Startup Program

Hashtag Sports empowers early-stage companies in the sports innovation ecosystem.

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  • 100+
  • $280M
    Post-Event Funding
  • 75+
    Founders & CEOs
  • 25+
    Investors & Mentors

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Our inaugural Hashtag Sports conference attracted 100 startups who combined to raise a total of over $280 million post-event in funding.

This year, we are aiming to transfom the fate of those who innovate with the introduction of a special startup discount in order to enable young companies to share and acquire knowledge, network, meet investors, and ultimately become inspired to challenge the status quo.

In addition to our dedicated Investment & Startups track on Day 3 of the conference, your Startup Pass will provide access to all three days of TimesCenter and Microsoft Technology Center programming at a significantly discounted rate, an exclusive invite to our special startup networking party, and access to high-value mentor sessions.

Mentor Sessions

Startup Mentor Minutes are a series of 10 minute one-on-one sessions between startups and seasoned industry veterans who are able to offer advice and expertise on starting, growing, and scaling successful sports and tech businesses.

Our mentors include venture capitalists, seed and athlete investors, digital and social media experts, sports team representatives, and veteran tech founders.

Mentor Minutes will require pre-scheduling, and priority for mentor matching is given to early submissions. Additional mentors will be announced in the coming weeks.

Andrew Hawkins

Wide Receiver &

Deepen Parikh

‎Partner &

Grant Son


Jayne Bussman-Wise

Senior Director,

Tania Yuki

Founder &

Ryan Mundy

Investor &
Retired Athlete

Jessica Smith

Sr Mgr, Digital &
Social Strategy

Dennis Crowley

Co-Founder &
Team Owner

Erica Minnihan

Co-Founder &
Managing Partner

Austin Smith


Networking Party

Convene, collaborate, and celebrate the future of sports at our invitation-only startup networking party in Times Square. Find yourself in the same room as fellow founders, leading investors, mentors, and athletes eager to build meaningful and lasting connections with like-minded peers who are looking to reshape the status quo in sports.

Wednesday, June 28 at 6PM*

25 W. 39th St. - between 5th and 6th Ave.
*Special Startup Networking Night - RSVP Required
0.4 miles away (7 minute walk)

Located steps from Bryant Park, SparkLabs is the biggest ecosystem of international media and tech startups in NYC.

Startup Qualification

  • Funding – Only companies with $5M (US) or less in total investment are eligible.
  • Technology – You are a tech startup or a tech-enabled startup. Not sure what that means? You're probably not a fit, but just in case, here's an article that provides some clarity.
  • Full-Time – It's highly unlikely that you have seed investors if you're not 100% dedicated to the business, but if that's the case, your day job needs to front the bill this year.

If you are a startup that is interested in joining us at Hashtag Sport 2017 to learn what’s next in sports media and innovation, please enter your information in our startup application form. If qualified, you will receive a discount code to register.

Stay tuned for more startup program announcements about partners, benefits, and special networking. For more details about this year's event, please consult our FAQs.

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