When Justin Kaufenberg and Carson Kipfer were developing SportsEngine, the Minneapolis-based youth sports management and administration platform, they didn’t have to go far to get ideas for features.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship, Health Innovation, Sports Tech
Profile: Player’s Health
Tyrre Burks knows how injuries can change the trajectory of a football player’s career. A wide receiver at Winona State University, his talents allowed him to become part of the elite 1.9 percent of NCAA football players go on to play the sport professionally.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship, Sports Tech, Venture Capital
Profile: The U.S. Pond Hockey Championship
Fly over Minneapolis’ Lake Nokomis in late January and you’ll be greeted by an astounding sight: over a quarter million square feet of ice cleared to form 25 rinks, each hosting a chivalrous game of pond hockey where love of sport and pride in team dominate.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship
Trend: New Approaches in Youth Sports
Youth sports are at a crossroads. While popular in the U.S. there are concerning trends that show an overall trend towards less participation, fewer kids continuing with sports, and a corresponding increase in sedentary children.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Health Innovation, Sports Tech
Profile: Prevent Biometrics
Prevent Biometrics has invested a revolutionary impact-sensing mouthguard, networked to a coaches app and feeding data into a centralized database, to better identify those who have sustained hits and concussions so they can be treated correctly.
Health Innovation, Research and Academics, Sports Tech, Venture Capital
Profile: WSI Sportswear
Eagan-based WSI is a leading manufacturer of cold-weather sports gear – including that worn by the Minnesota Vikings and many other NFL teams. They’ve built a niche in the sports world.