The investment will be used to further develop the app’s talent scouting and discovery capabilities in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi-based football talent discovery platform Grintafy has raised $1.25 million in its seed investment round. Led by Wa’ed Ventures, a venture capital aimed at supporting Saudi entrepreneurs, the investment will go into expanding the talent discovery potentials of the service by introducing new products and services for sports clubs, academics, talent scouts and academies.
The football social platform has been dedicated to support novice footballers find their path to establishing a career in the sport. Grintafy provides users with a holistic platform to find/organise games, book services such as referees, coaches and field, as well as the ability to rate players based performance and track the app’s ranking system.
The app has also added new features in light of the coronavirus outbreak causing all fields and sports facilities to shutdown worldwide. The app now includes the ‘Get Ready’ programme, a feature that includes football workouts that can all be done from home, and livestreams hosted by industry experts and veteran players to talk on how they’re coping as athletes during this time and advice for amateur footballers.
“Grintafy has great prospects to improve the local scouting domain for sports athletes, improve amateur talent, and further develop the regional sports industry,” says Wassim Basrawi, Managing Director of Wa’ed Ventures. “The platform has achieved promising milestones, and with Wa’ed Ventures’ investment and support, the company has strong promise to democratise sports scouting.”
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