CaptainU was founded in 2008 by Avi Stopper & Michael Farb. Their vision was to create an easier way for high school athletes and college coaches to connect with each other and build meaningful recruiting relationships.
Avi and Mike met at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Avi had played at Wesleyan, coached the University of Chicago men’s soccer team, and wrote the recruiting guidebook Make the Team.
Mike was an athlete in high school and a software developer with a degree in computer science from Penn and a history of working on complex systems for Accenture.
Fuelled by sandwiches from the Medici on 57th, (honestly, is there a better sandwich in America???) and their respective interests and areas of expertise, CaptainU was born. It started with a bang. In the spring of 2008, CaptainU won the New Venture Challenge, the awesome startup competition at Chicago Booth. Over the years, we’ve been supported by some of the best startup organizations around, including: Chicago Booth, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and the Colorado Technology Association.