Techstars

The Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO is expanding Techstars’ presence in the Middle East. GINCO is a full service general contracting firm, covering the full lifecycle of the construction process from concept to execution and supervision. Dubai is known for their leadership in technology innovation. Pioneering entrepreneurs leading innovative companies solving challenges in transportation, construction, wellness, IoT, robotics, & beyond should apply, no matter your location.

Ethan Austin

MD of the Techstars Western Union Accelerator

David Cohen

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Dave Drach

VP of Corporate Strategy

Max Kelly

MD of Techstars London

Laura Kennedy

VP of Corporate Development

Matt Kozlov

MD of Techstars Healthcare

Lesa Mitchell

MD

Mike Rizzuto

Fund Associate

Amos Schwartzfarb

MD

Jason Seats

CIO

Vijay Tirathrai

MD

Mark Tortorella

Advisor

Nathanial Zola

MD

Past deals in Gambling

WePlayed

Seed Round in 2021
WePlayed is an intelligent college sports video platform that enriches and activates post-game content to help schools drive sponsorships and amplify community engagement. WePlayed works with athletes, coaches, fans, teams, clubs, leagues, conferences, colleges, rights holders, brands, and other sports sponsors. The company is poised to transform the sports experience for millions of people worldwide by allowing them to discover, personalize and share their favorite moments from one of the richest video repositories across all sports. They consolidate, catalog, and activate previously unpublished and post-live broadcast sports video content that becomes idle after the competition ends. they extract viewable moments from games using machine learning-assisted crowdsourcing and advanced recognition technology. They continually enrich the content with sports contextual and player metadata to drive precision search, better recommendation engine performance, and increased viewing.

Stackin'

Series B in 2020
Stackin' is the simplest entry point into finance with over one million subscribers and a mission to empower people to improve their financial lives via text message. Stackin' provides the necessary tools & curated products for a younger generation of consumers to build healthy financial habits over time in a fun, entertaining, judgement-free relationship. Powered by a custom messaging platform, data, machine learning and human touch, their personalized messages educate subscribers on how to save money, reduce debt and start investing.

Game Theory

Pre Seed Round in 2020
Game Theory is a sports and tech startup that facilitates video-gaming like sporting experiences. Game Theory manages sports facilities that provide coaching programs to athletes and also offers free rental of badminton and squash equipment, operates chlorine tested swimming pools, enabling users to play, learn, and get coached at affordable rates. Game Theory was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Bangalore, India.

Stackin'

Series A in 2019
Stackin' is the simplest entry point into finance with over one million subscribers and a mission to empower people to improve their financial lives via text message. Stackin' provides the necessary tools & curated products for a younger generation of consumers to build healthy financial habits over time in a fun, entertaining, judgement-free relationship. Powered by a custom messaging platform, data, machine learning and human touch, their personalized messages educate subscribers on how to save money, reduce debt and start investing.

Sporttrade

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Sporttrade is a peer to peer marketplace for sports betting.Sportsbooks keep up to 10% of your money. Sporttrade keeps less than 1%..No more long delays with bet processing. Their patent pending technology can handle thousands of bets per second.

GameOn

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Free and simple prediction games for the everyday fan. Download On iOS & Android | http://onelink.to/4z6mj3

WePlayed

Pre Seed Round in 2019
WePlayed is an intelligent college sports video platform that enriches and activates post-game content to help schools drive sponsorships and amplify community engagement. WePlayed works with athletes, coaches, fans, teams, clubs, leagues, conferences, colleges, rights holders, brands, and other sports sponsors. The company is poised to transform the sports experience for millions of people worldwide by allowing them to discover, personalize and share their favorite moments from one of the richest video repositories across all sports. They consolidate, catalog, and activate previously unpublished and post-live broadcast sports video content that becomes idle after the competition ends. they extract viewable moments from games using machine learning-assisted crowdsourcing and advanced recognition technology. They continually enrich the content with sports contextual and player metadata to drive precision search, better recommendation engine performance, and increased viewing.

Stackin'

Seed Round in 2017
Stackin' is the simplest entry point into finance with over one million subscribers and a mission to empower people to improve their financial lives via text message. Stackin' provides the necessary tools & curated products for a younger generation of consumers to build healthy financial habits over time in a fun, entertaining, judgement-free relationship. Powered by a custom messaging platform, data, machine learning and human touch, their personalized messages educate subscribers on how to save money, reduce debt and start investing.

Playfull, Inc.

Convertible Note in 2017
Playfull tracks a gamer’s performance across several popular Esports games and sends them personalized, relevant rewards for meaningful achievements and wins. Playfull synthesizes gameplay data, demographic data, and redemption data to train a proprietary rewards engine to deliver the perfect reward to players at the perfect moment.

Playfull, Inc.

Pre Seed Round in 2017
Playfull tracks a gamer’s performance across several popular Esports games and sends them personalized, relevant rewards for meaningful achievements and wins. Playfull synthesizes gameplay data, demographic data, and redemption data to train a proprietary rewards engine to deliver the perfect reward to players at the perfect moment.
Electronic Gaming Federation, LLC operates as an electronic sports (eSports) organization that focuses on intercollegiate eSports competitions. The company runs eSports competitions; hosts tournaments; and produces related media, including live broadcasts of matches, eSports analysis, and news. It also runs college-exclusive events for teams in North America. Electronic Gaming Federation, LLC was founded in 2013 and is based in Rochester, New York.

FantasyHub

Convertible Note in 2015
FantasyHub is a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform that offers players the opportunity to win money, while also supporting great causes. On average, 5% of fantasy game winnings go to support the winner’s charity of choice, with the rest split between FantasyHub and the winners. The company's charitable mission allows them to partner with some of the biggest names in sports to fuel our user acquisition. It has worked with over 30 Pro-Athletes who run games on FantasyHub to raise support for their foundations. Their athletes include Kurt Warner, Jalen Rose, Bo Jackson, and Albert Pu-jols. Combining their athlete games with traditional acquisition strategies, they are able to acquire users for $6; the industry averages $68. Its sponsored games with athletes deliver 100% of the net proceeds to charity. Instead of cash prizes in those games, fans win priceless experiences from athletes, including, meet-and-greets at games and autographed gear.

FantasyHub

Pre Seed Round in 2015
FantasyHub is a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform that offers players the opportunity to win money, while also supporting great causes. On average, 5% of fantasy game winnings go to support the winner’s charity of choice, with the rest split between FantasyHub and the winners. The company's charitable mission allows them to partner with some of the biggest names in sports to fuel our user acquisition. It has worked with over 30 Pro-Athletes who run games on FantasyHub to raise support for their foundations. Their athletes include Kurt Warner, Jalen Rose, Bo Jackson, and Albert Pu-jols. Combining their athlete games with traditional acquisition strategies, they are able to acquire users for $6; the industry averages $68. Its sponsored games with athletes deliver 100% of the net proceeds to charity. Instead of cash prizes in those games, fans win priceless experiences from athletes, including, meet-and-greets at games and autographed gear.

Gametime

Pre Seed Round in 2013
Gametime United, Inc. develops a mobile application to book tickets. The company’s application enables users to buy and sell tickets for NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NCAA, and NFL teams. It offers its application for iOS and Android platforms through App Store and the Google Play Store. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Prediculous

Seed Round in 2013
Prediculous develops social fantasy sports games that connect fans and brands through authentic interaction. They are building social sports games for all fans across mobile and web. The company produced the first second-screen prediction game for a major football game, the 2012 BCS Championship. Prediculous was founded in 2010 and is based in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

StarStreet

Seed Round in 2010
StarStreet is a provider of a platform to play fantasy sports for money. It provides a stock-market styled platform enabling users to buy and sell shares on players, and to cash out at season's end. The platform is operable in the U.S. and Canada and provides contest opportunities in Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), and Canadian Football (CFB) leagues.

DRAFT

Seed Round in 2010
DRAFT is a daily fantasy sports company (DFS). On DRAFT, players do simple drafts (unlike the salary cap format) just like the ones they do at the beginning of their season long leagues, but lasting one day or week, and taking only minutes to complete. DRAFT brings DFS back to what it should have been, a simple, fair and fun game, that was designed for this regulatory environment -- with player's chances of winning on DRAFT being almost 3X better than on FanDuel or DraftKings. DRAFT is backed by Upfront Ventures, The Chernin Group and more.

BuyPlayWin

Seed Round in 2008
BuyPlayWin combines online shopping with tournament games. Buy products, play games, win a refund for the product. Every shopper gets a chance to win full refunds for everything they purchase by playing fun games against other shoppers. For example, buy a $120 college text book. Compete with six other people who are also buying the book. Win the game and you get the book for free. They use the profit margin in the product to pay for the winners purchase. If a product has a 33% profit margin they need three players to break even. With 10 purchasers they make a very nice profit.