RegattaCentral, LLC (“RegattaCentral”) has been acquired by Blue Star Sports (“Blue Star”), a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, Providence Equity, and the NFL’s investment arm, 32 Equity. Steve Lopez, the founder and owner of RegattaCentral engaged Fooprint Capital, LLC (“Footprint”) to lead the sell-side investment banking process in order to locate a partner who could help RegattaCentral continue its history of growth and superior client service. Steve and all of RegattaCentral’s employees will be retained as part of the transaction.
With a history of organic growth and acquisitions, Blue Star did not yet serve the rowing community. RegattaCentral’s relationships in this sector, including USRowing and others were attractive to Blue Star. RegattaCentral felt joining the Blue Star family of companies would provide additional infrastructure, technologies, and a collaborative environment in order to provide the most robust user experience, coupled with unrivaled customer service, in the rowing community.
RegattaCentral, LLC, founded in 1999 and based in Columbus, Ohio, provides online regatta and club management solutions to the rowing community. The company delivers its product through a software-as-a-service (“SAAS”) offering. RegattaCentral’s in-house R&D, combined with its long history in rowing, ensures it meets the unique Information technology requirements found in rowing. The company’s staff is available full time, year-round to ensure all customers receive professional support. RegattaCentral is pleased to be the exclusive registrar of USRowing, Rowing Canada, Head of the Charles, OarSpotter, and Peloton. For more information, visit: www.regattacentral.com.
Blue Star Sports currently boasts over 45 million users of its products in thirty-two countries. The concept behind the organization is to provide its users the ideal solution to manage all sports tasks in one place. Blue Star Sports has made life easier for thousands of parents, families and organizations by eliminating challenges and concerns associated with sports management. Now with more time available, parents, coaches and volunteers can focus on the growth and development of the kids instead of the team complexities. With backing from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Genstar Capital, Providence Equity and the NFL’s investment arm 32 Equity, the founder and CEO of Frisco-based Blue Star Sports has acquired 19 sports technology companies in his endeavor to consolidate the youth sports management market. For more information, visit: www.bluestarsports.com.
Founded in 1988, Genstar has built a solid track record of helping middle market companies in targeted sectors flourish. We operate as one team with a single office in the heart of San Francisco. Genstar currently has $8.5 billion in assets under management. Genstar partners with outstanding management teams to grow their companies and drive transformational change. They bring financial resources, deep sector experience, and a commitment to making the journey as rewarding as the destination. For more information, visit: www.gencap.com.
Footprint is a boutique investment bank focused on advising owners and operators of privately held companies in the middle market. Footprint’s services include sell-side and buy-side merger and acquisition advisory, ownership transition planning, capital raising, and strategic management consulting.