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S11 at Sportcon

Starting 11 represented at February 2nd's Minneanalytics Sportcon event, which over 1,300 people attended. Starting 11 CTO Alex Ryan serves as the Sportcon co-chair, and she was instrumental in organizing the massively successful conference. 

Starting 11 CEO Teague Orgeman participated in the Startup Showcase (see video above, courtesy of Tech.mn) and later moderated a fantasy sports panel in front of a packed room. The panel featured Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) president and Fanball founder Paul Charchian, MLS Fantasy Stats founder Ryan Anderson, and FSTA chairman and Rotowire.com president Peter Schoenke (from left to right, below).

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The conference featured more than 80 top experts from pro sports, academia and tech. Speakers included representatives from many of our local pro sports teams, including the Minnesota Twins, United FC, Vikings and Wild. 

Read the conference recap here.

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S11 Secures UK Gambling Commission License

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After a rigorous review process and independent third-party compliance testing, Starting 11 is proud to announce it has secured a UK Gambling Commission License. The UK is known for its long-established, exacting regulatory standards in this arena, and for its creation of a market that can be trusted by operators and players alike.

"This is huge for us," CEO Teague Orgeman said. "We've now been certified and tested to some of the highest standards in the world, and we can confidently launch cash games out to the world knowing Starting 11 meets those high standards."

With this new license, Starting 11 is poised to offer cash games in the UK, as well as in legal states within the United States and in Canada. 

Specifically, the UK Gambling Commission has awarded Starting 11 a "Combined Remote Operating Licence." This makes Starting 11 one of a handful of fantasy companies in the world to have secured this type of UK license.

The ISO-accredited UK company NMi Gaming, a market leader in gaming compliance testing and auditing, performed the independent third-party compliance testing on Starting 11's platform. NMi certified compliance with the UK Gambling Act of 2005 and remote gambling and software technical standards.

"Achieving UK licensing and independent third-party compliance testing is a significant business milestone for Starting 11," Orgeman said. "We can now head into the rest of the English Premier League season and the summer World Cup with cash games. Our users have been asking for cash games since day one, and we are ready to deliver."

 

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Heating Up the Sports Tech Scene

(left to right) John Peterson of MatBoss, Teague Orgeman of Starting 11, and Tyrre Burks of Player’s Health

(left to right) John Peterson of MatBoss, Teague Orgeman of Starting 11, and Tyrre Burks of Player’s Health

Twin Cities Business magazine featured Starting 11 CEO and co-founder, Teague Orgeman in a big spread discussing the booming local sports tech scene.

From the article:

CEO Teague Orgeman is thinking big and looking to the World Cup, being held this summer in Russia. Orgeman says it could offer a worldwide stage; the 2014 World Cup was watched on television by 3.2 billion viewers.

“We’re going to have contests for that available in a number of different countries,” says Orgeman, who quit his job as a lawyer in May 2017 to help start and lead the new company.

Starting 11 won the high-tech division of the 2017 MN Cup entrepreneurial competition, rising to the top of the 60 companies that submitted plans in that category. The award meant $30,000 and access to the broader business community.

In contrast to most fantasy sports, Starting 11 is a daily game and allows users to make substitutions while a match is in progress. Most people associate fantasy sports with NFL football, but it’s a different story outside the U.S. Orgeman notes that the United Kingdom’s Premier League has 5.6 million users for its own fantasy platform.

“For us it’s really about scaling,” says Orgeman. “It’s about the ability to be able to successfully market what we’re doing internationally.”

Read the full article here.

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Greater MSP Profiles S11

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Thanks to Greater MSP for profiling Starting 11 as part of its MSP Innovation initiative. 

From the article, quoting Starting 11 CEO Teague Orgeman and CMO/GC Amanda Heyman:

What’s next: Cash games, league play and worldwide competition

Orgeman and Heyman are even more excited about 2018. “People want cash games. We’ll have cash games. People want leagues, where they play people they know. We’ll have that,” said Heyman.

More importantly, the game will start expanding to other leagues around the world, broadening the potential base and increasing revenue through the year. “We’ll be fully expanded in time for the 2018 World Cup,” said Orgeman. With 3.2 billion viewers, “that will be our springboard to other leagues.”

“We designed it to be able to grow really, really fast,” added Heyman, noting that with the basic game established, Starting 11 can add other leagues relatively simply. “All we need to do is plug in a new data feed and change the language.”

Read the full article here.

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S11 Enters Global HYPE - Sports Innovation Top 50 Program

We're so pleased to announce that Starting 11 has been selected for the global HYPE - Sports Innovation Top 50 Program. This program is renowned worldwide for launching the world's most innovative sport startups. 

The TOP 50 serves as a fast lane for startups, and provides access and engagement with top global sports-related leaders within sports and tech corporations, VCs & investors, sports stakeholders, etc. In addition, the program provides enhanced media exposure, building credibility through ongoing activity.

HYPE - Sports Innovation is the largest sports innovation ecosystem with over 26,000 leaders and key decision makers, including sports and global technology brands, academia, investors and startups. HYPE- Sports Innovation is running the TOP 50 program for the most innovative sports startups and additional core activities around the world, to advance its mission to impact people's lives through the power of sports and innovation.

Our team will have the opportunity to participate in  major global HYPE Sports Innovation events, including the UK English Premier League final event and the 2018 FIFA World Cup event in Moscow. Learn more here.

 

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Focus on 2017 MN Cup Winners

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The January 2018 edition of Twin Cities Business magazine included a special publication featuring the 2017 MN Cup. As the 2017 High Tech Division Winner, Starting 11 was featured alongside our fellow division winners.

Read all about it here.

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Starting 11 at Sportcon!

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Join us for Minnesota’s premier Sport Analytics Conference the Friday before Minneapolis hosts the Super Bowl!  Starting 11 CEO Teague Orgeman will be moderating a fantasy sports panel and will be pitching the company at the Sportcon event. 

Explore the many ways in which data-driven decision making continues to play a major role in sports, with a stellar lineup of speakers from academia, professional teams and the tech industry. This free event is perfect for sports fans, as well as analytics enthusiasts from any field. Learn more at minneanalytics.org/sportcon.

 

 

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Startup Capital of the North Showcase

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Check out Starting 11 and a group of fantastic MN sports tech startups at the Super Bowl week showcase on January 30! Registration and details here.

Description from the organizers: 

It’s Super Bowl week in Minneapolis! Join us to celebrate the breadth of innovation across the Startup Capital of the North. We can’t think of a better way to share our Northern pride than showcasing great ideas from Minnesota's leading startups, including the rapidly growing sports tech community.

The event will kick off with presentations from the founders of an all-star lineup of MN Cup winners over the past decade. Following these updates, we will be hosting a demo hour of the emerging local sports and student startups. Join us for appetizers and drinks to connect with leading entrepreneurs and celebrate the Startup Capital of the North!

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We're On Fire!

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We're proud to have been named to MinneInno's inaugural 50 on Fire awards list! MinneInno's 50 on Fire Awards are designed to shine a little extra light on the local individuals and businesses truly setting the local startup scene on fire. 

Join us on January 24 at the 50 on Fire awards event to celebrate the Twin Cities tech and innovation ecosystem. Tickets are here.

 

 

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Starting 11 at Women's Pitch Fest

Starting 11 CMO and co-founder Amanda Heyman pitched Starting 11 during the 2017 Twin Cities Startup Week Women's Pitch Fest. Amanda gave a 3-minute pitch to an audience of over 300 people at the University of Minnesota McNamara Center on October 9.

The third annual Women’s Pitch Fest, hosted by WE*, featured 18 women entrepreneurs and was organized by Capita3. The Pitch Fest took place after the Minnesota Cup competition finale event, where Starting 11 was honored as the High Tech Division Winner.

Watch Amanda's pitch here (video courtesy of TECHdotMN):

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Great Night at Beta.mn!

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Thanks to Beta.mn for a fantastic night with the local startup community. We had a chance to tell our story and hear direct feedback and questions from hundreds of interested attendees. 

The most frequently asked question was "How do you play?" -- and we have all the answers in the short video below. Take a look and also check out our FAQ section.

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Starting 11 Wins Minnesota Cup High Tech Division!

Starting 11 is the winner of the Minnesota Cup High Tech Division! We are so proud of our team and excited to keep moving forward in the competition.

“We were honored to be in the same company with the high tech division semifinalists, and especially the finalists, Extempore and Team Genius, both of whom would have been deserving winners," said Starting 11 CEO Teague Orgeman. "And we’re very grateful to the MN Cup and its judges for this opportunity.”

We'll be competing for the Minnesota Cup's $50,000 Grand Prize on October 9. Good luck and congratulations to all the Division Winners! 

The Starting 11 team and our fantastic MN Cup mentor, Steven Snyder.

The Starting 11 team and our fantastic MN Cup mentor, Steven Snyder.

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