Last year I took an advisory board position with Elite Sports & Academic Management Group. When I posted on the topic of Advisory Boards, I mentioned that many startups masquerade themselves with bogus advisory boards that really do nothing. By sitting on the Advisory Board I was able to work closely with the CEO and learn more about the business and the company mission. This week I have taken a significant equity position in the company.
The mission of ESM Group is to help build better communities by helping kids achieve their athletic, academic, and career goals. The company was established seven years ago focused on running soccer camps and leagues in Northern California. They then expanded into several sports, academic tutoring, and one-on-one coaching for college admissions. They spearheaded the US national soccer player registry and are moving into digital recruiting as well as building world-class sports and educational facilities.
Although I initially was involved only to help out a friend, over the year I have found that the company really has legs and could easily expand and pioneer new markets. More importantly than its potential as an investment, I believe in the mission of the company. I feel like this is not only a good financial investment but a good social investment as well. I hope to help increase profitability (Yes the company is profitable) while sticking to the company mission.