Aktivate is a sports tech startup that has developed an online program and mobile app that is making school-level sports easier to manage, join, and participate in. The company has publicly released its software and announced the closing of its seed funding round to expand the business to K-12 schools across the United States (US).
How Aktivate works and rapid adoption of its technology
Tech startup Aktivate uses its online platform and mobile app to help parents, coaches, administrators, and students work together more easily to accomplish a variety of different tasks. Most of the company’s software takes care of removing the bureaucratic barriers that often prevent students from signing up to join a sports team. The Aktivate app allows students and parents to upload or fill out all necessary information to register, such as health records, eligibility tracking, school and district forms, and potential registration fees, among many others, in one place.
The tech startup has created a variety of tools to be used by both coaches and athletes to help keep things organized after a student has signed up to play sports. Aktivate software comes equipped with a comprehensive scheduling feature to allow all practices and games to be entered while alerting all athletes to upcoming events. Athletic students and coaches can also update athletes’ health and injury status to create accurate rosters for game day.
While the tech startup has just released its software to the public, the business has already taken off in a major way. The company has already entered into business partnerships with the University Interscholastic League, Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, Utah High School Athletic Association, Register My Athlete, and Sportz Ventures.
These trade partnerships have enabled the company to advance the athletic management programs of more than 1,300 schools in the United States, with a total of approximately 1.5 million students in 30 states.
Aktivate financing and expansion plans
In its seed funding round, Aktivate raised $ 7 million in equity. The funding round was led by Will Ventures with participation from Tal Ventures, Village Global, TechAviv, Benson Oak Ventures, and several individual angel investors.
The newly raised capital will help the company support its public launch and begin efforts to expand the business to more schools and districts that can adopt the software for their own sports programs.
In addition to the public launch and new seed funding, the tech startup announced the names of business veterans who will take executive roles. The company named Brian Cooley as Chief Commercial Officer, Sara Petry as Chief Product Officer and Shane Emmons as Chief Technology Officer.
In a statement on the public launch and seed funding for the tech startup, Village Global co-founder and partner Anne Dwane said: “While tech innovations have had a major influence on increasing access and impact on the academic side “The level of innovation in school sports administration and community development has been comparatively low. Aktivate has a great opportunity to bring a very unique and sizeable community online, while better supporting student athletes and their families.”