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):
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.
We're proud to be in such great company. Congrats to all of the nominees!
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!
Top scorers on Starting 11 for Gameweek 3's Saturday matches.
Top scorers on Starting 11 for Gameweek 3's Sunday matches.
Starting 11 is proud to announce that our team has earned a finalist spot in the Minnesota Cup venture competition's high tech division. Minnesota Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the nation, with entrepreneurs competing in eight divisions.
Over 500 teams entered MN Cup this year, with only 24 teams advancing to the final round. Over $450,000 in prize money is at stake.
Starting 11 is one of 2017's 3 high tech division finalists along with language-learning startup Extempore and youth tryout app Team Genius.
One winner and one runner-up from each of the eight divisions will be announced in late September. Each division runner-up will receive $5,000, while division winners receive $30,000 and a shot at the $50,000 grand prize and $20,000 second prize to be awarded at the MN Cup awards celebration on October 9 at the University of Minnesota.
More than 13,000 Minnesotans have participated in MN Cup since it began 13 years ago. Finalists have gone on to raise more than $230 million in capital to support the development of their ideas, create jobs, and broker numerous business partnerships, collaborations and distribution agreements.
Learn more at www.mncup.org.
In a special bonus episode, the hosts of the Always Cheating podcast welcome Starting 11 co-founder Thomas Braun. Starting 11 offers a new mobile fantasy experience in which you can challenge your friends, fans at your local bar, or other managers around the world. Utilizing a unique scoring system and organic, real-time player substitutions, the app will change the way fantasy managers watch live Premier League matches.
Here's what the hosts of Always Cheating had to say about Starting 11:
Fantasy Premier League managers can universally relate to this situation:
Imagine, for a moment, you’re in the midst of watching a block of midday fixtures. Kevin De Bruyne, one of your key midfield fantasy players, is badly blanking in what you thought was a great match-up for Manchester City. You were feeling so confident when the FPL transfer deadline hit, but now you’re staring down the barrel of a below-average score. To make matters worse, the last player on your bench is Tom Ince, from newly-promoted Huddersfield Town, and by some miracle he’s just scored a brace away from home in what seemed like an impossible game. Look at those points from Ince, so close on your bench, but still out of reach.
Now, imagine another scenario—a happier one. This time you’re playing the new mobile fantasy game with the Starting 11 app. Starting 11 allows you to challenge your friends or compete against people around the world in daily fantasy match-ups. But what’s different here is that you now have complete control to dump an unproductive or injured De Bruyne in real time, even in the midst of a match like a real Premier League manager would, and bring on an impact sub who might bolster your score and save your team.
This is just one of the many inventive features that Starting 11 is introducing into the Fantasy Premier League marketplace. Starting 11 is an app that you can download to your iOS or Android phone and take with you anywhere—whether you’re watching Premier League matches at the bar, at your friend’s, or even at the stadium. The app’s geolocation ability allows users to more easily challenge friends, as well as find other Starting 11 users, up to a pitch away, wherever you might be.
No Budgets, Flexible Lineups, Real-Time Substitutions
There are no budgets here. There are no cost prohibitive prices attached to hugely popular premium players. When setting your Starting 11 lineup, you’re free to choose any players you want who are competing during that particular “match flight” (the round of games that day of your challenge). The only requirement is that your lineup consists of players from at least three different actual clubs playing in the match flight. From there, you set your captain (double points—you know the drill) and you wait for the games to kick off, at which point you really become the manager, having the ability with Starting 11 to make up to three substitutions in your squad as the action unfolds live on the TV screen. That’s right: Unlike the FPL game we all know (and love), with Starting 11, managers are no longer locked in once the transfer deadline passes. How you watch Premier League matches live now matters more than ever.
Starting 11 rewards points to your squad members for the standard activities: goals, assists, and clean sheets. But the app also rewards your players for stats the official FPL relegates to its behind-the-scenes bonus system. You now score for tackles and duels won (making players like N’golo Kanté and Victor Wanyama valuable assets), as well as interceptions, completed passes, fouls drawn, and shots both on and off target.
Challenge Always Cheating or Compete with Friends
In the coming months, the Starting 11 app will offer money challenges in both the UK and US, allowing managers to compete for cash in one-on-one or group match-ups. In the meantime, hosts Josh and Brandon of this Always Cheating parish welcome challenges from their listeners. Just download the Starting 11 app, create your account, and then reach out to us via Twitter, Facebook, or email to call us out. We’re kicking things off this Saturday during Starting 11’s very first match flight. Let’s go!
Visit starting11.io to download the app for your iOS or Android phone and start playing daily Premier League Fantasy today.
Our friends across the pond, Fantasy Football Pundits, have put together a fantastic Starting 11 primer. Read the primer here, follow Fantasy Football Pundits at @FFPundits, and find more fantasy football (fantasy soccer, for Americans) insight on Starting 11, Fantasy Premier League, and more at www.fantasyfootballpundits.com.
Starting 11 is currently offering free contests for players in the United States, the U.K, and all around the world. We plan to add cash-based contests and prizes in the U.K., Canada, and over 40 U.S. states this fall.
From MinneInno: When you are trying to build a winning team, in sports or in business, sometimes the most valuable player to have is a lawyer.
At least that’s the case for Starting 11, a new daily fantasy soccer app built by three Twin Cities attorneys. The app, which debuted last week, aims to do away with the decades-old “set it and forget it mentality” in fantasy sports.
Users can choose new players before the start of each game, and are allowed up to three real-time, in-game substitutions that they can exercise whenever they like, just like a real soccer manager. Starting 11’s CEO Teague Orgeman and chief marketing officer Amanda Heyman are married, and have been lifelong fans of soccer and fantasy sports.
“I’ve been a pretty hardcore player of mostly football, but a few other things, for the last 20 years,” Orgeman said.
Our team is thrilled to launch the world's first live daily fantasy soccer platform, which allows users to make changes to their fantasy squad lineups in real time - just like a real-life soccer manager. As of today, players can start setting their lineups for the first matches of the 2017 English Premier League season that kicks off on August 12.
Challenge a friend to a Private 1 v 1 game, or find a new friend with our Public 1 v 1 feature. You can even find other Starting 11 users located within a pitch length (about 115m) to play against, so if you’re watching EPL Gameweek 1 from your favorite pub, sign up some new friends to play along the way. We also have winner-take-all and 50/50 contests for you to test your skills against groups of four and ten players.
We are currently offering free contests for players all around the world and in the United
States. Our team is working hard to add cash-based contests in the U.K., Canada, and over 40 U.S. states this fall.
Check out our new videos, official launch press release, and our fantastic writeup (pictured above) in the UK Fantasy Football Magazine! And sign up here for the latest Starting 11 updates, tips, news, and more.
Best of luck on the pitch.