Courtside Ventures

Courtside Ventures

Courtside invests in early-stage founders that are transforming the intersection of sports, technology and media.

Company Overview

  • Sector: Financials
  • Industry: Asset Management
  • Sub-Industry: Private Equity

Courtside Ventures is a venture capital firm. The Firm makes seed and series A investments in technology companies that have a strong focus in sports and media. The Firm primarily makes investments in the United States, but also considers international opportunities.

History

Courtside Ventures was founded in 2016 by Deepen Parikh and Vasu Kulkarni and is based in New York City, US.

Built on the backs of highly specialized sports and media entrepreneurs and investors, they look to utilize their industry networks and domain knowledge to bring value to the companies. They build long-term partnerships with management, by providing ongoing strategic support across all aspects of operations.

Courtside Ventures invests in entrepreneurs that it can help through its years of built relationships, as well as with operational experience in actually building successful startups.

Investments

Courtside Ventures has made 34 investments. Their most recent investment was on Mar 28, 2019, when they invested $3M in Players' Lounge. Courtside Ventures has raised a total of $35M in a single venture fund, Early-stage venture capital fund. This fund was announced on Jan 11, 2016, and raised a total of $35M.

Timeline

March 28, 2019

Players' Lounge

$3M.

January 11, 2016

Early-stage venture capital fund

$35M.

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location
Hammerhead (company)

A company based in New York City providing a platform for guiding cyclist through safe and enjoyable bike routes.

Sport
Bicycle
Fitness
New York
New York City
LISNR

LISNR is a Cincinnati-based company founded by Rodney Williams, Chris Ostoich and Josh Glick.

Cincinnati
LiveLike

LiveLike is a New York City-based company founded by Fabrice Lorenceau, Miheer Walavalkar, Saswat Panda, Jeremie Lasnier, Andre Lorenceau and Miheer R. Walavalkar.

Sport
Video
Virtual reality
Broadcasting
Stadium
New York City
The Athletic

A web and app subscription for local and national sports coverage

Sport
Digital media
Publishing
San Francisco
Kite & Lightning

Kite & Lightning is a Seattle-based company founded in 2013 by Ryan Hickner, Jason Hickner and William Hickner.

Energy efficiency
Green building
Energy management
Seattle
Freeletics

Freeletics is a Munich-based company.

Sport
Fitness (biology)
Fitness
Physical fitness
Munich
StayTuned Digital

StayTuned Digital is a New York-based company.

Software
Video
Distribution
Content (media)
Content creation
New York
Veo (company)

Veo is a Denmark-based company.

Denmark
Wavedash Games

VY Esports

ESports
Advertising
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Courtside Ventures II, L.P.
100,000,000
New York
October 2019
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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Deepen Parikh

Employee

Michael Shapiro

Employee

Vanessa George

Employee

Vasu Kulkarni

Founder

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