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.
Fueled by sandwiches from the Medici on 57th, 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.
Fast forward to the present day, CaptainU’s popularity continues to grow rapidly, year over year. Known as one of the premier go-to recruiting platforms in the college sports recruiting world, our tools have been used by over 3 million high school athletes, parents of athletes, college coaches, club coaches, and tournament directors.
What has truly set us apart from other recruiting tools is our focus on building impactful and meaningful relationships. Not only do we have one of the largest athlete/coach networking databases, but our profiles provide a unique and personalized touch, unlike other recruiting platforms. Athletes display their true personalities and progress in addition to their academic and athletic talents which inevitably, build deeper and more successful connections with coaches.