Back in January, I wrote about Silicon Alley Sports and expanding our Silicon Alley Golf Invitational to also include a second event called the Silicon Alley Tennis Invitational. We’ve been hard at work securing locations, hospitality, and logistics and we’re super excited to announce our lineup.
In 2015, I expect 150+ Silicon Alley based entrepreneurs, digital media executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and ecosystem supporters (i.e. advertising agency, brands, M&A folk, etc) to come out and participate.
First, we cannot make any of this happen without amazing sponsors who allow us to maintain a reasonable event price. The 2015 Silicon Alley Sports sponsor roster welcomes back MDC Partners, Spongecell, Pubmatic, Business Instincts Group, Sonobi, and welcomes newcomer Adzerk. There is still 1-2 spots available and we’re in talks with a couple of companies. If you are interested, contact us here.
The details for the events are below:
Silicon Alley Tennis Invitational (SATI)- May 14, 2015 at an exclusive tennis club in Westchester County, NY about 28 miles from Grand Central Terminal. Tickets go on sale in early March and will be initially released to our past SAGI attendees and qualified folks who have inquired.
Silicon Alley Golf Invitational (SAGI)- September 10, 2015 at America’s oldest golf club (1888) and founding member of the USGA, about 21 miles from Grand Central Terminal. Tickets go on sale in late May and will be initially released to past players of the event. This will be our 11th year of the Silicon Alley Golf Invitational.
There will be a cocktail party in Manhattan this summer for all attendees of both SATI and SAGI. We’ve historically held this on the beautiful patio of MDC Partners which overlooks Central Park. If you’ve purchased a ticket to one of these events, you’ll receive an invite.
Who should attend a Silicon Alley Sports event? There is a robust FAQ listed here but I’ll review a few things in this post.
Who should attend? Our primary audience for Silicon Alley Sports events are entrepreneurs, c-level digital media executives, venture capitalists, angel investors, and ecosystem supporters as defined above. We are invite only in order to maintain the level of attendees and if you believe you should be invited, please contact us.
Is this a mens only event? Absolutely positively not. We don’t have as many women participate as we’d ultimately like and we’re looking to change this. We welcome all men and women equally.
How competitive are the sports? There are some really good players – some scratch golfers, some USTA/NTRP rated 5.5 players however that’s not what is most important. Our events are meant to be fun and welcoming, not super intensively competitive. If you plan on bringing your conditioning coach to the event, it’s probably the wrong event for you. I will say however that you must be able to hit a golf ball or keep a ball on the court in tennis.
What’s the donation/charity component? We donate all proceeds of the events (revenue – costs = proceeds) at the end of the year to charities. Historically, we’ve donated to Charity:Water, Venture for America, Robin Hood, and Make-A-Wish Foundation and we’ll continue to explore different charities over time. Our goal is to have impact in the world and help people in need.
Who is the media partner for Silicon Alley Sports? We’re not sure yet and are beginning to talk to different companies. If you are interested in covering our events or working with us in some capacity please reach out here.
I hope to see you at the events!
Play well. Do good.