Zone7, the creator of a data-driven AI system aimed at injury prevention, working with sports leagues, announced an $8 million Series A round of funding led by Blumberg Capital with participation from previous investors Resolute Ventures, UpWest, PLG Ventures, and Joyance Partners. Additional investors in the round included Value Stream Ventures, Alumni Ventures and New York-based J-Ventures.

Based in Palo Alto, CA, Zone7 said its proprietary AI solution analyzes disparate datasets, uncovers patterns invisible to the human eye and makes proactive recommendations to improve output, detect burnout risk and mitigate injuries. Its product aims to reduce professional sports and workplace injuries.

Zone7’s platform is being used by elite organizations across the EPL, MLS, NFL, La Liga, Serie A, PRO14, Premiership Rugby, among other leagues.

“We are honored to have such a decorated group of investors behind Zone7 as we continue our steady growth across teams, sports and industries,” said Tal Brown, CEO and co-founder. “Our product demonstrated its positive impact on athlete wellbeing and resiliency throughout the COVID pandemic. With this new capital, we look forward to growing our team, doubling down on our success in sports and continuing to scale Zone7 adoption in new sectors where fatigue, injury or burnout carry significant risk.”

“I have seen firsthand the benefits that coaches, physios, hospital staff, and military personnel are deriving from Zone7, especially throughout the pandemic and its disruption of schedules, rest time and workload,” added Roger Mitchell, executive advisor to Zone7 and former CEO of the Scottish Premier League. “Zone7 is in a fantastic position to scale, and we are excited to build a larger team to help realize that potential.”

Zone7 previously announced $2.5 million in seed funding in 2019, bringing its current total funding to more than $10 million. Other  Zone7 investors include professional athletes Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks), Jordi Cruyff (FC Barcelona), Phil Jones (Manchester United), and John Colquhoun (formerly of Heart of Midlothian FC).

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