Ryan Howard, the former Major League Baseball star, in his new role as sports tech entrepreneur, is the keynote speaker at an important deal-making conference, Sept. 5 and 6 in Philadelphia.
The 2005 National League Rookie of the Year and 2006 Most Valuable Player, is the guest of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the global trade association of the shopping center industry. This regional event is focusing on Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Howard is a partner at SeventySix Capital, a Conshohocken, Pa.-based venture capital fund focused on sports tech, esports and the future of retail. He has invested in several businesses, real estate projects and the professional gaming team NRG Esports. He is an author of the Little Rhino book series, an active member of the Philadelphia community, and founder of The Big Piece Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to improve the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development.
The fund, led by Wayne Kimmel, Jon Powell and Howard, invests in “passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs who are launching game-changing tech startups in the sports, health and retail industries,” the group says.
Among its recent moves, is an investment position in VSiN, the sports wagering information multimedia network featuring Brent Musburger with headquarters at the South Point sportsbook in Las Vegas.