Meet Nick Volante, Founder & Managing Director of Sales Support Monaco and startup mentor at Qatar SportsTech. Nick is currently working with a portfolio of companies from the international sports media & technology industry, by supporting them reach their commercial potential. He is now ready to support the startups of Qatar SportsTech through his expertise in Business Development & Sales, Marketing & Advertising.
What is your background?
Sportsman turned businessman and fresh out of university, I was fortunate to enter the international sports media and marketing industry by joining the World Sport Group (currently Lagardère Sports) in Singapore. For my first day on the job, I packed my bags, prepared to jump in the deep end and took off to join the team in Kolkata India for 21 days to support the commercial rights at an international Asian Football Confederation Competition. What an opportunity to kick off a career and an experience no one can teach you in a classroom, that is for sure!
Since then, I am thankful to have worked with some of the industry’s leading companies that shaped sports media markets across the globe and continue to do so.
My current business SSM is on a mission to support our portfolio of clients to reach their commercial potential through enhancing their business development, strategy, and sales ROI.
What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Coming soon, watch this space!
What made you interested in joining Qatar SportsTech as a mentor?
After speaking with the QST Team, I am impressed with their ambition and vision to inspire innovation across the international sports technology industry. The industry is evolving faster than ever before and this is driven by companies using new technologies to change the game. I have no doubt QST work with these types companies and I look forward to being part of the team.
What excites you the most about Sports Technology?
It is all about the people. Working with motivated, creative, and inspiring people to take sports into sectors and markets that just a few years ago were not even on the radar. Specific to the international sports media and technology industry, it is incredible to see how the landscape has changed over the last 15 years and for sure we will continue to see consumer trends and technology be the catalyst for further evolution.
What expertise are you going to support the QST startups with?
I enjoy working with start-up businesses that have the idea and tech to disrupt the industry but need the knowledge, network and commercial structure to take their business to the next level in the world of sport. Having worked with market leaders since the start of my career, I am thankful to have learned so much and established a community of decision-makers from across the globe that can help startups reach their potential.
Any final words of wisdom, that you would like to give to aspiring SportsTech entrepreneurs?
Take the time to explore and find work that you are passionate about, with a team of individuals that you respect and enjoy being with.
Apply for Qatar SportsTech
Do you run a pioneering SportsTech startup? Then apply for Qatar SportsTech today and receive in-depth mentoring from Nick Volante and many other experts. Sign up through F6S – https://www.f6s.com/sbcqatarsportstech2020/apply
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.
Startupbootcamp is a global network of innovation programs with 15 industry-specific accelerators and four Scale programs for growth-stage teams Startupbootcamp partners with leading global brands to support the next generation of innovators. Since founding in 2010, Startupbootcamp has worked with over 700 founders, 250+ global brands and facilitated hundreds of partnerships between their alumni and corporate partners.
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