Zone7 Raises US$8m to Further Injury Prediction AI
Participation from previous investors included Resolute Ventures, UpWest, PLG Ventures, and Joyance Partners. Additional investors in the round also included Value Stream Ventures, Alumni Ventures, and New York based J-Ventures.
Zone7 analyses disparate datasets, uncovers patterns invisible to the human eye, and makes proactive recommendations to improve output, detect burnout risk, and mitigate injuries. The technology tackles the significant costs incurred by professional sports injuries ($40 billion per annum), as well as the large losses sustained by workplace injuries across the economy ($170 billion per annum), according to the company.
"Our product demonstrated its positive impact on athlete wellbeing and resiliency throughout the COVID pandemic. With this new capital, we look forward to growing our team, doubling down on our success in sports, and continuing to scale Zone7 adoption in new sectors where fatigue, injury, or burnout carry significant risk," said Tal Brown, CEO and Co-Founder.
Expanding across elite sport organisations
The platform is already being used by elite organisations across the EPL, MLS, NFL, La Liga, Serie A, PRO14, Premiership Rugby, among other leagues, to attain greater in-competition success. The technology is also actively applied in hospitals for healthcare workforce management.
"I have seen firsthand the benefits that coaches, physios, hospital staff, and military personnel are deriving from Zone7, especially throughout the pandemic and its disruption of schedules, rest time and workload," added Roger Mitchell, Executive Advisor to Zone7 and former CEO of the Scottish Premier League. "Zone7 is in a fantastic position to scale, and we are excited to build a larger team to help realize that potential."
The Series A caps off a strong year of client growth for Zone7, which has quadrupled its number of professional sports clients across the U.S. and Europe. The company also developed new partnerships across contact sports and cycling, expanded into more healthcare settings, and has made strategic hires to support priorities including service delivery within soccer.
Other decorated Zone7 investors from the sports and wellbeing space include professional athletes Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks), Jordi Cruyff (FC Barcelona), Phil Jones (Manchester United), and John Colquhoun (formerly of Heart of Midlothian FC).