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TeamUp gains new Strategic Advisor and gains Business Partner in South Africa

Tampere, Finland – May 31, 2017 – TeamUp, the Fansite for Sports and Entertainment (www.tmup.co), announced today that Jose Ramon Capdevila, former Head of football administration for Real Madrid, joined them as a company advisor.  At the same time, TeamUp announced that Sports-insider, a South African based sports technology company, was named as a Sales Channel Partner.

This has been a busy month for TeamUp.  As with most sports technology startups, things move quickly. Adding both a strategic partner and strategic advisor will significantly impact the growth potential of TeamUp.  “We have been recognized in our industry as a leader having won numerous awards including being named in the Top 3 sports tech startups last year in Dublin at the One Zero Conference and being named a finalist in the prestigious 43North competition”, said Donna Kivirauma, CEO and Co-founder of TeamUp.  “We are honored that Jose Ramon and Michael Forster, CEO of Sports-insider, both very highly regarded in the sports industry, see the value TeamUp has to offer sports communities and wanted to be a part of building the premier site for sports and entertainment,” continued Donna.

Jose Ramon joined Real Madrid to work in the Strategic Planning Direction Division. In his capacity, he worked on the development of new ventures on both the business and sports fronts, as well as, potential synergies between both sides of the organization aiming to maximize Club revenues.

“TeamUp brings a unique and exceptional opportunity to monetize the investments conducted in sponsorship deals in the global sports industry with a view to connecting Clubs, Fans and Sponsors,” stated Jose Ramon.

“I am delighted to be appointed as a Company Advisor to bring my expertise from my 10 year career at Real Madrid to disrupt the way teams connect with their sponsors and fans while generating a new source of revenue in the sports sector,” said Jose Ramon.

Prior to joining Real Madrid, Jose Ramon worked in M&A’s in the field of corporate finance and he was a consultant at KPMG. “Jose Ramon’s expertise in finance is something I find very valuable in upcoming negotiations for investment rounds, as well as, other important strategic company decisions, said Donna. Also, his vast connections in the sports industry will help tremendously in business development,” she added.

Jose Ramon holds an MBA and BA degree from ESADE with an exchange program in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and an Executive Education program in Mergers and Acquisitions at GSB Stanford. He resides in Madrid, Spain.

Sports-Insider has run innovative Sports news, results & competition platforms in South Africa since 2002. They have looked for a platform to introduce into the South African market that can “pull together” the various team initiatives that they saw the professional teams embarking on. Then they found TeamUp!

“TeamUp has carefully considered every aspect of fan engagement. They have innovated to maximize the opportunity of the interaction between teams, fans and sponsors. They hold a patent and have another pending patent that further enhances this experience in a significant way while also enhancing the team’s bottom line without resorting to advertisements that so often irritate Fans.  This is why we selected TeamUp,” Michael Forster, CEO of Sports-Insider enthusiastically said.

South African professional sports teams are at the cutting edge of fan engagement and TeamUp now gives them the tools via the TeamUp platform to bring these initiatives together, to improve their fan’s experience, as well as to offer the team sponsors an opportunity to interact with the team fans in a meaningful and measurable away.

A Win for Team, Fan & Sponsors!

“We are delighted to be appointed the Sales Channel Partner for Southern Africa and expect to be enthusiastically received by our sporting teams,” added Mike. Sports-insider is South Africa’s leading service for sports alerts and content. “Sports-insider has been delivering exclusive sports content to sports fans in South Africa for more than 15 years. We couldn’t ask for a better sales channel partner in the region,” proclaimed Donna.

 

About TeamUp:

TeamUp is the Fansite for Sports and Entertainment making social media more meaningful and rewarding. Fans can be recognized and rewarded for their passion by their idols, and sponsors can engage with fans in a way that is appreciated by the fans instead of bombarding them with ads. Visit: www.tmup.co.


Contacts:

Donna Kivirauma
CEO and Co-Founder, TeamUp
donna@tmup.co
+358 40 033 9239

Michael Forster
CEO, Sports-insider
mforster@sports-insider.com

Jose Ramon Capdevila
Member Advisory Board, TeamUp
JoseRamon@tmup.co

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TeamUp named as a Semifinalist in 43North: one step closer to $1 million

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Tampere, Finland – July 27, 2016 – TeamUp, the Fansite for Sports, Music and the Arts, announced today together with their technology partners Microsoft Azure, SendGrid, and Riverbed Technology that TeamUp has been selected as a semi-finalist by 43North, a New York based incubator. TeamUp is the only company that was selected from Finland.

TeamUp is competing for prize money ranging from 500k-1 million USD to be awarded in October 2016.  If selected as a winner in October, TeamUp will relocate to Buffalo, New York. TeamUp will be launched in the U.S. market from Buffalo, working initially with New York based sports teams. 43North provides many more perks like tax breaks for 10 years, free incubator office space, and expert assistance.

“We are making this announcement together with our technology partners because we could not be where we are today without them,” says Donna Kivirauma, CEO and Co-founder of TeamUp.  “When you are building a world class technology service you need world class partners.  As a startup we could not afford the best, but we are receiving the best due to the generosity and support of these amazing companies. Going into the 43North competition we are confident that we have the partners we need to make sure our service can scale,” continued Donna.

All three technology partners are providing their services and software at no charge to kick-start TeamUp’s success. “Microsoft Azure provides multiple high level services that allow startups to focus on features that bring customer value instead of mundane infrastructure plumbing,” stated Juhani Vuorio, Partner Business Evangelist for Microsoft. “We select promising companies to join Microsoft’s BizSpark plus program and offer them our full range of services, including up to $10K a month worth of Azure cloud services to help them in getting their company off the ground,” he added.

TeamUp is using SendGrid for all of their email notifications to the TeamUp community.  “SendGrid has helped many startups because our company wants to give back to the tech community to help those who are just starting out,” said Paul Ford, Vice-President of Community Development at SendGrid.

Service monitoring and performance evaluation is essential.  Jon Hodgson, Technical Director at Riverbed Technology, was immediately taken by the passion of the TeamUp Co-founders and wanted to help.  “We are interested in helping the startup community and we see our partnership with TeamUp as a way to test the waters and see what kind of programs would benefit startups most,” said Jon.

Better. Together.

For more information about TeamUp, their technology partners, and 43North please see the information below:

About TeamUp:

TeamUp is an ad-free social network for Sports, Music and the Arts that is making social media more meaningful and rewarding. Fans can be recognized and rewarded for their passion for people and groups that they love, and sponsors can engage with fans in a way that is appreciated by the fans. Visit: www.tmup.co.

About Microsoft Azure:

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Read more at azure.microsoft.com.

About SendGrid

SendGrid is a proven, cloud-based customer communication platform that drives engagement and business growth. SendGrid is a leader in email deliverability and its platform successfully delivers over 27 billion emails each month for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, HubSpot, Spotify, Uber and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises like Intuit and Costco. For more information, visit www.sendgrid.com.

About Riverbed Technology:

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 27,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

About 43North:

With $5 MILLION in prizes, 43North is a competition that’s in a league of its own. But it’s more than that. For winners, it’s an amazing staff and dedicated mentors. And free incubator space. And healthy tax-breaks. And some fierce ping pong. Click here for all the details on our 2016 competition.

Founded in 2014, 43North is an unprecedented program, made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic Buffalo Billion initiative, with support from the New York Power Authority. For more information, visit: www.43north.org.

Contacts:

Donna Kivirauma
CEO and Co-Founder, TeamUp
donna@tmup.co
+358 40 033 9239

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TeamUp Weekly News (Week 8, 2016) – Weekly News Updates

Updates This Week

This week in TeamUp news: Updates from Jartse Tuominen, Legend of Grimrock, opportunity to join the Helsinki Roosters crew, and Sponsorship Movement #BetterTogether 2016 in the making.

Featured Video: Pekko PeGe Piirto ”Sagami & Stuff”

Featured Sponsor Shop: Tapio Ylinen ”Private Concert + CD Box”

Highlights

JartseUntoldUntold Stories, the fifth album by  internationally respected, Finnish guitarist Jartse Tuominen. It is a well-done instrumental rock album and recommended to all who appreciate guitar heroics. The album will be available from March 18th in USA, Canada, Japan and Europe (Already released in Finland). Jartse will be performing live this weekend. Saturday 27th-2 at Yo-Talo Tampere.

grimrockLegend of Grimrock has been selected as the best Role Playing Game (RPG) on iOS in 2015 by GamesReviewer.net. LOG from Almost Human is easily considered the flagship of modern day, old-school dungeon crawlers. Make sure to become a fan of Co-Founder, and Animator at Almost Human, Olli Pelz on TeamUp.

RoostersFasterAre you interested in getting involved with Finland’s most successful American football club’s operations, and development? Helsinki Roosters are offering brand and orientation tasks as well as training opportunities. If you are an enthusiastic individual, and wish to assist with junior team training, and media-team then this is your chance to join them. You can reach out to Roosters via TeamUp.

SponsorshipMovement

In order to help create the win for all parties involved in sponsorship, TeamUp launched the #SponsorshipMovement campaign in 2014. The campaign invited companies, as well as TeamUp inspirators/FanPages (athletes, teams, musicians, artists) to participate. Due to the success of the 1st campaign, we have decided to hold the sponsorship movement this year again with the hope of further increasing visibility for businesses and helping them to engage with their audience in a more meaningful way. This year’s sponsorship movement #BetterTogether will be bigger and better, make sure to keep an eye on our updates (more information to follow). The event will kick-start with a Launch Party at our new office (details to follow) , and everyone (Businesses, Inspirators) will be contacted in due course. TEHO Sport – Olvi Oyj will sponsor the opening and closing event with drinks. Thank you TEHO Sport for your continued support.  

*Note: Inspirators/FanPages in TeamUp refer to Teams, Athletes, Musicians, Artists, Schools, Charities, and Events. 

Featured Sponsor Shop

Tapio1This week in Featured Sponsor Shop, Private Concert + CD Box from singer-songwriter Tapio Ylinen.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.

TeamUp Weekly News (Week 7, 2016) – Weekly News Updates

Updates This Week

This week in TeamUp news: J Sport celebrates its 4th birthday, opportunity to join the Helsinki Roosters crew, updates about Collision Conf, and Sponsorship Movement #BetterTogether 2016 in the making.

Featured Video: J Sport ”Motivaattori”

Featured Sponsor Shop: Atletico ”Mainospaketti”

Highlights

jsportWe would like to send our warmest Birthday Wishes to one of the best Sports Goods Companies in Finland J Sport. Happy 4th Birthday J Sport, and on behalf of the whole TeamUp team, we wish you all the success in years to come. Thank you for being such an amazing part of our FanSite, and supporting the athletes. 🙂 Make sure to visit J Sport in TeamUp.

RoostersFasterAre you interested in getting involved with Finland’s most successful American football club’s operations, and development? Helsinki Roosters are offering brand and orientation tasks as well as training opportunities. If you are an enthusiastic individual, and wish to assist with junior team training, and media-team then this is your chance to join them. You can reach out to Roosters via TeamUp.

cc2Director Marketing & Commercial, Club Santos Laguna Manuel Portilla will join TeamUp CEO, Donna Kivirauma on the Sports Panel to talk about the significance of Fan Engagement in Social Media at this year’s Collision Conference. Collision is a major US tech event from the team behind Web Summit. More details about the time table and panel members will be shared soon, stay tuned.

SponsorshipMovement

In order to help create the win for all parties involved in sponsorship, TeamUp launched the #SponsorshipMovement campaign in 2014. The campaign invited companies, as well as TeamUp inspirators/FanPages (athletes, teams, musicians, artists) to participate. Due to the success of the 1st campaign, we have decided to hold the sponsorship movement this year again with the hope of further increasing visibility for businesses and helping them to engage with their audience in a more meaningful way. This year’s sponsorship movement #BetterTogether will be bigger and better, make sure to keep an eye on our updates (more information to follow). The event will kick-start with a Launch Party at our new office April 1st (details to follow) , and everyone (Businesses, Inspirators) will be contacted in due course. TEHO Sport – Olvi Oyj will sponsor the opening and closing event with drinks. Thank you TEHO Sport for your continued support.  

*Note: Inspirators/FanPages in TeamUp refer to Teams, Athletes, Musicians, Artists, Schools, Charities, and Events. 

Featured Sponsor Shop

mainosThis week in Featured Sponsor Shop, Advertising Package ”Mainospaketti” from Finland’s top female ultimate frisbee team Atletico.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.

TeamUp Weekly News (Week 6, 2016) – Weekly News Updates

Updates This Week

This week in TeamUp news: updates from Mira Potkonen, Mika Peltomaa, and Sponsorship Movement #BetterTogether 2016 in the making.

Featured Video: Helsinki Roosters ”2015 Promo HD”

Featured Sponsor Shop: Atletico ”Mainospaketti”

Highlights

aSTANAMore action in the ring for Finnish golden girl Mira Potkonen before RIO 2016. Mira will be participating in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. For more details and all the latest updates from Mira, become her fan on TeamUp.

MusicIDA new, and unique wedding photography package has been released by photographer Mika Peltomaa in collaboration with renowned pianist Pauli Kari: MUSICAL ID. The concept was published during Tampere Wedding Fair that was held from 6th till 7.2.2016, and is now open for inquiries and reservations.  The MUSICAL ID package consists of : i) Documentary wedding photography by Mika Peltomaa, ii) Improvised musical opus for a wedding couple by Pauli Kari

SponsorshipMovement

In order to help create the win for all parties involved in sponsorship, TeamUp launched the #SponsorshipMovement campaign in 2014. The campaign invited companies, as well as TeamUp inspirators/FanPages (athletes, teams, musicians, artists) to participate. Due to the success of the 1st campaign, we have decided to hold the sponsorship movement this year again with the hope of further increasing visibility for businesses and helping them to engage with their audience in a more meaningful way. This year’s sponsorship movement #BetterTogether will be bigger and better, make sure to keep an eye on our updates (more information to follow). The event will kick-start with a Launch Party at our new office April 1st (details to follow) , and everyone (Businesses, Inspirators) will be contacted in due course. TEHO Sport – Olvi Oyj will sponsor the opening and closing event with drinks. Thank you TEHO Sport for your continued support.  

*Note: Inspirators/FanPages in TeamUp refer to Teams, Athletes, Musicians, Artists, Schools, Charities, and Events. 

Featured Sponsor Shop

mainosThis week in Featured Sponsor Shop, Advertising Package ”Mainospaketti” from Finland’s top female ultimate frisbee team Atletico.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.

TeamUp Weekly (Week 5, 2016) News – Weekly News Updates

Updates This Week

This week in TeamUp news: updates from Kempeleen Kiri MSU, Airi Mikkelä’s latest silver medal, and #SponsorshipMovement 2016 in the making.

Featured Video: Majuri ”Pusiboi”

Featured Benefits: J Sport

Highlights

KKNEWExciting news from Finnish style baseball team Kempeleen Kiri MSU as they will be revealing the latest addition to their Men’s team this week. The player will be revealed during a press conference on Friday. Hints and tips to follow. Make sure to become a fan of Kempeleen Kiri MSU on TeamUp for all the latest updates.

AiriIceAction continues inside the court for Finnish badminton star Airi Mikkelä this year. Airi competed in  the Iceland International last week, and played against some of the toughest opponents before making it to the final. The final turned out to be one of the longest matches of her career consisting of 3 close sets. The final concluded with a silver medal for Airi. Follow her on TeamUp as she continues her journey to make it to Rio 2016. Would you support, and sponsor a RIO 2016 dream?

SponsorshipMovement

In order to help create the win for all parties involved in sponsorship, TeamUp launched the #SponsorshipMovement campaign in 2014. The campaign invited companies, as well as TeamUp inspirators/FanPages (athletes, teams, musicians, artists) to participate. Due to the success of the 1st campaign, we have decided to hold the #SponsorshipMovement this year again with the hope of further increasing visibility for businesses and helping them to engage with their audience in a more meaningful way. This year’s #SponsorshipMovement will be bigger and better, make sure to keep an eye on our updates (more information to follow). The event will kick-start with a Launch Party at our new office April 1st (details to follow) , and everyone (Businesses, Inspirators) will be contacted in due course. Stay tuned. 

*Note: Inspirators/FanPages in TeamUp refer to Teams, Athletes, Musicians, Artists, Schools, Charities, and Events. 

Featured Benefits

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J Sport has added two new benefits in their profile. In order to find out, become a fan of J Sport on TeamUp and check out the Benefits section.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.

TeamUp Weekly (Week 4, 2016) News – Weekly News Updates

The Headlines This Week

This week’s headlines include big win for Catz against Honka, #SponsorshipMovement 2016 in the making, latest Benefits from J Sport, and TeamUp’s new office location.

Featured Video: Jartse Tuominen ”Time To Go”

Featured Benefits: J Sport

Highlights

cAtzTeamGreat win yesterday for Catz against Honka. It was a close match with both the teams trying to take the lead. The match ended with a final score of 86 – 61. As a result of this victory, Catz have further improved their overall standing in the season. You can become a fan  of Catz on TeamUp to get all the updates directly.

SponsorshipMovement

In order to help create the win for all parties involved in sponsorship, TeamUp launched the #SponsorshipMovement campaign in 2014. The campaign invited companies, as well as TeamUp inspirators/FanPages (athletes, teams, musicians, artists) to participate. Due to the success of the 1st campaign, we have decided to hold the #SponsorshipMovement this year again with the hope of further increasing visibility for businesses and helping them to engage with their audience in a more meaningful way. This year’s #SponsorshipMovement will be bigger and better, make sure to keep an eye on our updates (more information to follow). The event will kick-start with a Launch Party at our new office, and everyone (Businesses, Inspirators) will be contacted in due course. Stay tuned. 

*Note: Inspirators/FanPages in TeamUp refer to Teams, Athletes, Musicians, Artists, Schools, Charities, and Events. 

teamup-logo-bettertogether-tm1TeamUp head office has moved to a new location in the Tampere metropolis area, and the new office will be fully functional starting Monday next week. The new address is Sammonkatu 47 (Second floor), 33540 Tampere, Finland.

Featured Benefits

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J Sport has added two new benefits in their profile. In order to find out, become a fan of J Sport on TeamUp and check out the Benefits section.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.

TeamUp Weekly (Week 3, 2016) News – Fresh From the Hot Presses

The Headlines This Week

This week’s headlines include latest fanpage, Oulun Lippo, updates from Jartse Tuominen’s new album and upcoming gigs.

Featured Video: Mira Potkonen kohti Rioa 2016

Featured Shop: Heikki Salo

Latest FanPages

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Another great addition to our FanPage index last week, Oulun Lippo. Oulun Lippo is a famous Finnish Baseball League (Pesäpalloseura) team from Oulu and is sponsored by Finnish newspaper media company Kaleva. You can now become a fan of Oulun Lippo on TeamUp for all the latest news and updates.

Highlights

JartseUntoldGuitar virtuoso, Jartse Tuominen’s latest album ”Untold Stories” has now been released in Finland,  and for USA, Canada, Japan and rest of Europe the album will be available from March 18th. The release in Finland will be followed by much anticipated gigs in Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Helsinki and Tampere. For complete detail of all events, click here.

HBD1We would like to send our warmest birthday wishes to speed skater Jenni Kukkonen and equestrian Iida Keränen. Happy Birthday Jenni and Iida, may this year bring you lots of success and joy. Post your birthday wishes and cheers for Jenni and Iida  on TeamUp.

Featured Shop

HeikkiSALOshop2Have you checked out Heikki Salo’s FanShop for ”ihmeidan päivä” album?  Click here for all the details.

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TeamUp Weekly (Week 2, 2016) News – Fresh From the Hot Presses

The Headlines This Week

This week’s headlines include latest fanpage, Swing Team, updates from Jartse Tuominen’s new album and upcoming gigs, news from Länsi-Suomen Opisto, Performing Arts Academy.

Featured Video: Guitar Virtuoso Jartse Tuominen

Featured Shop: Heikki Salo

Latest FanPages

SwingTeamThe latest addition to our FanPages is Swing Team. Swing Team is a non profit rock and swing association that shares rock and swing dances in Tampere. If you are interested in joining any of the courses or other events offered by Swing Team, make sure to become their fan and follow them on TeamUp.

Highlights

LSOnLänsi-Suomen Opisto, Performing Arts Academy: 2016 starts with an exciting Tap and Musical production, which tells the story of Rudolph Valentino, the Italian legend who was an unparalleled star in the USA during the roaring 1920’s. The music is Italian and composed by Armando Trovajoli and the show is inspired by the musical Garinei & Giovannini. Complete details here.

JartseUntoldGuitar virtuoso, Jartse Tuominen’s latest album ”Untold Stories” will be released in Finland starting 15th of January, and March 18 for USA, Canada, Japan and rest of Europe. The release of ”Untold Stories” in Finland will be followed by much anticipated gigs in Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Helsinki and Tampere. For complete detail of all events, click here.

Featured Shop

HeikkiSALOshop2Have you checked out Heikki Salo’s FanShop for ”ihmeidan päivä” album?  Click here for all the details.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.

TeamUp Weekly (Week 1, 2016) News – Fresh From the Hot Presses

The Headlines This Week

As TeamUp steps into another exciting, new year, we would like to thank all the amazing inspirators, sponsors, partners and fans for joining and being a part of something bigger. Better. Together.

This week’s headlines include Catz Lappeenranta’s selection in a major European basketball league, Mika Peltomaa’s position in the annual National Wedding Picture competition, and TeamUp’s upcoming participation in Collision Conference.

Featured Shop: Finnish Pair

Highlights

CatzGreat news for Finnish Basketball league (Female) team Catz Lappeenranta as they have been selected for Latvia-Estonia Basketball league. Catz is the first Finnish female basketball team in 10 years to make it to a superior European basketball league. Become a fan of Catz on TeamUp, and stay up to date with their daily news.

mikaPeRenowned photographer Mika Peltomaa has achieved Finalist position in Bride Of The Year 2016 series in the national Wedding Picture 2016 competition. You can help Mika win this year’s competition as public voting is ongoing till 10.1. Cast your vote here. Photograph ”Ready”.

cc1TeamUp Oy CEO, Donna Kivirauma will be speaking at the Collision Conf in New Orleans that will take place from April 26-28, 2016. Collision Conf is a major US tech event from the team behind Web Summit. Stay tuned for more details.

Featured Shop

FPshopHave you checked out Finnish Pair’s Fan Shop & Sponsor Shop? Great variety of fan items and sponsorship opportunities. Click here for all the details.

 Join Us and become a part of something Bigger – Better. Together.