Holt IntersXion Fund

IntersXion Fund

Investing in Sports, Media and Entertainment

The Holt Xchange IntersXion Fund II is an innovative venture capital initiative that focuses on harnessing the transformative power of Fintech technologies within the realms of Sports, Media, and Entertainment. This groundbreaking initiative is poised to revolutionize these industries by investing in cutting-edge companies that are shaping the future of content production, distribution, and consumption.

KEY FOCUS

Early-stage $1-3M ARR FinTech companies in Sports, Media & Entertainment

REPUTATION

Sponsored by a family office with an unassailable reputation for integrity and solid investment credentials

ANCHOR INVESTOR

Holdun is an anchor LP investor in every fund it sponsors and is committing the Anchor Funds

EXPERIENCE

A serious investor in early-stage companies, it has led rounds prior to prominent VCs joining the cap table  

NETWORK

Substantial deal flow and insight from professional musicians and athletes as well as leading sports, entertainment & media executives 

INVESTMENT THESIS

From the way content is produced, aggregated, distributed and consumed, Fintech is enabling as well as disrupting business paradigms in Sports Media and Entertainment. The Holt IntersXion fund is focused on leveraging the exceptional returns that will be generated in this shift in business models.

Our investment philosophy centers around investing in early-stage companies, ranging from Seed to Series A in the B2B infrastructure, that are at the forefront of enabling and driving disruptive changes.

We are an early-stage investor and long-term company builder in B2B fintech technology. We will be investing according to our core thesis of the “Fintech first” transformation of the Sports, Media and Entertainment industry.

The IntersXion Fund II is dedicated to nurturing visionary founders developing key elements of the emerging underlying fintech platforms and putting it to work to transform legacy business models.

"Fintech" Technologies are Disrupting Existing Business Models in Sports, Media & Entertainment

The advent of digital solutions has accelerated dramatically, fueled by lockdowns, social distancing, and the shift to remote work. This migration from the physical to the digital realm has given rise to new capabilities and business models, spurred by technological innovations such as AI, Generative AI, machine learning, blockchain, and even future quantum computing. These advancements are driving automation and introducing novel functionalities that are set to reshape financial services.

In 2019, Angela Strange, Partner with A16Z, said, ““in the not-too-distant future, nearly every company will derive a significant portion of its revenue from financial services. Every company, even those that have nothing to do with financial services, will have the opportunity to benefit from fintech.” This prediction encapsulates the essence of Fintech’s transformative potential.

deal flow: Holdun family office & Holt xchange community

MARKET ANALYSIS

The Global Fintech Market, valued at USD 133.84 Billion in 2022, is projected to surge to USD 556.58 Billion by 2030.(Vantage Market Research) This growth trajectory is underpinned by Fintech’s influence extending beyond traditional finance and investment sectors into new markets.

SPORTS INDUSTRY

In the Sports industry, the integration of mobile technology is reshaping the fan experience. According to Facebook, 90% of sports fans now engage with live broadcasts on their mobile phones. This digital engagement is ushering in a new era of interactive and personalized sports content.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

The Music industry, too, is experiencing Fintech’s impact, empowering artists to take control of their careers and financial destinies. The pandemic-induced disruption to live events highlighted the need for alternative financing methods, prompting musicians to explore new avenues for sustaining their livelihoods.

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Fintech development companies are spearheading a remarkable evolution in the entertainment industry. The convergence of fintech, blockchain, and video streaming application development is reshaping how we access and enjoy content. The convergence of fintech and the entertainment industry has spawned a surge of transformational innovation that is changing the way content is produced, consumed, and monetized.   

 

Data is king in the entertainment sector, and fintech plays a critical role in harnessing the potential of data analytics and audience insights. Content providers may use fintech tools to collect and analyze massive volumes of data, providing priceless insights into consumer preferences, watching habits, and purchasing trends.

FUND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Our Advisory Council comprises esteemed industry experts who bring unparalleled insights and experience to the table. These individuals are instrumental in guiding the strategic direction of IntersXion Fund II and ensuring its alignment with the evolving landscape of Fintech-enabled transformations within Sports, Media, and Entertainment.

Sports Industry

DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and was selected ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2009 NBA draft

Milos Raonic is a Canadian professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 3 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals, which he first achieved on 21 November 2016, making him the highest-ranked Canadian player in history. Currently, part-owner of Tennis Clubs of Canada focussed on state-of-the-art club management and innovations focused on winter tennis operations. He is also looking to return to professional playing.

Best played college basketball for Georgia Tech and was drafted 23rd in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played for the Pacers, the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks, and the New Jersey Nets. Best became a point guard for the Indiana Pacers and went to the 2000 NBA Finals. He had a co-starring role in Spike Lee’s 1993 classic, “He Got Game.” In 2014, Best was inducted into the ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class by Commissioner John Swofford.

The Dodgers are among the most popular MLB teams, enjoying large fan support both at home and on the road. Owned by Guggenheim Baseball Management, controlling partner Mark Walter, and other investors such as former Los Angeles Laker Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and movie producer Peter Guber, baseball team executive Stan Kasten, investor Bobby Patton, and former Guggenheim executive Todd Boehly.

 

Los Angeles Football Club, commonly referred to as  LAFC, is an American professional soccer team based in Los Angeles. https://www.lafc.com/club/ownership

Entertainment Industry

Law Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, founder of the firm’s Sports, Media & Entertainment Group. Jennifer serves on many boards and holds key leadership positions in the sporting world, including as Executive Board member and Chair of the Nominating Committee of Tennis Canada; as the only woman currently, and the second woman in history, to be appointed a member of the  International Tennis Federation’s (“ITF”) Davis Cup Committee; and the first  Canadian appointed to the ITF’s Billie Jean King Cup Committee. Jennifer is the Vice-Chair of the International Association’s Global Women’s Leadership Group.

Brought on by Martin Scorsese to executive produce “Silence” and “The  Irishman”. He is an EP on Scorsese’s upcoming feature “Killer of the  Flower Moon” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Juul is producing “Enzo  Ferrari”, directed by Michael Mann. Niels is a co-founder of NFT Studios and KinoDAO, a WEB3 based film-company and is the owner of No Fat Ego Productions.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is an American film marketing and  public relations executive. The former president of the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. She represented the Public Relations Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on the  AMPAS Board of Governors for 21 years.

Jarrett is a leading innovator and representative in the entertainment industry. Jarrett developed her own entertainment practice and became Counsel to clients that  included LFO, New Kids on the  Block, The Boys Choir of Harlem and producers of Fried Green Tomatoes etc . In 2002 Jarrett formed the company FilmPro Finance LLC assisting primarily A-list producers establish funding for a slate of pictures from various sources that include bank  financing, co-production and equity.

Media Industry

President and Owner of The Feldman Agency, a leader in  artist representation. Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame  recipient, member of numerous boards and 30 year music industry veteran. TFA’s extensive client roster includes Rush, Shania Twain, Daniel Caesar and many others.

Raine Maida has passionately blurred the lines between music, tech and humanitarianism for the past two decades. A five time Juno award winning artist fronting the multi platinum selling alt rock band OurLadyPeace. Raine is a calculated risk taker with deep industry knowledge who’s spent the past 15 years building solutions on the technology side to help support creators during the paradigm shift to digital & beyond. Raine’s career has garnered multiple distinctions including the prestigious Tiffany Mark award in 2014, The Allen  Slaight Humanitarian Juno Award in 2015 and his appointment to The Order of Canada in 2016.

Mr. Conniff graduated from Harvard with honors in History and won a summer fellowship at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. His novel, BOOK OF O’KELLS:  MOTHER NATURE, reached the Amazon Top Ten list for Historical Fiction. Author of more than a dozen published short stories, he was  selected as a Sokolov Scholar in Fiction at the Breadloaf Writers Conference.

Founder of Artist Presented Experiences (APEX). VP Business Development & Operations, Live Nation Urban. Guest lecturer Harvard, NYU, UNC, and Berklee. Billboard’s “30 under  30” & “Power Player”.

Middle East & India Partners

Shibasish Sarkar, current CEO of Reliance Entertainment, is spearheading the launch of the first special purpose acquisition company targeting the Indian media industry. Sarkar is set as chairman, CEO and leading shareholder of International Media Acquisition Corp., a New Jersey-registered company. It aims to raise $200 million-$230 million through an IPO on the NASDAQ exchange within the next 12-18 months. Should be finished end of August.

 

Sunil, with over 35 years of cross-industry experience in technology-led businesses, is currently the CEO of BCFI, a Fintech organisation in India. He is also Venture  Partner & mentor to India’s first Fintech focused fund, Beams Fintech Fund. He provides strategic advisory services in Fintech & Digital Payments space to select  initial/growth stage start-ups and Nasdaq listed Consumer Tech/Digital payments multinationals. He launched India’s first Mobile Wallet, Oxigen Wallet, in 2008, a pioneering and innovative payment mechanism and prepaid wallet, accessible online/on-mobile in both B2B and B2C space.

Raja Almarzoqi is a former IMF advisor. Faculty member in economics Division at Institute of Diplomatic Studies, and also, was adjunct professor at Thunderbird Global Business School and King  Saud University. Raja worked as a consultant to many government and private organizations (World Bank, ARAMCO, Ministry of Economics & Planning, and more) Also, he was a board member in several organizations and Funds.

Rajesh Sethi is credited with founding companies and, leading  turnaround and divestment. Having built businesses in sports, media, entertainment and financial services, he has performed across the geographies with global institutions like Tata, GE, Allianz, TenSports and NBA, imbibing a strong awareness of opportunity and complexity in the emerging markets.

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