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In early March 2020, Stephen Glicken was looking forward to an exciting development for Project Admission, a ticket technology platform he had co-founded two years earlier. Project Admission had signed a contract with a National Hockey League team, and the company hoped a successful launch would lead to more sports clients.
That deal was upended when the NHL suspended its season a few days later as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same situation occurred in other sports leagues. And even when games resumed, they took place in front of no fans, a difficult scenario for Project Admission, a company that makes all of its revenue via live events.
Still, Project Admission stuck to its business plan, did not lay off any employees and remained confident it would see results when fans were allowed back in stadiums. That decision has ended up paying off, as Project Admission is announcing today it has raised a $5.5 million seed funding round led by Anthemis Group, a venture capital firm that invests in financial technology startups. Other investors include Flyover Capital, an Overland Park, Kans., VC firm.
To date, Project Admission has raised a total of $9 million of funding. The company would not disclose its post-money valuation following the seed round.
Project Admission’s technology is integrated into SeatGeek and Tickets.com, two popular marketplaces that professional franchises, college teams and venues use to sell tickets. By partnering with Project Admission and using its technology, teams can create branded online storefronts through which they can sell tickets to a specific group. For instance, the technology allows a New York team to send email alerts to members of the New York Police Department alerting them that tickets are available at a discount. Teams can also use Project Admission to sell digital commemorative tickets of games that have already been played.
“We put our stake in the ground (when Covid began),” Glicken said. “We didn’t pivot. We didn’t become a live streaming business. There was a lot of pressure at that moment to figure out what to do. I stuck my stake in the ground and said, ‘Look, if you have any eye to history, these things end. I don’t know when it’s going to end, but they do end.’”
He added: “We were already where the market was aiming. Looking at what was about to happen, I thought what we were doing was already the right thing and I thought it would be even more valuable as things started opening up again.”
Before founding Project Admission in 2018, Glicken spent nearly 20 years in the music and entertainment industries as an audio engineer, producer and executive. In 2011, he was one of the first employees of CrowdSurge, a …….