INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Jordan Fliegel is making a career out of flaunting the competition.
A former overseas professional basketball player, Fliegel returned to the United States and founded two hugely successful businesses, including partnering with NBA superstar Stephen Curry to lead CoachUp.com, a venture-funded startup company that connects athletes with private coaches.
The Boston-area native now calls Indianapolis home, driving two of the world’s best-performing startup accelerators, including Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy, which invests and develops in startup businesses in the sports tech space.
“Techstars in the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed,” said Fliegel. “We do this by running a ton of acceleration programs around the world where we invest in companies, spend three months with them, connect them with hundreds of mentors and investors, and help them prepare all their material to raise funds.”
“We help them hire, we help them understand their business strategy, and then we send them into a world and support them for years to come along the way.”
In just four years, over forty global companies have been created with the support of Techstars Sports, bringing Fliegel’s investment portfolio to over 200 startups.
Since mid-March of this year, 13 startups from around the world have lived in downtown Indianapolis, working out of the High Alpha headquarters alongside business mentors from across the city.
“The idea was how to take Indianapolis’ sporting DNA and merge it with the fact that it is an emerging technology hub and marry it together to be the home of sports technology?” Fliegel said. “If that’s the idea, what better way to do it than to have a sports technology accelerator here where we bring companies from all over the world who are in the sports business to take off here, raise money here and grow here?”
With the support of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Sports Corp and NCAA, each company is about to complete a hectic 13-week program that will culminate on Thursday, July 7 with Techstars Sports Demo Day.
This year, in addition to showcasing their business plans to hundreds of investors, the country’s premier sports technology conference, One-Zero, is hosted in Indianapolis, multiplying exposure for the startup class of 2022. Here’s more information on how to attend next week’s summit.
“It’s harder to get into Techstars than Ivy League Schools,” said Fliegel. “This is a low single-digit percentage of companies applying, coming in. We are looking for tenacious founders who are willing to put everything on the line for their company, stick to it through all the ups and downs and try to build a great one. business “.
This year’s Techstars sports lesson is packed with next-generation ideas in fantasy sports, sports gambling, virtual ticketing, and the fitness industry.
For a complete list of new companies, including one born here in Indianapolis, click here.
Since moving to Indianapolis in 2019, Fliegel has witnessed Hoosier’s hospitality firsthand as Techstars has grown.
“I was just blown away by the support from all of our capital investing partners who spend their time with us,” said Fliegel. “Just yesterday, for example, we met with the Pacers and they distributed jerseys to each of our founders with the company name on the back of the shirt.”
“This wouldn’t happen in Boston or New York City. You wouldn’t get that kind of attention as an early stage company from big companies like the Pacers, the Colts, and the NCAA. (CEO of Alta Alfa) Scott
Dorsey is somehow in particular who is in many ways the godfather in mind of Indy technology. I am working closely with him, Steve Simon, who is an active investor as well as co-owner of the Pacers.
These guys really helped us (Techstars) build a great network, ”Fliegel said.