Sports tech company Sparta Science takes in $7 mln Series A

Silicon Valley-based Sparta Science, a sports tech company, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Playground Global led the round.


Jan. 17, 2018 (MENLO PARK, CA) Sparta Science, a Silicon Valley company that applies data and technology to the pursuit of human resilience, today announced a $7 million series A investment round, led by Playground Global. The investment will bolster further software innovation and team growth, enabling Sparta Science to bring its proven injury prediction and recovery monitoring technology into clinical settings and beyond.

The company also hired for more than 18 growth-oriented positions, including Charlie Byrd as vice president of government, which includes military and first-responders, Andy Cantrell as senior vice president of sales, Roderick Moore as US and UK vice president of sport and Dr. Tom Van Ornum as medical director.

“The Sparta Science team provides a solution for putting objective, repeatable measurements, supported by nearly a decade of collected data, behind the sometimes-esoteric practice of sports science,” said Matt Hershenson, Co-Founder of Playground Global. “We believe this technology has benefits beyond the pitch and are pleased to help enable the spread of this technology into clinical settings and beyond.”

“As we look to grow our team and expand Sparta’s impact beyond the sports world, we appreciate the support of partners like Playground Global, who also envision a future where data-supported software gives context to hardware measurements in improving people’s lives,” said Phil Wagner, M.D., CEO and founder of Sparta Science.

The Sparta software platform is used by some of the country’s top professional and collegiate sports teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Francisco 49ers and Rutgers University. It allows coaches and trainers to measure and reduce player injury risk, increasing on-field time and decreasing costs associated with injury treatment, insurance and sidelined players.

About Sparta Science
Sparta Science is a Silicon Valley company that applies data and technology to the pursuit of human resilience. The Sparta Software System provides a new way to objectively evaluate and compare athletes through technology and ensure every team member reaches their full athletic potential within an organization. Sparta’s client roster includes individual athletes, US military programs and teams from all major professional and collegiate sports leagues, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, San Jose Earthquakes, Ohio State University, Auburn, University of Kansas, University of Texas at Austin and more.