NBPA’s 2022 Players Accelerator Startup Incubator Holds “Boot Camp” in Las Vegas

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has announced the launch of its 2022 Tech Startup Accelerator Program.

The Players Accelerator program was first developed in January 2020, with its previous two editions operating virtually, as a platform for current and former NBPA members to launch their business ventures and startup ideas.

The program was developed over the past two years by the National Basketball Association (NBA) players’ union alongside specialist private investment platform Patricof Co.

In partnership with the Andreessen Horowitz Cultural Leadership Fund, Patricof Co and the 2022 Player Accelerator kicked off last month, with participants beginning to prepare their business plans.

During the final leg of the program in July, participants will participate in a two-day “boot camp” in Las Vegas, featuring a exclusive athlete-venture mixer and resulting in the traditional “investor day”.

The program is designed to provide NBA players with experience in pitching their business ideas to investors while receiving constructive guidance to enhance their skills as leaders in the business world. To participate, current or recently retired actors must play an active role in a company at the start of its funding.

“Our members are more than basketball players and have proven themselves as investors, entrepreneurs, board members and managers of their own brands,” said NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio.

“With the NBPA Player Acceleration Program, we want to ensure that our current and former members receive best-in-class resources to learn, network and grow as business titans in a creative and competitive environment.”

NBPA member, investor and entrepreneur JaVale McGee (pictured above) added, “The NBPA Player Accelerator is a great opportunity for current and former players to gain hands-on experience and to immerse themselves in an entrepreneurial environment. It’s always exciting to learn how players are increasingly networking with business leaders and taking the initiative to maximize their platform off the pitch.

“These types of programs are truly invaluable and I look forward to seeing players use this experience to further their own professional development.”

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