Press Sports, a sports social media app that istransforming the way fans, athletes, coaches, and teams build their brands and engage with sportshighlights, today announced the closing of its $750,000 pre-seed funding round.
Press Sports was founded in 2018 with the goal of becoming the leading global sports social
network that brings athletes, fans, coaches and teams from all levels closer together. Press Sports offers unique features for the sports community like live-updating leaderboards and
individualized Hypezone feeds that the community curates by “hyping up” videos. The app
recently released the new Breakdown feature that allows fans and coaches to easily add their
feedback or reaction to an athlete’s original post.
“Growing up playing just about every sport together, Drew and I never had a place to compile
and share footage of our favorite moments as athletes,” said Conrad Cornell, CEO and co-founder of Press Sports App. “We created Press Sports for the over eight million high school
and college athletes out there that are just like us—who don’t have a chance to showcase their
career in a way that can be used to create opportunities and one day look back on. It was clear
that the mainstream social media platforms would never cater to the specific needs of the sports community, so we started building a healthy alternative for modern day athletes and fans to interact in a sports-focused atmosphere.”
The funding round was led by Overline, an Atlanta-based seed-stage venture capital firm that
primarily focuses on startups in the Southeast, and included Central Piedmont Investment Group and Sound Media Ventures, an Atlanta-based fund that focuses on high tech firms that power tomorrow’s media experiences.
Sean O’Brien, Managing Partner of Overline said, “We have tracked the growing popularity of
vertical social networks that build community among people with shared interests and passions, enabling them to share highly relevant content and to make more meaningful connections around their common interests. We are thrilled to partner with the Press Sports team in its mission of creating the world’s leading sports-centric social network for athletes and fans.”
Drew Williams, Head of Growth and co-founder of Press Sports continued, “We’re proud to
have built an engaged community that includes thousands of the country's most highly recruited athletes alongside their fans and friends. Press Sports gives players a platform where it is not only acceptable, but encouraged, to promote their personal achievements. As they build their fanbase on the app, student athletes will be well positioned for the NCAA NIL rule changes expected to take effect next Fall, which will allow college players to monetize their name, image and likeness directly through our app.”
“We have been working with the Press Sports team since early this year, and we continue to be
impressed by their understanding of today’s sports markets,” said Michael Cohn, Managing Partner of Overline. “With the recent additions of both the technical co-founder and the CTO from YikYak, which previously generated social media success at scale, we see the Press Sports team as having all the ingredients needed to build a world-class company.”