ABOUT US

Who we are

At Colosseum, the sport is our passion. We are former athletes, referees, and executives from the top, international sports organizations that strive to inject tech innovation into the sport.

Outside the field, we live and breath technology. Our aim is to bring together experts who understand ongoing disruptions in technology with the leading sports organizations worldwide.

We are a diverse team from Brazil to France but we are headquartered in the vibrant, startup city of Tel Aviv. Here, the Colosseum Sports Lab provides sports leaders and corporates the expertise and the physical location they need to work hand-in-hand with startups and entrepreneurs. Colosseum Ventures, as the investment arm of the firm, helps early-stage sports tech startups scale worldwide. Through our strategic support, we are fueling the growth of the ecosystem in Israel and abroad.

 

First of all, we act as a community, we connect the most disruptive sports tech companies with the leading international sports related corporates, sport organizations and teams. Our team is dedicated analyze on a daily base the best match making and gathers the most relevant technologies related to the sports industry.  The community is responsible for organizing events and meetups between members and industry leaders, such as the Sports Tech Summit 2018, held in Tel Aviv at the end of July. The community currently include 450+ Israeli sports tech-related startups.
Our innovation center- Colosseum Sport Lab, CSL, soon to be launched, will gather at one place the most advanced developments for the sports industry, including: fan engagement, athlete development, media and broadcasting, gaming & eSports, event management & security, health and fitness, and more. The lab will provide facilities for sports technology implementation (on-site R&D), Events and showroom.

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TEAM MEMBERS

Oren Simanian

Founder

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

Robert Cohen

VP Partnerships

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

Yoav Bruck

VP Partnerships

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

Naor Galili

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.

Katya Kagantsov

Head of Projects

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.

Victoria Mock

International Team Member | Canada

Currently, a 4th-year student at the University of Victoria, majoring in Pacific and Asian Studies and minoring in Business. Being a former competitive swimmer, I realized how repetitive and intense the sport can be in comparison to other sport. I am passionate about bringing innovative technology into the grueling sport to enhance and create an engaging environment for all swimmers.

Gabriel Bloch

International Team Member | US

A competitive soccer player and surfer for 15+ years, I am currently pursuing Business Administration & Cognitive Science degrees from the University of California Berkeley, having competed for both the Berkeley Club Soccer and Boxing teams.

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