CoachUp, a Boston, MA-based provider of a platform that connect athletes with private coaches via the desktop and a mobile app, raised $6.7m in Series A funding.
The round was co-led by Point Judith Capital and General Catalyst Partners, with participation from new investors Data Point Capital, Suffolk Equity Partners, individual investors Paul English (co-founder and CTO of Kayak.com) and Albert Dobron (managing director at Providence Equity Partners) and existing investor Breakaway Ventures (Dennis Baldwin, former CMO of Reebok). In conjunction with the round, Sean Marsh of Point Judith Capital joined CoachUp’s board.
The company intends to use the funds to further build its national brand presence, reach new customers and expand the product offering beyond team sports to include dance, yoga and fitness.
Led by Jordan Fliegel, CEO, Gene Shkolnik, CTO, and Isabelle Plante, VP of acquisition, CoachUp connect athletes with private coaches, on the web and with iOS and Android applications.
Users can find a coach in their area and sport starting with a wide search (within 100 miles) and then narrowing down the results by distance, price, recommendations, and specialties. A typical CoachUp coach will describe a standard private coaching session and list their specialties, in addition to their playing accomplishments and coaching experience. Users can book a coaching session package by clicking “BOOK NOW” on his/her profile page. Once a package is booked, contact information will be exchanged via email and on a dashboard, and users can call the coach to set up your first training session.