Who said sports is for kids. Sportingmindz has shown that sports is a serious business for those involved in it. Their success is an example of market creation where one did not exist before.Sameer Mehta (Sam to his friends and people who know him) is a member of the advisory board of Sportingmindz, the TechSparks 2010 winner. Sportingmindz enhances performance of people in sports through its analytical tools.
Commenting on Sportingmindz’s success in TechSparks, he said:
“I think it’s great. Sanjay and Sandeep have done an excellent job. They are extremely passionate about their space. This space is not easiest to build a living. Sporting is a cyclic industry and gets concentrated on key sporting events. Many of us don’t understand this business. When we took them to a couple of organized VCs, they asked: “is there a market for this?” Sanjay and Sandeep are passionate about the company, the space, and the industry. This is one of the few sports companies that has been in the market for a long time.
Starting as Swantha, now it has morphed into Sportingmindz. Sanjay and Sandeep have shown that they can deliver outstanding products and services. The IPL teams they support do very well. They are now entering new sports and have got a couple of products that are exciting.
Intel recognized them in 2009 as one of the innovative companies of the year and showcased them to their group of companies. I think these guys are the future of sports.”
Interestingly, Sportingmindz also won the Tata NEN Hottest Startup award in 2008. This is their hat trick, so to say.
About Sameer Mehta from Sportingmindz website:
Sameer brings more than 12 years of top-tier strategic consulting, multi-national operating and entrepreneurial business development experience to clients. A former management consultant with McKinsey & Company (USA), he has served a number of leading global industrial and private equity clients. Prior to McKinsey, Sam has held multiple senior business development, technical and operations management positions with Shell, BP, ICI and Exxon in Europe and Latin America. Sam has also held leadership positions within various family business enterprises and startups (healthcare, food processing, real estate investments, technology and imports / exports) in Europe and Asia.Sameer has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a Masters in Manufacturing / Engineering Management (Northwestern University, USA), a Masters and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (University of Bradford, UK). Sam is a Chartered Chemical Engineer (CEng) with the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Professional European Engineer (EUR ING) with FEANI, a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council, a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment and a Sainsbury Management Fellow (SMF) with the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.