ABOUT US

Who we are

Colosseum is an international sports tech innovation group, based in Tel Aviv. We are a sports tech innovation firm (Colosseum Sport) and a sports tech VC in formation (Colosseum Ventures).

Colosseum Sport provides technology access and know-how to sports organizations, startups and corporates to improve their performance, gain international exposure and be at the forefront of innovation. 

Colosseum Ventures will focus on helping early-stage sports tech startups scale worldwide, thus fueling the growth of the ecosystem in Israel and abroad. Our strategic team is composed of key players of the sports business, investment, and technology industries.

COLOSSEUM

TEAM MEMBERS

Oren Simanian

Founder & General Manager

Years as an entrepreneur and innovator in the Israeli ecosystem. Founder of StarTAU, Tel Aviv University innovation center, and Co-Founder of TAU Ventures, the university’s venture capital arm. 20 years as a Soccer Referee and Fifa Futsal Referee

Tim Deschamps

Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)

With experience in both the sports (LFP, Roland-Garros) and technology industries, Timothée’s knowledge of the international sports market and passion for tech innovations merge to scale Colosseum activities. Timothée holds a Bachelor in Economics and a Masters in Disruptive Innovation & Public Policies from France’s top university (SciencesPo Paris), along with a year-long business management program from the University of Florida, USA.

Katya Kagantsov

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Katya is an experienced operations manager, highly passionate about innovative solutions and disruptive ideas. Working With Oren Simanian, Katya is managing various projects around the world to connect startup ecosystems and accelerate innovation processes. Katya lives in Tel Aviv and holding LL.B in Law and BA in accounting from the Tel Aviv University.

Yinon Itan

International Business Development Manager

Yinon is an experienced corporate attorney, who worked in leading commercial law firms in Israel and represented Israeli startups in various aspects, including financing, M&A and intellectual property transactions. He is currently based in Germany, and is focused in creating new strategic connections and business opportunities for Colosseum in Europe. Yinon, a sports enthusiast, is due to participate in the full time MBA program of Mannheim Business School, Germany’s top business school.

Elisa Bloch

Media and Strategy Manager

A French-Brazilian citizen, Elisa has worked in leading branding and architecture agencies, both in Sao Paulo and NYC. Along with her architectural background, she brings to Colosseum know-how in designing brand experience and media strategy.  Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arch from Latin America’s top university (USP – University of Sao Paulo) and a year-long design program from the Maryland Institute of College of Art, USA.

Advisors

Naor Galili

Advisory Board Member​

Naor Galili is a businessman and entrepreneur, a former Israeli soccer player and the CEO of Maccabi Israel. Naor is a board member of the Israeli Olympic Committee, The Basketball Association, and the Maccabi World Union executive board.

Yoav Bruck

Advisory Board Member

Yoav Bruck, a former 3-time Olympic swimmer for Israel (92,96 (Finals) 2000
Owner of Issta Sport, one of the leading sports travel agencies in Europe, and Kenes tours, a major inbound agency in Israel
An Auburn University alumni, 94, and an M.B.A from Tel Aviv University

Robert Cohen

Advisory Board Member​

Entrepreneur/Global Business Speaker/Global Leadership Speaker/Global Community Leader. A 25-year real estate practitioner and business professional.

Diarmuid Crowley

Expert Advisor - EMEA

Senior sports marketing executive with 19 years’ experience at WME | IMG, the leading sports marketing and entertainment company. Experienced executive in C-Level Sports Marketing, Sports Hospitality (UEFA; Rio 2016) and New Stadium Development (Wembley, London; Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro).

Essar Gabriel

Expert Advisor - EMEA

Senior executive management and delivery of the largest international sporting events in the World, including FIFA World Cup 1998 France, Olympic Games Sydney 2000, Paris Bid City Olympic Games 2012 and IAAF (CEO).

Marcus Vinicius Freire

Partner - Brazil

Award-winner professional Volleyball Player (Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984). Former Executive Director of Brazilian Olympic Comitee (2008-2016) and CEO of Fluminense Football Soccer Club.

Essar Gabriel

Expert Advisor - EMEA

Senior executive management and delivery of the largest international sporting events in the World, including FIFA World Cup 1998 France, Olympic Games Sydney 2000, Paris Bid City Olympic Games 2012 and IAAF (CEO).

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