Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball Announces First Company, Monster Roster

SIXERS INNOVATION LAB CRAFTED BY KIMBALL ANNOUNCES FIRST COMPANY, 

FANTASY LINEUP RECOMMENDER MONSTER ROSTER,

AND HIRES FORMER AND1 CEO AND FOUNDER SETH BERGER AS MANAGING DIRECTOR 

MONSTER ROSTER’S PATENT-PENDING ALGORITHM HAS SHOWN

A 70% SUCCESS RATE IN 50/50 FANTASY SPORTS CONTESTS

AND CAN CREATE OVER 100,000 UNIQUE LINEUPS EACH WEEK 

WHARTON ALUMNI BERGER AND INNOVATION LAB PROVIDE ENTREPRENEURIAL INSIGHT, FLEXIBILITY AND INVESTMENT CAPABILITIES UNLIKE OTHER ACCELERATORS  

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 24, 2016 - The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that Monster Roster will be the first participant in the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball. The Sixers have hired former AND1 CEO and Founder Seth Berger as the Managing Director of the Innovation Lab. Monster Roster is a daily fantasy sports lineup recommender that combines a unique process and powerful algorithm to help fantasy sports users build superior lineups with proven results.

Monster Roster’s patent-pending algorithm provides optimum recommendations for each position, allowing users to select players individually to complete their weekly fantasy lineup. Monster Roster’s recommendations are applicable to NBA, NFL and MLB matchups in DraftKings 50/50, DraftKings Tournament, FanDuel 50/50 and FanDuel Tournament competitions.  In the past seven weeks, 70% of 50/50 fantasy sports lineups created by Monster Roster have been successful; 40% more often than population lineups on major popular fantasy sports sites.  Monster Roster can create approximately 100,000 unique lineups each week and is the only lineup optimizer of its kind in the fantasy sports industry today.  The company was founded in 2015 by San Francisco native Dylan Elder, who postponed a degree from Georgetown University to accelerate Monster Roster’s expansion with the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball. Interested fantasy sports players can utilize Monster Roster’s recommendations for $20 per month after a four-week NFL trial at MonsterRoster.com.

The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball is focused on rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space and provides speed and flexibility, individualized, industry-leading consulting and the opportunity for direct investment to participants.  Selected companies receive office space in the Innovation Lab furnished by Kimball Office; access to industry experts, executives and financiers; third-party branding, marketing and legal services; free meals and housing in the Philadelphia-area; and the opportunity to pitch industry-leading investors and venture capital firms.  Innovation Lab Advisors include The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, StubHub, DraftKings, Rothman Institute, First Round Capital, Maven Creative and more.  Applications are rolling for start-up companies and driven entrepreneurs that impact the crossroads of sports and consumer products.  

“The chance to work alongside the innovative executives at the Philadelphia 76ers and coach ambitious startups and entrepreneurs like Monster Roster and Dylan Elder is a tremendous opportunity,” said Seth Berger, Managing Director of the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball. “The speed, flexibility and opportunity for financial support we are offering at the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball is incredibly unique in the incubator space.  Between the Philadelphia 76ers executive leadership and their family of teams and the network surrounding our Innovation Lab Advisors, like StubHub, DraftKings and Kimball Office, we are essentially one phone call away from almost anyone in business. We are confident promising startups like Monster Roster will benefit dramatically from these relationships and the individualized attention we will provide.” 

“Working with Seth Berger and the Philadelphia 76ers is an incredible opportunity,” said Dylan Elder, Founder and CEO of Monster Roster. “The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball is allowing me to grow my company at a pace I never would have imagined. I have access to such incredible resources, and the individual attention I receive from Seth and other industry leaders on a daily basis has been an incredible learning experience for me and invaluable for the company. Every day I am challenged and inspired to think bigger; I am confident the entire industry will be talking about Monster Roster in the months ahead."

“Seth brings an unmatched entrepreneurial perspective, passion and seasoned business acumen to our organization,” said Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil. “It’s our responsibility and the goal of the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball to provide the industry’s future business leaders with the most accelerated and individualized opportunities to grow. Seth’s journey from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business, to a driven entrepreneur, to a successful Founder and CEO of a globally recognized brand embodies the perfect mixture of focus, grit, vision and determination to inspire young entrepreneurs.”

ABOUT SETH BERGER:  
Renowned sports industry entrepreneur Seth Berger will supervise the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, overseeing recruitment, assessment, development and investment in participating start-ups.  Berger, a University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business alumni, has acted as a consultant and CEO in the gaming, technology and sports industry over the past decade.  Berger is best known as the Founder and CEO of AND1, an upstart basketball sneaker, apparel and entertainment company.  A true entrepreneur, Berger launched AND1 selling screen printed t-shirts from his garage in 1993 and developed the company into a global apparel and footwear powerhouse, attaining the No. 2 spot in the US basketball footwear market behind rival Nike in 2001.  At its peak, AND1 and its licensees exceeded revenues of $285 million.  AND1’s entertainment division created the AND1 Mixtape Tour, a series of live streetball basketball games and ESPN TV series that was a No. 1 rated show among male teens, eclipsing SportsCenter, in 2001.  AND1 donated more than 5% of its annual profits to youth-based charities.  Berger is currently the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA; in 2016 he led the team to the school’s first State Championship in any sport.

ABOUT MONSTER ROSTER: 
Monster Roster is a daily fantasy sports lineup recommender that combines a unique process and powerful algorithm to help fantasy sports users build superior lineups with proven results. Monster Roster’s patent-pending algorithm provides optimum recommendations for each position, allowing users to select players individually to complete their weekly fantasy lineup. Monster Roster’s recommendations are applicable to NBA, NFL and MLB matchups in DraftKings 50/50, DraftKings Tournament, FanDuel 50/50 and FanDuel Tournament competitions. Monster Roster can create approximately 100,000 unique lineups each week and is the only lineup optimizer of its kind in the fantasy sports industry today. Monster Roster was the first company selected as a participant in the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, which supports, develops and invests in rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space. The company was founded in 2015 by San Francisco native Dylan Elder, who postponed a degree from Georgetown University to accelerate Monster Roster’s expansion with the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball. For more information visit MonsterRoster.com.

ABOUT THE SIXERS INNOVATION LAB CRAFTED BY KIMBALL:
The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball supports rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space and provides speed and flexibility, individualized, industry-leading consulting and investment opportunities to startups with potential. Selected companies receive office space in the Innovation Lab furnished by Kimball Office; access to industry experts, executives, and financiers; third-party branding, marketing and legal services; free meals and housing in the Philadelphia-area; and the opportunity to pitch industry-leading investors and venture capital firms. The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball is housed in the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex Business Operations Facility and is wholly operated by the Philadelphia 76ers.  Renowned sports entrepreneur Seth Berger, former Founder and CEO of AND1, an American footwear and clothing company, manages the Lab.  Innovation Lab Advisors include the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, StubHub, DraftKings, Rothman Institute, First Round Capital, Maven Creative and more.  Applications to participate in the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball are rolling; for more information or to apply go to SixersInnovationLab.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information, contact Philadelphia 76ers Director of Corporate Communications, Lara Toscani, at LaraToscani@Sixers.com or 610-675-8153.  

ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, having won three World Championships, earning nine trips to The Finals and making 47 playoff appearances over 67 seasons. The team is owned by an investor group led by Managing General Partner Josh Harris.

ABOUT KIMBALL OFFICE:
Kimball Office, one of America’s most respected environmentally-conscious contract office furniture manufacturers, applies its rich heritage to create workspaces that support an ever-changing world. Focused on designing new solutions, Kimball Office provides architects, designers, facility managers, and employers with open plan system solutions, both modern and classic desking, and a range of conference and seating options. Kimball Office is a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL), based in Jasper, Indiana and recognized with the Great Place to Work® designation. To explore the collection of products and find out what’s next, visit KimballOffice.com. 

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