Edinburgh-based Fanbase, a startup developing software that delivers mobile ticketing and better fan experience for sports clubs via mobile and web, has completed a £1m investment led by SaltPay.

The company’s innovative technology is now being utilised by multiple sports clubs across football, rugby, netball, ice hockey and handball, primarily in the UK.

Customers include Hibernian, Dulwich Hamlet FC, netball super league side Strathclyde Sirens, Super 6 rugby team Southern Knights and Esher RFC.

Fanbase also recently won its first US customer, soccer outfit DeKalb County United (DKCU) in Illinois, and has already secured five additional teams in two weeks.

Fanbase plans to expand its operations and marketing in North America following interest in the platform since the DKCU launch.

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Alasdair Crawley, CEO and co-founder of Fanbase, said: “Our vision is for Fanbase to unlock a huge amount of revenue for sports teams by making it easy to buy and engage with sports organisations from one platform.

“Once you turn the key and start using Fanbase, the possibilities are endless, from setting up your branded ticketing, utilising the data, and communicating with your fans.”

Fanbase recently launched a new portal for back office teams to collaborate, incorporating allocated stadium mapping, automated subscription and renewals, underpinned by the startup’s Fanbase API.

Crawley added: “We are enabling sports organisations to launch a team branded, mobile optimised, sports focussed digital ticketing service in minutes, while increasing hospitality revenue and saving hours per week for staff and volunteers responsible for bookings and operations.

“We are now a fully integrated sports ticketing tech stack that can handle online, ticket office, and ‘pay at the gate’.

“Clubs using Fanbase can use our data layer to track fan data, identify audiences, and optimise sales. They can communicate directly with their fans from the platform via push notifications, and we’re also working on unlocking more channels.”

The company was recently accepted onto Microsoft’s startup accelerator programme, supported by the managing director of Microsoft Sports, Jon Flynn, with Fanbase being the first UK sports tech startup to join the programme which comes with over £250,000 of additional support.

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CEO Alasdair Crawley, chief product officer Michael Crawley, and CTO Carl Barton secured pre-seed funding in 2021.

The headcount is now at ten, with plans to further scale the team over the next 12 months.