Sports Market


Angel CoFund backs upmysport with £1m funding round

Platform for connecting sports instructors with clients operates out of Tech Hub in East London but some of the team is based in Chamonix, France.


Ex-footballer Louis Saha hopes to protect ‘exposed’ sportsmen from exploitation with new venture

Former Manchester United and France striker seeks £4m for Axis Stars: an exclusive social media platform for elite athletes combined with contract management tool.


UK entrepreneur looks to take eSports industry to next level

Gfinity founder Neville Upton talks to Growth Business about one of the great untapped global markets.


Rangers FC uses AIM listing to raise new squad funds

Scottish football club Rangers has begun what it says will be three-year fundraising period by issuing a new share offering.


Tech Innovators 2014: Fanmode acts as digital voice for sports fans

Gone are the days when viewers simply tune into a sporting event and then sit back and relax. Fanmode is one of a number of companies centred on increasing engagement, and is integrating the Internet of Things and connected devices.


Professional footballer invests in sports photography app

PiPsports has closed a $200,000 funding round with help from the sporting world to aid with product development and expanding its user base.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Sportradar makes American acquisition to build global offering

Private equity-backed Sportradar has made an expansion play by acquiring US-based SportsData.

Social Media

Sportlobster: The social media business being backed by Michael Owen and Mark Webber

Despite the social media market becoming an increasingly cluttered space, GrowthBusiness finds out how Sportlobster is carving out itself a new and lucrative niche.


Sports nutrition business used by Sir Chris Hoy joins London's junior exchange

Science in Sport is targeting its share of a reported £19.6 billion global market in 2010 by securing a stock market listing.


Premier League statistics business Opta sold for £40 million

Albion Ventures has exited its interest in sports data business Opta, five years after it invested £1.5 million into the business.


P2P sports gambling platform BuddyBet nets $3 million funding eight months after launch

A social networking-based online betting business set up in August 2012 has netted a $3 million investment from a number of private investors.


Go-kart operator TeamSport Racing drives off with £9 million backing

The management of TeamSport Racing has led a buy-out of the business with help from Connection Capital.