Tim Hayden is the Co-Founder & Managing Director at Stadia Ventures.
Prior to Stadia Ventures, Tim has always been involved in strategic planning, digital media and marketing. He started out with the United Parcel Services (UPS) which introduced him to sports business as they were engaged more in the sports sponsorship side. After realising he was better suited in startups and small businesses, Tim joined and helped a startup sports marketing agency. Luckily, the agency got tied in with the St. Louis Cardinals which opened a lot of opportunities for both the agency and Tim. He then went on and started his own business called Vivid Sky and SkyBOX to create a mobile application for sports fans anywhere in the world. This went to lead Tim to building Stadia Ventures.
Stadia Ventures is a sports-and esports-focused venture firm with a sports business accelerator. Stadia Accelerator helps establish sports startups get to the next level through the combination of a $100K equity investment, intensive mentoring, and connecting founders to the top sports business executives in the country. They currently have 36 companies in their portfolio.
Aside from Stadia Ventures, Tim also pursues his passion in helping the next generation of students as a Senior Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University.
6:08 Tim Hayden on how he started in the sports business industry
8:05 How Stadia Ventures started
10:58 What should the startups coming in to the accelerator program start to look for
13:54 How cohorts are working together to achieve success
17:34 The accelerator application process for Stadia Ventures
23:09 What does the accelerator program look like
26:22 What do finalists get from the Stadia Accelerator program
31:00 How the businesses are transformed over the three-month program
32:56 What happens in the Stadia Accelerator program demo day
37:47 Sports Geek Closing Five
46:48 Check us out on HYPE Spin Accelerator pitch day on July 10. Go to sportsgeekhq.com/hypepitch to know more
48:29 Want Sean to look at your sponsorship or ticketing campaigns? Book in a Pick my Brain session. A two-hour GoToMeeting session where you can get Sean’s insights
Good to catch Tim at #SEATDALLAS. Great insights!
Another partnership coming along
Cool to see how Stadia keeps supporting startups like Spalk