Topic: "From the legacy of Adi Dassler to building the Silicon Valley for Sports and Health Tech innovation."
Speakers: Nathalie Sonne, Program and Marketing Director and Anne Joachim, Financial Director, leAD
A) Legacy (why?, how? best practices, LeAD as an example)
B) LeAD from a global perspective
C) LeAD from a local Lake Nona/Orlando perspective
About the event
leAD Sports & Health Tech Partners sources, funds, and drives growth of early-stage sports & health tech startups globally. leAD was founded in 2016 and was inspired by the legend of the sports industry Adi Dassler. Since inception, leAD has taken on new companies into its business every year. With 38 companies from around the globe under its portfolio, leAD is constantly empowering founders to create their own legacy. leAD works with groundbreaking solutions across the verticals of fan engagement, connected athletes, and health & well-being and focuses on driving growth through smart investment, premier network access, and expert training. leAD has three investment vehicles – Academy, Portfolio, and ADvantage Fund – and commercial partnerships with adidas, Citi Private Bank, Tavistock Group, OurCrowd, and Lake Nona to further support portfolio growth.
The leAD Sports & Health Tech Academy supports and grows early-stage sports & health tech startups globally. The academy spans both on- and offline programs – one in Berlin (Germany) and one in Lake Nona (Orlando, U.S.) – focused on leveraging visionary solutions in the realm of fan engagement, connected athletes, health & well-being.
leAD strives to make Lake Nona the Silicon Valley for Sports and Health tech.
In this short talk, Nathalie and Anne will give an overview on how leAD operates and present different options for how to engage with leAD – including co-investment opportunities, mentorship, advisory and partner roles and more.
Nathalie Sonne, Program and Marketing Director:
After a brief trip into the agency world, Nathalie soon immersed herself in the founders’ scene to live her passion for fast-paced environments and strategy in unfamiliar terrain by working for startups both in the U.S. and Germany. As Program and Marketing Director at leAD, she gets to combine her personal interest in sports with this diverse experience and leverage it – to help promising early sports startups to grow and succeed. She joined leAD in the early days and has built up both the Berlin and Lake Nona program from the ground.
Anne Joachim, Financial Director:
Anne joined leAD with a strong background in the startup and VC world. After starting her career in banking, she worked for an eCommerce shop and became part of the startup world very fast. Taking the chance to be part of the most disruptive part of the economy fascinated her. She invested in several FinTech and HealthTech companies and was responsible for all financial processes within a Munich-based VC. She took the opportunity to join leAD as Finance Director to combine her experiences in finance and investing with her passion for sports. Anne loves to support entrepreneurs especially when it comes to questions in finance or fundraising as well as keeping all things in place for leAD.