From the 10th September, 2018 on wards the second leAD cohort took place in Berlin. Nine startups from around the world were chosen to receive 12 weeks of training in business, leadership and pitching skills.
»No matter how high the bar was raised, our grandfather, Adi Dassler, always found a way to make a clean jump over it. Today, we support young innovators with a unique network of mentors, investors and entrepreneurs.«
We are looking for early stage startups and founders – as well as
founders to be – in the broad commercial universe of sports as pictured below.
This applies to anyone with a great idea that is not yet founded – but also startups that have been active for a while already might meet our criteria. If in doubt don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
Klaus, Horst and Stefan Bente are the oldest grandchildren of Adi Dassler. Together, they founded leAD Sports Accelerator to revive their grandfather’s legacy. But they're not alone: leAD is backed by an exclusive circle of international top investors from different areas that all have a strong foothold in the sports industry. Their objective is to support the visionary innovative strength of young founders with the same enthusiastic team spirit – and far beyond the accelerator program.
Please find below the latest news from various social media and web sources regarding the projects from the leAD network.
We're excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2019 Accelerator Program! We're looking for early stage #SportsTech startups & founders with a focus on 3 verticals - connected athletes, derivative markets & fan engagement. Apply now! https://t.co/MFDdHvCA2f https://t.co/rk3d4JACiX
And that's a wrap! #ISPO2019 Thanks to all who attended our two keynote presentations & panel discussion at @ispo Munich this week. Check out our highlight video! Special thanks to our panel guest speakers Moritz Kreppel, @DammPascal, Thomas H. Rudy and @mieet https://t.co/mC2doefI8v
"Why do startups join our #accelerator program? It's all about access so they can tap into the industry. It's all about getting access to capital. It's all about getting access to mentors." @nsonne_NYC on our accelerator program #SportTech #ISPOMunich2019 #ISPO
"Brands, broadcasters and media houses are all looking for opportunities to enter the eSports market. When it comes to revenue generation, sponsorship emerges as the main revenue stream in eSports, as major brands have recognized the potential of eSports sponsorship." Read the full article on ISPO.com.
Excited to see that @U1gear, a startup part of our first cohort, are launching their product, the Soundshield ™. A helmet & headphones seamlessly integrated into one awesome-looking combo! Pre-sale starts today February 1 at https://t.co/FzGswg4qcx https://t.co/QbZ7QVaGlv