A warm welcome to our latest mentor, Garrett Klugh , COO of Falk Ventures, the venture capital arm for the family office of legendary sports agent, David Falk and also the Co- Founder Huddle Sports Partners, a high touch sports-tech advisory firm. Garrett formerly served as the Managing Director of STAR Angel Network, providing professional athletes access to early-stage investment opportunities. Prior to STAR, Garrett worked for the US Olympic Committee during the Beijing and London Olympic and Paralympic Games. A six-time US National Rowing Team member, World Champion and Olympian (2004), Garrett holds an MBA from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.
What is your background?
At 9 years old, I was inspired by the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles to pursue the irrational dream of becoming an Olympian. I believe in the power and importance of sport in society and have spent much of my career trying to find ways to contribute and enhance that power. I’ve worked at 3 Olympics Games (Beijing, Vancouver, London) and helped start multiple businesses, earning an MBA along the way. I’m now the co-founder of Huddle Sports Partners and the COO of Falk Ventures.
What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Making the 2004 US Olympic Team (rowing) was the culmination of over a decade of work resulting in the achievement of a lifelong dream
What made you interested in joining Qatar SportsTech as a mentor?
I like to be able to use my experience and expertise to help founders with their businesses. I enjoy seeing innovative approaches to problem-solving.
What excites you the most about Sports Technology?
We are at an inflection point where new tech has transformative ability in nearly every part of the business of sport/performance/fitness. This combined with a shift in sport’s culture, to be more open to using new tech, has created an enormous opportunity to change the landscape.
What expertise are you going to support the QST startups with?
Strategy with raising capital, deck preparation, general strategy and business development.
Any final words of wisdom, that you would like to give to aspiring SportsTech entrepreneurs?
Starting a business is insane–almost as insane as trying to make an Olympic Team, you have to stay focused, understand priorities, try to make some progress every single day, be prepared for setbacks, create your own opportunity and above all have the unwavering determination & resolve necessary to win.
ABOUT QATAR SPORTSTECH
Qatar SportsTech is a leading accelerator program, focused on growing the SportsTech sector in Doha. As part of the Rainmaking Group, a global venture builder and creator of Startupbootcamp, the program helps SportsTech startups scale globally through direct access to an international network of mentors partners and investors.
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