SPORTSIDE

SPORTSIDE is creating the Global Local Sports Club increasing Connection, Communication, Participation and Commerce in sport creating a active world

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Summary

Funding Overview

Seed
Current Funding Stage
$ 500,000
Raised in Previous Rounds
$ -
Raised in Current Round
$ 3,500,000
Goal for Current Round
Key Facts and Traction Funding History
  • £370k Seed Funding from Fortunis Capital
    June 5, 2019
  • Beta Launch of Sportside in 17 UK Universities
    September 20, 2019
  • Partnered with KickOffat3 (https://www.kickoffat3.co.uk/) and the UK Police whom are using Sportside to organise 20 n+ UK Regional Football tournaments with 15 plus teams of 10 players (13-16yrs old) in each one. Partnered with Crown Golf (UK Operator of 23 Golf Clubs) whom are beta testing the Sportside SaaS Platform to manage their golf clubs, tournaments and events.
    October 23, 2019
  • Partnered with IMIN (www.imin.co) supplying Sportside with 10,000 bookable fitness classes
    December 12, 2019
  • Acquired FindMyPersonalTrainer (https://www.findmypersonaltrainer.com/)
    January 14, 2020
  • Reached UK Finals (Top 7 of 400 applicants) in the Global Start Up Competition
    January 16, 2020
  • $480,000 January, 2020
    Seed Funding
  • $485,000 January, 2020
    Pre-Seed Funding

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The Team

Xan Varmuza

CEO

Indy Gregg

COO

Jamie Kirkwood

CFO

Hermione Way

CMO

Saife Aziz

CSO
IM

Ian Morrow

CTO

Suleman Siddiqui

Chief Engineer
MH

Mark Hollinshead

PR Officer

Jim Bruce-Ball

Content Officer

Xan Varmuza

CEO
Entrepreneurial self-motivated achievement-orientated professional with a focus on consultancy and founding, launching and consulting for start-ups and seed businesses becoming involved in all business areas associated with them including marketing, legal, financial, IT, operations and HR. 10 years spent working in London and 5 years in South Africa with the successful launch and growth of a number of businesses and consultancy. In 2016 Xan returned to the UK and has since launched a number of businesses with a focus on the Education, EdTech and Sports and Health sectors. Core businesses and investments include UKOSS which is an educational English school (Stirling) and Summer Course provider in Cambridge and Stirling Universities for 13 - 18 yr olds. In the App and Tech space Xan has raised investment for and is launching a Sports App and Sports Club Platform called Sportside and a Booking Platform for Summer Courses and Educational Courses called Summer School Booking. Xan also maintains a strong interest in real estate and is developing a residential Computer Coding and Tech School called Roving Labs on a 6 acre site in Oxford. Self-confident, innovative and open-minded with an exceptional ability to build long-lasting relationships. Organised and attentive to detail with excellent project management and organisational skills. Strong research, negotiation and sales ability with a dynamic oral, writing and presentation skills and an artistic streak and creative streak. Gallup Top 5 Strengths Poll described me as: Strategic, Achiever, Activator, Self – Assured and Futuristic LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/xan-varmuza-ma-msc-04635413/

Indy Gregg

COO
Indy is a multi-preneur who has consulted hundreds of tech, fintech, real estate, fashion and cosmetic sticky brands who have proven themselves on shelves and in our daily lives. In a career spanning over 20 years, she has focussed primarily on brand identity, user experience, mobile applications, earth-changing ideas and disruptive technologies. Indy has founded a number of companies exited with values in the 000’s of millions. LinedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/indianagregg/

Jamie Kirkwood

CFO
Jamie is founder and partner in one of the UK’s leading VC / private equity companies TMT Capital Partners, who advise and partner technology and media companies with UK and European IPO opportunity. Recent investments include Super Awesome and Limor. TMT Capital are also investors and partners in Hoxton Capital, which includes the unicorns Deliveroo and Babylon Health in its 43-strong portfolio. Prior to founding TMT, Jamie worked in investment banking as a core member of the Morgan Stanley IPO and privatisations team that led the Orange & Telia IPOs and the listing of Eros International Media in India on the BSE and NSE. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-m-m-kirkwood-82a59113/

Hermione Way

CMO
Hermione Way is an entrepreneurially-minded marketer with over 10 years’ experience in the technology industry and a proven growth hacker who manifests strong campaigns, from idea to execution, producing results that have reached over 100 million people. She has a proven ability to set up acquisition funnels via different online channels, creating significant impact on a shoestring budget. Formerly Head of European Communications at Tinder Inc, Hermione recently relocated back to the UK. Her most recent venture Vibease achieved $1.5m in sales, selling solely digitally, driven by her creative and authentic marketing campaigns which reached communities across various social channels. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hermioneway/

Saife Aziz

CSO
Saife completed a degree at Heriot Watt and a subsequent 2nd degree at the University of St Andrews. He started his career with Glaxo Smith Kline as a territory sales manager before joining Dentsply Sirona Implants as the UK and Ireland Sales manager. In 2015, Saife joined medical start-up Renew Health Limited as UK Country Manager where he developed their business rapidly. Saife joined Sportside in July 2019. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/saife-aziz-394689169/
IM

Ian Morrow

CTO
Ian is a serial entrepreneur and start-up specialist who has worked with some of the world’s most affluent corporations. He comes from a long history of product development. He began his career as a graduate trainee in one of the world’s newest electric arc furnace plants with British Steel and quickly worked his way up as the executive PTO of data systems for ScotRail. He has since been a start-up specialist working as a consultant product developer with worldwide multi-award winning B2B and B2C products. He is also a multi-platinum award-winning producer in the music industry and has designed infrastructure for multi-nationals as well as home-grown UK companies for over 25 years.

Suleman Siddiqui

Chief Engineer
Suleman Siddiqui, Sportside Senior Technology Engineer, was an investor in Sportside and is co-founder of the Mobile and Web IT Development company Developers Clan based in Pakistan. Suleman has over 20 IT Developers, coders and engineers in his company with a primary focus on custom LAMP (PHP and Ruby mostly, CMS (WordPress, Drupal, StatusNet), Frameworks (Zend, Symfony, Laravel, CodeIgniter) and mobile development. (iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android). Sportside could not have a better IT team of engineers and coders. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/suleman-siddiqui-213657a/
MH

Mark Hollinshead

PR Officer
Mark has the unique experience of having been a PLC board director of a large-scale media business, CEO of a family owned sports marketing business and now founder, owner and CEO of a strategic communications and media consultancy. He has worked in the media sector for over 30 years and most recently was Chief Operating Officer of Reach Plc responsible for over 200 print and digital news brands. He is also a non-executive director of Dentsu Aegis Network North, a world leading digital performance agency, and a former governing body Chair of Scottish Athletics Ltd. He has also been Deputy Chair and CEO of The Great Run Company, owners and organisers of major mass participation sporting events such as the Great North Run. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-hollinshead

Jim Bruce-Ball

Content Officer
Jim was Sports Editor for the Telegraph Media Group for 15 years and, after a spell at an international sports marketing agency, has just returned to the Telegraph. Jim is responsible for commissioning and producing content across all platforms, managing a large team of writers and editors. Previously, Jim headed up Communications and Content at Professional Sports Group, a leading international sports marketing agency with offices in London and Abu Dhabi. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-bruce-ball-3483b29/