The website SportTechie.com today released its list of the 25 most tech-savvy sports franchises in the world. The Dodgers rank eighth, behind only the Atlanta Braves among MLB teams.
In late 2015, the Dodgers wrapped up the inaugural iteration of its accelerator program in partnership with digital marketing firm, R/GA Ventures. The first-of-its-kind initiative brought 10 startups and early-stage companies together for a three-month training camp in Playa Vista, Calif., with the team providing each company $120,000 in exchange for up to six percent ownership, depending if the company had released a product or secured other funding. The Dodgers Accelerator with R/GA culminated with the companies giving their Demo Day pitches to industry executives, media and investors. One of the startups Kinduct Technologies, which just raised $9 million in Series A funding, is now a client of the Dodgers.
Program 1.0 was such a success that the Dodgers completed their second installment last month as five early-stage companies were brought together for another session. The program has sparked other franchises — such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys — to launch similar technology accelerators and innovation hubs.