LeagueSide, a sports sponsorship startup and 2018 realLIST honoree, has been making moves recently — both physically and money-wise.
The startup is still in its seed round of fundraising after it was officially launched in 2015 by cofounders Evan Brandoff and Zubin Teherani. The pair met during a training camp for Venture for America and realized their shared love of volunteering with youth sports leagues.
A company was born: The tech startup matches youth sports leagues across the country with brands that will sponsor the teams. In turn, the sponsors gain exposure and potential clients, and can track relevant metrics provided by LeagueSide. Sponsors include local and national brands like Cigna, Verizon Fios, Uber and The Franklin Institute.
Brandoff and Teherani moved to Philadelphia after they visited during a Venture for America stint. The company initially worked in coworking spaces across the city, but recently obtained its own space at 24th and Walnut.
“It’s going to allow us to grow and will fit some of the company culture we’ve set up,” Brandoff said.
That includes making space for weekly “highs and lows” meetings, passing a football to the “player of the week,” and yes, covering some of the walls in turf.
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