We invest and grow
Next Generation
Sports Companies.

 

We live and
breathe Sports.

 

We turn potential
into performance.

Who We Are

We are a diverse team of experienced sports industry & business professionals and investors.
We value inclusion, innovation and collaboration.
We are a member-based organization that operates as a network.

Kate Delhagen

Founder / President

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Kate is a proven senior leader, board director, entrepreneur, and angel investor with deep digital and commercial experience in consumer goods and service sectors. In 2017, she created a new investor network, Oregon Sports Angels, to focus on early stage sports product and tech companies and teams.

Prior to launching OSA, she concluded a 12-year run at Nike, where she created and led Nike’s Global Digital Wholesale Business Strategy & Operations. She also held senior strategy and general management roles at Nike, lucy activewear, Forrester Research, Starwave (ESPN.com), and Rodale Press.

Kate’s a Built Oregon board member, an active alumni volunteer for Princeton University, a board member for two outdoor brands, and a passionate advisor to several Oregon-based consumer product startups.

FAVORITE SPORT TO PLAY: I LOVE TO RUN. Also, bike, swim, gym-rat-nastics.

FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH: March Madness. Track & Field. Ninja Warrior.

FAVORITE SPORT MOMENT: Shalane Flanagan’s F* Yeah 2017 NYC Marathon Victory.

WORDS TO LIVE BY:
Give more. Get more.

Sandy Pressley

Founding Member / Secretary

Advisory Board: Looptworks

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Sandy is a proven leader with 35 years of experience in the Sport and Fitness Industry, the last 29 with the iconic brand, Nike. Her first role with Nike was in Visual Merchandising as the company was beginning to establish a strong and more demanding retail footprint. Over the course of her time at Nike Sandy advanced to hold Vice Presidential leadership positions in Geography General Management, Marketplace Transformation, Product and Merchandising, and Women’s Category.

Never afraid of a new challenge or opportunity to learn and grow, Sandy readily accepted opportunities to live abroad and gain global business and cultural experiences. She held leadership positions in Asia Pacific in Retail Development and in Europe as the Vice President of Product and Merchandising.

One of the things Sandy enjoys most is leading and working with diverse teams to help individuals succeed and teams win. She continues to be a mentor to up-and-coming talent in the Sport and Fitness Industry. Additionally, and regardless of where she lives, Sandy involves herself in her community. She currently serves as a Board Member for p:ear, a non-profit organization devoted to working with, and providing for, homeless youth in the Portland area.

FAVORITE SPORT TO PLAY: Sandy is a fitness enthusiast! She loves riding hard on her Peloton bike to achieve personal best performance and, when off the bike, running to stay in 5K shape.

FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH: Women’s Gymnastics! I was a gymnast growing up and I’m amazed at the level of today’s performance.

FAVORITE SPORT MOMENT: Watching the Olympics – Summer and Winter. I love to hear the athlete’s personal stories and watch them reach their dreams.

WORDS TO LIVE BY OR FAVORITE QUOTE:
Trust your gut! It is usually right.

Jinky Panganiban

Founding Member / Treasurer

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Jinky is an accomplished global executive, coach and mentor with over 20 years of international experience in general management, merchandising, strategy, brand and product creation at Nike. She’s managed businesses across Asia, Latin America, U.S. and Europe, in country, regional and global roles.

Jinky started her career with the Nike Distributor in the Philippines as an Apparel Line Manager and culminated her Nike stint as the VP/GM for the Women’s business in Emerging Markets. In this role, she led the launch of the Women’s offense in Asia (except China & Japan), Latin America and Africa, that started a sports movement for tens of thousands of young women in these growing markets.

While at Nike, Jinky was also a huge proponent of Diversity and Inclusion and was an active coach and mentor for both the Asia Pacific Network and the Women of Nike.

Jinky is currently a mentor to start-up founders, for the SPM Program at the University of Oregon and for the Built Oregon Accelerator Program. In addition, her consulting business helps diverse women-owned / led companies grow.

FAVORITE SPORT TO PLAY: Yoga, every day at 9am.

FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH: Basketball, and my heart is with the home team. Go Blazers!

FAVORITE SPORT MOMENT: Tiger Woods staging the greatest comeback in sports at the 2019 Masters.

WORDS TO LIVE BY OR FAVORITE QUOTE:
There are times when it is better to be kind than be right. —Dad

Announcements

Heroclip acquired by Gear Aid!

Jan 25, 2022
Congrats to Mina Yoo and the Heroclip team who was recently acquired by Gear Aid of Bellingham, Washington.

One of OSA’s earliest investments, the Heroclip is a unique gear-holding gadget invented by Seattle entrepreneur Yoo. Yoo raised about $2 million for Heroclip and has sold over 1 million units since its launch in 2015. Gear Aid plans to reintroduce the Heroclip swivel carabiner to its network of over 2,500 world-wide retail and distribution partners. Read more here.

THOUGHTS ON 2021 FROM OUR FOUNDER:
KATE DELHAGEN

Kate presenting to group and people on zoom

Dec 31, 2021
As we run out the clock on 2021 – yet another challenging and unpredictable year – here’s my quick recap of Oregon Sports Angels’ efforts to find and fund some great sports product and sports tech founders, always with an eye on welcoming diverse investors to the game, and to increasing access to capital for minority entrepreneurs.

OSA TOP 5 PLAYS OF 2021

  1. Teaming up with world-class accelerator programs. OSA solidified relationships with Stadia Ventures, Techstars Sports Accelerator, and Comcast SportsTech Ventures, yielding intros to dozens of promising entrepreneurs, and resulting in our investments in several exciting companies.
  2. Learning and leveling the playing fields with venture funds backing diverse founders. OSA members proudly support the Black Founders Matter Fund, Elevate Capital, Next Ventures, and other VCs who invest primarily in minority founders. From our internal D&I sessions, to our external Webinar, to our investment in Saysh (led by the BFM team), we continued to learn, understand, and meet with many underserved and deserving entrepreneurs to help expand access to early stage capital.
  3. Breaking the $1M per year investment threshold. We are a team of individual angels, and each year we have collectively invested more money into more companies. In 2021, our team put $1.2 million to work in portfolio companies – 27% more than our $950K total from 2020. Yes, the pandemic continues, but OSA members stepped up our investments because we have access to many great entrepreneurs from across the country.
  4. Adding 5 new Portfolio Companies. Thanks to the strong efforts of our investment committee (screening more than 200 companies this year), active participation from our members, and our amazing partnerships, we found plenty of places to invest in next generation founders and companies. We end 2021 with 16 growing companies in our portfolio, one closure, and several individual member investments that might lead to follow-on investing opportunities in 2022 and beyond.
  5. Expanding our world class member roster. We end the year with 45 members – 62% growth from 2020. Growing this team from a dozen of us huddled in a wine bar for our first meeting in December 2017, to a high-performing (volunteer!) organization of truly incredible, smart, creative, curious, connected, generous and frequently funny members, just 4 years later, makes me speechless. That’s why the #1 accomplishment of 2021 is the existence of this one-of-a-kind team of amazing humans, working to make the world a better place.

Thank you everyone who has been – and is – part of the OSA story. We have lots more ahead in 2022, including one very exciting new project – and we welcome you to join us. Happy New Year!

How We Work

We Focus

On sports product, technology and innovation companies across the United States.

We Screen

We continually evaluate new ideas and potential deals for our quarterly pitch sessions.

We Invest*

We provide startup funding for sports product, experiential and technology companies that have achieved an early level of market success and consumer adoption.
*Our members are individual investors

We Partner

With other Angel investors, seed and venture funds, local sport & educational institutions. For OSA, investing in startups is a team sport.

How You Benefit

Fuel

We invest our own money to help your business grow.

Mentor

We leverage our diverse expertise working directly with founders & teams to develop and maximize their skills and performance.

Connect

We open doors, make introductions, and connect founders to cultivate high-impact relationships.

Momentum

We move quickly – and we help our founders do the same. We believe speed creates a competitive advantage in business.

Hiker getting a helping hand

OSA Pitch Cycle and Events Calendar: 2022

January February March April
Mar 2: Quarterly Pitch Day
May June July August
Jun 1: Quarterly Pitch Day Aug TBD: Annual Membership Mtg
September October November December
Sept 7: Quarterly Pitch Day Dec 7: Quarterly Pitch Day

Key:

Screening. OSA is accepting submissions to pitch during these months.

Due Diligence. OSA is not accepting submissions to pitch during these months.

January February March
Mar 2: Quarterly Pitch Day
April May June
Jun 1: Quarterly Pitch Day
July August September
Aug TBD: Annual Membership Mtg Sept 7: Quarterly Pitch Day
October November December
Dec 7: Quarterly Pitch Day

Key:

Screening. OSA is accepting submissions  to pitch during these months.

Due Diligence. OSA is not accepting submissions to pitch during these months.

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