Bengaluru-based sports tech platform Athletto has been selected for Facebook’s developer-focused programme “FbStart” which caters to the early-stage, mobile-focused startups.

The startup was founded in 2015 by IIM-A graduates Ujwal Sutaria, Narayana Vyas and NITIE alumni Praveen Gadpayle, with an aim to organise the $50 Bn unorganised sports sector in Asia.

The platform help people discover & book sports and fitness facilities, as well as coaching services, players and tournament information around them. This include data such as real-time photographs, coach information, prices, timings, contact details, map, ratings, reviews, etc.

The facilities owners are also provided with a business app and dashboard to help them manage the facility listing, facility booking, membership, coaching services and complete analytics solutions.

The founders earlier raised an undisclosed round of angel funding from Atul Ingle in 2016. They claim to have processed transactions worth more than $1 Mn and helped more than 50,000 people get back to playing in last one year. A cumulative of 1,50,000+ hours in playgrounds had been recorded, as mentioned in an official statement by the company. Athletto also won an award at the India Sports Award organised by FICCI in Feb 2016 for their outstanding effort to promote sports among the masses through their technological solution.

Facebook launched FbStart in 2014 with an aim to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. It provides an exclusive community, worldwide events, and mentorship from Facebook to the startups along with $80K in free tools and services.

FbStart includes three tracks, viz., Pre-launch (up to $15K benefits), Bootstrap (up to $30K benefits), and Accelerate (up to $80K benefits). The programme provides free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.

India is the largest market for FbStart outside the US. According to the product partnerships team at Facebook, over 75% of top-grossing apps in India get integrated with Facebook.

Other startups accepted to FBStart programme this year include Video Vibe, FoodCloud, Healofy, AsepsisLife, Partiko, Flicksup, CoutLoot, XPrep and Fixu.

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