports auction data aggregation, metasearch, and historical price guide app, which is developing a peer-to-peer marketplace focused on making the buying and selling of sports memorabilia the most safe and trusted experience possible.


Fresh Bellies

Founder: Saskia Sorrosa

The line of organic baby food is the first and only brand that doesn't mask its vegetables with fruit and uses herbs and spices to develop flavors and open up a baby's palate.



Co-Founders: Evan Rosenbaum, Akash Nigam, Matt Geiger

Avatars utilizing 3D motion picture quality and advanced Artificial intelligence to create digital clones to look and think just like you.



Co-Founders: Nicholas Kartos , Joe Shuchat

Online crowdfunding platform that allows professional athletes to create campaigns by offering fans a chance to join their GivingSquad through fantasy sports, gaming and online retail.



Co-Founders: Roderick Alemania, Johnathan Wendel

App that connects the esports and gaming community – making it easy to manage teams, stay connected and improve skills with team management tools.


Strive Tech

Co-Founders: Nikola Mrvaljevic, Carsten Winsnes

Performance monitoring system pairing washable, natural-fit, smart clothing with real-time analytics software, allowing coaches to correlate muscle, heart, and motion parameters, in order to fully quantify each player’s performance.


The Crown League

Co-Founders: Mathew Sposta, Dan Nissanoff, Derek Siskin

Professionalizing fantasy sports by creating the first investment gaming platform owned by the public and managed by experts, with a target launch in Fall 2019.



Co-Founders: Obi Omile, Kush Patel

Mobile marketplace and tech platform connecting barbers and their clients to modernize the men’s grooming experience.



Founder: Aly Orady

Intelligent fitness system providing fitness programs tailored for consumer’s goals and schedules by combining cutting-edge, all-in-one equipment and personalized video guidance.


Unruly Studios

Founder: Bryanne Leeming

Empowers children to learn STEM skills through active, social play and sports. The company’s first product, Unruly Splats, is a set of programmable floor buttons that kids can code to light up, make sound and sense stepping.

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